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OGTC Names New Chair

Aberdeen-based research and technology organization the Oil & Gas Technology Centre has appointed Martin Gilbert as its new Chair.Gilbert succeeds Archie Kennedy who has been Vice-Chair and Chair of the OGTC since it was established in February 2017.Gilbert was a founding director of Aberdeen Asset Management in 1983 and was instrumental in its £11bn merger with Standard Life in 2017, when he became co-chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen.Welcoming Gilbert's appointment, Colette Cohen, CEO of OGTC said:"We’re excited to welcome Martin to the Oil & Gas Technology

Victoria Strickland (Photo: MTL)

MTL Supports the Next Generation

internship and many have successfully gained employment with the firm’s specialist team.However, at the start of the year, the team welcomed a student from Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. Johns, Canada. Victoria Strickland, a fourth-year student studying Naval Architecture, arrived in Aberdeen, Scotland in February to carry out a technical internship, working with MTL’s vastly experienced and dedicated naval architecture team.Lead Naval Architect for MTL Ian Stewart said: “We were delighted to welcome Victoria to our Kintore headquarters, it was a great opportunity for both

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Motive Offshore Appoints Leith

Motive Offshore Group appointed David Leith as Rentals Division Manager.Motive Offshore Group has also reported an impressive start to 2020 for its Rentals division, with first quarter results exceeding initial expectations.Launched in 2010 by James Gregg and Dave Acton, Motive Offshore Group is headquartered in Boyndie, Banff, Scotland, with additional offices in Aberdeen, Houston, Norway and the Middle East.

Bleo Holm FPSO used for production from Repsol Sinopec's Blake and Ross fields - Image Credit: Repsol Sinopec

Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Names New CEO

;oz replaces Bill Dunnett, who had been in the CEO since 2015. Repsol Sinopec said Dunnett was stepping down "as planned following the end of his contract on March 31st."Muñoz joined Repsol in 2005 and has most recently been Managing Director of Repsol’s UK business unit, based in Aberdeen. During that time he has also served (2017-20) as a member of the joint venture’s ExCom, supporting the business’s recent transformation.He said: “I am very pleased to be taking up the position of CEO. We are facing significantly more challenging conditions today, of course, than

Alexandra Thomas has joined Neptune Energy as UK Managing Director, based in Aberdeen. Credit: Neptune Energy (The image has been cropped)

Neptune Energy Names UK MD

Oil and gas company Neptune Energy has informed that Alexandra Thomas has joined the company as UK Managing Director, based in Aberdeen.Thomas joins Neptune from Tullow Oil plc, where she most recently held the position of Head of Exploration, Development, and Commercial for Ghana.She has 18 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, starting her career with assignments in both Shell and Equinor before joining Tullow as a result of its acquisition of the Vattenfall assets in 2011.She has held a number of senior leadership roles in the UK, Netherlands, Norway and, most recently, in Ghana where

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ROVOP to Hold Open Day for Graduates

Subsea robotics company ROVOP is set to host its annual graduate open day at its Aberdeen headquarters, inviting final year university students to learn about its two-year program, taking place on Wednesday December 4.Attendees will have the opportunity to find out how to apply for the company’s 2020 intake, as well as hear from key members of ROVOP staff including its CEO David Lamont, those currently on the program, and those who have completed it.ROVOP’s bespoke program offers a two-year structured training and development plan, tailored to each individual’s background and aspiratio

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Subsea 7 Seeks Engineers - From Any Sector

another. You receive a thorough understanding of the technical, commercial and safety aspects of working in the subsea sector, plus form working relationships with colleagues and peers across the business.”Rachel Souter has recently completed the program. She previously worked at a paper mill in Aberdeen and was the first and only woman in the company’s 300-year history to work as a machine technician.“It’s great to see both men and women in engineering play an important role in Subsea 7’s success. I think the most important thing about the conversion program, is that it

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i-Tech 7 to Support Aberdeen Students

Subsea 7’s Life of Field business unit i-Tech 7 has signed a partnership agreement with an Aberdeen school to help prepare pupils for working life.Teams from the company’s Greenwell Facility will work with Lochside Academy, based in Altens, through the ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ (DYW) North East Programme. DYW helps build meaningful partnerships between employers and education to benefit young people.As part of the partnership, the company has already provided support through its internship program, awarding an academy pupil a trainee designer position for the summer.

