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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Larry Rigdon

Rigdon Named Interim CEO at Tidewater

; Thomas R. Bates, Jr., Chairman of Tidewater's Board, said, “The board and management are excited about Tidewater's future, but there are still challenges that confront Tidewater and all offshore supply vessel companies that must be addressed while we wait for the overall recovery in the offshore energy industry.  Balancing revenues with operating costs to reach cash flow breakeven is one of the most important of these challenges.”   Rigdon, who was appointed to serve on the board following the financial restructuring, has prior experience as an executive at Tidewater, retiring

Liv Hovem (Photo: DNV GL)

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

Gretchen Watkins (Photo: Maersk Oil)

Maersk Oil CEO to Step Down after Total Takeover

The chief executive of Maersk Oil, Gretchen Watkins, will leave the company when Total's acquisition of the company has been completed, Maersk said Wednesday.   Watkins joined Maersk Oil as Chief Operating Officer in January 2014 and took the role of CEO in October last year. Prior to joining Maersk Oil, she had worked at Marathon Oil and BP.   Total agreed last month to buy the oil and gas business of A.P. Moller-Maersk for $7.45 billion, strengthening the French major's operations in the North Sea.   The current COO at Maersk Oil, Martin Rune Pedersen, will become vice president

Keppel Wins SBM FPSO Conversion Deal

As energy markets start to rebound, Keppel Shipyard Ltd. secured a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) conversion contract from  SBM Offshore N.V. (SBM Offshore). The contract calls for a VLCC to be converted into an FPSO, to be deployed to the Liza field, located approximately 193km offshore Guyana in the Stabroek block. The shipyard's work scope includes refurbishment and life extension works, such as the upgrading of living quarters, fabrication and installation of spread mooring systems, as well as the installation and integration of topside modules. The converted FPSO

Frank Ketelaars (Photo: DNV GL)

Ketelaars Takes the Lead for DNV GL - Oil & Gas in the Americas

Frank Ketelaars took up the position of Director of Region Americas in DNV GL – Oil & Gas on 1 October, as North America’s energy system undergoes a transition.   DNV GL’s recently published Energy Transition Outlook shows significant shifts in US federal energy and climate change policies. Commenting on his appointment, Ketelaars said: "DNV GL has delivered some of the oil and gas industry's most progressive and technically complex projects across the Group's regions.”    Reducing dependence on imports is a key driver for the energy transition in

France Approves of Siemens/Alstom Tie-up if Jobs Spared

 France has nothing against a potential tie-up between German engineering group Siemens and Alstom if the deal does not bring job cuts, the French government's spokesman said on Friday. Earlier on Friday, Le Monde newspaper reported Siemens was in advanced talks to combine its rail activities with Alstom in a deal that could be announced on Sept. 26. "It is important that we can strengthen our industrial sectors ... in partnership with Germany," government spokesman Christophe Castaner told journalists in response to a question about the tie-up. "There is no concern on the

Matt Corbin (Photo: Sparrows)

Corbin Joins Sparrows Group as European Director

Sparrows Group has appointed Matt Corbin as its regional operations director for the UK and Europe to support the company’s continued growth in the oil and gas, renewables and industrial sectors.   Corbin, who has more than 20 years’ experience working in the oil and gas industry, has held several leadership positions including UK managing director for the subsea division of Aker Solutions and UK regional general manger for GE Oil & Gas.  Most recently, he was supply chain consultant to the UK Government’s regulatory body, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and

OPITO CEO John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Market Study to Examine UKCS Skills

roles and categorise these into broad job families.   OPITO will work with the Scottish Government through SDS and with the UK Government through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to ensure alignment with government objectives.   OPITO chief executive and Energy Jobs Taskforce member John McDonald said: “My discussions with industry stakeholders and within the Energy Jobs Taskforce identified a clear need for a project which would help us to define a skills strategy for oil and gas. The industry has undergone a number of significant changes over the

