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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

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Mildon Appointed President, Hydro Group

Subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group has appointed William “Bill” Mildon, as president of newly formed Hydro Group Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary in Pinellas County, Fla.   With nearly 40 years’ experience in undersea product development from complex sonars to sensors and undersea cable and connectors, Mildon has held a number of senior positions, most recently as technical director at Nest Technical Services. He has led teams in submarine penetration designs, under water connectors and numerous fiber optic inter-connect products.   In his new role

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McDermott Opens Office in Saudi Arabia

McDermott International, Inc. announced it has opened a new office in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, with the ability to add 300 staff to its existing workforce in the nation. The new office expands McDermott’s engineering capacity in the region and will enhance its offering in Saudi Arabia. The office opening follows McDermott’s recent Dammam yard inauguration and recruitment drive in Al-Khobar, where the company interviewed and assessed more than 600 Saudi craftsmen to support IKTVA localization objectives. McDermott said it has an extensive history of executing complex EPCI projects

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Statoil's Strategy Chief Knight to Leave Oil Firm in 2019

John Knight, Statoil's head of global strategy and business development, will leave the Norwegian oil firm in 2019, Statoil said in its annual report on Friday.   Knight, a British citizen who has been working at Statoil since 2002, has been a key figure in the international expansion of the Norwegian state-controlled firm in recent years.   "Based on a mutual understanding, John Knight, employed by Statoil UK, will end his employment with the company as of 1 January 2019," said the report.     (Reporting by Gwladys Fouche, editing by Terje Solsvik)

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Semco Maritime, Maersk O&G Sign North Sea Contract

Maersk Oil and Gas and Semco Maritime signed a contract for manpower to the operations in the North Sea. The contract, which has a duration of five years, include both blue collared and white collared employees. The agreement means that Semco Maritime will increase the number of offshore employees in the coming years.

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Macleod Joins OEM Group as Financial Director

OEM Group said it has named Mike Macleod as its new finance director as part of the company’s growth strategy which aims to see its turnover increase by 25 percent to £3 million in the next 12 months.   With more than six years’ experience working at director level, Macleod has joined the Aberdeen-headquartered marine and oil and gas services firm following 10 years at the oilfield services company Uniconn Group. Macleod has an Honors Degree in Law and Management from the Robert Gordon University.   In addition to Macleod’s appointment, OEM Group has also added

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What does Trump's Presidency Mean for the Power Industry?

in the US? Only time will tell, but if Trump has proven anything in his first 30+ days in office it’d be that policy changes are uncertain but can come across the line quickly.   Trump has, however, remained very consistent on his goals of improving infrastructure, reducing regulations on energy and creating jobs (all good things for the power market). In his first month in office, Trump has already signed executive orders and memorandums around expediting environmental reviews for high profile infrastructure projects and streamlining the permitting process and reducing regulatory burdens

Germany's Solarworld Cuts Jobs, Production as Loss Widens

Solarworld said on Friday it would cut 12 percent of its workforce after reporting a bigger operating loss for last year. The company, hit by price pressures across the solar industry, said it would phase out production of some components at its factories to reduce overlap, which would result in about 400 job cuts by 2019. "These measures will decrease costs and increase efficiency significantly," Chief Executive Officer Frank Asbeck said in a statement. "Our aim is to come out of the difficult phase for the solar market stronger than before and to raise module shipments to about

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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

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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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Tullow CFO Takes Leave of Absence

Tullow Oil plc Chief Financial Officer Ian Springett will take an extended leave of absence from the company in order to undergo treatment for a medical condition.   Les Wood, Vice President Finance and Commercial, has been appointed Interim CFO.

Morandi to Head GustoMSC’s Houston Office

Dr. Alberto Morandi has been appointed to the position of General Manager of GustoMSC’s office in Houston. He will be responsible for running the office and will act as point of contact for GustoMSC’s U.S. clients. GustoMSC is a design and engineering firm serving the offshore energy sector, and its U.S. office represents the company’s design solutions, associated hardware and specialist consultancy and engineering services in the local markets of the U.S. and the Americas. With Dr. Morandi’s appointment, GustoMSC said it aims to further ensure close working relations

Oil Rises on Expected U.S. Inventory Decline

 Weekly U.S. crude stocks seen down 1.7 mln barrels; Kuwait Petroleum committed to output cut.   * OPEC deal compliance meeting set for Jan. 21-22 in Vienna   * Saudi expected to lift Asian crude export prices - traders (Adds details on OPEC compliance meeting, updates prices)   By Karolin Schaps   LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Oil prices ticked higher on Wednesday on expectations that U.S. crude inventories are falling and signs that oil producers will stick to agreed output cuts that took effect this week.   Global benchmark Brent crude futures were up 10 cents at

