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Phil Allan

Renewables/Energy Transition

125 jobs go at turbine factory

The Government has come under attack for its decision to curb onshore wind after a turbine factory announced plans for closure with the loss of 125 jobs. Steel manufacturer Mabey Bridge said it is proposing to close its renewables division in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, with the “uncertainty of market conditions for the UK onshore wind industry” in the longer term a contributing factor. The move follows a failure in exhaustive efforts to find a buyer for the business as a going concern, the company said. The news comes after the Government announced it was ending subsidies for new onshore wind farms a year early, to meet a pre-election pledge to halt the development of onshore wind. Juliette Stacey, chairman of Mabey Bridge, said: “The uncertainty of market conditions for the UK onshore wind industry in the longer term has been a contributing factor. A Welsh Government spokesman said: “This is bad news and clearly comes as a direct result of the UK Government’s recent announcement to end onshore wind subsidies. This has created uncertainty for the onshore wind industry and we warned of the possible consequences at the time.

Middle East

Kurds issue oil export threat

Iraq’s self-ruling Kurds are threatening to bypass the country’s central government and sell oil produced in the neighboring Kirkuk region in a dispute over revenue from crude sales by OPEC’s second-largest producer.

Company features

Skills academy supports oil and gas industry

In February last year, the formal launch of OGAS (established 2012) took place at the Scottish Parliament, where its fresh-out-of-the-box director, Rulzion Rattray, outlined the potential and new opportunities made available through the formation of the academy.

Africa

Bomb blast kills 25 in Nigeria

A bomb blast in Nigeria’s northern university town of Zaria has killed 25 people including a two-year-old, the Kaduna state governor reported. The incident is the latest in a string of deadly bombing and shooting attacks by the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.

Opinion

Opinion: North Sea could get caught in fallout from Iran nuclear deal

As intense negotiations continue in Vienna with the world's superpowers (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US) Iran has still to conclude a deal that ensures absolute transparency on its nuclear plant activities that should prevent it acquiring nuclear weapons.

North Sea

Exova extends with Maersk Oil

Testing and calibration specialist Exova has been awarded a contract to provide materials qualification testing for Maersk Oil.

Oil & Gas

Exceed zeroes in on $100million target

It’s about safe and cost effective delivery of projects from exploration through to decommissioning, providing well management and performance improvement related activities

North Sea

Tenaris win Statoil Mariner contract

Tenaris has netted a contract to work on Statoil’s massive Mariner project in the North Sea which will lead to the creation of up to 20 jobs in Aberdeen. The tubing and casing manufacturer will provide connections as well as associated services from its UK base in Aberdeen. Last month, Statoil awarded Baker Hughes a contract for production chemicals and services for the Mariner field.

Opinion

Jeremy Cresswell: “PwC comparisons just don’t wash”

I wasn’t going to write about the North Sea in this month’s eye. Rather, I was contemplating having a go at offshore wind, in large part because of the manner in which the UK’s unquestionably leading offshore presence in terms of turbines planted out there in UK territorial waters has been achieved.