North east Scotland is entering a boom time of investment as oil and gas majors ramp up some of the biggest projects in years.
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The increase in North Sea activity is putting a strain on skills levels and recruitment, say firms and training organisations.
Wednesday's UK Budget should be welcome news to an industry which took a massive knock in 2011 but is starting to get back on its feet.
Trade unions are threatening to cause chaos in the North Sea offshore industry by ordering members to work only 48 hours a week.
The North Sea could have reserves of a potentially valuable new fuel dubbed "fire ice" - which is tipped to become the world's next major energy resource.
Oil and gas firms and their workers united against EU plans to seize regulatory control of the North Sea industry yesterday and warned it could damage the UK's safety regime.
A Tory MP has urged the UK Government not to forget the "enormous" economic importance of North Sea oil and gas.
LAWYERS who represented the victims of Piper Alpha say oil firms need to do more to prevent a similar disaster striking again.
Safety and environmental regulation in the UK North Sea oil industry has come in for praise in an independent review.
TRADE unions were drawing "new battle lines" in the fight for paid holidays for North Sea offshore workers last night after the UK Supreme Court dismissed their legal challenge.
The UK Government has been accused of adding to the uncertainty surrounding the tax regime for North Sea operators after restricting relief on the cost of decommissioning.
Energy Minister Charles Hendry said on a visit to Aberdeen that the UK North Sea had seen a record volume of project approvals and spending this year.
THE next generation of oil and gas business leaders were told last night there was no secret to a successful career in the energy sector; only ambition and commonsense.
Things could have turned out very different for James Edens. Instead of running the North Sea and Africa operations of Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) he could quite easily have continued his work in heart research, started at university.
NEARLY two-thirds of oil and gas workers believe employers' attitudes to health and safety could lead to complacency, according to a survey published yesterday.
The North Sea could still contain more than £1trillion-worth of oil and gas, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has said.
BUSINESSES in the North Sea oil and gas industry remain cautious, according to a new report.
EUROPEAN Union plans to take regulatory control of the oil and gas industry could undermine all the health and safety work done in the North Sea since the Piper Alpha disaster, it was claimed yesterday.
Aberdeen can reap the benefits from an extra £376billion of oil and gas revenue, given the right funding, investment, tax regime and public/private-sector collaboration in the North Sea, a new report says today.
ENERGY industry companies in the north and north-east have been urged to cash in on the "rich opportunities" offered by Brazil's rapidly growing economy.
PRIME Minister David Cameron has pledged to help deliver investment in the north-east for decades to come ahead of a visit to the region today.
ALEX Salmond has called for new legislation to stop the UK Treasury imposing shock tax increases on the oil and gas industry.
NORTH Sea oil and gas production is falling at a faster rate than anywhere else in the developed world, according to the International Energy Agency.
AN offshore-safety group said yesterday that a test exercise had proved the UK oil and gas industry could cope with a disaster similar to last year's Deepwater Horizon explosion.
ENERGY industry body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) said yesterday it expected places at an annual event in the north-east to be in high demand.