Peter McCusker

Peter McCusker

Peter McCusker is a journalist who specialises in the energy sector

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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

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

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

The Forties Alpha Satellite Platform (FASP) Jacket - project Apache - The largest ever oil rigs legs produced by Offshore Group at Hadrian Yard on the River Tyne

Tyneside yard OGN looks set to miss out on contract that could create 1,000 jobs

Fears grow that a lucrative offshore contract will go abroad rather than to Tyneside's OGN. Peter McCusker reports

An oil rig in the North Sea

After Scotland's decision the future looks brighter for the North East

Friday's Journal features our latest supplement - the North of England Energy and Offshore Report - focusing on one of the region's most important industries. Peter McCusker looks ahead to this publication

A North Sea oil rig

Scottish Independence referendum has caused years of uncertainty in the oil and gas sector, industry says

What will a Yes vote in tomorrow’s Scottish Independence Referendum mean for the North East energy economy?

Andrew Hodgson, vice chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and chair of the Subsea NE

North East businesses must stay at forefront of subsea sector

Work is set to begin on the construction of a new national research centre on Tyneside which will help the North East maintain its world-leading prominence in the fast-growing subsea sector

Pictured: SMD

North East expertise is being used to tackle some of the world's biggest offshore challenges

The North East is a global hub for the design and manufacture of subsea machinery and this engineering heritage is now being deployed to tackle today’s new offshore challenges, as Peter McCusker reports

George Rafferty, chief executive of NOF Energy left, and Paul Charlton, chairman of NOF Energy, right

Houston springboard for North East companies

North East firms are winning more work in a booming market in the North America Oil & Gas sector

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


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