Colombia's Ecopetrol Names New CEO, Echeverry Resigns

Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol said its current vice-president, Felipe Bayon, will take over as chief executive, replacing Juan Carlos Echeverry. Echeverry, who has headed the company since March 2015, through difficult times caused by the global fall in crude prices, has resigned for family reasons, Ecopetrol said in a statement to the Andean country's financial regulator. Bayon, an engineer who spent 20 years working at BP PLC, will take over from Sept. 15, the company said. He has been a vice president at Ecopetrol since February 2016. Echeverry told Reuters in an interview last

Shell Nabs Sinochem Crude Trader for Singapore Desk

Royal Dutch Shell has hired a former manager in Sinochem's London office to help bolster its crude oil trading into the Chinese market, sources told Reuters. Zheng Qingpu, who worked as the deputy general manager for Sinochem in London, has joined the Shell crude oil trading desk in Singapore, the sources said. Major trading houses and independent oil firms are chasing qualified and well-connected staff for their Asia trading desks, spurred on by the opening up of China's oil imports to include independent refineries. Shell declined to comment on staff moves. Qingpu, who managed West African

Matt Jenkins (Photo: Well-Safe Solutions)

Jenkins Joins Well-Safe

Well-Safe Solutions has appointed a director of well abandonment to its growing list of decommissioning experts, bringing the senior team to nine since launching this summer.    Matt Jenkins has joined Well-Safe from Conoco where he led its UK P&A (plug and abandonment) Engineering and Strategy and was pivotal in the Southern North Sea Decommissioning project.    As director of well abandonment at Well-Safe, Jenkins will lead the technical team to design safe and efficient well P&A operations for clients, ensuring the best possible solutions are implemented to mitigate

Photo courtesy of Falck Safety Services

Falck Safety Services, Simwave Partner on Training

Falck Safety Services and Simwave are joining forces to serve the maritime and oil and gas industries with combined simulation and practical training. For more than 30 years, Falck Safety Services has offered safety training for the offshore, maritime and wind industries.   On November 8th, Simwave will open its doors to the most advanced maritime simulator center in the world. This co-operation means that customers will be able to undertake simulation training at Simwave to complement the training at one of the training centers of Falck Safety Services.   Simwave boasts 59 simulators

Andy Warder (Photo: Pharos Offshore)

Pharos Offshore Names Warder COO

Pharos Offshore announced Andy Warder has joined the team as Chief Operations Officer with immediate effect.   Warder joins Pharos with over 25 years’ experience in the offshore industry holding senior and executive management positions with a track record of successfully growing his business units and providing strong support and solutions to Clients predominantly throughout the Asia Pacific regions.  

From right to left – OSM crew members Giliard Damasceno Miranda (Deck Operator), Wilton Pereira Gomes (Deck Operator) and Alex Fabiano de Figueiredo Oliveira paying attention to the instructions that Bruno Araujo (back) is going through (Photo: OSM)

OSM Officially On Board Statoil’s Peregrino

Efforts in Brazil are reinforced for OSM with more than 90 specialized offshore positions officially on board the Peregrino.   “OSM Brazil have successfully mobilized our crew on board the FPSO Peregrino,” says Tommy Olofsen, Managing Director of OSM Crew Management.  OSM Maritime Group (OSM) began its journey with Statoil’s Floating Production Storage Unit (FPSO) Peregrino back in early 2016.   However, increased efforts and investments in Brazil have been ongoing since 2013 – with multiple office locations, and an EBN Certification that marks the company

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EIC, Robert Gordon University Announce Award

The Energy Industries Council (EIC) has partneredwith Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) MBA program at Aberdeen Business School to present the EIC Rising Star MBA Award, a brand new initiative designed to develop leaders of tomorrow in the oil and gas sector. The winner of the award will receive full tuition fees (worth £16,500  ($21,000)) for the MBA Oil and Gas Management course at RGU, starting in January 2018. Second prize is a £5,000 ($6,500) scholarship towards tuition fees, third prize is a £2,500 ($3,200) scholarship, and all applicants that meet the entry

Inside the Wind Lidar Production Facility (Photo: ZephIR)

