Peter McCusker

Peter McCusker

Peter McCusker is a journalist who specialises in the energy sector

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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?

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

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

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 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

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

SSI's blast furnace

'Brownouts seem inevitable... but if there's a bad winter there will be blackouts'

As well as rising energy costs North East businesses face power cuts this coming winter, as Peter McCusker reports

Chris Huhne at The Energy Debate

Renewables vital to securing UK's energy future, says Chris Huhne

Renewables are the answer to UK’s energy concerns, argued Chris Huhne at last week’s North East Energy Debate. Peter McCusker reports

Decommissioning is a huge undertaking – here an artist's impression shows the size of the enormous concrete supports compared with the Eiffel Tower

Oil and gas decommissioning work could bring billions to the North East

Oil giant Shell is investing millions of pounds in a former North East shipyard after awarding it the contract to dismantle one of the North Sea’s first oilfields. Peter McCusker reports on the growing decommissioning industry

Shale gas has had a positive impact on the US economy

UK shale gas industry could supply 64,000 jobs

A senior UK shale gas figure has singled out North East offshore oil and gas companies as potential major players in a homegrown industry. Peter McCusker reports

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