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Monday, February 19, 2018

Oil And Gas Sector News

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

left to right: Ecosse Subsea Systems commercial manager Iain Middleton (center) with operations director Mo Petrie, left, and managing director Mike Wilson (Photo: ESS)

Middleton Joins Ecosse Subsea Systems

(ESS) has appointed Iain Middleton to the newly created role of commercial manager.   The subsea and engineering technology company said the move would allow commercial director Keith McDermott to continue to pursue new business opportunities for Ecosse in the Asian and US renewables and oil and gas sectors, and to focus on strategic developments.   In a 30-year career within the oil and gas sector, mainly with major operator Shell, Middleton was responsible for the commercial strategy, planning and execution of a number of important onshore and offshore brownfield, decommissioning and

Mark Gillespie (Photo: ESS)

ESS Appoints Gillespie as Managing Director

on the oil and gas, decommissioning and renewables industries.   “I will remain very much part of the day-to-day business but will have the freedom to concentrate on improving client relationships and in leading the development of technologies which are relevant to our traditional oil and gas sector clients and the emerging renewables sector.”   The appointment follows the arrival of Iain Middleton in the new role of commercial manager, which will allow commercial director Keith McDermott to pursue new business opportunities for Ecosse in the Asian and U.S. renewables and

Carlos Arrietta (Photo: GAC)

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

Andrew Ward (Photo: APAC)

Transas Names Ward APAC Sales VP

as the Vice President of Sales, Asia Pacific. Ward  succeeds Johan Gustavsson, who moves into the newly created role of a Vice President Global Customer Support.     Andrew Ward brings nearly two decades of sales experience in the commercial and defence markets, and in the oil and gas sector.   Ward  has a BA (Hons) In Business Administration and Marketing and began his career with Litton Marine Systems (now Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine). During 2007 - 2009 Ward worked at the Imtech Marine UK supporting both their commercial business but also development of their

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

Jurgen Polderman (Photo: GAC)

GAC Branching Out in the Netherlands

boost Schiphol freight services and oil and gas support from Den Helder   GAC Netherlands announced it is expanding its range of services with the opening of two new branches to offer air freight solutions at one of northern Europe’s key airports and dedicated support for the North Sea oil and gas sector.   From 15 June, the newly opened Schiphol office will offer clients both air and sea freight logistics, clearing and forwarding solutions, as part of the global GAC Group's strategic plan for northern Europe. The addition of air freight solutions extends the range of services GAC offers

David Doig (Photo: OPITO)

Oil & Gas Skills Body Invests in Eastern Mediterranean

“Today’s event demonstrates yet again the strong ties that exist between Britain and Cyprus OPITO’s decision to establish a presence here is one of the most significant illustrations of this collaboration. Cyprus is at the begining of a long journey in the development of its oil and gas sector. OPITO’s presence here aims to support the Cyprus Government and industry to become a regional centre of technical excellence for oil and gas in the Eastern Mediterranean. The British High Commission will continue to support OPITO and its activities in this market” OPITO will

Stream Marine Training CEO Martin White (Photo: SMT)

Stream Marine Training Secures OPITO Approval

gas industry since 1991 to improve workforce safety and competency.   Stream Marine Training CEO Martin White said it is the only Scottish firm outside Aberdeen to have secured this specific OPITO approval, which is widely recognized as one of the most rigorous training accreditations in the oil and gas sector.   The announcement comes hot on the heels of a major project to refurbish SMT’s newly purchased 20,000 sq ft headquarters at Glasgow Airport.   “This is our first OPITO approval, which give us status as an OPITO approved training centre,” White said. &ldquo

Nicholls' Maritime Management Program Continues to Grow

been impacted by the downturn in oil prices and we are excited about the opportunities they have for our graduates.”   The goal of the maritime management concentration is to prepare the student for a career in general management in the maritime industry, with particular focus on the oil and gas sector, as well as periphery businesses. According to Dr. Chadwick, “While the technical and community colleges have created programs to develop workers with specific skill sets, until now, there was no four year business program designed to address the need for professional or managerial expertise

