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All the latest news from the energy sector, including local firms leading the way for the North East. Plus information on energy opportunities, advice and comment pieces from business experts in the field.

Dennis Clark

North Sea oil industry veteran's 40 years in sector

Former Amec Energy chief executive, NOF Energy honorary president Dennis Clark, OBE, reflects on his years in the industry, with Peter McCusker

An instillation in the North Sea

EIC event attracts delegates from across the energy industry

One of the energy industry's leading trade bodies held its first ever showcase event in the North East last week to coincide with the opening of its new regional office. Peter McCusker reports

Electricity pylons with wind turbines in the distance

224% rise in complaints about UK energy companies

Complaints about the country's energy providers have rocketed by 224% in the first three months of this year, compared with the same period last year

An offshore wind farm

Uncertainty is holding back investment in North East offshore sector

Following a week of highs and lows in the offshore wind sector, Peter McCusler assesses the state of the industry

Mountains of coal pieces being stored for shipping

Drilling date set for North Sea’s vast coal reserves

Tynemouth to be one of first locations for £1bn scheme to access deep sea deposits which could power Britain for centuries

Oil and gas mobilisation & demobilisation at Port of Blyth

Focus on the North Sea energy sector

The energy sector is a leading light of the North East economy and its on-going success, and future prospects, will be the focus of a 60-page supplement in the Journal this Friday. Journal energy writer Peter McCusker previews this publication

DeepOcean managing director Tony Inglis

Biggest contract ever for subsea specialist DeepOcean

Subsea specialist DeepOcean of Darlington has won work on a £1bn National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission project

A North Sea oil rig

North East businesses benefit from attending NOF Energy Annual Conference

Three North East businesses attending the NOF Energy Annual Conference are the first to benefit from a new scheme providing fully funded delegate places to key industry conferences taking place in the region

DeepOcean in Darlington has entered into a seven-year charter with Maersk

DeepOcean charters new vessel construction

Darlington based subsea specialists DeepOcean UK has finalised a seven-year charter agreement with Maersk Supply Service that has triggered an order for an offshore construction ship

An engineer checks machinery at the city centre borehole site

Newcastle borehole tests to determine potential for heating network

Further investigations into Newcastle's geothermal borehole will determine the prospects for a new city-wide, low carbon heating network. Peter McCusker reports

Prime Minister David Cameron (right) and Sir Ian Wood

'Watershed opportunity' to maximise recovery of reserves and add £200bn to economy

With North Sea oil and gas production in steady decline renewed efforts are underway to maximise recovery of the remaining reserves. Peter McCusker reports

Shale gas has had a positive impact on the US economy

USA shale gas revolution on the agenda at North East energy conference

The huge positive benefits of the shale revolution to the US economy will feature prominently at one of the UK's biggest energy conferences, being held in the North East next month

George Rafferty and Graham Payne welcome new NOF Energy Chairman, Paul Charlton

New chairman to start at NOF Energy

NOF Energy, the Durham-based business development organisation for oil and gas, nuclear and offshore renewables sectors, has appointed a new chairman

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey

Anger over rising UK energy bills set to be stoked by gas profit

Anger over rising energy bills is likely to be stoked next week with profit figures from British Gas owner Centrica, while BAE Systems is also due to report

The ENQuest FPSO

EnQuest contract creates new jobs at Wallsend engineering firm

A Wallsend engineering firm that was forced to slash its workforce from 500 to six during hard times has secured a major contract


BP graduate engineers visit industry players

Graduate engineers working for oil giant BP have attended two of the region’s major players in the oil and gas industry to learn more about the work they do

Subsea UK chief executive Neil Gordon

Subsea Expo provides positive platform for UK subsea sector

The sun continues to shine on the rapidly growing subsea sector which last week held its largest ever annual conference attracting delegates from across the globe. Peter McCusker reports

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Renewable energy shines brightly on North East economy

Darron Barker, head of Lambert Smith Hampton's Newcastle office looks at the developments within the renewable energy sector

A North Sea oil rig

Challenging times for North Sea operators

A collapse in exploration activity, rising costs, and lack of co-operation between operators are damaging the North Sea oil and gas industry. Peter McCusker reports

SSI in Redcar

Process industry pressing ahead with CSS network plans

Some of the region's major energy-intensive industries are backing a £1bn drive to develop a Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS) project which could help save thousands of North East jobs – and create many thousands more. Peter McCusker reports


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