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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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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

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

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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.

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

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.

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

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North Sea Job Losses Raise Skills and Safety Concerns

Cost-cutting in Britain's North Sea oil and gas sector could lead to more acute skills shortages in future, industry experts have warned, with some expressing concerns that safety could be compromised.   A plunge in crude prices over the last 12 months has prompted oil majors such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP , Chevron and ConocoPhillips to lay off hundreds of workers.   Oil field services groups such as Amec Foster Wheeler , Wood Group and Petrofac are also in consultation with employees over job cuts.   "We have seen a lot of panicking," said Alastair Cole, a director at

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

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

OPITO CEO John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Market Study to Examine UKCS Skills

University’s Oil and Gas Institute. The intelligence will be used to deliver an overarching plan that identifies and supports the skills requirements for the industry over the next two decades to ensure the workforce of today and tomorrow has the necessary expertise to fulfil the potential of the North Sea. According to the latest figures available from Oil & Gas UK, in 2016 over 330,000 jobs supported oil and gas production in the region, of which around 186,000 were direct posts. The new high level assessment will forecast the expected job roles required to service the industry by 2035 by

Matt Jenkins (Photo: Well-Safe Solutions)

Jenkins Joins Well-Safe

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 risk.   Well-Safe now employs over

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

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Trafigura Hires ex-Noble Crude Oil Trader

Trading house Trafigura has hired Dan Stirk, formerly a North Sea crude oil trader at commodity trader Noble Group, to join its crude desk, according to trading sources. Stirk started his new job this week, one of the sources said. He served as North Sea trader at Noble starting in July 2016, according to his LinkedIn page. The move comes after Chinese trader Unipec hired three former Noble employees to join its middle distillates desk in London. Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar

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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

Courtesy Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions Upgrades Aberdeen Site

increasing globally for services at oil and gas fields offshore, including in the UK. Energy companies are seeking to maximize production and returns from existing assets and infrastructure amid tighter budgets. "Our investment in the Aberdeen services base demonstrates our commitment to the North Sea, a mature basin where we see opportunities," said Sian Lloyd Rees, Aker Solutions’ UK country manager. "It’s also part of our wider strategic move to capitalize on the broader potential we see in the services sector globally." The GBP 8 million site upgrade enables

(Photo: The Underwater Centre)

The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership

UK is pleased to have worked with our peers to secure an outcome which maintains the breadth of expertise and institutional knowledge at this excellent facility.”David McGhie, Managing Director of The Underwater Centre, welcomed the move, saying, “The center is of crucial importance to the North Sea industry as one of only two centers in Europe which provides closed bell diver training – a skill set which is vital to the North Sea sector.“We are delighted that the industry and Scottish Government have collaborated to ensure the future of the center. This genuinely positive collaboration

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