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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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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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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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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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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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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

Azeez Mohammed (Photo: GE)

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

Shearwater platform (Photo: Shell)

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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