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Campaign leads to wide-ranging review of energy costs

A wide-ranging review of the high cost of electricity in the north and north-east will be carried out by the UK Government following a campaign by Energy Voice's sister publication, the Press and Journal. Scottish Secretary David Mundell revealed last night that there "will be an opportunity to change things" over the coming months. Families in the Highlands and islands, Grampian and Tayside currently pay the highest power bills in the UK because of a regional system for distribution costs.

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Hertel performs, delivers and improves in Aberdeen

HERTEL may be a new name in Aberdeen, but the Dutch group has been trading for 115 years and employs more than 12,000 dedicated personnel working across the world who are an expert group of professional project managers, engineers and technicians who take pride in long-standing and well established relationships with their international customers.

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Washed up

BP CEO Tony Hayward at a press conference on the beach at Fourchon Beach, Louisiana. More than a month after the Deepwater Horizon sank, oil continues to pour out of a damaged well.

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Tupi tests show promise

PETROBRAS has successfully carried out formation tests on the fourth well drilled in the ultra-deepwater pre-salt Tupi field and confirmed very high productivity from its carbonate reservoirs.

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Weatherford gets Brazil pipeline pre-com contract

WEATHERFORD'S pipeline and speciality services group has been awarded a contract by Saipem for pre-commissioning services on the Urugua-Mexilhao pipeline in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. The company says the 18in, 174km long gas pipeline will link the floating production, storage and offloading vessel, Cidade de Santos - located on block BS-500 on the Urugua field in 1,372m water depth - to the existing Mexilhao gas platform.

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Sonardyne 6G system on trial

SONARDYNE'S 6G subsea positioning system is being put through its paces in a trial on the Tullow-operated Jubilee field, offshore Ghana, as part of the extensive subsea metrology schedule being carried out by UTEC Survey aboard Technip's vessel, the OSV Olympic Triton.

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DECC’s rock-store lunacy

The row between British Geological Survey, academics and PESGB (Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain) over relocation of the rock core store in Edinburgh to the English Midlands is becoming increasingly bitter.

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Contracts roll in for Italy’s Saipem

ITALIAN company Saipem has secured four new drilling contracts for its jack-up drilling rig, Perro Negro 3, and semi-submersibles. The Perro Negro 3 has been hired by Harrington Dubai for a six-month campaign in the Persian Gulf, with an option for an additional 18 months. Scarabeo 4 has received an extension to its contract with International Egyptian Oil Company (IEOC) that began in 2007 and which will now keep the rig working in the Egyptian part of the Mediterranean Sea until June 2013.

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DONG decision a first for Danish sector

DONG of Denmark is to appraise the Svane discovery in the Danish sector of the North Sea - block 4/98. DONG acquired the block and field and their operation from ConocoPhillips in 2007. In 2001, an appraisal by ConocoPhillips signalled a large gas reservoir, but technical problems prevented verification of the results.

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Iara tested

PETROBRAS has completed formation tests on its appraisal well drilled offshore Brazil in the Santos Basin block BM-S-11 - the so-called Iara block.