BOEM Oil and Gas Lease Sale: 48m Acres

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced the bureau will offer more than 48 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development, in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Central Planning Area (CPA). “As one of the most productive basins in the world, the Gulf of Mexico remains an important component of our domestic energy strategy to create jobs, foster economic opportunities, and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,” Hopper said. “The exploration

The Port of Savannah moved 300,671 twenty-foot equivalent container units in November. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

GPA Marks 6.5% November Growth

Fueled by a strengthening export market and a busy peak holiday season, the Georgia Ports Authority reported for the month of November a 6.5 percent increase in total container traffic.   "Last month capped an active peak season, with November import and export cargo growing significantly," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.   The Port of Savannah moved 167,333 containers, an improvement of 10,210 over November 2015.   "An increasing demand for America's exports abroad and strong consumer confidence here at home are helping to boost cargo throughput,"

Credit Suisse Names Perry Global Co-Head of O&G

Credit Suisse on Friday named Tim Perry global co-head of oil and gas investment banking, effective January. Perry - who is being promoted from his current job as regional oil and gas co-head for the Americas - will work together with Osmar Abib, who has led the oil and gas group since 2011, Credit Suisse said in a statement. (Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi)

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Engineers Expand the Window for Installing Monopiles

to be developed and applied to the offshore wind farm sector and has the potential to be used in a variety of other offshore applications.   Longitude has a track record of working on a variety of renewable projects including cable installations, vessel conversions metocean studies, wave and tidal energy devices, wind farm component transportation and subsea deployment.    This latest project represents just one of the ways Longitude is working alongside the renewables sector to develop current methods and improve design capability

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Townley, Mankey Join Halcyon Recruitment

Maritime recruitment specialist Halcyon Recruitment has appointed David Townley as its new Operations Director in Singapore and Neal Mankey as a Principal Consultant in the U.K.   Townley's expertise lies in the oil and gas and marine sectors where he has placed candidates in graduate through to CEO positions. With over 10 years experience as a recruitment manager for positions in the U.K., Europe and Asia Pacific, Townley has been involved with a wide range of roles for companies such as Shell, Maersk and BP. Mankey, a principal consultant with over four years’ experience within the

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PLIDCO Hires Wilson as Sales Manager

The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO), a manufacturer of pipeline repair and maintenance fittings based in Westlake, Ohio, has hired Scott Wilson as Sales Manager.   As an executive for PLIDCO, Wilson will lead all aspects of the company’s worldwide sales efforts.   Prior to joining PLIDCO, Wilson was instrumental in building successful consulting practices with the WBC Group and Integrated Data Solutions. He brings more than 20 years of experience within various aspects of the manufacturing industry and is a distinguished graduate of The Ohio State University, with a focus on

Petrobras CEO: Wage Hikes of Last Decade are Impossible Today

Brazil's state-led oil company Petrobras is unable to give its workers the kind of pay raises that increased company salaries by about 50 percent in real, inflation-adjusted terms over the past decade, Chief Executive Pedro Parente said on Friday.   Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as Petrobras is formally known, is in annual pay talks with its unions, but Parente said that at least some of the employees understand the need for the financially troubled, heavily indebted company to limit pay increases. (Reporting by Jeb Blount; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Oil Workers Reject Petrobras Offer, Strike Possible

Brazil's largest oil workers' federation said Thursday its members voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract offer from Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, and were preparing for a possible strike.   Leaders of the FUP union plan to continue talks with Petrobras starting at 2 p.m. (1700 GMT) in Rio de Janeiro and have not yet called on workers to walk off the job.   In recent years, Petrobras has given wage increases well in excess of inflation, and this year's annual negotiations are shaping up as a test of mettle for new Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente, who has pledged to cut

Chevron Names Morris VP of Human Resources

Chevron Corporation has named Rhonda J. Morris corporate vice president of Human Resources, effective October 1, 2016. Morris is currently vice president of Human Resources for Chevron's Downstream & Chemicals business.    In her new role, Morris will oversee Chevron's Human Resources, Diversity and Ombuds, and Medical and Health Services groups. She will report to Chevron's corporate vice president of Human Resources and Corporate Services, Joe Laymon, who will continue to oversee Chevron Business and Real Estate Services, Global Security and Aviation until his planned retirement in

