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Closed Bell Diving Courses Relaunched at The Underwater Centre

A subsea training and trials center has become the world’s only commercial diving school to offer a closed bell saturation diving system with a self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboat (SPHL), following a major refurbishment.Thanks to significant investment and support from the global oil and gas sector, The Underwater Centre relaunched its three-week closed bell diving course in June. The first course was fully subscribed and applications are open for future courses.Subsea 7 and TechnipFMC have provided technical support, site supervision and conducted the refurbishment work on behalf of The Underwater

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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

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Aker Solutions Upgrades Aberdeen Site

 Aker Solutions today officially opens its upgraded Aberdeen services facility to help capture subsea sector growth in the UK and elsewhere. Demand is 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

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

A major new in-depth labor market analysis of the oil and gas industry is to be carried out to determine the conditions of the sector and to shape a new skills strategy for the continued success of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) over the next 20 years. Led by safety, standards and workforce development organization, OPITO, the project will be carried out by the Robert Gordon 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

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

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Bibby Offshore Wins Investment in People Award

Bibby Offshore has been recognized for its commitment to staff and the development of its people with the Investment in People award at the 2014 Oil & Gas UK Awards, as announced last night, Thursday, November 6, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center. Bibby Offshore’s Competency and Training Manager Claire Duncan, said, “The award is excellent recognition of the hard work undertaken by the Competency and Training team, the HR team and the company as a whole. It shows our people that what they do really does count. “People development contributes significantly

New Skills Resource for the O&G Industry

A new resource developed to help people source accurate information about the UK oil and gas sector has been unveiled in Aberdeen. HM Government’s Industrial Strategy, launched in 2013 to deliver long-term plans to secure jobs and growth in the UK’s key economic sectors, highlighted the need for one centralized online portal to provide a more proactive and co-ordinated approach to providing relevant information on oil and gas skills. Following 12 months of research and development, the Oil & Gas Skills Navigator was unveiled for the first time Tuesday, November 11 at a business

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