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Chris Johnstone (Photo: DeltaTek)

DeltaTek Appoints Johnstone

equipment maintenance system and subsequent procedures.Prior to his appointment, Johnstone was a wellsite drilling engineer / performance coach at EnQuest. This followed an extensive engineering career which he began as an operations engineer at Stork and progressed to become a drilling engineer with LR Senergy and AGR Petroleum Ltd

Dan-Bunkering DMCC Welcomes Three New Bunker Traders

Dan-Bunkering said it has hired three new Bunker Traders in its Dubai office.Benedek Nagy was born and raised in Hungary, however, at the age of 18 he moved to Denmark to study International Shipping and Trade as well as gain experience within the shipping industry.Fabio Rossetti grew up in Denmark and holds a graduate diploma in Managerial Economics and Innovation Management from Copenhagen Business School.Nemish Jose is of Indian descent. He is an MBA Port & Shipping Management graduate from Indian Maritime University and speaks English, Hindi, Malayalam, and Tamil. Furthermore, he has six years

Marco Wirén(Left) and Arjen Berends. Photos: Wärtsilä Corporation

Marco Wirén Appointed President at Wärtsilä

Marco Wirén, M.Sc. (Econ.), has been appointed President of Energy Solutions, Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Management of Wärtsilä Corporation, effective October 1, 2018.In this position, he is responsible for Wärtsilä's Energy Solutions business globally, and will report to President & CEO Jaakko Eskola.Wirén is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Wärtsilä, holding this position since August 2013. Prior to joining Wärtsilä, he had broad-ranging experience of financial management and international business managemen

Antony Quin (Photo: IWCF)

Free Training Course Aims to Cut Human Error in O&G

A new training initiative to help prevent oil and gas incidents by focusing on human behaviors has been launched free to industry by the International Well Control Forum (IWCF).Experts in human factors and strategic leadership developed the online training course with IWCF, the independent, not-for-profit organisation which sets international training standards for well control.Research findings for the creation of the Well Operations Crew Resource Management (WOCRM) awareness course show that better understanding of leadership, situational awareness and decision making can reduce the impact of

Teekay Offshore Taps Steinsland as CFO

with the Partnership, the Teekay Offshore Group) effective September 3, 2018. The Partnership’s interim CFO, Tim Cowan, will step down effective September 3, 2018, but will remain with the Partnership for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition.Steinsland brings approximately 30 years of energy and offshore industry experience, including most recently serving as CFO of drilling contractor Songa Offshore SE, where he was a member of the senior management team and oversaw strategic financial planning and reporting, and established a proven track record of accretive contract renegotiations

Schlumberger CFO Ayat to Retire Soon

Schlumberger NV Chief Financial Officer Simon Ayat plans to retire this year and a company insider has emerged as top candidate to replace him at the world's largest oil services firm, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.Stephane Biguet, currently vice president of finance, is the frontrunner to replace Ayat, according to the people who declined to be named because the matter is not yet public.Schlumberger declined to comment.The CFO change would come as rising oil prices and dwindling producer reserves are helping lift demand for oil services, which were hit hard by the 2014 oil

ExxonMobil Hires Crude Trader in Singapore

Crude oil trader Michael Huang is expected to join Exxon Mobil Corp in Singapore soon as the U.S. major expands its trading team to sell its oil into China, the world's top importer of the commodity, three industry sources said.   Huang was recently a Singapore-based crude trader for Chinese independent refiner Wonfull Petrochemical, purchasing feedstock for its Shandong refinery and carrying out hedging activities. He left the company in late June, the sources said on Monday.   Before Wonfull, Huang has worked for China's CEFC International Singapore, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

(File photo: Port Corpus Christi)

Corpus Christi Gearing Up to Handle US Shale Export Boom

loading the tankers offshore, he said. The project will deepen the channel to 54 feet for larger tankers, he said.Oil export capacity from the Corpus Christi area is expected to rise to 3.3 million bpd by 2021 from 1.3 million bpd this year, keeping its rank as the top oil export port, according to energy research firm Wood Mackenzie.This year, the south Texas port received $36 million from the U.S. federal government to start work on a $335 million expansion that would allow Corpus Christi by 2021 to accept tankers with capacity of 1 million barrels of oil . The port contributed another $44 million

CNOOC Announces Director Change

Chinese national oil company CNOOC Limited said it has appointed Wang Dongjin to replace Wu Guangqi who has retired as a Non-executive Director and a member of the Remuneration Committee effective April 27.

