Blair Dingwall

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Tributes paid to much-loved offshore boss

An offshore industry boss who thought he had picked up a bug while working in north Africa was diagnosed with one of the world’s rarest cancers. Tom Bruce – who was taken ill after a business trip to Egypt – lost his brave battle with the disease with his family at his bedside. And last night the 43-year-old oil and gas operations manager with Aberdeen-based Rowan Drilling was described as an “amazing professional” who never stopped fighting. Following his diagnosis with pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP).he had “one good year” when he managed to work full time despite his illness. But in January his condition began to deteriorate and he started chemotherapy. The dad-of-two, who lived in Stonehaven, died at Roxburghe House in Aberdeen. His heartbroken wife Patricia described him as her best friend, a loving father and a “proud Torry loon”. Mrs Bruce said: “He was the best person I have ever met in my life. He was an amazing professional. “He was humble and I think that is why he got where he got. I am so proud. As a husband he always, always looked after us, always thinking about the future, always preparing for the future. “The plan was one day being in a hot country, retired, it didn’t happen unfortunately. He was my best friend, we always had so much to talk about.”

North Sea

Innovative ideas sought to combat offshore production costs at Technology Showcase

An oil and gas technology body will offer companies the chance to suggest solutions for cutting oil and gas production costs whilst nurturing production in Aberdeen next month. The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) will ask oil and gas firms to present innovative solutions at the Technology Showcase being held at the AECC on March 4. In partnership with Oil and Gas UK, the ITF will discuss present tech challenges in the UK continental shelf and offer them a chance to showcase their technologies. Among the presentations at the event will be "PETMiner: Increasing the speed and cutting the costs of reservoir characterisation" by University of Leeds professor, Quentin Fisher.


Australian firm’s Canadian branch seeks green light for huge gas exports

An Australian oil and gas firm has applied to the US government to export huge amounts of gas to North America. Liquified Natural Gas Limited today filed the application to the US Department of Energy through its subsidiary company, Bear Head - which is made up of both Bear Head LNG Corporation and Bear Head LNG (USA). Their request is for the export of around 440 billion cubic feet of American natural gas to Canada and around eight million tonnes of liquified natural gas (LNG) from Canada to other countries.


Wood Group’s US branch to work on billion dollar Texas project

An Aberdeen-based oil and gas company's US branch will work with one of the world's largest petrochemical companies during their multi-billion dollar Texas expansion. Wood Group's Mustang's Automation and Control business unit is providing process control systems, detailed engineering, procurement and fabrications services for the huge project by ExxonMobil Chemical Company.


Top position at Woodgroup PSN filled

One of the top positions at an Aberdeen-based oil and gas company has been filled by a worker with around 40 years experience in the industry. Dave Stewart has landed the role of chief executive officer at Wood Group PSN and will begin in the role in April 2015.


New World Oil and Gas given extension to three Danish oilfield projects

An oil and gas firm have been given extensions to three of their Danish projects. New World Oil and Gas Plc have been granted extensions to work programme commitment deadlines on their three Danica Jutland and Danica Resources Limited licences. This will allow for them to propose more technical work to further eliminate the risks of prospects at the spots, located in south-east and south-west Denmark.

Health, Safety & Environment

Safety still a “priority” one year on from offshore helicopter safety report

Safety remains an "absolute priority" one year on from the publication of a report addressing issues on offshore helicopter flights. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)'s CAT-1145 report was released on February 20, 2014 and listed 61 actions and recommendations aimed at addressing accident prevention for workers travelling offshore by helicopter. It comes one month after the CAA said there is still work to be done to improve flight safety.