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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Oil And Gas Industry News

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

Brett Lestrange (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Names Lestrange UK Regional Director

Systems where he held the position of chief executive officer. Prior to this, he was a founding partner of Frontrow Energy Partners and held a number of senior and technical positions at Expro Group, including head of subsea. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Lestrange began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1992, when he joined Woodside Offshore Petroleum as a graduate engineer. 

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

Statoil Appoints Hutton

Peter Hutton has been appointed senior vice president CFO investor relations and will report to chief financial officer Torgrim Reitan. Hutton is currently director of oil and gas research in RBC Capital Markets London, and has broad international experience from the oil and gas industry. He has spent 12 years in the oil and gas industry and 16 years within the financial industry. Hutton holds a master of arts degree in modern history from the University of Oxford, UK and a diploma in international politics and the Middle East from Birkbeck College, UK. He will take on the role from 1 January

BG Group veteran Chapman joins Golar LNG as chairman

Sir Frank Chapman Appointed Golar's Chairman

Golar LNG Limited announced that with effect from September 19, 2014, Sir Frank Joseph Chapman has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company and will act as the Company's Chairman.   Sir Frank Chapman has worked 40 years in the oil and gas industry culminating in a twelve-year period as Chief Executive of BG Group plc. Under Sir Frank's leadership, BG Group grew from the modest UK-based Exploration and Production interests of the old British Gas into an international integrated oil and gas major. Operating profits grew from some $50 million in 1996 to more than $8 billion in 2012.

Layoffs and Another Lost Generation?

The oil and gas industry currently suffers a shortage of mid-career professionals primed for leadership & supervisory roles, the legacy of the last oil price downturn in the 1980s to mid-90s. At that time the industry endured significant job losses, and hiring came to a standstill. As a result of the limited talent added, the group of individuals advancing into supervisory or eventual leadership positions in the oil and gas industry is notably small.   According to Douglas-Westwood, since oil price started declining late last summer, layoffs in today’s industry are nearing 100,000

L to R: RGU postgraduate students Eugene Yeboah and Justice Ngoah

Ghanaian Students Benefitting from Scholarship Programs

and Technology in Ghana, but wanted to further their studies and apply their skills to the energy industry. They are currently completing the Oilfield Chemicals route at RGU via a Masters Program in Instrumental and Analytical Science, which is highly regarded and involves close ties with the oil and gas industry. Eugene, whose scholarship is funded by the Tullow Oil plc, said: “The Tullow scheme is aimed at helping to build capacity in areas where the company’s host countries, such as Ghana, have a skills gap in the oil and gas industries. “I was really excited when they offered

Peter Matthews (Photo: Atlas Copco)

Atlas Copco Appoints Matthews as Regional Sales Manager

product range of bolt tightening solutions including hydraulic tensioners and torque wrenches. Matthews has had a wide and varied engineering career starting in the military and taking him through the railway and emergency service industries. For the last 10 years he has been involved in the oil and gas industry and, with a Master’s Degree in Advanced Engineering including Tribology, is a recognized technical expert in this field.   As well as being in the oil and gas industry, the Tentec range of bolt tightening products are also extensively used in the renewables industry, particularly

New Skills Resource for the O&G Industry

connecting and consolidating all current skills information and activities, the Oil & Gas Skills Navigator will be the starting point for schools pupils, graduates, military career changers, employers, teachers or higher education groups and those looking for training information about the oil and gas industry. The resource has been created by industry skills body OPITO, in collaboration with industry partners under the stewardship of the Oil and Gas Industry Council. OPITO managing director John McDonald said, “The UK’s industrial strategy is a crucial tool to rebalance the economy

Phyllis Mitchell (Eric Haun)

