Three billion extra barrels of oil could be squeezed out of the North Sea using pioneering technology that is expected to create up to 10,000 jobs across Scotland, the Press and Journal can reveal.
A pioneering new safety system that will track the movement of all offshore helicopters will go live in the North Sea next month, the Press and Journal can reveal.
North Sea oil companies last night agreed to stop using personal locator beacons pending a full investigation into their interference with helicopter equipment.
The use of emergency beacons designed to save the lives of offshore workers was halted last night over fears they could interfere with vital aircraft equipment.
The crucial training that helped save the lives of 18 people on board the Super Puma helicopter which ditched in the North Sea was hailed last night as the best in the world.
The plummeting value of oil is making it even more dangerous for Scottish oil workers to ply their trade in Nigeria, a top intelligence firm warned last night.
A new generation of energy companies could bring hundreds of jobs to the north-east after the European Commission revealed it will invest £40million to pioneer new forms of wind power.
Fresh fears have been raised about safety on oil rigs and platforms after it emerged that Norwegian authorities have had to close a gas field because of a problem with lifeboats.
A NORTH-EAST man taken hostage in Nigeria last month has been freed by his captors, the P&J can reveal.
Oil workers have flooded a website with tributes to a "gentle" north-east man who was kidnapped by armed militants in Nigeria.
The price of petrol has dropped as low as 97.9p a litre after the UK's leading retailers announced another round of price cuts - but not all north and north-east communities are benefiting.
One of the world's biggest gas terminals was at the centre of an investigation last night after gas pumped in from the North Sea exploded in a laboratory.
There were fresh calls last night for oil companies to pull British workers out of Nigeria after the UK Government warned it would be "reckless" to remain without proper security advice.
Scots farmers, fishermen and hauliers united last night to force the UK and Scottish governments to tackle the fuel crisis as it took a turn for the worse.
AN OFFSHORE firm has called in specialist cleaners after bed bugs were found on a North Sea accommodation barge, it emerged last night.
Scotland's first commercial-scale biodiesel plant capable of turning oilseed rape into fuel for cars could be built in the north-east.
A consortium of north-east businesses set up to tap into the lucrative multibillion-pound offshore decommissioning industry is close to securing its first contracts.
The average price of petrol in Scotland has broken the £5-a-gallon mark for the first time as a result of the strike action at Grangemouth, according to a price-comparison expert.
Scottish Power today imposed inflation-busting price increases on its customers - the fourth major energy supplier to do so in four weeks.