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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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PCCI Appoints Grandelli as Chief Engineer

PCCI, Inc. has announced that Patrick Grandelli, P.E. has joined PCCI’s Alexandria office as a Chief Engineer. He will be responsible for providing engineering, design, installation and program/project management services to U.S. Government and commercial clients in the ocean facility and renewable energy industries.  Grandelli is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and naval energy/operations staff officer who also served on three U.S. navy warships. He has two decades’ experience in the analysis and design of large subsea pipelines, ocean energy systems, and the conduct of bathymetric

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US Energy Jobs on the Rise

that are looking to hire and that continued through the holidays, which is rare," said Jeff Bush, President of oil & gas recruiting firm CSI Recruiting in Texas.   "I think we're going to see a very busy year for hiring in oil and gas here in the United States."   Energy firms cut more than 155,000 jobs over the prior two years as they slashed the number of rigs drilling for oil from a record high of 1,609 in October 2014 to a six-year low of 316 in May, according to the BLS data and Baker Hughes Inc's rig count.   Those cuts came during the biggest price

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

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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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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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US Energy Jobs Rise as Higher Prices Boost Oil Drilling

holding near 18 month highs, according to U.S. jobs data on Friday. Oil and gas extraction jobs increased by 100 to 177,400 in January, while support services jobs increased by 600 to 195,200 in December, its second increase in a row, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. The energy data was contained in a Labor Department report that also said U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased by 227,000 jobs last month, the largest gain in four months, while the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.8 percent. The BLS only has support services jobs data through December

Jan-Erik Räsänen (Photo: Foreship)

Räsänen Joins Foreship

Foreship has appointed Jan-Erik Räsänen as its Head of New Technology effective from March 1, 2017. The new role expands Foreship’s energy-saving consulting services at a time when the cruise industry is considering the best way of harnessing fast-emerging hybrid, battery and fuel cell technologies.   Based in Helsinki, Mr Räsänen will focus on helping owners implement energy-saving measures already developed by Foreship. He will also offer expertise on the application of digitalization, hybrid, battery and fuel cell technologies in shipping, for which he is widely

Wisconsin Energy to Buy Integrys

Wisconsin Energy Corp said it would buy Integrys Energy Group Inc for $5.71 billion to create a larger, more diverse Midwest electric and natural gas delivery company. The deal is the latest in a series of transactions aimed at minimizing exposure to the volatile wholesale power market, and analysts expect consolidation to continue. "More than 99 percent of the combined company's earnings will come from regulated businesses," said Wisconsin Energy Chief Executive Gale Klappa, who will lead the combined company. Prices on both the open and regulated markets have fallen, due to an

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

U.S. Energy Security: Maritime Infrastructure Investment is a Key, says Moniz

The maritime industry was front and center yesterday in Washington, D.C., as “getting more oil on the water” was touted as one piece of the puzzle in ensuring future U.S. energy security, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Sec. Moniz spoke yesterday at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2015 EIA Energy Conference at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC. Building U.S. energy security via a strategic evaluation of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve  (SPR) was central to his comments, noting  that the size, shape, release triggers and distribution

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Andreassen Joins PBES to Develop Energy Storage Markets

Norwegian energy storage company Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) announced Arnstein Andreassen has joined the firm to develop marine energy storage markets. Andreassen brings decades of experience in power generation and propulsion.   In his previous positions, both in Naval and commercial business, Andreassen worked with power generation and propulsion systems in the marine space. Andreassen comes to PBES from Bertel O. Steen Teknikk AS (Bostek), where he is responsible for sales of commercial marine generator sets.    

Eivind Aune (Photo: PBES)

Aune Joins PBES to Develop Energy Storage Markets

 Eivind Aune has joined designed and manufacturer of industrial lithium-ion energy storage Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) in order to help further develop energy storage markets.   Aune brings to the role decades of experience in Norwegian business. With an MSc in electronics/cybernetics and an MBA in international marketing and trade, Aune has served in several board and CEO positions, having most recently spent the eight last years as an owner and CEO of Sifa Mechanical Production in Selbu, Norway.

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Hovem Named CEO of DNV GL Oil & Gas

from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (1987).   Commenting on her appointment, Hovem said, “I look forward to leading the Oil & Gas business area in its next phase of development. The oil and gas industry has the opportunity to play an important role in a sustainable energy portfolio.”   According to DNV GL’s recently published Energy Transition Outlook, the world’s energy system is going through a transition. The oil and gas industry will continue to play an important role and will account for 44 percent of the total energy mix in 2050. Gas

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Corvus Energy Names Bjørkeli CEO

Corvus Energy has appointed Geir Bjørkeli as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Bjørkeli was previously Director of Norway for the Dutch company Huisman, and established the company’s Norwegian presence for offshore construction equipment solutions. Bjørkeli will remain based in Bergen, Norway. Prior to joining Huisman, Bjørkeli was a design engineer with the ship designer and shipbuilder Ulstein. He held several positions with Rolls-Royce, including VP Sales for North East Asia and Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Marine Japan, during which time he was

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DNV GL Taps Oudman as Regional Manager

As the global energy transition in the oil and gas industry marks significant changes to come, regional adaptions will pose a broad variation of challenges and opportunities.  DNV GL – Oil & Gas has appointed Ben Oudman as Regional Manager for Continental Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, India and Africa to further strengthen the company’s efforts to help the industry overcome barriers to progress. DNV GL’s 2017 Energy Transition Outlook report shows that while the energy transition is well underway, oil and gas will likely remain major energy sources for many years to come.

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CEO Haugan Leaves Kvaerner to Lead Aker Energy

Jan Arve Haugan resigns as President & CEO of Kvaerner, and from March 1, 2018, he will start his new role as CEO of the newly established oil company Aker Energy. Idar Eikrem, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in Kvaerner, is appointed interim CEO.   Haugan has been President & Chief Executive Officer with Kvaerner since its demerger from Aker Solutions and stock listing in the summer of 2011.   "Under Jan Arve Haugan's management, Kvaerner has developed into a leading, renowned oil service company with EPC services as our specialty. Competitiveness

Wagen Joins Corvus Energy Executive Team

Corvus Energy has appointed Willie Wagen as Global Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Managing Director Europe for Corvus Energy Inc., joining the company with years of strategic leadership, sales execution and industry experience. In this new role, Wagen will focus on expanding and accelerating global sales growth and expanding European operations.   Before joining Corvus, Wagen held a variety of sales and business development leadership positions over his nine years at Wärtsilä, most recently as the head of the Market Innovation department, focused on the global marine and

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