ZephIR Lidar Expands Engineering Team

ZephIR Lidar has announced the expansion of its Engineering and Supply Chain Team as part of a larger strategy to increase production and meet the growing demand for more accurate wind measurements within the wind energy industry. ZephIR Lidar has invested its own resources and has also applied for and received government-backed ‘Innovate UK’ funding in support of expanding the engineering function for production and manufacturing, as well as creating new jobs in the rural location of Ledbury, UK, where the Company is based.   Paul Taylor joins as Program Director, brought into

Gunvor Hires BP's Former Top US Trader

Gunvor has hired a senior veteran oil trader, David Garza, previously with BP and most recently U.S. oil refiner Tesoro, to run its U.S. operations as the Swiss trading house further expands in North American energy markets. Gunvor began building its U.S trading operations last year, expanding outside its core markets in Europe, Asia and Africa. The company initially focusing on refined products and natural gas but this year has hired several traders to launch a crude oil desk in Houston, Texas, and beefed up its Canadian trading desk. Garza will start in September as the new managing director

Enrico Salardi (Photo: Xodus Group)

Salardi to Lead Xodus’ Decom Division

said it has appointed Enrico Salardi as its decommissioning director to lead the company’s ‘decom division’ which was formed in 2015.   Salardi brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience in the management of oil and gas assets, joining Xodus from operator Quadrant Energy where he was senior project manager for a number of decommissioning programs in Australia.   Throughout his career, Salardi has managed many projects in various phases of their lifecycle around the world, including Italy, Nigeria, Norway, Libya, Croatia, Egypt and Australia. After more than

John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

McDonald Takes the Helm at OPITO

Global safety, standards and workforce development organization OPITO has appointed John McDonald as CEO as the organization seeks to further drive the international skills agenda for the oil and gas industry.   McDonald has been Interim CEO since January and was previously U.K. managing director for OPITO after joining the organization in 2012. The appointment comes after an external and internal recruitment process following the sudden death of former CEO David Doig earlier this year.   John Taylor, chairman of OPITO today welcomed McDonald to the role. He said, “John is a strong

Statoil needs to recruit skilled workers to all disciplines in the coming years. (Photo: Øyvind Hagen)

Statoil Recruitment Plan Targets Skilled Workers

Statoil said plans to recruit more than 50 skilled workers annually in the years ahead to ensure that the company has the right competence and capacity on the Norwegian continental shelf. “We believe it will be possible to maintain profitable and sustainable production at the current level on the Norwegian continental shelf up to 2030 and beyond. However, this means that we must continue to attract talented personnel with good qualifications,” said Aksel Stenerud, vice president human resources Development and Production Norway.   As a result of the downturn in the oil and gas

Chris Martin (Photo: Port of Milford Haven)

Martin Named Port of Milford Haven Chairman

The Port of Milford Haven announced the appointment of Chris Martin as its new Chairman.  Martin has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport and will take up the post on August 1, 2017.   Born and bred in Pembrokeshire Martin has been Vice Chairman of the Port of Milford Haven for the last four and a half years, a role he will now relinquish to become Non-Executive Chairman of the Port.  For the majority of his career he has been an entrepreneur building and then selling pharmacy chains in the South West of England and Pembrokeshire. In more recent years he has fulfilled

Statoil Moves Key IT Tasks from India Back to Norway

on Friday it would move its critical information technology (IT) tasks from Indian provider HCL Technologies back to Norway to improve security. A number of IT-related security incidents in recent years, including one that disrupted oil loading at the Mongstad refinery in 2014, had led the Norwegian energy company to create a task force to assess risks. As a result of this assessment Statoil decided to strip its most "critical" tasks from provider HCL, to which the company outsources most of its infrastructure IT management, after internal reports identified potential security problems

Oliver Stettner (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Appoints Indonesia Country Manager

, Stettner played a key role in supporting high profile renewables projects, such as the Gode Wind I+II offshore wind farms and the grid connection cluster Westlich Adlergrund.   Stettner holds M.Sc. degrees in Offshore and Dredging Engineering from Delft University of Technology and in Wind Energy from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.  

