A wide-ranging review of the high cost of electricity in the north and north-east will be carried out by the UK Government following a campaign by Energy Voice's sister publication, the Press and Journal. Scottish Secretary David Mundell revealed last night that there "will be an opportunity to change things" over the coming months. Families in the Highlands and islands, Grampian and Tayside currently pay the highest power bills in the UK because of a regional system for distribution costs.
HERTEL may be a new name in Aberdeen, but the Dutch group has been trading for 115 years and employs more than 12,000 dedicated personnel working across the world who are an expert group of professional project managers, engineers and technicians who take pride in long-standing and well established relationships with their international customers.
OCEANTEAM, with J. Ray McDermott, has awarded a contract for the construction of a high-capacity rigid-reeled pipelay vessel to Metalships & Docks Shipyard in Vigo, Spain.
DRIL-QUIP has been awarded a contract worth about $100million by FloaTEC de Mexico to supply drilling and production equipment for the P-61 tension-leg wellhead platform (TLWP) being built for Petrobras of Brazil.
INSPECTION, repair and maintenance (IRM) is a cornerstone of offshore oil&gas industry operations; the more mature the province the greater that requirement becomes, perhaps no more so than in the North Sea.
TGS, of Norway, has started a 1,650sq km high-density multi-client 3D seismic survey covering a portion of the outer part of Scotland's Moray Firth.
BP CEO Tony Hayward at a press conference on the beach at Fourchon Beach, Louisiana. More than a month after the Deepwater Horizon sank, oil continues to pour out of a damaged well.
The UK North Sea could be hit hard if proposals currently tabled for Phase III of the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme are implemented, according to an Aberdeen University report.
A GEOPHYSICAL survey boom is in progress for the North Sea as momentum builds in the still young offshore renewables business.
A TEAM of American researchers at a leading institute have found a novel way to mimic the process by which plants use the power of sunlight to split water and make chemical fuel to power their growth.
LOW3 is a prototype of sustainable housing that reduces energy consumption and is made of renewable materials.
On April 6, 2010, new regulations come into force in the UK. The "sick note" which is issued by GPs will change to a "fit note".
PETROBRAS has successfully carried out formation tests on the fourth well drilled in the ultra-deepwater pre-salt Tupi field and confirmed very high productivity from its carbonate reservoirs.
WEATHERFORD'S pipeline and speciality services group has been awarded a contract by Saipem for pre-commissioning services on the Urugua-Mexilhao pipeline in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. The company says the 18in, 174km long gas pipeline will link the floating production, storage and offloading vessel, Cidade de Santos - located on block BS-500 on the Urugua field in 1,372m water depth - to the existing Mexilhao gas platform.
SONARDYNE'S 6G subsea positioning system is being put through its paces in a trial on the Tullow-operated Jubilee field, offshore Ghana, as part of the extensive subsea metrology schedule being carried out by UTEC Survey aboard Technip's vessel, the OSV Olympic Triton.
FMC Technologies is to manufacture and supply the subsea production equipment for the Marulk field development offshore Norway.
AKER Solutions has been contracted by Chevron to supply subsea umbilicals and associated equipment for the Gorgon Project, offshore Australia.
The row between British Geological Survey, academics and PESGB (Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain) over relocation of the rock core store in Edinburgh to the English Midlands is becoming increasingly bitter.
THE Oceanology International exhibition and conference being staged in London this month will also host the two-day UKSPILL10 Marine Oil Spill Seminar organised by the UK Spill Association (UKSPILL).
ITALIAN company Saipem has secured four new drilling contracts for its jack-up drilling rig, Perro Negro 3, and semi-submersibles. The Perro Negro 3 has been hired by Harrington Dubai for a six-month campaign in the Persian Gulf, with an option for an additional 18 months. Scarabeo 4 has received an extension to its contract with International Egyptian Oil Company (IEOC) that began in 2007 and which will now keep the rig working in the Egyptian part of the Mediterranean Sea until June 2013.
BLUEWATER has received a letter of award from Eni for the charter, operation and maintenance of the upgraded floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), Glas Dowr, in south-east Asia.
ANADARKO has made another major hydrocarbons discovery in the US Gulf of Mexico. A sidetrack appraisal of the Lucius discovery well has revealed almost 183m net (600ft) of high-quality oil pay with additional gas condensate pay.
DONG of Denmark is to appraise the Svane discovery in the Danish sector of the North Sea - block 4/98. DONG acquired the block and field and their operation from ConocoPhillips in 2007. In 2001, an appraisal by ConocoPhillips signalled a large gas reservoir, but technical problems prevented verification of the results.
Oilfield engineer turned entrepreneur Richard Selwa is poised to launch the offshore industry equivalent of the "nodding donkey" so characteristic of depleted oilfields onshore.
PETROBRAS has completed formation tests on its appraisal well drilled offshore Brazil in the Santos Basin block BM-S-11 - the so-called Iara block.