Matthew Gordon (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Targets Growth in Europe

Integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has appointed Matthew Gordon as regional vice president for the Europe & UK to oversee the company’s growth and expansion plans in the region. He will be based in Aberdeen, UK.With offices in the UK and the Netherlands, Unique Group has more than 25 years of experience in Europe with a track record in the subsea construction, diving and IRM industries. Gordon is now heading the region with immediate effect.Gordon has over 22 years of experience in the subsea oil and gas industry, with previous senior management roles held in

Theo Priestley (Photo: WFS Technologies)

Priestley Joins WFS Technologies

on emerging trends and their impact on business and wider society, has joined the team at WFS Technologies.Priestley takes up the role of chief marketing officer at WFS Technologies and is lined up to speak at a number of key industry conferences including this month’s Digital Oilfield event in Aberdeen, and the International IoT and Digital Transformation for Oil & Gas conference to be held in Amsterdam in June.Widely recognized as a thought leader and evangelist on emerging technologies, Preistly has written more than 100 articles for publications including WIRED, Forbes, Venturebeat, Huffington

Gavin Bell (Photo: Xodus Group)

Xodus Hires Bell as Decom Manager

it has expanded its decommissioning offering with the appointment of its first well decommissioning manager. Gavin Bell will be responsible for developing and delivering Xodus’ new well decommissioning service that had previously been outsourced to external contractors.Bell, who will be based in Aberdeen, is a chartered mechanical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry. He joins from Repsol Sinopec Resources UK where he led a number of P&A projects through early planning phases including rig option selection and the development of P&A

Ryan Lumsden, Saab Seaeye's new Business Development Manager.

Saab Seaeye Appoints Lumsden

Saab Seaeye, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric underwater robotic vehicles is expanding its business operations with the appointment of Ryan Lumsden as Business Development Manager.Lumsden has wide experience in the underwater vehicle market and will join the company’s sales and marketing team where he will focus on further growing the company position in the electric work vehicle market. Saab Seaeye’s head office is in Fareham on the south coast and Ryan Lumsden will be based in Aberdeen.

Stork Names Hunt UK Regional Director

Stork's U.K. organization has appointed Steve Hunt as Regional Director U.K. to lead the evolving business within a range of sectors, both on and offshore. He takes on the position with immediate effect and will be based in Aberdeen.Stork, a Fluor company, is a provider of fully integrated operations, maintenance, modifications and asset integrity solutions.As Regional Director U.K, Hunt will be responsible for overseeing the company’s strategic business growth into new and existing markets, technology-led operations and HSEQ performance.Hunt has previously held senior leadership roles

Doug Robertson (Photo: Carlton)

Strategic Appointment for Carlton Resource Solutions

Carlton Resource Solutions has strengthened its senior management team with the addition of a highly experienced director to a key strategic role.With 22 years’ experience in oil and gas recruitment, Doug Robertson has joined the Aberdeen-based business as operations director with a remit to enhance the firm’s capabilities through his expertise both in the UK and internationally.Carlton, part of the Maxwell Drummond Group, supplies engineering, technical and commercial personnel to the energy industry, including oil majors, independent operators and engineering contractors.Most recently

Daniel Mackay, Andrew Mackay and Erica McPherson (Photo: NRG Group)

New Leadership at NRG Group

Aberdeen-based NRG Group announced two new directors have been appointed to lead the family-owned company.The company, which consists of NRG Well Examination and NRG Well Management, was founded by Andrew Mackay in 1988. Mackay has handed the reins to his son, Daniel Mackay, and daughter, Erica McPherson, who have taken up the newly-created roles of managing director at NRG Well Management and NRG Group Commercial Director respectively to shape the future direction of the company.Andrew Mackay remains involved with the business as chairman and majority shareholder.Daniel recently returned to the U.K.

Nicola Lomax (Photo: TEMS International)

Lomax Joins TEMS International

Aberdeen-headquartered oil and gas service company TEMS International has appointed Nicola Lomax to the newly created role of QHSE manager as it continues to expand its workforce in response to growing demand for its services.Lomax will be responsible for developing and managing the firm’s health, safety, environmental and quality systems and procedures in accordance with ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 standards. She will support commercial and procurement activities, oversee the creation of an internal audit scheme and develop and deliver a QHSE training program for employees.Lomax brings extensive

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New Tech Improves Offshore Safety Training

experience, which can be best viewed with VR goggles and handheld devices, gives delegates a realistic understanding of what to expect during the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) exercise.The training, training management and competency service company, which has multiple training centers in Aberdeen and North East England, claims to be the first offshore training organization in the country to introduce the technology.The 360° immersive footage will be used as an induction training aid at the U.K. centers to fully prepare delegates for the escape training before entering the pool and it&rsquo

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