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Shell Nigeria Declares Force Majeure at its EA Field

Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it had declared force majeure at its EA field in Nigeria to repair equipment damaged by bad weather offshore, putting on hold production of about 40,000 barrels of oil a day. Repairs were needed to the soft yoke mooring platform, it said in a statement. The EA field is located south west of Warri in water depths of around 25 metres. (By Andrew Heavens; editing by David Dolan, Reuters)  

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

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 greenfield projects. He was latterly supply chain manager for Shell projects in the UK, Ireland and Netherlands, with responsibility for an

Shell to Lay Off Staff, Contractors in Norway

Oil producer Royal Dutch Shell will lay off 120 of its 900 workers in Norway and reduce its contractor force by 140 from 350, as low oil prices force it to cut costs, it said on Thursday.   Shell said 100 of the staff cuts would be at its headquarters in Stavanger on Norway's west coast while 20 jobs would be eliminated at its operations department in Kristiansand.   Oil firms in Norway are expected to cut investments by around 15 percent this year, the industry's lobby group predicted earlier. Spending could fall further in 2016 as energy firms hold back future developments after crude

Brekelmans Named Shell Projects & Technology Director

Royal Dutch Shell plc announced the appointment of Harry Brekelmans as Projects & Technology Director with effect from October 1, 2014.   In his new role, Harry will become a member of the Executive Committee and will take over from Matthias Bichsel who will be leaving the company after 34 years.  

Signing the technical partnership renewal are University of Cebu President Atty. Augusto W. Go. (left) and Shell Marine Executive Director Jan Toschka (Photo: Shell)

Shell to Continue Philippine Mariner Training

Shell Marine has renewed its technical partnership for a further four years with the University of Cebu - Maritime Education and Training Center (UC METC).  At the signing of the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were Shell Marine Executive Director Jan Toschka, University of Cebu President Atty. Augusto W. Go.    Shell Marine will provide expertise in lubrication technology to the students and lecturers of the UC METC. A technical team from Shell Marine will provide training and knowledge modules through workshops and seminars at the UC METC.   Shell Marine Executive

"EnQuest is its people"

EnQuest Appoints Holland as Non-Ex Director

  EnQuest PLC has appointed Phil Holland as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 August 2015. Phil has very significant international project management experience in the energy sector, in particular in oil & gas.  He held a number of senior positions at the Shell Group, including that of Executive Vice President, Shell Projects and Technology. Prior to Shell, Phil led the management of large scale Oil & Gas projects in a range of international locations for the Bechtel Corporation. James Buckee, Chairman of EnQuest, “I am delighted to welcome Phil to EnQuest as

Pacific Walrus

Shell's Arctic Drilling a Threat for Pacific Walrus

   A number of environmental groups are asking the Department of the Interior to rescind permission Shell has been granted to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic this summer because the company's plan would not protect the walrus. Shell's plan would violate federal rules limiting how closely a company can drill multiple wells, Earthjustice argued in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, sent on behalf of 10 other groups. The rules, issued in 2013 by the Fish and Wildlife Service under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, state that such drilling operations should be at least 15

Blair LeBlanc (Photo: Stokes & Spiehler)

Stokes & Spiehler Announces Management Promotions

Stokes & Spiehler has made several promotions to its management team, the company’s president Bruce Jordan, P.E. announced.   Blair LeBlanc, P.E., has been named Vice President – Offshore Operations; Russ Bellard, P.E., has been named Vice President – Onshore Operations; Tony Shell has been named Vice President – Sales & Marketing; and Donnie Busscher has been named Engineering Manager.   LeBlanc is a Registered Professional Engineer. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering, and he previously

Shearwater platform (Photo: Shell)

Wood Maintenance Workers Back Strike on Shell Platforms

As many as seven of Royal Dutch Shell's North Sea platforms could be hit by the first strike action in the basin in 10 years after Wood Group employees working on the facilities voted on Wednesday in favour of industrial action.   Wood Group workers are employed on Shell platforms to carry out maintenance work. A person familiar with the operations said this meant production from the platforms was unlikely to be affected by potential strikes in the short term.   Nearly all Wood Group workers who participated in the ballot carried out by labour unions Unite and RMT supported strike action