Charters Joins NOAI Staff

joined the staff of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) as Senior Director of Governmental and Political Affairs.   Charters comes to NOIA from the National Stripper Well Association (NSWA) where he represented more than 18,000 small business men and women in America’s upstream energy industry as Vice President of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs.    Charters brings nearly 20 years of Congressional experience to NOIA. From 2008-2015, he served as Staff Director of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee under Chairman

Photo: Peter Sanders and Clarke Shepherd have taken on the respective roles of technical manager and global business development director at Oil Plus.

Oil Plus Announces Senior Management Appointments

his career at Oil Plus in 1988.   Shepherd joins from supporting upstream developments for Maersk Oil, where he held the position of project controls specialist. With 14 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Shepherd has also previously worked with Premier Oil, Parkmead Group, LR Senergy and BP. Clarke is also the co-founder of Aberdeen-based Evolve Group, where he heads up the recently launched software development division, Evolve iMS.    In March 2017, Oil Plus was acquired by Mark Cavanagh, managing director of Crandale Consultants, from John Crane Inc. Since 1978

Signing the technical partnership renewal are University of Cebu President Atty. Augusto W. Go. (left) and Shell Marine Executive Director Jan Toschka (Photo: Shell)

Shell to Continue Philippine Mariner Training

Shell Marine has renewed its technical partnership for a further four years with the University of Cebu - Maritime Education and Training Center (UC METC).  At the signing of the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were Shell Marine Executive Director Jan Toschka, University of Cebu President Atty. Augusto W. Go.    Shell Marine will provide expertise in lubrication technology to the students and lecturers of the UC METC. A technical team from Shell Marine will provide training and knowledge modules through workshops and seminars at the UC METC.   Shell Marine Executive

Dorothy Shepherd (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Shepherd Joins Bibby Offshore's Renewables Team

Bibby Offshore, a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Dorothy Shepherd as general manager, renewables.   Shepherd joins Bibby Offshore with more than 15 years’ experience in the energy industry. Having spent a significant time at The Crown Estate - a key player in supporting the delivery of energy supply for the U.K. - Shepherd brings with her a wealth of offshore renewables knowledge, including the delivery of new developments and supporting infrastructure.   In her new role, Shepherd will be instrumental in the delivery of new business in the

Genoil Bolsters Management Team

on strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, financial performance and risk management.   Phillips joins Genoil after the agreement of several major initiatives for the company. In November 2016, Genoil signed a US $50 billion Letter of Intent to develop and construct upgrading and energy projects in Russia and Chechnya, including the provision of a complete solution from oil field development through to the production of 3.5m barrels per day of clean fuels. In April 2016, Genoil received a $5 billion Letter of Intent from a Chinese Policy "Superbank" to develop a project

Jim Hagemann Snabe (Photo: A.P. Moller-Maersk)

A.P. Moller-Maersk Elects New Chairman to Steer Digital Transformation

supervisory board of German engineering group Siemens, is to deliver on the restructuring plan set out by new group Chief Executive Soren Skou in September. This included bulking up the group's transport and logistics operations while seeking alliances or a separate listing for its capital intensive energy division. Snabe replaces Michael Pram Rasmussen, who steps down after 14 years in the job. "Jim is a man of the future, I firmly believe in that ... I hope that technology will play a bigger role than it has played so far in our business," said Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla, Chairman

John Knight (Photo: Trond Isaksen / Statoil)

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)

Photo: Semco Maritime

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.

Mike Macleod  (Photo: OEM Group)

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

President Donald Trump (Official White House photo)

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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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

Patrick Grandelli (Photo: PCCI)

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

Ian Springett (Photo: Tullow)

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

Bill Mildon, president Photo  Hydro Group Systems

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

Neal Mankey (Photo: Halcyon Recruitment)

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

Scott Wilson (Photo: PLIDCO)

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

Andrew Mitchell (Photo: AISUS Offshore)

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.   

Fraser Louden Photo EV

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

Tom Broom (Photo: Danos)

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

Michael Lempke (Photo: HII)

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

Blair LeBlanc (Photo: Stokes & Spiehler)

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.

Annemieke Spijker (Photo: AKD)

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

Carlos Arrietta (Photo: GAC)

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

Richard Herbert (Photo: BP)

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

Stacey Avalos Reactive Downhole Tools

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

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