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Norway Labor Union in Small Expansion of Oil Industry Strike

Norwegian trade union Industri Energi will expand the ongoing strike among Norwegian oil service workers by 23 people, on top of the 335 that went on strike on Sept. 21, a union spokesman told Reuters on Friday.   The strike affects operations of subcontractors to the oil industry, and could have consequences for the output of oil and gas in case of a protracted strike, the union and employers have both said.   "The strike has already halted a large number of drilling operations," said an official at the Industri Energi trade union, Ommund Stokka. It was not affecting oil and

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Wood Group Workers Accept Pay Offer, Preventing North Sea Strikes

Wood Group workers employed on Shell's North Sea oil platforms have accepted a new pay deal, ending a months-long dispute that saw some workers down tools in July and August.   Labour union Unite, whose members voted 105-82 in favour of the deal, said proposed wage cuts were now less than first announced and that ad-hoc workers had gained greater work security and better options to gain permanent employment.   "Our negotiations with Wood Group allowed us to reduce the levels of cuts being proposed to our members' wages and terms and conditions," said Unite regional officer John

Colombia's Largest Oil Union to Vote on Possible Strike

Members of Colombia's largest oil workers union will vote on whether to strike in protest of privatizations at state-run oil company Ecopetrol, the union's president said on Tuesday.   Most of the 21,000 members of the Workers Union for the Petroleum Industry (USO) work at Ecopetrol, which has sold several major non-oil related assets in an effort to refocus its operations after the slump in crude prices.   Ecopetrol's net profit tumbled nearly 48 percent in the second quarter, the company said last month, because of a fall in sales and output.   Privatizations, the sale of

Williams Adds 3 New Directors as it Seeks to Fend Off Board Takeover

Pipeline company Williams Cos Inc added three new directors to its board on Monday as it works to fend off an attempt by activist investor Keith Meister to replace all of the company's directors.   Williams said on Monday it appointed Pioneer Natural Resources Co CEO Scott Sheffield, PPL Corp CEO William Spence and former American Midstream Partners CEO Stephen Bergstrom as directors, effective immediately, increasing the size of its board to 10 directors.   Meister, who runs hedge fund Corvex Management LP, nominated a slate of 10 directors last week, after assailing the quality of

SBM Offshore Nominates Wood as CFO

SBM Offshore has nominated D.H.M. Wood as a member of the management board and chief financial officer (CFO) to replace current CFO, P.M. van Rossum, who is set to retire.   The company will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on November 30, 2016 where it will be proposed that Wood be appointed as a member of the management board for a period of four years until the 2021 AGM. Van Rossum will then step down as management board member and CFO.    Wood has worked at Royal Dutch Shell plc since 1993 in various financial and management positions, including as Vice President

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Grosland Joins NAT as VP

development. Reporting to Chairman & CEO Herbjørn Hansson in a staff position, he will also work closely with others both in NAT and NAO (Nordic American Offshore Ltd.). Grosland has 12 years of international banking experience as an analyst and broker, focusing mainly on the energy/offshore and the shipping sector. Working from out of New York at the time, he has played a key role in a number of major equity and debt transactions. For several years he was a partner and board member of the investment banking firm of Pareto Securities Inc. (New York). Going forward, he will

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AISUS Offshore Hires Business Development Manager

, Aberdeenshire, Mitchell’s career has seen him travel around the world, working in the U.S., the Middle East, across Europe and also West Africa.   Prior to joining AISUS, Mitchell was business development manager for etpm Ltd and also held the position of operations manager for Forum Energy’s UKPS division. His appointment follows a period of high activity for the company as it continues to build its U.K. client base and recently completed projects in the Norwegian sector.   

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EV Appoints New CEO

EV has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer.   Bringing over 28 years’ of industry experience to the role, Fraser Louden has held a number of positions within a range of oil and gas service companies - including 17 years with Schlumberger - in global management and leadership posts. His career has also seen him work as managing director, and subsequently as chief executive officer of READ Well Services.   Fraser joins EV from his most recent position as managing director at ALS Oil & Gas, Houston, which was a role he held for four years.   To

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Danos Appoints Broom as Executive Account Manager for Shell

Danos has announced the hiring of Tom Broom as executive account manager. In this role, Broom will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining Danos’ long-term relationship with Shell.   In 2015, Broom retired from Shell after a 35-year-career, most recently serving as director of coastal issues for Shell Exploration & Production Company. In that role he served as the inaugural director of a 25-person international team focused on collaborating with internal and external stakeholders on coastal management issues. Prior to that position he oversaw workforce development and construction

