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Nick Hawkes (Photo: Aquaterra Energy)

Aquaterra Names Hawkes Financial Director

for 15 years. Hawkes graduated from Bournemouth University in 1987 with a BA (Hons) Business Studies.   His appointment follows the announcement in July that Aquaterra Energy secured a multimillion pound investment from EV Private Equity as part of its pledge in 2016 to invest $200 million in North Sea businesses with new technologies and high growth potential. The independent private equity firm confirmed it was seeking to invest between $10 million to $40 million in each company.   George Morrison, managing director of Aquaterra Energy, said, “Nick’s appointment marks an

BV Acquires MAC

Bureau Veritas (BV) acquired Maritime Assurance & Consulting (MAC).  Based in Aberdeen, MAC was established in 2010 and now has 30 employees as well as more than 40 associates. This transaction is in line with BV’s recent developments in the North Sea offshore sector, where it has reaffirmed ambition to strengthen its local presence and increase its service provision capabilities for clients in spite of challenging market conditions. MAC’s capabilities will be a great enabler to further develop Maritime Assurance services for BV clients worldwide, in particular in the offshore

Optimus Seventh Generation Chief Executive Derek Smith

Two New Contracts for Optimus Seventh Generation

Optimus Seventh Generation Ltd., an Aberdeen headquartered behavioral change consultancy, recently secured two contracts to provide safety leadership training to clients including Bibby Ship Management in the North Sea, and a new Asia-based client. According to Optimus Seventh Generation , these contract wins provide the company with a firm foundation on which to build upon its 2013 turnover of £5.8million, up 40% on 2012, and add a further five positions to its 40 strong team. “The recent contract wins strengthen our recent 2014 successes in Asia, and boost our presence into the

Karen Seath, new General Manager at Decom North Sea

Seath Takes Over as Decom North Sea GM

Decom North Sea (DNS) announced that Karen Seath will join the organization in September, in the role of General Manager. With the total cost of UKCS decommissioning expected to reach approximately £4.5billion in the next five years, these are strategically critical times for the North Sea decommissioning industry. This has been amply demonstrated by the publication of the Wood Review and the more recent “Scotland’s Independent Expert Commission on Oil and Gas: Maximizing the Total Value Added”.  Both reports urge the industry to find “game changing” solutions

Chevron to Cut 225 North Sea Jobs

Chevron will cut about 225 jobs in its North Sea oil operations in Aberdeen, Scotland following a review of its business, the company said on Wednesday. The jobs reduction will include contractors, employees and expatriates, it said in a statement to Reuters. Chevron said it will continue to focus on its flagship projects in the North Sea, including the Rosebank and Enochdu oil fields and the Alder oil and gas field. "Chevron Upstream Europe (CUE) is reorganizing its business unit in Aberdeen... As a result of the review, CUE expects reductions of approximately 225 positions," it

Mariner Sentinel (Photo: Sentinel Marine)

Sentinel Takes Delivery of New Rescue Vessel

Aberdeen-headquartered Sentinel Marine said it has taken delivery of a new emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) which will see 24 new jobs being created within its North Sea operation.   Sentinel Marine, which owns and operates offshore support vessels for the oil and gas industry, has secured a contract for the Mariner Sentinel with a major producer for its North Sea oil field. Following construction in China, the vessel is en route to Aberdeen and is expected to commence operating in July 2017.   Mariner Sentinel is the latest of six new build for Sentinel Marine since 2015.

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.

Enrico Salardi (Photo: Xodus Group)

Salardi to Lead Xodus’ Decom Division

projects.   “Xodus has been ahead of the game when it comes to decommissioning, from advising governments to strategic planning,” Salardi said. “I am joining a very experienced team that has worked on managing processes and the execution of work on many assets in the North Sea and around the world.   “I hope my knowledge will add to this and provide the team with an insight into what challenges the operators are facing and how we can help ease the demanding process of decommissioning, including reducing associated costs.”   As several assets