Borets Bolsters Houston Executive Team

today that Phyllis Mitchell has been named vice president of human resources and Kent C. Crago has been named vice president of finance, both to be based in Houston.   Mitchell joins Borets with more than 20 years of diverse domestic and international HR experience, primarily focused in the oil and gas industry. Her responsibilities will include directing personnel in accordance with regulations and practices established by the company, government organizations and other regulatory and advisory authorities to position Borets as an employer of choice within the energy industry. Mitchell is a certified

Andrew Mitchell (Photo: AISUS Offshore)

AISUS Offshore Hires Business Development Manager

AISUS Offshore, which provides remotely deployed visual and ultrasonic inspection solutions to the global oil and gas industry, said it is looking to double its turnover over the next three years through expansion at home and abroad.     The company has therefore appointed Andrew Mitchell as business development manager to support the company’s plans for future growth, as it looks to enhance its products and services to meet industry demand.    With an in-depth knowledge of global markets and over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Mitchell will focus

Blair Named Sales Rep at Triton

of Robert Blair to the position of Outside Sales Representative. Focused on positioning Triton as the Gulf Coast gateway to the world, Blair will offer competitive rates, outstanding customer service and strategic transportation solutions to develop new business relationships within the burgeoning oil and gas industry. Prior to joining the sales division at Triton, Blair served as a sales representative at a national construction supply company.  In 2013, he earned a company-wide qualifying award for opening and developing new business accounts. As a member of the Triton team, Blair will concentrate

Em Roosevelt

Roosevelt Nmaed DPV Technical Sales Rep

Diamond Petroleum Ventures LLC (DPV), a thermal unit provider based in Lafayette, Louisiana, has appointed Em Roosevelt as technical sales representative. Roosevelt is responsible for direct sales and account management and will work toward expanding the company’s markets in the offshore oil and gas industry. He will also manage marketing and sales efforts aimed at bringing new technologies to commercialization. Roosevelt joined Diamond Petroleum Ventures in December 2013 and has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. In his previous position, Roosevelt led the development

Alan Broxson

Danos Names Broxson Division Manager

Danos recently named Alan Broxson, a 35-year veteran of the oil and gas industry, manager of the company’s new Instrumentation and Electrical (I&E) Division. Earlier this month, Danos acquired I&E company API Control System Solutions (API).  Broxson has been charged with leading the API integration into the Danos organization and leveraging the companies’ resources to expand I&E capabilities and offerings. Prior to joining Danos, Broxson, held senior-level management positions with CAMCO, Baker Hughes, NATCO and Weatherford in the U.S., United Kingdom, Middle East

Ray McGlynn

BMT Names New Offshore O&G Sales Manager

Oil and Gas. McGlynn will be responsible for European and African regional sales support and assisting Louise Ledgard, Offshore Oil and Gas Business Development Lead in supporting the coordination of ocean engineering sales across the BMT Group. McGlynn has extensive experience within the oil and gas industry including marketing and sales activities, strategic planning and business development, as well as extensive project management skills; from initial tendering through to project completion, BMT said.  

Ross Lowdon

SPE Aberdeen Names Lowdon Chairman

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has appointed Ross Lowdon as Chairman. He takes over from Anthony Onukwu and will hold the chairmanship until September 2015. Beginning his career as a hydrographic surveyor, Lowdon has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently the head of the surveying domain for Schlumberger Drilling & Measurement, globally. He holds a degree in land economy from The University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Drilling and Well Engineering from Robert Gordon University. Lowdon said, “The positive changes

Elizabeth Torstad,  CEO of DNV GL – Oil & Gas: Photo credit DNV GL

Oil & Gas Industry Hindered by Lack of Skilled Personnel: New Research

up salaries to unprecedented levels in some areas. The median daily rate that respondents to DNV GL’s research admitted they are willing to pay individual contractors in technical areas with a particular expertise shortage is USD 1,000.  Challenging Climates: The outlook for the oil and gas industry in 2014 The report is an annual litmus test for industry sentiment in the year ahead. It has been produced with input from a survey of more than 430 oil and gas professionals and in-depth interviews with more than 20 industry executives. Key findings include: The overall outlook

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