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GE Appoints Mohammed as Power Conversion President & CEO

GE has announced Azeez Mohammed has been appointed President & CEO of GE Energy Connections’ Power Conversion business, effective July 11, 2016.  Mohammed comes to Power Conversion from his most recent role as President and CEO, of GE’s Power Services business for Middle East and Africa. He was instrumental in leading GE’s digital transformation, helping to position the organization as the world’s foremost digital-industrial company by launching innovative customer solutions in the power and LNG sectors. Today, he brings that experience to the Power Conversion

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Wood Maintenance Workers Back Strike on Shell Platforms

As many as seven of Royal Dutch Shell's North Sea platforms could be hit by the first strike action in the basin in 10 years after Wood Group employees working on the facilities voted on Wednesday in favour of industrial action.   Wood Group workers are employed on Shell platforms to carry out maintenance work. A person familiar with the operations said this meant production from the platforms was unlikely to be affected by potential strikes in the short term.   Nearly all Wood Group workers who participated in the ballot carried out by labour unions Unite and RMT supported strike action

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Energy Doldrums Force Boskalis to Cut Fleet, Staff

Dutch offshore engineer Boskalis said it was cutting 650 jobs worldwide and culling 24 vessels in response to what it called drastic changes in the company's outlook caused by low energy and commodity prices.   The job cuts, including 150 Dutch employees, would be made over the next two years from a workforce of about 8,000, the company said on Friday.   The company will take 10 vessels out of service at its dredging division and 14 at its offshore energy division because poor market conditions were likely to persist.   Falls in available work meant utilisation of the 150-strong

Norwegian Unions Say 755 O&G Workers Could Strike

About 755 Norwegian workers on seven oil and gas fields could go on strike from Saturday, hitting output from western Europe's top producer, if a new wage deal is not agreed before a Friday deadline, trade unions said on Monday.   A final round of mandatory talks will be hosted by a state mediator on June 30 and July 1 in an effort to avoid disruption that could start the following day.   The affected fields account for nearly 18 percent of Norway's oil output and a little more than 17 percent of its natural gas, Reuters calculations show.   Combined oil output was about 285

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Lempke to Lead Newport News’ Energy Programs

Michael Lempke has been appointed vice president of energy programs for Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, succeeding Pete Diakun, who will retire at the end of the year after 31 years of service.   Lempke, who will lead the shipyard’s energy programs strategy once he transitions into the new role, has more than two decades of experience in executive acquisition and operations for both government and industry. Most recently, he served as vice president of integrated strategic decision support for Systems, Planning and Analysis, Inc., in Alexandria

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Stokes & Spiehler Announces Management Promotions

Busscher has been named Engineering Manager.   LeBlanc is a Registered Professional Engineer. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering, and he previously worked with Unocal, Sperry Drilling Services, Transocean and Ocean Energy. As a drilling, completion and workover engineer for Stokes & Spiehler since 2003, LeBlanc has been supervising and guiding engineering and field efforts. As Vice President - Offshore Operations, LeBlanc will focus on enhancing offshore operations by working with the Stokes & Spiehler team

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Norway's Oil Wage Talks to Start June 30 in Bid to Avert Strike

Norwegian oil firms and their employees will begin a final round of wage negotiations on June 30 in a bid to avoid a strike that would limit the output of oil and gas from western Europe's top producer, the Industri Energi labour union said on Wednesday.   The deadline for reaching a compromise has been set to July 1, Industri Energi leader Leif Sande said. If no deal is struck, shutdowns could begin the following day.   In 2012, a 16-day strike among some of Norway's oil workers cut the country's output of crude by about 13 percent and its natural gas production by about four percent.

CWind CEO Resigns, Andrews Steps up as MD

Offshore wind services provider CWind announced that its CEO, Chris Randle, has decided to leave the group to pursue opportunities outside the company.    Lee Andrews has accepted the position as Managing Director for CWind, moving up from his current role as Operations Director with immediate effect.   Randle will serve in an advisory capacity during the transition.

