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Other News

Subsea UK launch market intelligence service

Subsea UK has launched a new market intelligence service for subsea companies. The industry body, which represents the UK’s £9billion subsea sector, has developed SubseaIntel – an online database which provides regularly updated details on almost 1,200 subsea projects worldwide. Subsea Intel allows users to delve deeper into current projects across the globe and discover upcoming opportunities using intensively researched data. Users will be given a unique and secure log-in to search for, track and monitor global subsea discoveries and projects.


ROVOP builds American base

Aberdeen-based ROV services provider, ROVOP, has established a Western Hemisphere headquarters and support base in Houston and appointed three highly-regarded ROV industry professionals to lead the business. Scott Wagner, Brett Eychner and Wayne Betts bring a combined total of more than 100 years’ global experience in the ROV services sector to ROVOP. They join an established management team and staff of 130 based in Aberdeen. The company’s client portfolio includes oil and gas, offshore wind and telecommunications companies.

North Sea

Axis Well Technology honoured for oil and gas sector employment work

Aberdeen-based Axis Well Technology Ltd. has become one of the first organisations in the oil and gas sector to be recognised for its commitment to employing young people. The organisation was presented with the Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation yesterday by Scottish Minister for Youth and Women's Employment, Annabelle Ewing MSP. The IIYP scheme is supported by £1 million funding from the Scottish Government.

Other News

The Underwater Centre appoints new ROV operations manager

Highland subsea training and trials facility, The Underwater Centre, has appointed Steve Cullen to the newly created role of ROV operations manager. He joins the centre from Ashtead Technology and Subsea 7 where he took up similar training roles, with responsibility for ROV personnel's technical and engineering training. Mr Cullen has worked offshore for more than 23 years in various positions from ROV pilot to offshore operations manager.


Loyz energy sign two memorandums

Singapore-based upstream energy group Loyz Energy Limited has entered into two binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sun Petrochemicals Private Limited through its exploration and production division, Sun Oil and Natural Gas (SONG). Under the first MOU, Loyz Energy will jointly bid for upstream projects with SONG. In certain cases and subject to entry into definitive agreements, SONG shall bear the entire costs and expenditure of Loyz Energy's participating interest share of the joint project and shall treat it as a carried working interest.

Oil & Gas

Maersk adopts CAMS system

Maersk Oil has become the first to adopt an exclusively electronic competence system which they say will give them the ability to track employees’ knowledge and minimise risk in the oil and gas sector. Developed by Atlas Knowledge the Competence Assurance Management System (CAMS) is an online competence assessment and training system where all data surrounding employees can be tracked. Based on three key criteria: knowledge, skills and practice- it allows companies to build a background on each employee’s level of competence and centralise all documentation in one secure place.


McDermott International wins Chevron Gulf of Mexico contract

McDermott International (MDR) have been awarded a "sizeable" contract to transport and install subsea umbilicals, manifolds, jumpers and flying leads for Chevron. The contract is to support the brownfield expansion of the Jack and St Malo fields in the US Gulf of Mexico. The value of the award is included in McDermott's first quarter 2015 backlog.

Middle East

Petrotechnics appoint two new team members

Petrotechnics has appointed two new members to its Middle East business development team. Suhas Jadhal has been appointed as Petrotechnics’ new Middle East business consultant. Mr Jadhal has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and MBA in Construction Management and Research, and brings with him extensive experience in implementing enterprise solutions such as SAP and Primavera to major refineries in the Middle East and North Africa. He will provide hands-on customer support from Petrotechnics Abu Dhabi office, working closely with clients to achieve operational excellence through the deployment of Proscient.

Middle East

Second European firm pulls out of Yemen as violence continues

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, have announced a suspension of production in Yemen as violence continues to rock the Middle Eastern country. The news comes just a day after French giant Total evacuated all expatriate staff from Saana and Kharir in the country. The oil major said its operations on Yemen’s Block 10 have also been reduced , with gas production maintained only for local power generation and supply to nearby communities.

North Sea

Australian firm gains new vessel as it eyes the North Sea

Australian maintenance experts Vertech are preparing to take delivery of their first specialist vessel as the company’s diving team aims to expand into the North Sea and further afield. The new 14.4m daughter craft, which will be one of a number built, is due for delivery in early April and will feature a three-diver panel and state of the art monitoring equipment. The vessel has been designed for diving operations in 1.6m significant wave height and built to order in Cape Town, South Africa. In recent weeks it completed sea trials to gain MCA category two approval.


New head of Wintershall appointed

Wintershall has named a successor to Rainer Seele after he was named as the new chief executive of OMV. Mario Mehren, currently a member of the the board of executive directors of Wintershall, will take on the role from July 1. He is currently responsible for exploration and production for the company covering the regions of Russia, North Africa and South America.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Atlantis names Lockheed Martin as principal contractor to deliver turbine to MeyGen tidal power project

The majority owner of MeyGen, the world’s largest tidal stream energy project- based in Caithness, has extended a construction contraction with a global defence contractor for the delivery of one of the largest capacity single rotor turbines ever built. Atlantis’ new 1.5 megawatt AR1500 turbine will be built with the help of Lockheed Martin and is hoped to fulfil the company’s MeyGen project turbine supply obligations. The 18 metre rotor diameter AR1500 turbine, scheduled for delivery dockside in Scotland in 2016, will be one of the largest capacity single rotor turbines ever built.