PLANS for a controversial £200million windfarm off the coast of Aberdeen will come under public scrutiny later this month.
Oil rose yesterday, supported by hopes European leaders will come up with solutions to the region's debt crisis and by broader gains in global markets.
WHEN Offshore Solutions revealed this week it had recently completed a key project in the North Sea, it said the technology at the heart of it could create new opportunities for many oil and gas operators.
BOWLEVEN, the west Africa-focused oil and gas exploration group, said yesterday that drilling had started at its Sapele-3 well in the Douala Basin offshore Cameroon.
SHARES in North Sea energy firm Nautical Petroleum were up more than 15% yesterday after the company made an "excellent start" to appraisal activity at its Kraken field.
SCOTLAND'S first grid-connected, commercial-scale tidal turbine, has been installed off Orkney.
ABERDEEN company Rock Solid Images (RSI), formerly Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping, said yesterday that it had been awarded its fourth project in US unconventional-shale plays.
Oil and gas major BP said yesterday that production at its North Sea Valhall platform was unlikely to resume until the end of August after a fire.
Indian energy firm Reliance Industries said yesterday it had received government approval to sell stakes in some of its oil and gas interests to BP for £4.4billion.
UK oil and gas firm Rockhopper Exploration said yesterday that an oil discovery in the Falklands extended west of the original well, fuelling hopes the find was large enough to open up a new province in the area.
Marine-power firm Trident Energy is to be given a £220,000 grant by Scottish Enterprise (SE) to help it to develop technology to harness wave and tidal energy.
Global power and automation technology group ABB said yesterday it had launched a marine-energy appraisal service to lower power consumption on vessels.
Design and engineering consultant WS Atkins said yesterday that the integration of the oil and gas business of Finnish company Poyry, which it acquired for £15.4million in June, was progressing well.
Infotechnics, a provider of integrated software services to the oil and gas, power and utility industries, said yesterday it had won a £100,000 contract with Slovakian company Slovnaft.
The deadline for the 2011 Oil and Gas UK Awards has been extended to Friday, August 12.
Aberdeen-based Maritime Assurance and Consulting (MAC) said yesterday it had moved into the renewables sector after winning a contract with wave-energy specialist AWS Ocean Energy.
OIL giant Shell has admitted liability for two "devastating" spills which hit a community in Nigeria, the UK lawyers who brought the case said yesterday.
Faroe-based oil and gas explorer and producer Atlantic Petroleum has been given approval to develop the Blackbird field by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
Oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell said yesterday that executive director Malcolm Brinded, the former managing director of Shell Expro in Aberdeen, had received £1.4million under its restricted share plan. It said he had received 62,857 ordinary B shares in cash.
Mining firm Vedanta Resources said yesterday it had been given the go-ahead to acquire a majority stake in Cairn India.
Energy service group Hunting said yesterday executive chairman Richard Hunting had become non-executive chairman with immediate effect.
Oil and gas service investment fund Epi-V has secured £50million of capital from mid-market private equity firm LDC, taking the total amount raised by the team to £110million.
GERMAN industrial-machinery manufacturer Siemens - which has a gas-turbine service centre in Aberdeen - saw net profits fall sharply during the three months to June 30.
Energy company Centrica reported a large drop in profits yesterday amid a continuing furore over rising electricity and gas bills.
Aker Solutions said yesterday three of its Aberdeen-based divisions - Aker Offshore Partner, Aker Subsea and Aker MH - had received NHS Healthy Working Lives bronze awards in recognition of their efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of staff.