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Photo: Statoil

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.

North Sea – Hope for Declining Production?

Western Europe will continue to rely on imported Russian gas into the 2020s as mature offshore provinces struggle for growth, while large-scale shale gas extraction looks increasingly unlikely in the medium term, according to Douglas Westwood. Following Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine and the resulting strained diplomatic ties with the West, it remains to be seen if North Sea production can rally to support any drop in gas flow from Russia.   With many IOCs planning investment into UK offshore fields through enhanced oil recovery (EOR), deeper water plays and downstream infrastructure

File photo: Harald Pettersen / Statoil

Most Norwegian Oil Workers Agree to Wage Deal

oil and gas workers or about 1,000 people, does have the right to go on strike, and said it had rejected the oil firms' offer.   Under Norwegian law, the talks involving Lederne will now proceed to a state mediator, which must be conducted before any strike is allowed.   Norway is western Europe's top oil and gas producer with daily output in April of around 2.1 million barrels of oil, condensate and natural gas liquids, as well as natural gas corresponding to about 1.7 million barrels of oil equivalent.   Top operators offshore Norway include, among others, Statoil , Aker

Norwegian Unions Say 755 O&G Workers Could Strike

About 755 Norwegian workers on seven oil and gas fields could go on strike from Saturday, hitting output from western Europe's top producer, if a new wage deal is not agreed before a Friday deadline, trade unions said on Monday.   A final round of mandatory talks will be hosted by a state mediator on June 30 and July 1 in an effort to avoid disruption that could start the following day.   The affected fields account for nearly 18 percent of Norway's oil output and a little more than 17 percent of its natural gas, Reuters calculations show.   Combined oil output was about 285

Christian Berven joings Aquaterra Energy as director of business development. Photo: Aquaterra Energy

Aquaterra Appoints Berven

Aquaterra Energy appointed Christian Berven as Business Development Director, as it strengthens its EMEA operations by opening offices in Stavanger, Norway. The company, headquartered in Norwich, UK, was the first to secure a multi-million pound investment from EV Private Equity, as part of its pledge last year to support fast-growing North Sea businesses. The investment from EV is supporting Aquaterra Energy’s global growth strategy, as well has enabling it to invest in capital expenditure. It has already used part of the funding to expand its fleet of high pressure riser systems. Four of the

Tor Olav Schibevaag  (Photo: Hoover Container Solutions)

Hoover Container Solutions Announces Two Appointments

Hoover Container Solutions Norway AS, a subsidiary of Hoover Group, Inc., and Consult Supply, a Hoover company, have appointed Tor Olav Schibevaag as managing director for Europe and Kjetil Skaaren as general manager for Norway. Jan Sekse, vice president global procurement, will continue to support the efforts of the Hoover Norway management team. Schibevaag will report to Hoover’s president, Paul Lewis, and joins Hoover with more than 12 years experience from Euro Offshore, where he developed and led the company as one of the leading cargo carrying unit (CCU) rental businesses in Norway.

Photo: NORDEN

NORDEN Names New Head of Dry Cargo

Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has hired Christian Vinther Christensen as new head of the Dry Cargo Department.   Christian Vinther Christensen takes up his new position January 1, 2017 and becomes part of Senior Management reporting to CEO Jan Rindbo.   He brings with him 16 years of experience from the dry cargo operator Western Bulk. He is shipping educated at Maersk, where he, prior to his employment at Western Bulk, for 10 years held a number of positions in the group including management positions in Maersk Broker.

Joachim Nessa, business development manager at Omega in Stavanger

Omega Completion Technology Strengthens Team in Norway

Independent well completion and intervention technology developer and manufacturer Omega Completion Technology has appointed a business development manager in Norway in response to an increase in Scandinavian contracts and projects. Joachim Nessa has joined Omega’s Stavanger office from Interwell Norway AS where he had worked as sales engineer for three years and previously spent six years as a tool specialist with PI Intervention AS. Nessa has extensive international experience, delivering projects for operators in the Middle East, Baku, Indonesia and across Europe and also has broad

Photo courtesy of Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore Expands in Norway

