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Laura Redpath

I'm one of the Digital Journalists here at the P&J. I'll be covering news, lifestyle and everything in between.

Opinion: Workforce Engagement – Is this the missing key to unlocking exceptional performance?

The marginal recovery in the price of Brent crude in February was more or less wiped out again in March and now seems to be levelling out somewhere around the $60 mark. ‘After-shocks’ are likely to continue making predictions about what will happen next, more art than science. Some economists have suggested the market remains over-priced and that $35 or even $30 oil isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. Let’s hope they’re wrong.

Health, Safety & Environment

Judge grants access to Super Puma black box data

A judge has granted a bid by Scotland's senior law officer to get access to black box data from a crashed helicopter which claimed the lives of four offshore workers. The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, had sought court authority to make the combined voice and flight data recorder (CVFDR) available to him in a move opposed by the pilots' union, BALPA.

Oil & Gas

Seadrill to sell West Polaris drillship

Offshore drilling company Seadrill Limited is to sell its West Polaris drillship to a subsidiary within the next week. Seadrill Operating, which is 58% owned by Seadrill Limited, will acquire all of its owner's shares of Seadrill Polaris, the entity which owns the the drillship.


AnTech reports turnover boost

Sales at upstream oil and gas product provider AnTech have doubled during the last financial year, the company has reported. Amid what has been a time of uncertainty for the industry the UK-based firm said its sales had risen 52% between April, 6 2014 and April 5, 2015.

Oil & Gas

Sound Oil to have EIA on Italy assets

Sound Oil has been given approval for an environmental impact assessment for a permit covering its Dora and Dalla assets in Italy. The award covers the D503-BR-CS offshore license in the central Adriatic and includes the Dora gas discovery and the Dallas exploration prospect.

Oil & Gas

Northern Petroleum given EIA approvals

Northern Petroleum has been given approval on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of three potential exploration permits in the southern Adriatic. The EIA approvals have been received from the Ministries of the Environment and National Heritage and are awaiting decree by the Ministry of Economic Development.

Oil & Gas

LGO spuds 12th Trinidad well

Leni Gas & Oil (LGO has confirmed the spudding of the 12 well in its Goudron field development. The company acquired the prospect on the south-eastern edge of Trinidad in 2011 and has so far drilled 12 out of 30 planned wells.

Middle East

Middle East could become “vital” to Scottish energy sector

Scotland-based energy firms will expect the Middle East to become vital to their operations in terms of market share over the next few years, according to a professional services firm. KPMG surveyed more than 30 senior executives from oilfield services and energy-focused technology businesses at a seminar in Aberdeen last week which highlighted business opportunities and risks in the region. The Middle East represents an enormous market for UK-based businesses in the industry with opportunities spanning oil and gas, power generation and renewables.

Oil & Gas

Jee completes Decom contract

A subsea engineering and training firm has completed a contract with Decom North Sea (DNS). The deal enabled the UK-based company to identify pioneering methods of salvage and re-use options for concrete subsea mattresses, the findings of which were presented to industry members yesterday. Nigel Jenkins, DNS chief executive said: “This project was implemented in direct response to our operator member requests and Jee’s findings have been eagerly anticipated.

Energy Technology

Atlantic Offshore Rescue to unveil Ocean Falcon

Atlantic Offshore Rescue is to unveil the third vessel of its modernisation programme. The standby vessel operator will showcase the Ocean Falcon, which totals £300million, at a ceremony in Aberdeen today. Ocean Falcon is a new H820 design from Havyard Ship Design. It was built and developed in Passai, Spain by Zamakona shipbuilders, in close collaboration with Atlantic Offshore Rescue over an 18 month period.


Kea Petroleum suspends shares

New Zealand-focused Kea Petroleum has suspended its shares after a fundraising exercise failed. The company, which has operations in the Taranaki basin, said it had requested the suspension after failing to secure £3m of funding to develop its Shannon prospect.

Oil & Gas

Rosneft produces reaches ‘milestone’ with Chayvo Field

Oil giant Rosneft has produced its one millionth ton of oil at the northern tip of the Chayvo Field. A spokesperson for the firm said the milestone had been reached just eight months after drilling the first well at the field which was completed in September 2014 from the onshore site. RN-Shelf-Far East, Rosneft subsidiary, is currently producing crude oil at the field with two unique extended-reach wells that are 10,825 m and 9,923 m of measured depth. Their cumulative daily output amounts to over 5,000 million tons.