Courtesy Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions Upgrades Aberdeen Site

 Aker Solutions today officially opens its upgraded Aberdeen services facility to help capture subsea sector growth in the UK and elsewhere. Demand is increasing globally for services at oil and gas fields offshore, including in the UK. Energy companies are seeking to maximize production and returns from existing assets and infrastructure amid tighter budgets. "Our investment in the Aberdeen services base demonstrates our commitment to the North Sea, a mature basin where we see opportunities," said Sian Lloyd Rees, Aker Solutions’ UK country manager. "It’s

Margareth Øvrum (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil)

Changes in Statoil's Top Deck

executive in the international development and production division, who was once chief of staff to BP CEO Bob Dudley.Tim Dodson remains Statoil's head of exploration."The changes in top management and our business area structure will strengthen our ability to deliver ... as we develop as a broad energy company", chief executive Eldar Saetre said in a statement.In March, Statoil said it was changing its name to Equinor to reflect its move to become a broad energy company.(Reporting by Joachim Dagenborg Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Jane Merriman

Helge Lund  Photo courtesy of BP

BP Names Former Statoil Boss Lund as Next Chairman

pounds ($48 million).Lund will join BP's board as chairman designate and a non-executive director on Sept. 1 and will become chairman on Jan 1, the company said. It did not give salary details."Our industry is changing faster than ever as the world focuses on meeting the dual challenge of more energy with fewer emissions ... Helge has a track record of leadership in addressing these issues," Svanberg said in a statement.Svanberg, from Sweden, became chairman on Jan. 1, 2010, four months before the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history that left 11 workers dead. He played a key role

Graeme Alexander (Photo: Pirie & Smith)

Pirie & Smith Names Alexander GM

Marine consultancy and ship surveyor Pirie & Smith has appointed Graeme Alexander as General Manager to head up the company and take responsibility for leading its activities across the globe.The appointment is in response to a 12-month period of international expansion for the Aberdeen-headquartered firm, which has seen it establish representative agencies in Thailand, India, Singapore, Dubai and Europe to provide a global network for local and international clients in the offshore, marine, fishing, renewables and insurance industries. In addition, Pirie & Smith, which also has an office in

Appointment of Dorothy Thompson CBE as non-executive Chair of Tullow Oil plc Photo Tullow Oil

Thompson takes over from Founder Heavey, Tullow Oil

;s current Chairman and Founder, as Chair at the conclusion of the Board meeting scheduled for 20 July 2018. Aidan will retire from the Board at the same time.   Thompson (57) brings extensive experience to Tullow having served for 12 years as CEO of Drax Group plc, the international power and energy trading company, until the end of 2017. Before joining Drax, Thompson managed InterGen’s European power business, was head of project finance at PowerGen and worked at CDC Capital Partners, the private sector arm of the British Government’s aid programme. Thompson 

Saipem CEO Could Be Reappointed in May

The main shareholders of Italy's Saipem indicated on Thursday they would support the reappointment of Stefano Cao as chief executive of the oil service company.   State lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and oil major Eni, who jointly control Saipem, included Cao's name in the slate of directors they will propose at a shareholder meeting in May.   Cao's name was second in the list, a position which traditionally indicates the name of the potential CEO.   Saipem shares have fallen more than 80 percent in the last three years as the sector continues to suffer from lower spending

Pradeep Verma (Photo: Kreuz Subsea)

Kreuz Subsea Strengthens Senior Management Team

at Kreuz Subsea which saw AJ Jain recruited as chief executive officer and Balaji Bhashyam as chief operating officer. The firm also appointed Phil Bradbury as QHSE director at the end of 2017.   Kreuz Subsea was established in 2008 as an integrated subsea solutions provider to the global energy industry. It has operational bases in Brunei and India, and has around 400 personnel onshore and offshore

