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Saturday, August 18, 2018

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O&G Industry Urged to Support Digital Skills

A report into UK oil and gas workforce dynamics launched indicates that more than 40,000 new people will need to be recruited into the industry over the next 20 years, including 10,000 in posts that don’t exist today.The UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review, by global energy skills body OPITO in partnership with Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute, assesses the changing skills requirements for the industry over the next 20 years. The research will assist in providing a roadmap for a new skills strategy to ensure the sector is ready to take advantage of emerging roles and

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Kongsberg Digital Wins ACE Award

. Established in 2005 to highlight dedication and contribution to achieving universal customer excellence, Confirmit’s ACE Awards program is a well-respected cross-industry, international initiative. Kongsberg Digital’s service and support for companies in its core maritime and energy industry markets was recognized by the Awards judging panel to deliver a customer-first experience at all key touch-points from initial contact to sales, delivery, product quality and technical support. Kongsberg Digital has already been recognized this year by two other key awards initiatives

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Stork’s Caribbean Team Achieves Competence Credential

has upheld the OPITO standard for its workforce competence framework since 2007.Stork has become the fourth business this year to see its CMS successfully rubber-stamped by the skills body. Awilco Drilling and Centrica Storage Ltd both met OPITO’s criteria for their systems in the U.K., and MAN Energy Solutions Schweiz AG received the accreditation for its CMS for roles across its European office

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IMTRA Announces New Hires and Promotions

IMTRA, manufacturer and importer of solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, has announced new hires and promotions. The company has hired Brad Norton and Van Noorden and promoted Kinder Woodcock and Nate Cabral.Brad Norton has joined IMTRA’s service team in a product technical support role. With over 20 years as a licensed yacht captain, Norton will use his vast, hands-on knowledge of the workings and operation of boats supporting IMTRA customers who need technical and application assistance. He and his family recently returned to his home town of Dartmouth

Teekay Offshore Partners Appoints Interim CFO

L.P. announced that Tim Cowan join as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Teekay Offshore Group Ltd., a management services company that provides services to the Partnership’s subsidiaries while the company conducts a search for a permanent CFO.Cowan holds the position of Senior Vice President, Energy, at Brookfield Asset Management. Brookfield became a co-sponsor of the Partnership in September 2017, when it made a significant investment in the Teekay Offshore Group in order to acquire 60 percent of the outstanding common units of Teekay Offshore and a 49 percent interest in Teekay Offshore GP

SENER  appointed Jorge Sendagorta Cudós to be head of the Engineering and Construction area. Photo: Sener

Cudós Tapped to Lead Engineering and Construction for SENER

Units: Infrastructure and Transport; Renewables, Power, Oil & Gas; and Marine. It has branches in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, South Korea, Chile, China, United Arab Emirates, Spain, USA, Morocco, Mexico, Portugal, UK, and South Africa.Cudós joined SENER in October 2012 in the energy sector. He worked as Assistant Project Manager in the biomass plant for ENCE in Mérida (Spain). Later, he was the Project Manager for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in the Zeebrugge Port (Belgium). In 2015, he was appointed as SENER Country Manager in Mexico, one of SENER’s

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System their connecting channels and the St. Lawrence River, serves the industrial and agricultural heartland of the U.S. and Canada. Photo provided by The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

Great Lakes Shipping Supports 237,000 Plus Jobs

materials and finished products including iron ore, coal, stone, salt, sugar, grain, steel, wind turbine components and heavy machinery. These cargoes become the staples of everyday life – food and other household items; buildings, factories, roads and bridges; vehicles and planes; and provides the energy that powers cities and towns."The study reflects the enormous contributions the maritime industry provides to the more than 100 ports in each of the Great Lakes states and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec," says Steven A. Fisher, Executive Director of the American Great Lakes Ports Associatio

Zineddine Benhadid (Image: CMR Group)

CMR Names Benhadid MD in Tunisia

CMR Group, the global Instrumentation Control and Automation specialists on energy, industry and marine, has appointed Zineddine Benhadid to lead its Tunisia manufacturing operation and oversee the development of its activities across the Region, meeting the growing demand for its advanced engine wiring harnesses, temperature sensors and integrated control system solutions.With extensive manufacturing and management experience gained at several groups, including Valeo, Asteelflash, and Cofitel, Zineddine Benhadid will manage the 340-strong team at CMR facility in Tunis. New investment will also equip

Dr Tao Zhao (Photo: Xodus)

