IOCs (International Oil Companies) are faced with the choice of managing a gentle decline by downsizing or risking a rapid collapse by trying to carry on business as usual, warns Professor Paul Stevens. The future of major IOCs – BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and Total is unlikely to continue with the business model that while working for them during the 20th century urgently requires remodelling.
The 64-turbine Neart na Gaoithe project had its contract terminated by the LCCC (Low Carbon Contracts Company) that pulled the subsidies after a 26 March deadline to invest £200m into the £2bn development was missed by a judge delayed verdict on an RSPB challenge on the threat to the gannets at nearby Bass Rock colony, the largest in the world. Now however, The Crown Estate has granted Statoil a lease that will allow construction to proceed on the 30MW Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind project. The UK seabed landlord has been working closely with the utility, the Scottish government and other partners to “help bring forward this innovative project”.
A £4 million grant has been given towards the cost of developing a new deepwater quayside at the Port of Cromarty Firth to serve the North Sea oil and gas and renewable energy industries. It strengthens the North East coastal deepwater facilities between Aberdeen and Wick.
The European Commission concludes that a UK scheme called CfD (Contracts for Difference) that promotes the generation of electricity from renewable sources is in line with EU state aid rules and it has also approved aid for five large off-shore wind projects, Walney, Dudgeon, Hornsea, Burbo Bank and Beatrice wind farms
Aberdeen-based Dynamic Edge has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of a new managing director. Formerly the company’s operations director, Stuart Winterburn has taken on the key strategic role in order to drive growth at the innovative IT business both in the north-east and further afield.
As Scotland signs an energy & trade agreement with Egypt, KOWL (Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd) announces its plans for an eight-turbine demonstration project near Dog Hole, off Aberdeen, and consent is also granted for the 22 turbines 51ME Ewe Hill wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, but refused for the Rowan tree farm near Oxton.
Moray Council has put on the market, for lease or sale, a one hectare site at the eastern end of Buckie Harbour, which can accommodate ships of up to 86 metres long. The yard comprises three slips and two side slips, two boat repair sheds, a workshop, office block, warehouse and small stores. Facilities include 24-hour access, pilotage, bunkering by tanker, water on all quays and skilled stevedores.
Science Centres look to Easter audiences with a new ‘Scotland’s Time Lords’ galleries – opening at Edinburgh's Our Dynamic Earth for Easter – bringing to life earth scientists' impact on our understanding of the world, since the Scottish Enlightenment. The Scottish Government funding of the display is the biggest redevelopment undertaken in the 15 years since its opening.
Four major contracts, cumulative value of approximately £450 million have been awarded by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) to facilitate the delivery of new and upgraded power lines in the north of Scotland. This investment will help support over 600 jobs and to boost to local economies associated with the projects.
SSE that proposed to develop an 690MW offshore wind farm array off the coast of Islay will continue to work with other stakeholders in relation to the development, but will not be investing further in the project in the foreseeable future. It follows on SPR Renewables also moving out from the Tiree Array.
With 326 wind turbines planned, Moray Offshore Renewables Limited (MORL) and the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) will be the world’s third-largest offshore wind farm, far greater than the 630MW London array with its tiny flock of 175 turbines. The graphic above shows only 48 turbines
Plans by Aberdeen Harbour Board to create additional berthing facilities at Nigg Bay received the endorssement of an independent report estimating the economic benefit of the development to the local and national economies to be nearly £1billion per annum and the Scottish Government, in their National Planning Process, naming the Nigg Bay Development as one of only 14 projects that they consider to be of national importance to Scotland.
"The idea of remote working was just such a revelation!" A year ago, Elizabeth Duncan, the early inspired, motivator of what IT practically could achieve for remote working communities and sensing all the magic potential of JANET, the Universities' Joint Academic Network, managed to find time to complete a first draft of her embryonic book 'Shoot the Managers.'
A one of Scotland's oldest shipyards dating back to 1903, Buckie Shipyard on the Moray Firth, has gone into administration, with the loss of some 68 of the 74 staff. In contrast in Canada at Owen Sound, which manufactures propellers, tugboats and other vessels, specialists AKA (Aspin Kemp & Associates ) has emerged with a revolutionary new hybrid power system for tugboats.
Two energy issues reported are "The Scotsman" focus on a letter regarding export of Scotland electricity and the "Daily Express" and "Press & Journal" examining Baron Nicol Stephen of Lower Deeside, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and head of an expanding wind turbine empire worth more than £1.5million, director of 10 renewable energy companies, seven incorporated in the past five months, and with four wind farms in planning stages across Scotland.
No mixing of course for hill-walkers and deer stalkers. A few years ago Gaberlunzie was delighted to find he could pick up a small printed booklet that gave the relevant phone numbers, to check the locale for deer stalking activity. Though of course that was a double-edged sword There was the number, but you could not get a mobile link. Suspect in remoter areas, not much has changed!!
PWA (Produced Water Absorbents) an Ohio-based firm that develops technology to allow oil and gas firms to clean polluted water, has established its Scottish operation in Aberdeen as the European hub for its global business. ahead of a push for growth in the North Sea.
The Port of Ardersier has submitted plans to the Highland Council, Marine Scotland and Transport Scotland for consents needed to make the site a major European manufacturing port for the offshore wind industry. A renewables jobs boom could result in the Highlands if plans to turn the Port of Ardersier into a manufacturing ‘super-hub’ for offshore wind turbines get the go-ahead.
Sensors, imaging, industry & health will be the focus for three new Innovation Centres to be set up across Scotland's central belt. Two will base in Glasgow, where the University has received the Scottish Funding Council pledged of £10m over the next 5 years to support the IC-SIS (Innovation Centre – Sensor and Imaging Systems)
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