A “fit for purpose” offshore wind planning regime is crucial if the UK is to meet its clean energy targets, Vattenfall’s UK country manager Danielle Lane told Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng yesterday.
Plans to expand a major oil and gas office complex in Aberdeen have been hailed as evidence that the city is “here to stay” as a global centre of expertise. A planning application has been lodged to create a 20,000sq ft extension at Chevron House, part of the Hill of Rubislaw business park that is the UK home to oil giants Chevron, Marathon Oil and Conocophillips. The development has emerged at a time when thousands of North Sea jobs have been lost or thrown into doubt as a result of the global oil industry downturn. Maeve Callery, vice-president of commercial development at the site’s owners, the Talisker Corporation, said: “We have been active in the Aberdeen market for nearly 30 years, including the development of Chevron House and the proposed R7 development across the road.
Dart Energy has won an appeal after a local authority in Wales rejected a planning application for a coal bed methane exploration well. The planning application had been turned down by Wrexham County Borough Council in March this year, despite approval from the authority’s planning officer.