Michael Scott, Well-Centric Business Development Manager  Photo courtesy of Rory Raitt/Well-Centric

Scott Joins Well-Centric

ambitious plans for the future and Michael’s expertise across our range of specialisms and his wealth of experience will help leverage these new opportunities.”   Well-Centric, alongside Well-SENSE Technology, ClearWELL Oilfield Solutions and Pragma Well Technology, is part of FrontRow Energy Technology Group.  

Cecilie O. Lindseth, Managing Director of Norwegian Energy Company ASA Photo Noreco

Lindseth quits Noreco

The independent Norwegian oil company, Noreco stated that its Board and Cecilie O. Lindseth, the Managing Director, have agreed not to renew her employment contract.  According to the contract her last day as Managing Director of Norwegian Energy Company ASA will be 31 March 2018.    The Board would like to thank Cecilie O. Lindseth for her contribution to the company.  

Susan Dio (Photo: BP)

Dio Named President, Chairman of BP America

BP announced that Susan Dio has been appointed chairman and president of BP America Inc., BP’s chief representative in the U.S., from May 1, 2018.   Dio succeeds John Mingé, who will move to chair a study by the National Petroleum Council (NPC) into CCUS technologies and their potential deployment. He will retire from BP in March 2019.   Dio, a chemical engineer by training, has been chief executive of BP Shipping for the past three years, responsible for BP’s shipping business worldwide, including its fleet of over 70 operated and time-chartered vessels. In this time

Magnus Hall (Photo: Vattenfall)

Sweden's Vattenfall to Cut 1,500 Jobs

Sweden's state-owned utility Vattenfall said on Monday it would cut 1,500 full-time positions among its employees and consultants by 2020 as part of a long-running drive to boost competitiveness and profitability. The announced job cuts form part of a 2 billion Swedish crowns ($244.62 million) cost-savings programme that Vattenfall announced a year ago. "The fact that we now show a positive financial result doesn't mean that we can rest on our laurels," Vattenfall Chief Executive Magnus Hall said in a statement. Vattenfall has about 20,000 employees, primarily in Sweden, Germany, the

Hardy Takes Over as Vitol CEO

.   The company paid over $6 billion in dividends to its staff between 2010 and 2016.   Taylor has previously said there was no plan to turn Vitol into a public company but this year the firm will launch initial public offerings for two of its downstream joint-venture subsidiaries -- Vivo Energy and Varo Energy. (Editing by Susan Fenton and David Evans

Jan Arve Haugan (Photo courtesy Kvaerner)

CEO Haugan Leaves Kvaerner to Lead Aker Energy

Jan Arve Haugan resigns as President & CEO of Kvaerner, and from March 1, 2018, he will start his new role as CEO of the newly established oil company Aker Energy. Idar Eikrem, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in Kvaerner, is appointed interim CEO.   Haugan has been President & Chief Executive Officer with Kvaerner since its demerger from Aker Solutions and stock listing in the summer of 2011.   "Under Jan Arve Haugan's management, Kvaerner has developed into a leading, renowned oil service company with EPC services as our specialty. Competitiveness

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

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 maintenance

Vallourec Drilling Products Cuts Roughly 150 Jobs in Texas

Vallourec Drilling Products, a subsidiary of Paris, France-based steel pipe maker Vallourec , will lay off roughly 150 employees in Texas, according to a regulatory filing. Vallourec specializes in making tubular products for the energy and other industrial sectors. It has about 19,000 employees worldwide. The layoffs come as companies that supply equipment and services to the oilfield are still recovering from a three-year rout in oil prices. Although benchmark crude futures have traded above $60 a barrel for much of the year, they have fallen recently amid concerns of growing supply. On

