O&G Industry Urged to Support Digital Skills
A report into UK oil and gas workforce dynamics launched indicates that more than 40,000 new people will need to be recruited into the industry over the next 20 years, including 10,000 in posts that don’t exist today.The UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review, by global energy skills body OPITO in partnership with Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute, assesses the changing skills requirements for the industry over the next 20 years. The research will assist in providing a roadmap for a new skills strategy to ensure the sector is ready to take advantage of emerging roles and
KPI Bridge Oil Promotes Chambers to Marketing Manager
KPI Bridge Oil, a global trader and broker in marine fuels, marine lubricants and risk management products, has promoted Alysha Chambers from Group Marketing Coordinator to Group Marketing Manager.Chambers joined KPI Bridge Oil two years ago from a UK healthcare manufacturer where she was responsible for the company’s B2B and B2C marketing activities. Chambers has a MA degree from Kingston University, London in Marketing Communications & Advertising and a BA degree from Saint Leo University, USA in Communication Management.
O&G Sector Tarnishes Strong US Jobs Report
The U.S. oil and gas sector bled away more jobs last month as sustained low oil prices forced energy producers to reduce spending, suggesting that further pain may be ahead for the struggling industry. A roughly 50 percent drop in oil prices since June has pummeled the U.S. oil sector, prompting a quick drop in activity. The number of oil rigs active in the United States has fallen 40 percent since October. The mining sector of the workforce, which includes oil and gas workers, fell by 9,300 to 844,500 last month, according to the Labor Department's February payrolls report on Friday
Norway Oil Engineers May Walk off Job next Week
About 100 workers from oil services firms could walk off the job from July 5 if wage talks fail, the head of Norway's biggest oil sector union said on Friday, a move that would not have an immediate impact on oil output. However were such a strike to last for several weeks or longer, or if more workers were to join the action at a later stage, it could potentially affect production and even lead to shutdowns. Several rounds of wage talks between energy firms and unions have taken place in Norway in recent weeks, with none of them resulting in industrial action after all sides accepted the
KPI Bridge Oil Names Coyne Managing Director
Global broker and trader in marine bunkers, marine lubricants and risk management products KPI Bridge Oil has promoted Brian Coyne to managing director at its New York office. Coyne recently completed his MBA at New York University and has been with KPI Bridge Oil for more than 10 years. He has a broad knowledge of the bunkering industry as well as shipping as a whole, having sailed and worked ashore for an oil major prior to joining KPI Bridge Oil, the company said.
Rjedkin Rejoins KPI Bridge Oil
KPI Bridge Oil, a global broker and trader in marine bunkers, marine lubricants and risk management products, sees Lana Rjedkin rejoin the New York office as a Bunker & Lubricant Broker/Trader. Rjedkin initially joined KPI Bridge Oil in 2007 and is a highly valued member of the team with her extensive experience in both bunkers and lubricants and fluency in Russian and Spanish. Rjedkin joined Unimarine which started off as a subsidiary of the KPI Bridge Oil Group, when it became a fully independent company in mid 2014 to head up the lubricant sales in the Americas.
Oil Plus Announces Senior Management Appointments
Oil Plus Ltd, a specialist oil and gas consultancy, has boosted its senior management team as the company looks to strengthen and grow its position in the Middle East and globally. Peter Sanders and Clarke Shepherd have taken on the respective roles of technical manager and global business development director at the firm that advises on global oilfield water management, production chemistry, microbiology, reservoir souring and process engineering. Sanders, an oil and gas science veteran with over 30 years’ experience, and Shepherd, an experienced project controls and business
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
Sound Oil Promotes Italy MD to its Board
Sound Oil, the Mediterranean focused upstream oil and gas company, is pleased to announce that Luca Madeddu, Sound Oil's Italian Managing Director, has been appointed to the Board with immediate effect. Luca has been with Sound Oil since 2012 and brings over 24 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry with ENI, the major integrated energy company. Luca is a reservoir geologist by background and has extensive experience in hydrocarbon production, field development, petroleum engineering, supply chain management and reservoir engineering. He has managed large
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.
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
Hovem Named CEO of DNV GL Oil & Gas
Liv Hovem will step in as CEO of DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business area from January 1, 2018. She will be based at the DNV GL – Oil & Gas headquarters in Høvik, Norway as a member of the DNV GL Group's Executive Committee reporting to Group President and CEO Remi Eriksen. Hovem succeeds Elisabeth Tørstad, who has been appointed CEO of DNV GL’s new Digital Solutions business area. Hovem has been with DNV GL since 1988, most recently as Regional Manager for Continental Europe, the Middle East and India in DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business. She has
Eastern Libya Appoints New Chairman for its State Oil Firm
Libya's internationally recognised government has appointed Naji al-Maghrabi as chairman of its state oil firm NOC based in the east of the country, an oil official said on Saturday. The move is largely symbolic as oil production and the marketing of exports are controlled by the established state oil firm, also known as NOC, in Tripoli where a rival government is in charge. The official government has been based in the east since losing the capital to the rival administration a year ago. It has appointed a head for an oil firm NOC based in a separate headquarters in the east but oil customers
Thailand Emerges as an International Maritime Training Center
and the UK, in addition to our local student groups from Thailand, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong and Indonesia.”Now with more than 20 MCA approved courses being delivered each month, Galileo Maritime Academy is expecting similar growth in international students from the cruise ship and offshore oil & gas industries, partly due to the growth in cruise ship operations based in Asia and voyaging to new Asian cruise destinations such as Phuket and Phang Nga Bay, the Andaman Islands, the Mergui archipelago, Bali and Lombok, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and also
The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership
The Underwater Centre, a subsea training and trials center located in the Scottish Highlands, has turned a corner after receiving industry support to secure its future.Industry and public bodies including Oil & Gas UK, Subsea 7, TechnipFMC, Premier Oil and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) have collaborated to support The Underwater Centre and ensure that the industry continues to have access to critical, world-leading underwater training and can undertake vital subsea equipment trials.The company will now operate as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, which will be funded and
Andersen Joins Pipetech
Pipetech strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Frank Andersen as general manager Scandinavia. Andersen, who brings more than 10 years oil and gas experience to Pipetech, will be based at the firm’s Stavanger hub. He joins the company from GS-Hydro Norge AS where he most recently held the role of business development manager and key account manager. Previous to this, Andersen worked in various sales and management positions at three different IKM companies.
KPI Bridge Oil Singapore Moves Office
KPI Bridge Oil said its Singapore office’s move to new premises and appointment of a new Bunker Trader, Zoe Tang. KPI Bridge Oil first established an office in Singapore in 1998. In addition, Zoe Tang recently joined KPI Bridge Oil Singapore as a Bunker Trader. Tang joins KPI Bridge Oil from a Hong Kong based trading company where she held an Assistant Manager position. She achieved a Master’s Degree from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2012. Tang has worked for more than four years in bunkering in Asia and Russian Far East and is particularly experienced in high seas ship