Photo: BP

Prepare for Growth, Oil Industry Told

The North Sea oil and gas industry has been urged to buck the trend and prepare for growth in the near future.   Attendees at an event organized by subsea intervention and commercial diving specialists K.D. Marine in Aberdeen recently, heard an upswing in oil price was imminent and, rather than laying people off, companies should be gearing up for increased activity.   Host and K.D. Marine managing director Hamish Petersen was joined by several other leaders from across the UK oil and gas industry, representing operator and service companies, to consider how best to survive and prosper

from left:  Stephanie Braid, Base Operator NorSea Group, Chancellor George Osborne, Jakob Thomasen CEO Maersk, Walter Robertson MD NorSea Group UK

UK Chancellor Visits NorSea Group HQ

Maersk and its business partners. The work will safeguard 6,000 UK jobs and create more than 400 new ones. Robertson said  “The industry as we all acknowledge has gone through a difficult time lately however this announcement, along with other recent announcements about investment in the North Sea, means the industry can look forward with a sense of optimism which is something we all welcome.” Osbourne said: “The announcement of a $4.6 billion investment in the Culzean oil field sends a clear signal that the North Sea is open for business. The UK’s Oil & Gas sector

Ithaca Gets New COO

Ithaca Gets New COO

 Ithaca Energy Inc. announced the appointment of Mr Roy Buchan as Chief Operations Officer, starting 5 January 2015. Mr Buchan has over 30 years of operational experience in the oil and gas industry. He has held various technical and senior management positions in the North Sea and internationally for Royal Dutch Shell plc and was previously Group Head of Operations for BG Group plc and, most recently, Technical & Production Director of Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited. In accordance with the Company’s Stock Option Plan, the Board of Directors has granted 750,000 share options

Unions to Ballot UK North Sea Oil Workers over Appetite for Strike

the main grievances was around a move to a three weeks on, three weeks off shift pattern at some companies, as opposed to the more traditional two weeks on, two or three weeks off.   "People are not happy about it," he said. "We are talking about some of the remotest parts of the North Sea, and the weather is a big determining factor as to whether helicopters can get out there."   Some of the biggest operators in the North Sea include BP , Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Apache Corp.   Separately, the Rail Maritime & Transport union said it had endorsed a call

Photo courtesy of Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore Expands in Norway

Bibby Offshore announced its continued international expansion with the opening of an office in Stavanger, Norway. The Norwegian office for Bibby Offshore will be headed by Arne Lier. Bibby Offshore has a leading subsea services position in the U.K. North Sea and the opening of the office in Norway further increases the company’s growing international presence. The company is currently participating in a number of tenders in the Norwegian Continental Shelf and is focusing on expanding its existing services to offshore operators in the region, benefiting from the depth of relationship that

North Sea – Hope for Declining Production?

as mature offshore provinces struggle for growth, while large-scale shale gas extraction looks increasingly unlikely in the medium term, according to Douglas Westwood. Following Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine and the resulting strained diplomatic ties with the West, it remains to be seen if North Sea production can rally to support any drop in gas flow from Russia.   With many IOCs planning investment into UK offshore fields through enhanced oil recovery (EOR), deeper water plays and downstream infrastructure upgrades, our Development Drilling & Production Forecast predicts that

Snorre B - Photo Harald Pettersen - Statoil.jpg

"Soil Shift" Shuts Down Statoil Snorre B Platform

Statoil shut oil production at its Snorre B platform in the North Sea and evacuated a quarter of the personnel there after detecting a soil shift under a drilling template and then oil leak, the company said on Monday. The Snorre field in the northern part of the North Sea is Norway's fourth-biggest oil producer with output averaging 88,000 barrels of oil per day in 2013, data from Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) showed. The field has two production platforms but Statoil declined to provide a breakdown between Snorre B and Snorre A, which is operating normally. Production at Snorre B

Semco/Maersk Drilling

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

Mo Tafazzoly (Photo: Vryhof)

Vryhof Expands Its Global Footprint

worldwide and maintain our leadership in innovative and value-added mooring and anchoring solutions.”   DSM’s Aberdeen office, which is headed by U.K. Managing Director Mo Tafazzoly, has been established in response to growing demand for Vryhof products and solutions across the North Sea and will significantly boost the company’s European operations.   Tafazzoly has more than 16 years’ experience in naval architecture and ocean engineering in the marine, oil and gas industry with an enviable track record in providing technical support to projects and as a technical

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