FairfieldNodal Welcomes New Member to Its Board of Directors

Seismic nodal technology and services firm FairfieldNodal has welcomed Knut Eriksen as the newest member of its Board of Directors.   Eriksen recently retired from Oceaneering International where he served as Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development. He has also held other key executive positions in the oil and gas industry, on the operator, service company and contractor sides of the business. He brings industry experience, strategic orientation, demonstrated business development track record and in-depth understanding of the offshore oil and gas segment as

Ben Oudman (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL Taps Oudman as Regional Manager

As the global energy transition in the oil and gas industry marks significant changes to come, regional adaptions will pose a broad variation of challenges and opportunities.  DNV GL – Oil & Gas has appointed Ben Oudman as Regional Manager for Continental Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, India and Africa to further strengthen the company’s efforts to help the industry overcome barriers to progress. DNV GL’s 2017 Energy Transition Outlook report shows that while the energy transition is well underway, oil and gas will likely remain major energy sources for many years to come.

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Trafigura Hires ex-Noble Crude Oil Trader

Trading house Trafigura has hired Dan Stirk, formerly a North Sea crude oil trader at commodity trader Noble Group, to join its crude desk, according to trading sources. Stirk started his new job this week, one of the sources said. He served as North Sea trader at Noble starting in July 2016, according to his LinkedIn page. The move comes after Chinese trader Unipec hired three former Noble employees to join its middle distillates desk in London. Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar

Ashley Thomas (Photo: OPITO)

OPITO Crowns 2017 Apprentice of the Year

A former Peterhead Academy student who followed in his family’s footsteps into the oil and gas sector has been named by the global skills for energy body, OPITO, as its Apprentice of the Year 2017.   Ashley Thomas is a second-year process operations apprentice at North East Scotland College in Aberdeen. He was selected to join the Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Program (OGTAP) in 2016. Mr Thomas grew up near the St Fergus Gas Terminal in Aberdeenshire passing it on his way to school every day. As well as being inspired by the careers of his stepfather and cousin, he also has more

Geir Bjørkeli (Photo: Corvus Energy)

Corvus Energy Names Bjørkeli CEO

Corvus Energy has appointed Geir Bjørkeli as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Bjørkeli was previously Director of Norway for the Dutch company Huisman, and established the company’s Norwegian presence for offshore construction equipment solutions. Bjørkeli will remain based in Bergen, Norway. Prior to joining Huisman, Bjørkeli was a design engineer with the ship designer and shipbuilder Ulstein. He held several positions with Rolls-Royce, including VP Sales for North East Asia and Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Marine Japan, during which time he was

Siemens Says to Cut About 6,900 Jobs

Siemens plans to cut about 6,900 job in its turbines division, including related services and in large drives, the Munich-based industrial group said on Thursday. "The power generation industry is experiencing disruption of unprecedented scope and speed," Siemens management board member Lisa Davis said in a statement. "Today's action follows a nearly three-year effort to right-size the business for this changing marketplace," she added.  Reporting by Georgina Prodhan and Christoph Steitz

Ronnie Garrick (Photo: TWMA)

TWMA Appoints Garrick as CEO, President

TWMA, provider of specialized Drilling Waste Management services, is expecting its growth strategy to accelerate, with a target turnover of £200 million ($263 million) and headcount to reach 1,500 following investment from Buckthorn Partners earlier this year.    To support the strategy implementation, Tony Branch will expand his current Director role within TWMA, taking over from Ronnie Garrick as CEO. Mr Garrick expands his remit as President of the Company, focusing and leading on three key growth development areas: merger and acquisitions activity; new geographic expansion; and

Nick Hawkes (Photo: Aquaterra Energy)

Aquaterra Names Hawkes Financial Director

Offshore engineering solutions provider Aquaterra Energy has appointed Nick Hawkes as Financial Director based at the company’s headquarters in Norwich.   Hawkes has more than four years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and joins Aquaterra having spent nearly 20 years with Babcock International Group where he latterly held the position as Financial Director for 15 years. Hawkes graduated from Bournemouth University in 1987 with a BA (Hons) Business Studies.   His appointment follows the announcement in July that Aquaterra Energy secured a multimillion pound investment