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AKD Appoints Spijker

AKD has appointed Annemieke Spijker a partner in its Transport & Energy team with effect from 1 June, 2016.   Spijker  joined AKD in July 2006, and became a member of the firm’s industry-leading Transport & Energy team in January 2008. She specializes in disputes involving road carriage and multimodal transportation, and has particular experience in drafting and negotiating logistics contracts. Spijker  is also involved in litigation, focusing on international transportation law disputes and recoveries.   Spijker,  is a Legal 500 first-rate recommended

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GAC Names Arrieta O&G Director for S. America

GAC North America has signaled its strategic focus on the South American oil and gas sector with the appointment of Carlos Arrieta as Regional Commercial Director – Oil and Gas, responsible for developing its network of agents and general cargo throughout the region. Arrieta brings with him more than 40 years of industry experience to his new role. Prior to his latest appointment, he was Commercial Director, Oil and Gas for GAC North America – Logistics, after joining the Group in 2010 when it launched its oil and gas and logistics activities in the U.S. Lars Heisselberg, Group Vice

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BP Exploration Boss Leaves in Reorganization

leaving the British oil major after slightly more than two years in the job, a period in which the company slashed spending on the search for new deposits.   Herbert, a BP veteran and a long-time ally of Chief Executive Bob Dudley, rejoined BP in October 2013 after several years at rival Talisman Energy. His task was to lead exploration activity to help the firm rebuild investor confidence following a deadly U.S Gulf oil spill in 2010.   But as oil prices began to crash from mid-2014 and BP had to shed assets to pay off some $50 billion in U.S. liabilities for the Macondo spill, the firm

3sun Group renewables technician preparing to go offshore. Photo 3sun

3sun Group Launches Hull Base

3sun Group, a specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, today opens a new base in Hull which aims to provide up to 50 jobs locally. The expansion strengthens the Group’s strategy to become a leading supplier of installation, inspection and maintenance services for the offshore wind industry in the UK and Europe.   3sun Group will support local energy firms such as Siemens who have recently invested in the region as part of their commitments following a number of up and coming offshore wind contracts off the UK coast.   Commenting on the evolution

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Campbell Joins AdvanTec as V.P.

Matthew Campbell assumes the position of Vice President, Marketing & Product Management of AdvanTec Global Innovations. He assumes responsibility for marketing, and the development and growth of all brands within the marine products portfolio. He brings over 20 years of experience from a variety of high tech and manufacturing companies within the transportation sector including marine. “We are thrilled to have Matthew join our organization and to have him lead our marketing and product management teams with a focus on evolutionary collaboration.” said Paul Hill, CEO, AdvanTec Global

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Avalos Joins Reactive Downhole Tools

Reactive Downhole Tools, supplier of lower completion systems to the global oil and gas industry, has marked its fourth year of trading with the appointment of a business development manager for the North America region.   Stacey Avalos joins the management team and will be based at Reactive’s 30,000 sq ft Houston office and facility, which was launched in 2013 and represented an investment of $5 million.   Her experience includes a seven-year period with Baker Hughes which comprised a number of field engineer roles, and latterly a post as operations manager for which she led

Diamond Offshore Names Senior VP, CFO

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. has appointed Kelly Youngblood as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, to be effective May 3, 2016.  Youngblood succeeds Gary T. Krenek, who is retiring after 33 years of service to the Company and its predecessors.   Prior to joining the company, Youngblood held a variety of managerial positions with Halliburton Company, where he most recently served as Vice President, Investor Relations. Youngblood joined Halliburton in 1988 as a Staff Accountant and served in numerous financial management positions for Halliburton and its subsidiaries

Aker to Cut 280 Jobs in Britain

Norwegian oil industry engineering group Aker Solutions is to cut around 280 jobs, 11 percent of its U.K. workforce, in its Aberdeen and London offices, the company said on Tueday, blaming poor market conditions.   Aker suspended dividend payments in February and warned market conditions would remain challenging as the slump in oil prices has led to reduced spending by oil companies.   "Aker Solutions (has begun) a consultation with employee representatives on reducing its UK Subsea workforce capacity because of a continued market slowdown," said a spokesman.   Aker has

AccessESP Names Algeroy as Europe and Africa Region Manager

AccessESP, a provider of rigless electric submersible pump (ESP) conveyance solutions for the worldwide oil industry, has named John Algeroy as the Europe and Africa Region Manager. Based in Houston, he will be responsible for all marketing, sales and operations for clients throughout the region.   Algeroy joins AccessESP with 32 years of domestic and international oilfield experience where he has served in a variety of operational and managerial positions, primarily in the completions sector. Most recently, he worked as the product line manager for Schlumberger where he was responsible for the