Shell Nabs Sinochem Crude Trader for Singapore Desk

Royal Dutch Shell has hired a former manager in Sinochem's London office to help bolster its crude oil trading into the Chinese market, sources told Reuters. Zheng Qingpu, who worked as the deputy general manager for Sinochem in London, has joined the Shell crude oil trading desk in Singapore, the sources said. Major trading houses and independent oil firms are chasing qualified and well-connected staff for their Asia trading desks, spurred on by the opening up of China's oil imports to include independent refineries. Shell declined to comment on staff moves. Qingpu, who managed West African

Tom Broom (Photo: Danos)

Danos Appoints Broom as Executive Account Manager for Shell

Danos has announced the hiring of Tom Broom as executive account manager. In this role, Broom will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining Danos’ long-term relationship with Shell.   In 2015, Broom retired from Shell after a 35-year-career, most recently serving as director of coastal issues for Shell Exploration & Production Company. In that role he served as the inaugural director of a 25-person international team focused on collaborating with internal and external stakeholders on coastal management issues. Prior to that position he oversaw workforce development and construction

SBM Offshore Nominates Wood as CFO

an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on November 30, 2016 where it will be proposed that Wood be appointed as a member of the management board for a period of four years until the 2021 AGM. Van Rossum will then step down as management board member and CFO.    Wood has worked at Royal Dutch Shell plc since 1993 in various financial and management positions, including as Vice President Finance & Planning Exploration (at Shell Upstream International) and most recently as CFO of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. in Japan, a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.    Wood obtained his

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Shipping Seeks to Double Seafarer Training Fund

to cover the costs of training seafarers.   UK shipping companies would also undertake to employ their newly qualified officers for a sufficient period to enable them to attain the higher level Certificate of Competencies.   Big-name multinationals like Anglo Eastern Group; BP Shipping, Shell Shipping & Maritime and Maersk Crewing are among the 40 shipping companies that have backed the letter.   “The Government has a vision of a Global Britain and shipping is willing and able to play its part in achieving this. SMarT Plus provides an opportunity for the Government to

Photo: Shell

Wood Group Workers Accept Pay Offer, Preventing North Sea Strikes

Wood Group workers employed on Shell's North Sea oil platforms have accepted a new pay deal, ending a months-long dispute that saw some workers down tools in July and August.   Labour union Unite, whose members voted 105-82 in favour of the deal, said proposed wage cuts were now less than first announced and that ad-hoc workers had gained greater work security and better options to gain permanent employment.   "Our negotiations with Wood Group allowed us to reduce the levels of cuts being proposed to our members' wages and terms and conditions," said Unite regional officer John

Hardy Takes Over as Vitol CEO

and management roles in Singapore and London. He has been a member of Vitol's executive committee since 2007 and was named CEO of the Europe, Middle-East and Africa region in 2017. He has a Master of Engineering from Imperial College, London.   An Oxford graduate, Taylor began his career at Shell in 1978 working in South America and southeast Asia. He joined Vitol in 1985 and became group President and CEO in 1995.   Taylor turned the modest Dutch fuel dealer into a global giant that poached top talent from majors such as BP and Shell and ultimately became their biggest trading competitor

Neal Mankey (Photo: Halcyon Recruitment)

Townley, Mankey Join Halcyon Recruitment

expertise lies in the oil and gas and marine sectors where he has placed candidates in graduate through to CEO positions. With over 10 years experience as a recruitment manager for positions in the U.K., Europe and Asia Pacific, Townley has been involved with a wide range of roles for companies such as Shell, Maersk and BP. Mankey, a principal consultant with over four years’ experience within the maritime sector, has placed technical and marine superintendents, HSEQ managers, crewing managers, fleet managers, technical directors and CEOs for ship owners, ship managers and oil majors, among

Helge Lund  Photo courtesy of BP

BP Names Former Statoil Boss Lund as Next Chairman

BP named Helge Lund, a former head of Norway's Statoil, as its next chairman on Thursday, as the British oil major looks to extend a period of rapid growth after recovering from a deadly oil spill in 2010.Lund, who also led BG Group during its acquisition by rival Royal Dutch Shell, will replace Carl-Henric Svanberg, chairman of BP for almost nine years, at the beginning of next year.The 55-year-old Lund steered Statoil through its transformation from a state oil company into a leading global player, and is likely to have to navigate BP through the succession of its veteran CEO Bob Dudley later

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