Simon Redfern (Photo: RCGP)

Redfern Joins RCG

The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) announced the ongoing growth of its expert services team with the addition of Simon Redfern to the firm’s London office as Director.   Redfern has a proven and well-respected track record in managing large, multi-disciplinary, geographically diverse teams across the full offshore wind asset lifecycle including development, project financing, construction, operations and equity sale processes.   Redfern has deep, senior level commercial and technical experience across the full asset lifecycle of offshore wind projects, from project development

Siemens May Cut Jobs in Power Turbine Business Overhaul

Siemens may cut thousands of jobs as part of plans to overhaul its power turbine business, where growth in renewable energy is dampening demand for new coal and gas power stations, a person familiar with the matter said. "Various scenarios are being considered," the source said, adding that details of the changes at the Power & Gas division were still to be decided. German monthly Manager Magazin earlier cited company sources as saying that Siemens could shut or sell up to 11 of its 23 Power & Gas sites around the world, which could include plants in the eastern German cities

Larry Rigdon

Rigdon Named Interim CEO at Tidewater

; Thomas R. Bates, Jr., Chairman of Tidewater's Board, said, “The board and management are excited about Tidewater's future, but there are still challenges that confront Tidewater and all offshore supply vessel companies that must be addressed while we wait for the overall recovery in the offshore energy industry.  Balancing revenues with operating costs to reach cash flow breakeven is one of the most important of these challenges.”   Rigdon, who was appointed to serve on the board following the financial restructuring, has prior experience as an executive at Tidewater, retiring

Frank Ketelaars (Photo: DNV GL)

Ketelaars Takes the Lead for DNV GL - Oil & Gas in the Americas

Frank Ketelaars took up the position of Director of Region Americas in DNV GL – Oil & Gas on 1 October, as North America’s energy system undergoes a transition.   DNV GL’s recently published Energy Transition Outlook shows significant shifts in US federal energy and climate change policies. Commenting on his appointment, Ketelaars said: "DNV GL has delivered some of the oil and gas industry's most progressive and technically complex projects across the Group's regions.”    Reducing dependence on imports is a key driver for the energy transition in

Keppel Wins SBM FPSO Conversion Deal

As energy markets start to rebound, Keppel Shipyard Ltd. secured a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) conversion contract from  SBM Offshore N.V. (SBM Offshore). The contract calls for a VLCC to be converted into an FPSO, to be deployed to the Liza field, located approximately 193km offshore Guyana in the Stabroek block. The shipyard's work scope includes refurbishment and life extension works, such as the upgrading of living quarters, fabrication and installation of spread mooring systems, as well as the installation and integration of topside modules. The converted FPSO

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

Liv Hovem (Photo: DNV GL)

Hovem Named CEO of DNV GL Oil & Gas

from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (1987).   Commenting on her appointment, Hovem said, “I look forward to leading the Oil & Gas business area in its next phase of development. The oil and gas industry has the opportunity to play an important role in a sustainable energy portfolio.”   According to DNV GL’s recently published Energy Transition Outlook, the world’s energy system is going through a transition. The oil and gas industry will continue to play an important role and will account for 44 percent of the total energy mix in 2050. Gas

Gretchen Watkins (Photo: Maersk Oil)

Maersk Oil CEO to Step Down after Total Takeover

The chief executive of Maersk Oil, Gretchen Watkins, will leave the company when Total's acquisition of the company has been completed, Maersk said Wednesday.   Watkins joined Maersk Oil as Chief Operating Officer in January 2014 and took the role of CEO in October last year. Prior to joining Maersk Oil, she had worked at Marathon Oil and BP.   Total agreed last month to buy the oil and gas business of A.P. Moller-Maersk for $7.45 billion, strengthening the French major's operations in the North Sea.   The current COO at Maersk Oil, Martin Rune Pedersen, will become vice president

Matt Jenkins (Photo: Well-Safe Solutions)

