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Kieran Beattie

North Sea

International Well Control Forum to host Aberdeen workshop next month

International Well Control Forum (IWCF) has announced a workshop and networking event for Aberdeen next month ahead of Offshore Well Intervention Europe 2015. The event will take place on Tuesday April 14, and will focus on the best practices for global safety, new initiatives that are being launched to drive up well control competency, and operators, contractors and service companies will be on hand to explain how to get more involved.

Australasia

KDM Marine International appoint new regional manager for eastern hemisphere

KDM Marine International have appointed a regional manager for their work in the eastern hemisphere. The company, which is part of the James Fisher Group, has appointed Faisel Chaudry as their new regional manager for the eastern hemisphere. Faisel, who has more than eight years' experience in the oil and gas and offshore renewables industries, is tasked with growing the market-leading company's presence in regions like the Middle East, India, North Africa and Asia Pacific.

Americas

EMGS scoop two new contracts worth $4 million

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has entered into two new contracts with two oil companies to provide data from their library in the Barents Sea. The two new licensing agreements will provide 3D electromagnetic data from EMGS's multi-client data library in the Barents see, and together the agreements are worth an estimated $4 millio

Oil & Gas

LR Senergy and EnergyOne AS announce strategic partnership

LR Senergy and EnergyOne AS have joined forces in a strategic alliance aimed at supporting business development in the energy sector in Norway and internationally. By joining together and working in collaboration, the two organisations hope to offer significant subsurface resources through the local presence EnergyOne provides, as well as the global competencies of LR Senergy.

People

Talisman Sinopec appoint new managing director

Talisman Sinopec Energy UK has announced a new managing director. Bill Dunnett has been appointed to the position by Talisman's board of directors, and will begin his role from April 7. Dunnett, a chartered engineer, has more than 30 years' experience in the international oil and gas industry, and has previously served as project manager for Shell and acted as senior vice president for Global Offshore Capital Projects.

Americas

Paradigm Drilling Services establish subsidiary in Mexico as Mexican president visits Aberdeen

Drilling technology business Paradigm Drilling Services this week finalised the establishment of a new Mexican subsidiary, Paradigm Drilling Services Mexico. The firm finalised the establishment of their new Mexican subsidiary in Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico, and is currently seeking premises to house a large manufacturing and service facility in the city to support its operations, creating around 150 jobs by the end of the year.

Americas

Mexican president visits Aberdeen to discuss energy and climate change

The President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto arrived in Aberdeen today during a UK state visit to mark closer ties on energy issues and climate change. President Nieto was greeted in Aberdeen by Alistair Carmichael, the Secretary of State for Scotland, and escorted to the Aberdeen Town House. He was joined by energy minister Matthew Hancock and introduced to senior UK oil and gas representatives, including Shell and BP.

Europe

Maersk launch new training facility in Aberdeen

Maersk have launched a new training facility in Kingswells, providing additional training opportunities to oil and gas workers in Aberdeen. Launched this week, the centre aims to complement the training facilities that already exist in the north-east, including the survival centre in Portlethen and the boat training facility in Stonehaven.

Middle East

Egypt to pay its $3.1 billion debt to foreign oil and gas companies a year late

Egypt aims to pay its $3.1 billion debt to international oil and gas companies a year later than previously indicated, according to the Egyptian oil ministry. The ministry said: "All current operational payments hae been made on time and are on track to repay any remaining arrears before mid-2016." It is expected that the debt will be repaid by the middle of 2016, a year ahead of the previously indicated mid-2015.