Richards Takes over for Bennett as Chevron VP

Chevron Corporation today announced that Randolph S. Richards has been named corporate vice president and treasurer, effective May 1, 2016. Richards replaces Paul V. Bennett, who is retiring from the position after 36 years of service with the company.    "Paul has demonstrated a tremendous capability to both assess and manage risk, and has played an important role in helping to guide our financing strategies for the last several years," said Patricia E. Yarrington, Chevron's chief financial officer. "He has proven leadership skills and financial expertise, both of which

Petrobras Sees Layoff Plan Saving up to $9.2 Bln

Brazil's embattled state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Friday it will launch a voluntary layoff program to cut an estimated 12,000 jobs in a bid to save up to 33 billion reais ($9.20 billion) by 2020.   The program will cost 4.4 billion reais and is open to all employees, according to a statement from Petrobras, which has been hard hit by low oil prices, refinery project problems and a massive price-fixing, bribery and political kickback scandal.   The company said the planned redundancies would help adjust the size of its workforce to a smaller investment plan and boost

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Semco Signs Staffing Agreement with Statoil

Semco Maritime Norway informs it has been awarded a new framework agreement for supply of temporary staffing to Statoil ASA. The agreement applies to several types of specialists, both onshore and offshore, at Statoil’s installations and onshore facilities. The framework agreement runs for four years and holds options for additional four years.

Kemp: Gulf Migrant Workers Will Be Biggest Victims of Oil Shock

Saudi Arabia's army of migrant workers will be among the biggest losers from the slump in oil prices and the impact will reverberate to poor countries across the Middle East and South Asia where many of them originate.   Saudi Arabia relies more heavily on migrant labour than any other large country except neighbouring United Arab Emirates, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.   The oil boom brought an unprecedented influx of migrants mostly from poorer countries in the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia.   The number of migrants resident

Eddie McCullough (Photo: Optimus Seventh Generation)

Workforce Issues Top 'Topside' Agenda

Eddie McCullough, senior partner at Optimus Seventh Generation, will this week join industry experts at Topside UKs inaugural exhibition held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) on March 16-17 2016. McCullough will be part of an industry led discussion on Workforce and Skills Development, addressing the challenges that face the industry within the skills and competency sector at 10.20am on Wednesday, March 16th. Topsides UK is focused on extending the life of ageing topsides operations and is a platform aimed at driving collaboration between operators, contractors and the

Siemens to Cut Oil and Gas Jobs Amid Wider Hiring

German industrial group Siemens plans to cut about 2,500 jobs related to the oil and gas, metals and mining sectors - mostly in Germany - while pursuing a hiring drive to boost its digital industrial expertise, it said on Wednesday.   Siemens said it would realign its two business units Large Drives and Process Solutions, affecting about 2,000 jobs in Germany, mainly in Bavaria. It added that it would keep its current sites.   Worldwide, Siemens said it planned to hire at least 25,000 new employees in each of the coming years, thanks to its announced increase of more than 1 billion euros

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India’s NUSI Warns of Oil Exploration Training Shortage

Indian shipping trade union the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has asked the Indian Ministry of Shipping for financial help toward the training of maritime workforce in oil exploration activities.   The union’s General Secretary, Abdulgani Serang, said NUSI has requested financial aid and incentives from the Ministry through National Shipping Board for training the maritime workforce at NUSI Offshore Training Institute (NOTI), currently operated by NUSI-ITF Trust.   NOTI trains the workforce that operates specialized vessels, or small-sized ships, catering to various

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Petronas to Cut about 1,000 Positions

Malaysia's Petronas announced it is making about 1,000 positions redundant and is reshuffling some senior executives after a strategic review, as the state-owned oil and gas company tries to cope with the hit from a plunge in oil prices.   Petronas, or Petroliam Nasional Bhd, is one of the biggest employers of Malaysians and has a staff of about 51,000 people, according to its 2014 annual report.   A 70 percent slump in crude prices since mid-2014 has been squeezing the finances of oil companies globally, including those of Petronas, which makes up about a third of the Malaysian government

Workers at Ivory Coast's Petroci Launch 72-hour Strike

Employees at Ivory Coast's state oil company Petroci began a 72-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a wave of recent layoffs as union leaders threatened to broaden the walkout to other oil firms if the workers' demands were not met.   "Our employer violated all the rules and refuses to agree to the workers' demands. We have in front of us an employer that doesn't respect anything," said Jeremie N'Guessan Wondje, a Petroci employee and secretary general of the SYNTEPCI union.   (Reporting by Ange Aboa)

