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

Confidence falls in the North Sea oil and gas industry

Declining production levels and falling oil prices hit confidence in offshore sector particularly the North Sea

Concerns remain over the future of the UK's energy supply

The National Grid may have corralled enough generating capacity together to keep the lights on this winter, but serious concerns are now emerging for at least the next 10 years

Square One Law senior partner Ian Gilthorpe, left, with Alexander Temerko

OGN Group leader Alexander Temerko delivers business insights at Square One Law dinner

Square One Law hosted a dinner for key figures in the region's vibrant energy sector, where the special guest was prominent Russian businessman Alexander Temerko

George Rafferty, chief executive of NOF Energy

Falling oil price presents opportunities to North East firms

With the oil price falling sharply and the majors looking closely at expenditure plans, industry experts say North East supply chain companies should hold their nerve – and take advantages of the new opportunities on offer

Ofgem has warned gas and electricity suppliers

Gas could help UK to a low carbon economy, say Durham University experts

Report co-authored by Durham University academics says gas could be a 'bridging fuel' - but will soon become a part of the problem, not the solution

Bryan Bunn of Nortech Solutions

North East firm Nortech Solutions wins US fracking work

Teesside entrepreneur Bryan Bunn leads one of the first North East businesses to win work in the American shale gas industry and he believes there is great potential for others to follow

Heerema Fabrication Group in Hartlepool

Pressure mounts for clarity on £50m gas contract

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon is says North East has received the 'crumbs' of a major North Sea gas contract awarded to Heerema

Fuel company Oil NRG

Growing Oil NRG moves to larger premises in Stockton-On-Tees

Fuel and oil distributors Oil NRG have made room for further expansion after growing its tanker fleet and taking on new drivers

Equipment at DeepOcean

Subsea firm DeepOcean is looking forward to a bright future

One of the region's premier subsea companies is looking towards a bright future based on a balanced portfolio of work in renewables and oil and gas. Peter McCusker speaks to DeepOcean

NOF Energy is on course to attract even more delegates to the conference than last year, when more than 400 attended

Leading contractors sign up for Energy: A Balanced Future conference

There are five months to go but the NOF Energy conference at Sage Newcastle is already drawing in big names

Managing director of FES International Rob Anderson

FES International report profitable year despite drop in UK turnover

The Northumberland fluid transfer systems firm reported profits of £3.23m

Chris Johnson and Nicky Atkinson, FW Capital Investment Executives, and Bill Scott CEO, Wilton Engineering Services

New grant scheme could help deliver thousands of jobs to the North East

North East manufacturers can now secure unique financial support which should help them land larger contracts and grow more quickly. Peter McCusker reports

Fastflow CEO and owner, Neil Armstrong

Big grid deal for Washington-based Fastflow Energy Services

Since launching two years ago Washington-based Fastflow Energy Services has created jobs for 100 people

Prime Minister David Cameron

Frack Northumberland and build nuclear power stations, David Cameron urged

The Prime Minister was told to shelve the Climate Change Act to which it was claimed there was "extraordinarily strong opposition"

Wind turbine at Lynemouth, Northumberland

Peers demand an end to 'ugly, noisy' Northumberland wind farms

'It's not even that windy there', said peers demanding change to 'bonkers' planning laws for wind turbines in the North East countryside

Freddy Shepherd at Sheherd offshore with the Technip subsea construction vessel

How Freddy Shepherd has masterminded a £100m revolution on the banks of the Tyne

Over £100m has recently been invested on the River Tyne's thriving north bank, with long-standing landowners Shepherd Offshore at the heart of this activity

Rotary driller in action for geothermal heating

The Journal Opinion: Geothermal energy could be the way forward

The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, October 14, where we look at geothermal energy as a solution to power cut concerns

Trainers James Thomas, left, and Paul Ambury with a delegation of Nigerian students

Targeting new talent for the North East's subsea sector

Ensuring there is a steady supply of skilled staff is vital to the future of the North East's rapidly growing subsea and offshore sectors, as Peter McCusker reports

Grangemouth petrochemical refinery in Falkirk

Grangemouth dispute wipes £1.25m off Cordell Group profits

Cordell Group said it's in good shape, despite losing £1.25m in profit from the Grangemouth oil refinery contract

Electricity pylons with wind turbines in the distance

Energy efficiency will be the priority for future UK Governments

With prices continuing to rise and demand set to double households and businesses are being encouraged to using energy in a more efficient way


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