Jenkins Joins Well-Safe

Well-Safe Solutions has appointed a director of well abandonment to its growing list of decommissioning experts, bringing the senior team to nine since launching this summer.    Matt Jenkins has joined Well-Safe from Conoco where he led its UK P&A (plug and abandonment) Engineering and Strategy and was pivotal in the Southern North Sea Decommissioning project.    As director of well abandonment at Well-Safe, Jenkins will lead the technical team to design safe and efficient well P&A operations for clients, ensuring the best possible solutions are implemented to mitigate

Photo courtesy of Falck Safety Services

Falck Safety Services, Simwave Partner on Training

Falck Safety Services and Simwave are joining forces to serve the maritime and oil and gas industries with combined simulation and practical training. For more than 30 years, Falck Safety Services has offered safety training for the offshore, maritime and wind industries.   On November 8th, Simwave will open its doors to the most advanced maritime simulator center in the world. This co-operation means that customers will be able to undertake simulation training at Simwave to complement the training at one of the training centers of Falck Safety Services.   Simwave boasts 59 simulators

France Approves of Siemens/Alstom Tie-up if Jobs Spared

 France has nothing against a potential tie-up between German engineering group Siemens and Alstom if the deal does not bring job cuts, the French government's spokesman said on Friday. Earlier on Friday, Le Monde newspaper reported Siemens was in advanced talks to combine its rail activities with Alstom in a deal that could be announced on Sept. 26. "It is important that we can strengthen our industrial sectors ... in partnership with Germany," government spokesman Christophe Castaner told journalists in response to a question about the tie-up. "There is no concern on the

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 (OGA) and

Andy Warder (Photo: Pharos Offshore)

Pharos Offshore Names Warder COO

Pharos Offshore announced Andy Warder has joined the team as Chief Operations Officer with immediate effect.   Warder joins Pharos with over 25 years’ experience in the offshore industry holding senior and executive management positions with a track record of successfully growing his business units and providing strong support and solutions to Clients predominantly throughout the Asia Pacific regions.  

OPITO CEO John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Market Study to Examine UKCS Skills

roles and categorise these into broad job families.   OPITO will work with the Scottish Government through SDS and with the UK Government through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to ensure alignment with government objectives.   OPITO chief executive and Energy Jobs Taskforce member John McDonald said: “My discussions with industry stakeholders and within the Energy Jobs Taskforce identified a clear need for a project which would help us to define a skills strategy for oil and gas. The industry has undergone a number of significant changes over the

From right to left – OSM crew members Giliard Damasceno Miranda (Deck Operator), Wilton Pereira Gomes (Deck Operator) and Alex Fabiano de Figueiredo Oliveira paying attention to the instructions that Bruno Araujo (back) is going through (Photo: OSM)

OSM Officially On Board Statoil’s Peregrino

Efforts in Brazil are reinforced for OSM with more than 90 specialized offshore positions officially on board the Peregrino.   “OSM Brazil have successfully mobilized our crew on board the FPSO Peregrino,” says Tommy Olofsen, Managing Director of OSM Crew Management.  OSM Maritime Group (OSM) began its journey with Statoil’s Floating Production Storage Unit (FPSO) Peregrino back in early 2016.   However, increased efforts and investments in Brazil have been ongoing since 2013 – with multiple office locations, and an EBN Certification that marks the company

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

Colombia's Ecopetrol Names New CEO, Echeverry Resigns

Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol said its current vice-president, Felipe Bayon, will take over as chief executive, replacing Juan Carlos Echeverry. Echeverry, who has headed the company since March 2015, through difficult times caused by the global fall in crude prices, has resigned for family reasons, Ecopetrol said in a statement to the Andean country's financial regulator. Bayon, an engineer who spent 20 years working at BP PLC, will take over from Sept. 15, the company said. He has been a vice president at Ecopetrol since February 2016. Echeverry told Reuters in an interview last

Inside the Wind Lidar Production Facility (Photo: ZephIR)

