The US State of California has shut down 33 oilfield wells which were allegedly improperly permitted to inject into federally protected water supplies. The move was put into effect late last week affecting oilfield injection wells in the state’s Kern County.
A natural gas pipeline explosion in the US has forced people to evacuate from their homes.
The steel industry is braced for fresh job losses amid a continuing crisis in the sector which has already led to the closure of a giant plant.
Dozens of people have been killed in a series of bombings in Nigeria. At least 18 people were killed early today when four women suicide bombers were challenged by soldiers as they tried to enter Maiduguri, according to the National Emergency Management Agency. The explosions happened just hours after two blasts near a mosque in the city killed at least 30 people.
Aker Solutions has teamed with German firm Man Diesel & Turbo to develop the next-generation in subsea compression systems that can be used even at the smallest oil and gas fields.
Oil major BP’s head of crude, dubbed in the industry as “The King of Cushing” is set to retire from the company. David Porteous, in his early 40s, is known as one of the world’s most powerful and best-paid oil traders. BP has one of the biggest oil trading desks in the work and Porteous has made hundreds of millions of dollars for the company, according to reports.
Oil major Shell said two drill vessels it had been using before it pulled out of its Arctic operation have safely departed from Alaska. The Noble Discoverer is on its way to Washington State along with the Polar Pioneer after both received a Coast Guard inspection and refuel. Shell said the next destinations for both vessels have not yet been decided upon.
A fatal helicopter crash in which four oil workers lost their lives two years ago has acted as a "catalyst" for lesson learning, according to the chief executive of HeliOffshore.
A senior executive of fracking company Ineos has said he is “not too concerned” about a motion at the SNP conference that could result in a further clampdown on the controversial practice. Party members meeting in Aberdeen will today be asked to back a move that would place tighter restrictions on the party’s moratorium on shale gas extraction. The Scottish Government has already halted any fracking until 2017.
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has rejected claims the renewables sector is under attack from the UK Government. The Conservatives have been criticised by the industry for the early closure of the Renewables Obligation (RO) subsidy amid warnings it will deter investment and risk thousands of jobs. Concerns have also been raised that ending the scheme from April – a year earlier than expected – will increase carbon emissions significantly.
The oiliest county in Texas has seen its new natural gas production capacity more than double as drillers home in on their most profitable acreage. The peak output rate from new gas wells in Karnes County has surged 134 percent since January, estimates from Drillinginfo show. The only other county in Texas’s Eagle Ford shale patch where new gas capacity’s gaining is Live Oak, about 50 miles southwest of Karnes, the Austin-based energy data provider said. Gas producers are focusing on the most prolific parts of their plays as they grapple with the worst price collapse since 2008, and Karnes County has long been a sweet spot in Texas’s Eagle Ford formation. The 20,000-square-mile shale play supplies about one-sixth of the nation’s crude.
Callum McCaig has branded the Labour Party “shameful” amid claims the SNP failed to act to protect North Sea oil and gas jobs. The Aberdeen South MP told a packed conference hall he would have “appreciated some help” from other MPs in his efforts to protect the “vital industry”. Mr McCaig was responding to comments from Kezia Dugdale reported in Energy Voice's sister publication the Press and Journal.
Experts have expressed concern about the prospect of Chinese investment in the UK nuclear power sector, with claims the move could threaten national security. A final investment decision on the new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point, Somerset, could be announced during Chinese president Xi Jinping’s state visit. Chancellor George Osborne has already announced a £2 billion Government guarantee to secure Chinese funding for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station set to be built by French firm EDF, and indicated that the next step may be a Chinese-designed, Chinese-built nuclear plant at Bradwell in Essex.
A cutting edge ‘listening’ device designed and manufactured by a Scottish company for use in the oil and gas and renewables industries is helping monitor dolphins and other marine life.
Blue-chip companies, including Shell and BP, have given their strong support for the adoption of a new global climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference this December in Paris.
Delighted watch collector Jamie Gray was right on time yesterday when he visited leading Aberdeen jeweller Finnies the Jewellers to collect his fabulous prize in our competition to win a Breitling Superocean 42.
A group of Aberdeen pupils have learned about the wide range of career opportunities in the oil and gas industry following a visit to EnQuest’s city centre offices.
The Government is calling for the release of a British pensioner described by his family as “one of the oldest and loneliest prisoners in Iran”.
Aberdeen International Airport (AIA) was hit by a double-digit drop in helicopter passenger numbers last month as the offshore sector’s malaise continued.
An event takes place later this month to help engineering students in Europe’s energy capital develop the necessary skills to progress from university to industry.
Scrabster Harbour has there is no room for complacency at the Caithness port despite enjoying a huge increase in energy-related activity in the first half of its financial year.
More than 75,000 people have signed a petition urging the release of a British grandfather who reportedly faces 350 lashes after breaking the law in Saudi Arabia when he was caught with home-made wine.
Rig worker, Richard Stanway, has become an internet star after a video of him performing a heart-felt rendition of an Oasis track went viral.
Iran’s parliament has voted to support implementing the nuclear deal it struck with world powers, sending the measure to a council of senior clerics who will review the accord before its final approval.
The family of a British former oil worker sentenced to 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia has pleaded with authorities to let the “frail” man come home.