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New MD Takes Helm at OPITO

director for OPITO’s North Sea business and spent many years working across the UK for airport operator BAA. Based in Dubai, he takes over from Colin Griffiths who stood down in July last year and will lead OPITO International’s drive for the adoption of common global standards in key energy markets around the world. OPITO Group CEO David Doig said: “OPITO’s business is driven by demand for quality assured common industry standards from globally operating employers. Across all operating regions we continue to see a move to mandated OPITO standards environments, driven

Ashleigh Cleave-Wallace (Photo: KPI Bridge Oil)

KPI Bridge Oil Launches Brand Refresh Campaign

Press release - KPI Bridge Oil, a  trader and broker in marine fuels, marine lubricants and risk management products, has launched its anticipated brand refresh. The refreshed brand delivers the company’s new tagline ‘responsive maritime partners’ and introduces a full library of icons conceptualised and designed especially for the KPI Bridge Oil group brand. Some of the reoccurring themes throughout the brand are the company’s ‘people first’ approach, its ‘maritime DNA’ and all importantly its experts’ passion for ‘unlocking

Oil Industry Turns to Women in Hour of Need

and every country in Europe," Facebook's Sandberg said.   "That means we are not using the full talents of the population, that means when it comes to making the decisions that are impacting our world, women are not at those tables where decisions are made."   The Davos energy governors, who include the heads of companies such as BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Eni and Total, will be working on a first declaration of intent to close the gender gap, according to the documents.   It will also set out principles to encourage women to join oil companies, especially in technical

Chris Hearne (Photo: Dana Gas)

Dana Gas Announces New Senior Management

Dana Gas PJSC, a publicly listed natural gas company in the Middle East, has announced several key senior management appointments.   Chris Hearne was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the company on January 4, 2016.  Prior to joining Dana Gas, Hearne was with Serica Energy plc, an international oil exploration and production company listed on the AIM market in London, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Director from 2005.  Hearne has over 20 years’ experience within the oil industry having been CFO and Senior Vice President of Erin Energy, a

Young Tapped as CTO at JDR

JDR said that James Young will take up the role of Chief Technology Officer with effect from 1st February 2016.    In his prior role as Engineering Director, Young led the attraction and development of JDR's engineering talent for many years. The success of our Cambridge Research and Development site and our various engineering offices around the globe reflect James’ achievement in building our strong technical teams. David Currie, CEO, said, “This appointment truly recognizes the responsibilities and key contribution that James is making to JDR’s future direction and

Brazil Speeds Leniency for Corrupt Firms to Save Jobs

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff issued a decree on Friday aimed at speeding up a process allowing construction companies involved in a major corruption scandal to regain the right to receive government money, a move she says will protect jobs.   The decree, also known as a "provisional measure," clarifies the rules by which companies blacklisted for their role in the scandal can negotiate so called leniency accords.   The accords will allow the firms to get off the blacklist, a move Rousseff and the companies consider essential to stave off bankruptcy and keep work on

Oil Heads for Third Straight Weekly Loss

Brent set for third yearly loss for first time; WTI-Brent spread recovers from 11-month low. Oil fell on Friday as bearish sentiment driven by oversupply rattled the market and was set to lead prices to a third straight weekly drop, the longest losing streak in four months. Global benchmark Brent crude traded down 24 cents at $36.82 a barrel at 1133 GMT. U.S. crude futures fell to a near seven-year low of $34.41 a barrel but later recovered to $34.51, down 44 cents on Thursday's close. The global supply glut that brought prices close to 11-year lows this week means Brent will post losses for

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New Partnership to Train Iraqi O&G Workers

Stirling Group has partnered with the EU Iraq Energy Center (EUIEC) to provide risk management training to the Iraqi oil and gas industry to help build a highly skilled and competent workforce.   The specialists in health, safety and environmental services, headquartered in the UAE, will deliver a series of three day courses on dealing with uncertainty and risk in the global energy sector from its training center in Erbil, Kurdistan.    Aimed at graduates and developed in partnership with the KRG Ministry of Natural Resources’ Competency Development Program, the course will

Eva Kristensen (Photo: Ulstein)

Kristensen to Head Ulstein Design and Solutions

Eva Kristensen will take the helm as the new managing director at Ulstein Design and Solutions AS starting in January 2016. Kristensen will also enter into the role as COO for the Design & Solutions business area, and be one of the executives in the group management of Ulstein Group ASA. Kristensen joins Ulstein from GE Oil & Gas Nordics, where she was managing director for five years. Prior to this, she was managing director for two companies in the Aker system. Kristensen holds an MSc from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Instritute of Naval Architecture and

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Semco Maritime wins order for Expansion of Maersk Guardian

