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Investors look behind the scenes at Camco’s energy premises

30/07/2015

Investors have been given the opportunity to look behind the scenes at Camco’s Jabil Circuit premises in Scotland. The company said production is well underway at the site in Livingston with 12 customer units being manufactured in parallel this year. This includes on 1.68MWh unit, one 240kWh unit and 10kWh units relating to REDT, which is Camco’s energy storage business.

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Peak launches well bore tubing tool

30/07/2015

Peak Well Systems has developed a tool which can confirm the minimum diameter specification of well bore tubing with the ability to cover a range of services. The company said FlexiDrift consists of a mandrel with two sets of extendable rails that can be manually extended with ease using the adjustment sleeves to the desired radius of the well tubing. When run downhole, the positioning of the extended rails provides the highest radial contact across the widest operating range of required drift sizes.

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Campaign leads to wide-ranging review of energy costs

30/07/2015

A wide-ranging review of the high cost of electricity in the north and north-east will be carried out by the UK Government following a campaign by Energy Voice's sister publication, the Press and Journal. Scottish Secretary David Mundell revealed last night that there "will be an opportunity to change things" over the coming months. Families in the Highlands and islands, Grampian and Tayside currently pay the highest power bills in the UK because of a regional system for distribution costs.

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Gallery: Work underway with Centrica decommissioning projects

30/07/2015

This image shows the Paragon B391 drilling rig leaving Rotterdam as it made its way to Centrica’s decommissioning projects in the southern North Sea gas basin. The photo, which was captured by a drone, shows the rig as it travelled to the site where it will carry out well plugging and abandonment activities on two single-well subsea fields. Paragon will work on the Stamford gas and Rose decommissioning project.

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Total fined £1.4million after worker killed in oil refinery explosion

29/07/2015

Energy giant Total has been fined £1.4million after a worker was killed in an oil refinery explosion. Contractor Robert Greenacre, 24, was working under a distillation column containing hot crude oil, which was released and caught alight at the huge plant in North Killingholme, North Lincolnshire five years ago. A colleague was able to escape with minor burns but Mr Greenacre died at the scene.

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Jobs boost for nSYS after Europe and Australia contract wins

29/07/2015

Software company nSYS has won £250,000 of new business after striking a number of deals in Europe and Australia. The agreements in Melbourne with Forpoint Solutions and in the UK with Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and for Aggreko will also create up to three new roles within the company. nSYS will deliver business solutions for both ADL and Agrekko by integrating purchase-to-pay and e-invoicing automation.

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Kerry implores Congress to back Iran nuclear deal

29/07/2015

US secretary of state John Kerry has warned sceptical politicians not to sabotage the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting that it included strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran.

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In hideaway for Brazil’s rich and famous, a new scandal emerges

29/07/2015

Just south of Rio de Janeiro, along a strip of coastline known for its white-sand beaches and high-end resorts, Brazil’s next big corruption scandal is starting to unfold. This one bears striking similarities to the colossal bribery case that has engulfed state-run oil giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA, helped put Brazil on course for its worst recession in a quarter century and left President Dilma Rousseff fighting for her political survival. That’s no coincidence: Many of the players are the same.

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Imes launches new safety division

29/07/2015

An offshore engineering company founded by one of the north-east’s best-known businessmen is launching a Marine Safety Systems (MSS) division following a six-figure investment. Aberdeen-based Imes Group, which was co-founded by Melfort Campbell, expects to create a total of ten jobs at the new subsidiary, with six staff having already been hired. Mr Campbell last year chaired the Scottish Government’s Independent Expert Commission on Oil & Gas and who is a former chair of CBI Scotland. Other directors of the new division include Rod Buchan, who was appointed as executive chairman of Imes Group in April.

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Amec Foster Wheeler wins Poland power plant contract

27/07/2015

Amec Foster Wheeler has won a contract for the design, supply and construction of a new steam generating combined heat and power plant in Poland. The company said commercial operation of the plant is expected to start by the end of 2018 and has the potential to provide heat to around 70,000 households. The plant, which was commissioned by Fortum Zbarze will be built in southern Poland.

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Sir John Buchanan: Former BP finance director passes away aged 72

24/07/2015

A former finance director of BP who played a key role in a series of moves made by the oil major has died aged 72. The New Zealand born finance director was part of a team that worked closely with former chief executive Lord Browne during his leadership of the company. Buchanan, who trained as an industrial chemist, had been seen as an unusual choice when he became finance director with BP in 1996.

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Italy’s Foreign Minister urges ‘prudence and discretion’ over kidnappings

24/07/2015

Italy’s Foreign Minister said “prudence and discretion” were essential as the country attempts to bring four kidnapped oil workers home from Libya. The families of four men have been in an anxious wait for news after they were taken near to an industrial complex owned by energy company Eni in the western city of Mellitah. Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said: "Prudence and discretion....are needed to bring home our four countrymen.

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China’s Sinopec sets eyes on Europe with 2nd jet fuel shipment

24/07/2015

China's Sinopec Corp 0386.HK is shipping its second ever jet fuel cargo to Europe, once considered a rare trade route, as the refiner looks to expand its global market share with demand lagging output levels at home, industry sources said. The world's No. 2 refiner shipped out 90,000 tonnes of jet fuel to Europe in late June, said two sources, who did not want to be named because of rules on talking to media. Shipping fixtures show a vessel, SKS Donggang, was chartered by trader Noble NOBG.SI and loaded with jet fuel from Yangpu in south China around the same time. SKS is near Madagascar now and moving towards Le Havre, France, according to shiptracking data.

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Amber Rudd: Climate action about economic security

24/07/2015

Taking action on climate change is the “ultimate insurance policy” to protect UK families and businesses, Amber Rudd will say. In her first major speech on tackling global warming, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary will say measures to curb rising temperatures are about ensuring economic security. She will tell business leaders at an event in the City of London that unchecked climate change would have a profound economic impact, leading to lower growth, higher prices and a lower quality of life. And, after a series of announcements of cuts to green policies, she will insist that the Conservatives are committed to taking action on climate change, in ways that will keep bills down and encourage businesses to innovate, grow and create jobs.

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David Cameron defends ‘green’ policies amid solar energy row

23/07/2015

Prime Minister David Cameron insists the Conservatives have been the greenest government ever. The Tories have taken criticism this week after unveiling plans to slash subsidies to solar power projects - with opponents claiming it would take Britain’s renewable energy sector “back to the dark ages”. And today questions have been raised about the UK’s decision to suspend a ban on a type of pesticide linked to serious harm in bees and pollinators. However, Mr Cameron hit back at his detractors and argued his administration had done a great deal for the environment and renewable energy.

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Hinkley C nuclear project ‘one of worst deals ever’

22/07/2015

A Conservative former energy secretary has insisted the “elephantine” Hinkley C nuclear project is “one of the worst deals ever” for British consumers and industry. Lord Howell of Guildford told peers he would “shed no tears” if the multi-billion pound development in Somerset by French giant EDF Energy was abandoned in favour of smaller nuclear plants at a later date. He warned no reactor of the kind planned for Hinkley C has “ever been completed successfully”.

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