Bibby Offshore announced its continued international expansion with the opening of an office in Stavanger, Norway. The Norwegian office for Bibby Offshore will be headed by Arne Lier. Bibby Offshore has a leading subsea services position in the U.K. North Sea and the opening of the office in Norway further increases the company’s growing international presence. The company is currently participating in a number of tenders in the Norwegian Continental Shelf and is focusing on expanding its existing services to offshore operators in the region, benefiting from the depth of relationship that

Fergus Poole (Photo: GAC)

GAC Sets its Sights on UK Cruise Business

U.K. and Irish ports. He joined GAC on May 1 and is based in Sunderland, from where he will coordinate cruise calls at ports nationwide.   Ports in the U.K. have always been popular as cruise destinations. In particular, Scottish stopovers like Edinburgh, Kirkwall, Invergordon and ports along the western coast have become popular choices for cruise companies seeking an alternative to offer their passengers to more traditional destinations.    Poole said, “We’re in a great position to grow and enhance our support for the cruise sector, as we already have the port and agent

Photo: Statoil

Norway Labor Union in Small Expansion of Oil Industry Strike

and Gas Association broke down earlier this week, triggering the initial strike at the Norwegian units of Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Oceaneering and Oceaneering Asset Integrity.   The negotiations were on behalf of about 6,500 union members at around 30 companies.   Norway is western Europe's top oil and gas producer, with state-controlled Statoil its largest firm. Reporting by Terje Solsvik    

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

Xavier Contreras (Photo: Emco Wheaton)

Emco Wheaton Bolsters Americas Sales Team

 Emco Wheaton has boosted its Americas sales team with Chris Garrison taking on the role of Territory Sales Manager for the Western U.S., and Xavier Contreras appointed as Territory Sales Manager for Northern Latin America with a focus on Mexico.   A graduate of the University of Houston with a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in business administration, Contreras has more than 12 years sales and engineering in the region and experience with Gardner Denver in its waterjetting and pump businesses. Responsible for all Emco Wheaton and TODO products, Contreras will report to Jose

EnerMech Looking Long-Term In Norway

As the price of energy continues to fall and talk turns toward pulling the plug on select offshore energy projects, mechanical engineering company EnerMech seems to be bucking the trend in Norway, announcing plans to boost its workforce by more than 20% in the coming year, expanding its offering in Stavanger and Bergen from 60 to 75 staff, with additional plans to invest more than $4m in new equipment. Based in Aberdeen, EnerMech provides integrated service to the oil and gas sector, including cranes and lifting, process, pipeline and umbilicals (PPU), hydraulics and equipment hire. “We

Espen Martinsen (Photo: Nautisk)

Nautisk Names Martinsen Commercial Director

Global maritime navigation expert Nautisk said it has appointed a new Commercial Director, strengthening its team as it prepares to expand its digital navigation services.    Espen Martinsen brings over 10 years’ experience in sales, and has spent the last seven years at the Danish toy group, LEGO, most recently as Nordic Field Sales Director. Prior to this he was Partner Manager at Norwegian CRM software vendor SuperOffice.    Specializing in the development and implementation of reporting and management systems, Espen will be responsible for streamlining Nautisk’s

Frode Støldal, new CEO for the Telenor subsidiary MCP.

MCP Appoints Støldal CEO

MCP’s Board of Directors appointed Frode Støldal as new CEO for the Telenor subsidiary. Støldal replaces MCPs founder, Knut Fjellheim, who has served as interim-CEO and now returns to his previous role as COO/CTO. Frode Støldal has vast management experience from across the Telenor-Group.  Prior to his role as CTO in Telenor Norway where he was responsible for deploying a new LTE (4G) network, Støldal served as Head of Technology for Telenor in Asia, responsible for industrialization and common technology projects across Telenor Group. He has also worked as

Jon Folkedal (Photo: GNS)

GNS Names Country Manager for Norway

Maritime navigation services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) announced the appointment of Jon Folkedal as its new country manager for Norway with immediate effect, marking the company’s first specific country appointment in Scandinavia.   Folkedal joins GNS from Cummins Norway AS, where he acted as commercial marine sales manager. He brings to his new position more than 13 years’ experience in the shipping industry, including nine years with rope specialist Timm Marine. He has also held positions with GIS and map supplier Ugland IT Group/Nordeca, as well as IBM.   

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