ZephIR Lidar Expands Engineering Team

ZephIR Lidar has announced the expansion of its Engineering and Supply Chain Team as part of a larger strategy to increase production and meet the growing demand for more accurate wind measurements within the wind energy industry. ZephIR Lidar has invested its own resources and has also applied for and received government-backed ‘Innovate UK’ funding in support of expanding the engineering function for production and manufacturing, as well as creating new jobs in the rural location of Ledbury, UK, where the Company is based.   Paul Taylor joins as Program Director, brought into

Gunvor Hires BP's Former Top US Trader

Gunvor has hired a senior veteran oil trader, David Garza, previously with BP and most recently U.S. oil refiner Tesoro, to run its U.S. operations as the Swiss trading house further expands in North American energy markets. Gunvor began building its U.S trading operations last year, expanding outside its core markets in Europe, Asia and Africa. The company initially focusing on refined products and natural gas but this year has hired several traders to launch a crude oil desk in Houston, Texas, and beefed up its Canadian trading desk. Garza will start in September as the new managing director

Enrico Salardi (Photo: Xodus Group)

Salardi to Lead Xodus’ Decom Division

said it has appointed Enrico Salardi as its decommissioning director to lead the company’s ‘decom division’ which was formed in 2015.   Salardi brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience in the management of oil and gas assets, joining Xodus from operator Quadrant Energy where he was senior project manager for a number of decommissioning programs in Australia.   Throughout his career, Salardi has managed many projects in various phases of their lifecycle around the world, including Italy, Nigeria, Norway, Libya, Croatia, Egypt and Australia. After more than

John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

McDonald Takes the Helm at OPITO

Global safety, standards and workforce development organization OPITO has appointed John McDonald as CEO as the organization seeks to further drive the international skills agenda for the oil and gas industry.   McDonald has been Interim CEO since January and was previously U.K. managing director for OPITO after joining the organization in 2012. The appointment comes after an external and internal recruitment process following the sudden death of former CEO David Doig earlier this year.   John Taylor, chairman of OPITO today welcomed McDonald to the role. He said, “John is a strong

Statoil needs to recruit skilled workers to all disciplines in the coming years. (Photo: Øyvind Hagen)

Statoil Recruitment Plan Targets Skilled Workers

Statoil said plans to recruit more than 50 skilled workers annually in the years ahead to ensure that the company has the right competence and capacity on the Norwegian continental shelf. “We believe it will be possible to maintain profitable and sustainable production at the current level on the Norwegian continental shelf up to 2030 and beyond. However, this means that we must continue to attract talented personnel with good qualifications,” said Aksel Stenerud, vice president human resources Development and Production Norway.   As a result of the downturn in the oil and gas

Chris Martin (Photo: Port of Milford Haven)

Martin Named Port of Milford Haven Chairman

The Port of Milford Haven announced the appointment of Chris Martin as its new Chairman.  Martin has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport and will take up the post on August 1, 2017.   Born and bred in Pembrokeshire Martin has been Vice Chairman of the Port of Milford Haven for the last four and a half years, a role he will now relinquish to become Non-Executive Chairman of the Port.  For the majority of his career he has been an entrepreneur building and then selling pharmacy chains in the South West of England and Pembrokeshire. In more recent years he has fulfilled

Statoil Moves Key IT Tasks from India Back to Norway

on Friday it would move its critical information technology (IT) tasks from Indian provider HCL Technologies back to Norway to improve security. A number of IT-related security incidents in recent years, including one that disrupted oil loading at the Mongstad refinery in 2014, had led the Norwegian energy company to create a task force to assess risks. As a result of this assessment Statoil decided to strip its most "critical" tasks from provider HCL, to which the company outsources most of its infrastructure IT management, after internal reports identified potential security problems

Oliver Stettner (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Appoints Indonesia Country Manager

, Stettner played a key role in supporting high profile renewables projects, such as the Gode Wind I+II offshore wind farms and the grid connection cluster Westlich Adlergrund.   Stettner holds M.Sc. degrees in Offshore and Dredging Engineering from Delft University of Technology and in Wind Energy from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.  

