Ofgem, the energy regulator, is reported to be under threat from an incoming Tory government - if indeed such a phenomenon occurs by June of next year.
Oil & Gas
Chancellor Alistair Darling's latest visit to Aberdeen set me thinking - not least because of the Treasury's "get lost" message to the North Sea oil&gas industry that came hot on the heels of his departure from the city, having apparently raised false hopes.
At the beginning of the year, five students from the University of Aberdeen were awarded the first round of engineering scholarships from Petro-Canada as the company rolled out its Emerging Leaders Scholarship Programme in the UK.
BETTER drilling methods are making the single biggest contribution to improving recovery from Norway's offshore fields, according to StatoilHydro.
New research by Professor Alex Kemp and colleague Linda Stephen at Aberdeen University points to just how sensitive future production from the UK North Sea has become to oil&gas price fluctuations, a situation exacerbated by the cost of finance.
Nine mobile units are currently active on E&A drilling on the UKCS, with just a single platform-based appraisal ongoing in the Northern North Sea.
TWMA recycles tens of thousands of tonnes of waste from the drilling industry every year and reclaims many thousands of barrels of oil during the process which are returned to client petroleum companies for reuse.
Aberdeen-headquartered PSN (Production Services Network) has won a major North Sea contract believed to be worth about $400million (£330million) initially and which will see its UK workforce grow by about 200, to 3,000.
Our review of the offshore wind turbine foundations market has drawn a response from engineer Roger Taylor, of Inverness, who has developed an innovative foundation and foundation installation concept package that has been previously aired in Energy.
A SMALL Aberdeen-based oil tool specialist has won a £3.7million contract, its biggest to date.
Oil giant Shell revealed yesterday that up to 250 jobs are to go in Scotland - most of them in Aberdeen.
A teenage role model for the energy industry has helped her company to complete an impressive double at an offshore awards ceremony.
BP'S NORTH Sea operation continues to be a "hugely significant" part of the energy giant's global business, a centenary celebration in Aberdeen was told last night.
GLOBAL inspection-technology group Sonomatic was showing off its latest technology in Aberdeen yesterday.
Hurricane Exploration said yesterday it had discovered light oil at its Lancaster prospect west of Shetland.
NORWEGIAN oilfield service firms Subsea 7 and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) both pointed to signs of a gradual recovery in their sector as they posted third-quarter results yesterday.
TAQA Bratani, the UK arm of Abu Dhabi national energy company TAQA said yesterday that production had started from its first new North Sea well.
A small Aberdeen oil and gas service firm has landed two contracts expected to be worth more than £35million in total over five years.
A new company said yesterday it had acquired key parts of Aberdeen oil field products firm Stable, which went into administration in August.
The boss of energy service giant Schlumberger said yesterday that provided the global economy continued to show signs of recovery, the worst of the recession was behind.
Petrofac said yesterday it was increasingly confident it would deliver earnings growth of at least 20% for the full year.
Aker Solutions reported lower revenue and top-line earnings yesterday for the third quarter of 2009 than a year earlier but said that they were both holding up well in a difficult economic climate.
BRITAIN'S biggest chandler Hutton's has opened its largest depot in Aberdeen following increased business from the offshore oil and gas industry.
The founder of an engineering company which diversified successfully from fishing-industry work was named Entrepreneur of the Year last night at the Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise.
DESIRE Petroleum, the UK-listed oil and gas explorer which is 100% focused on the North Falkland Basin, said yesterday it had conditionally placed 60million shares at 70p each to raise £42million before expenses.