Energy Voice | Coal plants keep shutting despite Trump’s order to save them

President Donald Trump has ordered a rescue of the nation’s struggling coal and nuclear power industries, but that doesn’t mean utilities are reconsidering the shutdown of unprofitable plants. Many power generators contacted said Trump’s June 1 announcement hasn’t altered their plans to retire old units even as the administration dangles the prospect of using emergency […]

Energy Voice | Houston to mark 30th anniversary of Piper Alpha

An event is being held in Houston next month to mark the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster. It will be held in the city’s Petroleum Club on July 6, with a live stream of the service from the memorial at Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Park. Nick Mair, a safety training specialist, has organised it in […]

Energy Voice | Saudi dilemma: Output boost could hurt oil-based economy

Saudi Arabia’s plan to halt the oil-price rally could hurt its economy, depriving the kingdom of billions of dollars in income that it needs more than many other OPEC members. Although the country’s economy isn’t the most reliant on crude exports among the group’s five biggest producers — Kuwait gets that distinction — Saudi Arabia […]

Energy Voice | Removal of unexploded device near North Sea platform under way

Work is finally under way to remove an unexploded device located near a North Sea oil platform. The suspected depth charge was discovered in the vicinity of the Ninian Central platform during a routine visual inspection in August. A military explosives expert said it could have the same explosive power as a car bomb. The platform, situated […]

Energy Voice | Ineos lose court challenge to Scottish Government ‘fracking ban’

Fracking firm Ineos has lost out in its Court of Session case against the Scottish Government’s high profile ‘fracking ban’. Lord Pentland found in favour of the arguments put forward by the Scottish Government today and said that its “preferred policy position” will stand on fracking for shale in Scotland. The ‘effective ban’ on fracking announced […]

LOC Renewables Buys Stake in French INNOSEA

LOC Renewables, a part of LOC Group, has acquired a 70% stake in INNOSEA, a marine energy engineering company based in Nantes, France. Combined, LOC Renewables and INNOSEA will offer an array of services to support the offshore wind sector, ranging from the planning and permitting stages through to operation and maintenance of the completed […]

Energy Voice | Subsea tech project backed by OGTC for North Sea testing

A new subsea technology project has received substantial backing by the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and three unnamed North Sea operators in excess of £1 million. The remote subsea inspection solutions from firms TRAC and ToolTec is being tested for is to develop a subsea cleaning and inspection tool (‘Trac-Tec Tool’) that can be […]