Charters Joins NOAI Staff

joined the staff of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) as Senior Director of Governmental and Political Affairs.   Charters comes to NOIA from the National Stripper Well Association (NSWA) where he represented more than 18,000 small business men and women in America’s upstream energy industry as Vice President of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs.    Charters brings nearly 20 years of Congressional experience to NOIA. From 2008-2015, he served as Staff Director of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee under Chairman

Photo: Peter Sanders and Clarke Shepherd have taken on the respective roles of technical manager and global business development director at Oil Plus.

Oil Plus Announces Senior Management Appointments

his career at Oil Plus in 1988.   Shepherd joins from supporting upstream developments for Maersk Oil, where he held the position of project controls specialist. With 14 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Shepherd has also previously worked with Premier Oil, Parkmead Group, LR Senergy and BP. Clarke is also the co-founder of Aberdeen-based Evolve Group, where he heads up the recently launched software development division, Evolve iMS.    In March 2017, Oil Plus was acquired by Mark Cavanagh, managing director of Crandale Consultants, from John Crane Inc. Since 1978

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

Dorothy Shepherd (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Shepherd Joins Bibby Offshore's Renewables Team

Bibby Offshore, a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Dorothy Shepherd as general manager, renewables.   Shepherd joins Bibby Offshore with more than 15 years’ experience in the energy industry. Having spent a significant time at The Crown Estate - a key player in supporting the delivery of energy supply for the U.K. - Shepherd brings with her a wealth of offshore renewables knowledge, including the delivery of new developments and supporting infrastructure.   In her new role, Shepherd will be instrumental in the delivery of new business in the

Genoil Bolsters Management Team

on strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, financial performance and risk management.   Phillips joins Genoil after the agreement of several major initiatives for the company. In November 2016, Genoil signed a US $50 billion Letter of Intent to develop and construct upgrading and energy projects in Russia and Chechnya, including the provision of a complete solution from oil field development through to the production of 3.5m barrels per day of clean fuels. In April 2016, Genoil received a $5 billion Letter of Intent from a Chinese Policy "Superbank" to develop a project

Jim Hagemann Snabe (Photo: A.P. Moller-Maersk)

A.P. Moller-Maersk Elects New Chairman to Steer Digital Transformation

supervisory board of German engineering group Siemens, is to deliver on the restructuring plan set out by new group Chief Executive Soren Skou in September. This included bulking up the group's transport and logistics operations while seeking alliances or a separate listing for its capital intensive energy division. Snabe replaces Michael Pram Rasmussen, who steps down after 14 years in the job. "Jim is a man of the future, I firmly believe in that ... I hope that technology will play a bigger role than it has played so far in our business," said Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla, Chairman

John Knight (Photo: Trond Isaksen / Statoil)

Statoil's Strategy Chief Knight to Leave Oil Firm in 2019

John Knight, Statoil's head of global strategy and business development, will leave the Norwegian oil firm in 2019, Statoil said in its annual report on Friday.   Knight, a British citizen who has been working at Statoil since 2002, has been a key figure in the international expansion of the Norwegian state-controlled firm in recent years.   "Based on a mutual understanding, John Knight, employed by Statoil UK, will end his employment with the company as of 1 January 2019," said the report.     (Reporting by Gwladys Fouche, editing by Terje Solsvik)

Photo: Semco Maritime

Semco Maritime, Maersk O&G Sign North Sea Contract

Maersk Oil and Gas and Semco Maritime signed a contract for manpower to the operations in the North Sea. The contract, which has a duration of five years, include both blue collared and white collared employees. The agreement means that Semco Maritime will increase the number of offshore employees in the coming years.

Mike Macleod  (Photo: OEM Group)

Macleod Joins OEM Group as Financial Director

OEM Group said it has named Mike Macleod as its new finance director as part of the company’s growth strategy which aims to see its turnover increase by 25 percent to £3 million in the next 12 months.   With more than six years’ experience working at director level, Macleod has joined the Aberdeen-headquartered marine and oil and gas services firm following 10 years at the oilfield services company Uniconn Group. Macleod has an Honors Degree in Law and Management from the Robert Gordon University.   In addition to Macleod’s appointment, OEM Group has also added

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