Xodus Appoints Dr. Tao Zhao

Xodus Group, an energy consultancy, appointed Dr. Tao Zhao as its new advanced engineering lead.With more than 15 years’ experience in subsea pipeline and riser design and analysis, Dr. Zhao joins Xodus from Heerema Marine Contractors. Throughout his career, he has provided a range of analysis for offshore contractor and engineering consultants in both Thailand and the UK.The appointment of Dr. Zhao follows the recent additions of David Livermore and Gareth Jones.Livermore joins as a technical safety and human factors consultant, who specializes in the human element of risk. Joining as a principal

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Closed Bell Diving Courses Relaunched at The Underwater Centre

trainees for their future roles and providing a best-practice training experience.The redevelopment of the system and course is seen by industry as key to maintaining the U.K.’s ability to train closed bell divers and underlines confidence that demand for saturation divers will grow as the energy sector continues to recover from the global downturn.Industry and public bodies including Oil & Gas UK, Subsea UK, Subsea 7, TechnipFMC, Premier Oil and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) recently collaborated to support The Underwater Centre and ensure its future success.Located in Fort

Teekay Offshore Taps Steinsland as CFO

with the Partnership, the Teekay Offshore Group) effective September 3, 2018. The Partnership’s interim CFO, Tim Cowan, will step down effective September 3, 2018, but will remain with the Partnership for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition.Steinsland brings approximately 30 years of energy and offshore industry experience, including most recently serving as CFO of drilling contractor Songa Offshore SE, where he was a member of the senior management team and oversaw strategic financial planning and reporting, and established a proven track record of accretive contract renegotiations

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New Project Seeks to Boost UK O&G Workforce

the development of the strategy over the next six months.This will involve an industry survey and workshops to help develop a blueprint to support skills diversification and digital transformation. The Workforce Dynamics Review, launched in May, found that if the sector achieves ambitions around the energy transition, oil and gas production and exports, around 40,000 people will need to be recruited into the sector over the next 20 years and 10,000 of those will be in roles that don’t currently exist.John McDonald, CEO of OPITO said, “We received overwhelming support for the findings in

New Hires Boost RCG US Team

The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG), has announced the appointment of several new hires in its New York office to support the accelerating offshore wind market in the United States and renewable energy projects worldwide. The experienced personnel include AJ Negrelli, Emily Kuhn, and Craig Hutchinson.Negrelli is a respected project manager and engineer with practical experience delivering offshore wind construction projects, working for the major wind turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Negrelli was deputy construction project manager of the recently completed 574 MW Race Bank project

James Larnder (Photo: Aquaterra Energy)

Aquaterra Promotes Larnder, Morrison

Aquaterra Energy announced two senior management promotions. George Morrison becomes Group CEO of parent company Aquaterra Energy Group, while James Larnder fills Morrison’s previous role as the new Managing Director of the Aquaterra Energy business. Morrison will focus on expansion within the oilfield market through strategic acquisitions while Larnder will drive further business growth and product innovation within Aquaterra Energy. Aquaterra Express tools and equipment rental service, which offers easy access to an essential range of in-demand, standardized solutions. In addition, Well

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Corpus Christi Gearing Up to Handle US Shale Export Boom

loading the tankers offshore, he said. The project will deepen the channel to 54 feet for larger tankers, he said.Oil export capacity from the Corpus Christi area is expected to rise to 3.3 million bpd by 2021 from 1.3 million bpd this year, keeping its rank as the top oil export port, according to energy research firm Wood Mackenzie.This year, the south Texas port received $36 million from the U.S. federal government to start work on a $335 million expansion that would allow Corpus Christi by 2021 to accept tankers with capacity of 1 million barrels of oil . The port contributed another $44 million

Ian Cummins (Photo: LOC)

LOC Names Cummins Energy Projects Development Director

International marine and engineering consulting firm LOC has appointed ex-Head of Engineering at BP, Ian Cummins as its new Energy Projects Development Director. Ian will focus on the oil and gas and renewables markets, and help to identify and develop new and innovative engineering opportunities to progress the business.Cummins brings extensive major project management and engineering experience to LOC, gained from working on exceptionally large projects, significantly boosting LOC's specialist expertise in this area.  Throughout Cummin's career he has worked for an operator, contractor

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The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership

the very high regard the industry has for The Underwater Centre and will strengthen the sustainability of the business. This move will safeguard more than 50 high value jobs in Fort William and provide a platform to underpin business growth in the years ahead.”Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse also welcomed the news: “I am delighted that The Underwater Centre has, with industry support, repositioned itself to achieve a long term sustainable future.  Scotland is fortunate to have world class skills, and the infrastructure in place to ensure its place as a world-leader

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