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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.

Health & Safety

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”.

Africa

Families in wait for information on kidnapped workers in Libya

22/07/2015

The son of a worker kidnapped in Libya has spoken of his shock at the incident. The man's father Fausto Piano was taken earlier this week along with his three colleagues Gino Pollicardo, Salvatore Failla and Filippo Calcagno. The men, who work for Bonatti construction company, were kidnapped near an industrial complex owned by energy company Eni in the western city of Mellitah.

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DNV GL in joint industry project bid with Korean yards to standardise and reduce costs

22/07/2015

DNV GL has launched a JIP (Joint Industry Project) in a bid to establish a new international standard for offshore oil and gas projects which could cut costs by 15%. The move is in a bid to curb the challenges presented by varying owners, operators and regulators during both engineering and construction phases in South Korean yards. A number of companies are involved with the initiative including Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company, as well as Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries.

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SNP criticises Ministry of Defence over North Sea patrols

22/07/2015

The Ministry of Defence is relying on fishing vessels and social media users to safeguard national security in the North Sea due to a lack of armed patrols in the area, according to the SNP. Angus Robertson, the party’s defence spokesman, has called for a permanent maritime patrol base on the Clyde and a dedicated Scottish airbase amid “increasing foreign military operations close to UK territorial waters and airspace”. In a speech to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London ahead of publication of the strategic defence and security review (SDSR), Mr Robertson said: “As we approach publication of the strategic defence and security review it should be acknowledged that the UK has not taken northern regional security seriously enough and this must change with the new SDSR.

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Top law officer’s bid to get black box is delayed

22/07/2015

Scotland's top law officer will have to wait until the end of the year to find out if prosecutors can get early access to the black box from a doomed helicopter. Four oil workers died when the Super Puma AS332-L2 aircraft plunged into the sea off Shetland in August 2013. Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland launched a legal challenge at the Court of Session earlier this year to try to speed up an investigation into the tragedy.

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Npower to give free energy and clear debts over unresolved complaints

21/07/2015

Some npower customers are to receive free energy after the company failed to resolve their complaints on time, the regulator has announced. Ofgem said it had ensured that customers whose ombudsman rulings had been left outstanding for more than 28 days would now receive free energy until npower had fully resolved any issues. Customers affected by this up to July 21 will also have any outstanding debt on their account written off by npower, the regulator added.

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Iran’s parliament to review text of nuclear deal

21/07/2015

Iran’s parliament is set to review the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers last week. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who headed the Iranian negotiating team during the talks in Vienna, sent the text of the agreement to the house, state media reported. Under Iran’s constitution, parliament has a right to reject any deal - even one negotiated by the foreign ministry. However, it is not clear whether politicians will vote on the deal or whether they will simply discuss it and possibly express concerns about it.

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Mayors gather at Vatican to sign climate change declaration

21/07/2015

Dozens of environmentally-friendly mayors from around the world are set to sign a Vatican declaration urging their national leaders to approve a “bold climate agreement” to tackle global warming. A total of 60 mayors are attending a two-day climate conference at the Vatican featuring an audience with Pope Francis, whose recent environment encyclical is aimed at keeping up the pressure on world leaders ahead of Paris climate negotiations in December. The final declaration states that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity”.

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Scatsta to reduce staff at airport in Shetland in wake of oil price decline

21/07/2015

Shetland’s busy oil airport at Scatsta is set to cut staff by almost a third in response to the offshore industry contracting its North Sea operations in the wake of the oil price decline. Airport operators Serco have confirmed they are looking to reduce their headcount by between 25% and 35% by the end of the year. The move comes after Bristow Helicopters announced it was in consultation with staff over jobs earlier this month.

Oil & Gas

China to surpass South Korea and Russia in nuclear output

21/07/2015

China is set to become Asia’s nuclear powerhouse as it is predicted to surpass South Korea and Russia in generating energy capacity by 2020. The country has been increasing its nuclear output in recent years which, according to new analysis, it plans to leverage so it can take an “ownership role” throughout the entire supply chain. Data from the EIA (Energy Information Administration) shows nuclear output currently makes up slightly more than 2% of the country’s total power generation.

Africa

Four workers kidnapped in Libya

20/07/2015

Four Italian workers have been kidnapped in Libya. The incident happened near an industrial complex owned by energy company Eni in the western city of Mellitah. The Italian Foreign Ministry said the employees had been kidnapped on Sunday.

Health & Safety

Investigation after Canada pipeline leak

17/07/2015

An investigation is underway after Nexen Energy had to shutdown a pipeline which leaked more than 30,000 barrels of emulsion. The company, a subsidiary of CNOOC, said the incident happened at its Long Lake oil sands facility. The pipeline and connecting pad site have since been isolated in a bid to stop the leak.

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