Semco Maritime entered into an agreement with Maersk Drilling for the expansion of accommodation rig Maersk Guardian, which will be inserted at various fields in the Danish part of the North Sea from September 2016.   The order for Semco Maritime comprises installation of new accommodation blocks as a supplement to existing quarters on the jack-up rig. Semco Maritime won the order in an open tender with several Danish and foreign participants. Head of Semco Maritime’s rig division, Senior Vice President Lars Skov Christensen, is very pleased with the order for Maersk Guardian, which is

Jesper D. Rasmussen (Photo: KPI Bridge Oil)

KPI Bridge Oil Opens Athens Office

KPI Bridge Oil, a global trader and broker in marine fuels, marine lubricants and risk management products, has opened a new office in Athens, Greece.   The new venture comes as part of the group’s broader growth strategy and desire to further develop its key markets. KPI Bridge Oil has been covering Mediterranean ports through its Istanbul and London offices for over four decades but the need for a physical presence in the important Greek market has become stronger in recent years.   The new Athens office which is KPI Bridge Oil’s second addition to the group this year

LNG Ltd Appoints Chief Development & CTO

;s responsibilities will include assisting in the close‐out of the full production capacity of Magnolia LNG; developing new North America and international opportunities for mid‐scale LNG projects and conducting M&A activities.   Gelotti has over 40 years’ experience in the energy and LNG industry and has proven ability to structure and build organizations and lead major project development and commercial teams within the LNG market. In his career, he has built assets; developed strategies for growing long‐term LNG supply and market portfolios; maximized delivery assurance

Baksht Succeeds Swent as Ensco CFO

Ensco plc has named Jon Baksht the company’s new chief financial officer based in London, succeeding Jay Swent, who will retire at year end.   Baksht was most recently vice president - finance after joining Ensco as vice president - treasurer. His professional career includes experience in investment banking and consulting. Baksht has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas.   Supply chain and information services will continue to report to Swent in the near term until a new reporting

ABB on the Indan subcontinent Courtesy ABB

ABB Strengthens Commitment to India’s economic development

of this center. ABB also operates its robotics service center in Bangalore, where engineers continuously monitor the health and performance of 5,000 working robots deployed worldwide.   Well positioned to contribute to government initiatives   ABB solutions help industries in India reduce energy consumption by 30% to 60% in a smart and efficient manner. The world-class automation solutions of ABB are helping to increase the impact of ‘Make in India’. They pave the way for the adoption of technologies related to the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP).   ABB

Pearson Signs on with RCG

the addition of Dan Pearson as a Director and head of the firm’s private equity and financial services practice. In his new role, Pearson will advise developers, technology companies, private equity and financial services firms and other corporations on matters relating to wind, marine and solar energy. With more than 16 years’ experience in renewable energy development, financing and construction both in the U.K. and overseas, Pearson brings technical understanding and commercial project finance experience to the team. Pearson was most recently a member of the executive management team

Anadarko Names Executive VP, Global LNG

Mitchell W. Ingram has been selected by the board of directors of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to fill the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Global LNG.   Ingram joins Anadarko's Executive Committee effective immediately, reporting to Anadarko Chairman, President and CEO Al Walker.   Ingram has 28 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry. Since 2006, Ingram has been with BG Group, where he served as a member of the company's Executive Committee in the role of Executive Vice President – Technical. Previously, he held positions of increasing responsib

Saipem Statutory Auditor Resigns

Professor Anna Gervasoni has resigned from the position of Statutory Auditor of Saipem S.p.A. due to “new professional and academic commitments”, Saipem announced today.   Gervasoni had been appointed from the list presented by Eni S.p.A. at the General Shareholders’ Meeting of May 6, 2014.    In accordance with the law and the Company’s Articles of Association, the Alternate Auditor Giulia De Martino assumes the position of Statutory Auditor. De Martino had been elected Alternate Auditor at the General Shareholders’ Meeting on April 30, 2015 at Eni&rsquo

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Phillips Heads Gulf Petrochem's Credit Risk, Bunkering Div.

joining Gulf Petrochem, he held the role of Global Head of Credit and Director at Soyuz Bunkering Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd, handling customer selection and promotion as well as liaising with legal departments and insurers on ship arrests and insurance claims. Prior to this, Phillips worked for Chemoil Energy Ltd, where he was responsible for the creation, implementation and management of global credit and counter party risk policy. Discussing the appointment, Mr. Prerit Goel, Group Director said, “We are delighted to have John Phillips on board to lead the company’s credit risk for our

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