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Calls for Saltire Prize to be scrapped after companies struggle to meet criteria

09/11/2015

An ambitious £10million plan set up set up seven years ago to make Scotland a world leader in wind and tidal power should be scrapped, according to critics. The Saltire Prize, led by Gordon MP and former First Minister Alex Salmond, has come into difficulty after it was revealed none of the competitors would be able to meet the criteria for the 2017 deadline. According to reports in the Herald Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said the ambitious prize had become a “white elephant”.

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Shell sees carbon price of $60 to $80 needed to justify CCS

07/11/2015

Carbon capture and storage projects need a $60 to $80 price for carbon dioxide to justify building them, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said. That’s more than five times the current price of C$15 ($11.27) a ton in Alberta, Canada, where the oil company began commercial operations for a CCS project Friday.

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Change-of-plea hearing for ex-BP engineer in Gulf oil spill case

06/11/2015

A former BP engineer is having a change-of-plea hearing in New Orleans, where he has been fighting a charge that he obstructed an investigation into the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Kurt Mix was indicted in early 2012 on two criminal counts arising from allegations that he deleted text messages about the amount of oil that spewed into the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig explosion that killed 11 workers. He has been in an up-and-down legal battle ever since. He was acquitted on one criminal charge in a 2013 trial and convicted on an obstruction of justice charge at the same hearing.

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ExxonMobil boss makes it into top 25 of Forbes power list

05/11/2015

The boss of ExxonMobil has once again made Forbes magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world. Rex Tillerson was ranked number 25 in the chart with the boss of GE Jeff Immelt just one spot higher. Tillerson was commended for leading the company and presiding over an operation which generated $34billion in net income in the past year.

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Construction of new renewable plant suspended, affecting 700 workers

05/11/2015

Construction of a new renewable energy plant has been temporarily suspended, affecting 700 workers. Air Products said it had decided to temporarily halt building a second energy-from-waste plant in Tees Valley. The company said that as with many ground breaking projects, improvements were identified as construction advances.

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US issues backing for Faslane nuclear programme

05/11/2015

The US Government has reiterated its support for the UK’s nuclear arsenal amid Labour’s growing support for its abolition. The UK Government is preparing to replace its nuclear submarine fleet, based at Faslane on the Clyde, with new vessels to be jointly developed with the US Government to carry the US- manufactured Trident D5 missile. The Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly to call for the renewal of Trident to be scrapped on Tuesday, following Scottish Labour’s decision to reverse its historic pro-nuclear stance.

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Baker Hughes MD joins Step Change in Safety’s leadership team

05/11/2015

The managing director of Baker Hughes will become the new co-chair of Step Change in Safety’s leadership team. Crawford Anderson will take over the reins from the managing director of Petrofac, Steve Bullock, as the contractor co-chair. Anderson has sat on the Step Change Leadership Team since 2012 and will now join Ian Sharp a fellow co-chair and chief operating officer from Fairfield Energy.

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Plane bound for oil field not cleared to take passengers

05/11/2015

A cargo plane that crashed in South Sudan, killing at least 36 people, was not authorised to carry passengers, the head of the country’s Civil Aviation Authority has said. Stephen Warikozi said that the captain of the Antonov AN-12 informed the control tower at Juba International Airport before taking off that he had 12 passengers and six crew members.

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Search continues for pilots after helicopter crashes offshore India

05/11/2015

A helicopter has crashed into the Arabian Sea shortly after take-off from an offshore installation owned by ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation). Two pilots are said to be missing after the helicopter,owned by India’s Pawan Hans,crashed. An Indian defence spokesman said debris has now been recovered including what appears to be the aircraft's door and some other debris.

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Millions remains on costly energy tariffs despite new price display rules

05/11/2015

Millions of households remain stuck on expensive energy tariffs despite new rules forcing suppliers to display their cheapest prices, figures show. Which? said it was “clear” that recent reforms making suppliers reduce the number of tariffs and show their lowest tariff on bills had not led to significantly increased consumer engagement. The latest Government figures show that since the beginning of last year, the proportion of people on a standard electricity tariff, which costs around £54 or 9% more than other deals on average, remained stuck at an average of 75%, or approximately 21 million customers.

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National Grid issues notice to energy industry for more generation

04/11/2015

National Grid has issued a notice to the energy industry asking for more generation to be brought on to the system following “multiple plant breakdowns”. The power firm said the move was not an indication that there was an immediate risk of blackouts, but it is the first time such a notice has been issued for three years.

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Ocean Kinetics sets sail for South Pole

A marine engineering firm has set sail for the South Pole to undertake what is thought to be the first underwater welding project of its kind inside the Antarctic Circle. Shetland and Aberdeen-based Ocean Kinetics has teamed up with civil engineers, Arch Henderson, to fix a quay thought to have been damaged by in iceberg at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Rothera Research Station.

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Watchdog group takes action against Californian coastal agency

04/11/2015

A watchdog group has sued a California coastal agency as it looks to overturn its decision to allow 1,632 tonnes of radioactive waste from a close nuclear power plant to be buried in containers not far from a beach. Citizen Oversight has asked a San Diego Superior Court to reverse an October ruling by the California Coastal Commission that Southern California Edison could bury uranium fuel rod assemblies in steel casks on the property of the San Onofore Nuclear Generating Station. The facility had closed in 2012 after unexpected equipment failures.

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US judge dismisses lawsuit over disputed cargo of crude oil

04/11/2015

A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a disputed cargo of Iraqi Kurdish crude oil which showed up last year off the shore of Texas. The incident prompted months of legal wrangling as Iraq sought to block the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from directly exporting oil. The case has now been dismissed by US District Court Judge Gray Miller because the vessel which carried the crude had sailed away after the US buyer had balked at taking delivery because of the legal fight.