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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.

An oil rig in the North Sea

Tax regime stability needed to secure future of North Sea oil and gas industry

Stability in the tax regime and measures to encourage further exploration are needed to secure the long-term future of the North Sea oil and gas industry, and it appears the politicians may be listening. Peter McCusker reports

Candida Whitmill, managing director Penultimate Power UK

Nuclear world-first for North East technology partners

A Newcastle company is aiming to develop the world’s first lower-cost, factory-assembled, nuclear power plant. Peter McCusker speaks to managing director Candida Whitmill

Helen Smith, centre, chief executive of Oil Consultants with Andrew Hopper and Andrew Gaunt of Lloyds Bank Commercial

Washington firm storms into the Sunday Times International top 200

Oil Consultants of Washington are one of three firms to make a Sunday Times top 200 list for their export contribution

Electricity pylons

North East experts share views on energy market competition inquiry

With energy prices at the centre of the political debate and a market competition inquiry underway Peter McCusker gauges the view of North East experts on what's wrong, what's right and what should be done?

Ross Smith

Scottish referendum uncertainty impacting UK oil and gas firms

Almost half of oil and gas firms (45%) have reported that the Scottish referendum is impacting on plans and investment proposals

Alan Jones, business development manager at Tadea

Tadea hosts RHI roadshow in North East

The event, which is being hosted by sustainable energy company Tadea along with Energise Events, is free to attend

Jonathan Walker

Advanced Renewable Power celebrates third birthday by strengthening team

Advanced Renewable Power has taken on sector Jonathan Walker as project manager, boosting its core workforce to seven

North Sea

Heady days for North Sea oil and gas industry

North East companies learnt of the billions of pounds worth of contracts on offer from two of the North Sea's major oil and gas operators when they both visited the region last week, as Peter McCusker reports

Steve Caseley and Richard Charnley

Solar Capture Technologies secures £200k investment

Solar Capture Technologies is a specialist in the product development, prototyping, testing and manufacture of custom designed solar modules, cells and systems

A North Sea oil rig

Black gold rush that puts North East in a powerful position

New research reveals the importance of the North East to the UK oil and gas industry, amid signs the region could be in a for a major jobs boost as our energy economy continues to grow. Peter McCusker reports

Rob Anderson, managing director of FES International

£1.5m contract win for Northumberland oil and gas firm

FES International will be involved in the Western Isle's Development project in the North Sea having secured a contract worth £1.5m

Jonathan Elmer, Dr Chris Stokes, Professor Antony Long, David Saddington, Dr Arvin Zolfaghari, Peter McCusker

Climate change 'the most crucial issue of our time'

Climate change and policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions were put under the spotlight at a lively debate in Durham City. Panellist and Journal Energy writer Peter McCusker reports

The 118 meter oil and gas platform makes its way down the Tyne towards the North Sea

Oil and gas platform jacket starts its journey to new home in North Sea

A North East-made oil and gas platform jacket has made its way down the River Tyne toward the North Sea

Energy Minister Michael Fallon

Energy Minister visits innovative North East project helping fight climate change

Energy Minister Michael Fallon visits Boulby Mine on Teesside to see Durham University project aimed at capturing and storing carbon

NOF Energy gives suppliers chance to do business with key buyers

The Annual Supplier Day offers suppliers the opportunity to meet and sell to major industry purchasers in scheduled, 15-minute time slots

The conference at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

Trading views on subsea sector opportunities discussed at County Durham event

Record numbers of companies and delegates from across the UK and Europe attended the bi-annual conference of the region's successful subsea sector in County Durham last week. Peter McCusker reports

Mountains of coal pieces

King coal still reigns despite rise of renewable energy in the UK

Teesside data analyst EnAppSys says coal-fired power provided the major share of UK energy production this winter

FES managing director Rob Lawson

Triple contract win fuels expansion at Ashington engineering firm

A £700,000 contract win at FES will help steer the Northumberland firm to posting one of its best ever financial performance years

Enquest Producer, a 248m, 92,000tonne Floating Production Storage Offshore (FPSO) unit

Group puts pressure on oil companies 'to think British first'

An 'ear-bashing' for Government ministers by a North East oil and gas industry veteran will help secure billions of pounds of offshore contracts for the UK, reports Peter McCusker

ARP is headquartered in South Shields

Advanced Renewable Power aims to educate on the benefits of going solar

Advanced Renewable Power (ARP) is one of the leading installers of energy efficient solutions in the North East of England and Scottish Borders


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