Graham Gall  (Photo: OPITO)

New MD Takes Helm at OPITO

will further enhance the International management team and support the group’s drive to deliver new workforce development projects across these regions and the Middle East.” Funded by the oil and gas industry, OPITO is the recognized, global authority on safety training in the oil and gas sector. The organization’s vision is to have common safety training standards accepted and adopted by the industry to significantly improve the safety of the global oil and gas workforce. OPITO works with governments, regulators and industry all over the world to deliver improved safety training

Zakee Siddiqi, Chairman & CEO SIDDCO Group, joined by the Italian Ambassador to the UAE, and Alberto Lauro, CEO, istituto Italiano della Saldatura during the signing ceremony (Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports)

MOU Signed for O&G Fabrication Training in UAE

UAE, H.E. Giorgio Starace, following the SMA signing for SIDDCO Group’s new, AED 130 million engineering facility, iNGENIUM. During the SMA ceremony, SIDDCO unveiled that iNGENIUM, a state-of-the-art facility which will deliver precision automated engineering and fabrication for the regional oil and gas sector, will also include a dedicated training center backed by IIS, the Italian nonprofit welding and metallurgical sciences institute, to promote innovation and improvement in the field of engineering and technology across the UAE.   “At SIDDCO we believe in nurturing skills and aspirations

Hannah Crutchley (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Appoints Crutchley as HSEQ Manager

Global Maritime has appointed Hannah Crutchley as its new Group Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) Manager.  Crutchley has over 10 years experience in the oil and gas sector and will be tasked with ensuring that Global Maritime adheres to the highest health, safety, environmental and quality standards across its business operations. She will be based in London. Crutchley is an experienced HSEQ professional having primarily focused in Asia Pacific and Europe. Roles have included Department HSEQ Manager, Project HSEQ Manager and Site HSE Advisor for large-scale engineering,

Offshore rig worker: File image

Australia Job Seekers Meet Employers at AOG Perth Conference

57 percent, according to the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency. On 21, February 2014 over 1000 graduates and tertiary students meet with major employers at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre  to learn about job opportunities, graduate programs and vacation work available in the oil and gas sector. The oil and gas industry is bringing a healthy profit to Australia's economy, with almost $200 billion worth of projects underway and another $180 billion worth of gas investment on the drawing board. A mix of presentations and networking opportunities are on offer with speakers from Curtin

ESS managing director Mark Gillespie, global business development manager Andy Readyhough and commercial director Iain Middleton. (Photo: ESS)

Readyhough Joins Ecosse

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has added  Andy Readyhough to the management team, charged with global business development for the ambitious Aberdeen-shire based company which specialises in seabed clearance and trenching operations in the renewable energy, oil and gas and interconnector sectors.   Readyhough has joined ESS having previously held senior management positions at Global Marine Systems and DeepOcean UK. He is a master mariner with more than 35 years maritime and offshore experience and for the last 18 years was engaged in submarine cable installation, trenching and maintenanc

Photo: RGU

EIC, Robert Gordon University Announce Award

The Energy Industries Council (EIC) has partneredwith Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) MBA program at Aberdeen Business School to present the EIC Rising Star MBA Award, a brand new initiative designed to develop leaders of tomorrow in the oil and gas sector. The winner of the award will receive full tuition fees (worth £16,500  ($21,000)) for the MBA Oil and Gas Management course at RGU, starting in January 2018. Second prize is a £5,000 ($6,500) scholarship towards tuition fees, third prize is a £2,500 ($3,200) scholarship, and all applicants that meet the entry

Orion Group Strengthens Ties with Canada

Orion Group, a manpower provider to the U.K. oil and gas sector, last week sent a delegation to Canada to support ongoing business links and growth in the country. Representatives from Orion Group visited clients in the Canadian oil and gas capital Calgary, to host a U.K. trade and investment event on Thursday, May 22. Alan Savage, chairman of Orion Group hosted an evening with Tony Kay OBE, British Consulate-General, Calgary. Those attending discussed the future of Canada’s oil and gas industry as the sector responds to changing workplace requirements. Alan Savage, said, “The

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