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Thursday, August 16, 2018

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John Warrender (Decom North Sea)

Decom North Sea Names Warrender as Chief Executive

Decom North Sea, the membership organization for the oil and gas decommissioning sector, has appointed John Warrender as Chief Executive, commencing on August 1.Warrender brings over 30 years of domestic and international experience to the position. His work with IOCs, NOCs and independent operators includes significant leadership experience in the strategic development of complex decommissioning programs in the North Sea.Most recently an independent advisor to the industry, applying his specific expertise in corporate governance and performance improvement, Warrender spent over 20 years with ConocoPhil

James Larnder (Photo: Aquaterra Energy)

Aquaterra Promotes Larnder, Morrison

Aquaterra Energy. Aquaterra Express tools and equipment rental service, which offers easy access to an essential range of in-demand, standardized solutions. In addition, Well Start, aimed at the early phases of platform well construction, will be rolled out globally after the excellent response from North Sea operators. The company also plans to expand its modular Sea Swift platform to include new designs to suit a greater breadth and depth of field developments worldwide. The company also plans to continue its expansion geographically, following on from the opening of its offices in Norway earlier

Next Geosolutions’ CEO, Giovanni Ranieri

Next Geosolutions Acquires RMS Submarine

acquisition of UK-based marine resource solutions company, RMS Submarine Ltd.    The acquisition of the companies enables Next Geosolutions to focus on the operations and maintenance market, for both the cables and renewables industries, and represents a strengthening of its presence in the North Sea and Baltic region.    Based in Suffolk, RMS Submarine provides marine resource and management solutions in the marine survey, submarine cable, offshore renewables and oil and gas industries.  Both companies developed a strong working relationship prior to acquisition, which enabled

Stream Marine Training CEO Martin White (Photo: SMT)

Stream Marine Training Secures OPITO Approval

Glasgow-based Stream Marine Training (SMT) said it has secured approval from an oil and gas accreditation body to deliver specialist maritime training for the North Sea and international offshore sector.   The safety training company has been named an OPITO (Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Board) approved training center achieving certification for its Offshore Emergency Response Team Member course.   OPITO is a global leader in standards, competence and skills for the oil and gas industry. It has been setting standards for the oil and gas industry since 1991 to improve workforce

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.

Richard Pearce (Photo: Seacroft Marine Consultants)

Seacroft Hires Pearce as Engineering & DP Manager

here in Aberdeen, said Michael Cowlam, Seacroft’s technical director.   “His extensive experience of the sector, along with his vast engineering knowledge will be a tremendous asset as we look to develop our capabilities in more technically challenging offshore marine projects in the North Sea and further afield.”   Pearce said, “My aim is to enhance and expand the company’s in-house marine and dynamic positioning technical competencies using the knowledge and experience I’ve gained whilst working for vessel owners and operators in the offshore industry.&rdquo

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

Susan Duguid (left) and Brenda Bryant (Photo: Cammach Recruitment)

Cammach Recruitment Acquires Bryant Group

offices at 440 Union Street, opposite The Capitol building, and will house 16 members of staff across three floors with room for additional growth.   The deal further strengthens Cammach Recruitment’s current energy sector expertise and considerably extends the number of contracts with North Sea oil and gas operators, while also doubling the number of contractors to more than 200.   Susan Duguid, managing director of Cammach Recruitment, commented that the acquisition of another highly respected business was the “perfect fit” and builds upon a period of sustained growth

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

Gretchen Watkins (Photo: Maersk Oil)

Maersk Oil CEO to Step Down after Total Takeover

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 of Total's operations in Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands, Maersk said. Troels Albrechtsen, who is Chief Technology Officer of Maersk Oil, will be appointed vice president for a technical centre that

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

(Photo: Trafigura)

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

Christian Berven joings Aquaterra Energy as director of business development. Photo: Aquaterra Energy

Aquaterra Appoints Berven

Berven as Business Development Director, as it strengthens its EMEA operations by opening offices in Stavanger, Norway. The company, headquartered in Norwich, UK, was the first to secure a multi-million pound investment from EV Private Equity, as part of its pledge last year to support fast-growing North Sea businesses. The investment from EV is supporting Aquaterra Energy’s global growth strategy, as well has enabling it to invest in capital expenditure. It has already used part of the funding to expand its fleet of high pressure riser systems. Four of the five systems have already been contracted

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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