It's great news that expansion in offshore wind could create up to 30,000 new jobs in manufacturing and bring £3billion of investment to the north-east of England - or as BERR parochially puts it, the north-east, forgetting that there is also the north-east of Scotland.
It was really quite remarkable. I nearly fell off my chair when I heard that, at the recent G8 meeting, Gordon Brown was effectively trying to dictate technology policy by saying that all British motorists will be driving electric or hybrid cars by 2020. Eh?
There is a journalistic ritual of placing the words, "the influential", in front of the name of any parliamentary committee in order to add a bit of weight and significance to whatever subject it is reporting on. In fact, most parliamentary committees and their reports are pretty non-influential, even if they grab a few headlines.
Drilling is about to start on the Southern North Sea East Breagh prospect which, if successful, could clear the way for the largest UK Continental Shelf dry gas development for years.
Vast petroleum reserves lie north of the Arctic Circle, according to the US Geological Survey - more than 400billion barrels oil equivalent of potentially recoverable oil, natural gas and liquids. And most of it seems to lie offshore.
Oil companies Total, Chevron and StatoilHydro all showed the benefit of soaring oil and gas prices as they reported significantly higher second-quarter profits yesterday.
TWO north-east men are looking to set up a community group to buy domestic heating fuel direct from suppliers to ease the impact of escalating energy prices.
The oil industry's profits bonanza continued yesterday after surging prices helped Royal Dutch Shell to a surplus of almost £8billion for six months' trading.
British Gas parent Centrica added fuel to the flames over record price rises yesterday after announcing a £144.6million dividend payout for its shareholders.
GLOBAL energy service company Wood Group, of Aberdeen, has announced a potentially lucrative Middle East joint venture.
Scots are bracing themselves for tough times ahead as the UK's biggest domestic energy supplier last night announced a price increase of 35%.
A SCOTTISH commercial diving centre reported yesterday that it continued to work at full capacity to train students.
Rocketing oil and gas prices helped BP to bumper profits yesterday as motorists continue to feel the pain at the petrol pumps.
IT SEEMS that one of Scotland's best-known bucket-based philosophers is backing the country's beleaguered fishing fleets.
Subsea 7 said yesterday it expected over time to recruit about additional 100 workers following a new contract win in Africa, with about one-third of them to be located at Westhill, near Aberdeen.
SCOMI Oiltools (Europe) revealed a £10million investment in its north-east business yesterday, including a drilling-fluid division, which will complement its waste-management and cuttings-processing business.
Words inscribed on the boardroom table at the offices of Senergy in Aberdeen offer an insight into one of the passions of the energy service firm's boss.
Northern Offshore UK strengthened its position in the thriving North Sea drilling market yesterday with the £375million acquisition of two rigs.
A DRIVE to extract oil from unconventional fossil fuel sources in the face of soaring prices could have catastrophic effects on the Earth's climate, a report warns today.
A COMPANY developing ocean-going buoys that convert wave energy into electricity will test its latest technology at Emec, the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre.
A SCOTS MP has secured heavyweight backing for his call for better protection for rural families who are forced to rely on deliveries of oil or gas for heating.
More than one in three people in the UK believe the UK Government is primarily responsible for high fuel prices, a new poll has shown.
A GROUP of north-east oil workers who were stranded on a rig in a remote area north of Russia were reunited with their loved ones last night after arriving back in Aberdeen.
A woman who was charged with sparking the largest security scare in the history of the North Sea will face no further action, the procurator fiscal's office confirmed yesterday.
INTERNATIONAL oil and gas facility service provider Petrofac has snapped up Eclipse Petroleum Technology, which has offices in Aberdeen, London, Stavanger, Houston and Dubai, in a deal potentially worth £16million.