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North Sea due for a renaissance, Cluff says

08/01/2016

Oil pioneer Algy Cluff said the North Sea is on the cusp of a renaissance after heralding his company’s plans to divert more of its resources to the area. Mr Cluff said Cluff Natural Resources had already made rapid progress in developing its five conventional oil and gas licences in the southern North Sea, aided by a collaborative agreement with energy service giant Halliburton.

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Dear Mr Robertson: ‘I’m living the crisis’

07/01/2016

Austen Russell said MSP Dennis Robertson’s comments about the current state of the North Sea oil and gas industry felt like a “kick in the teeth”. The 38-year-old has been tirelessly looking for work every day since he was made redundant from his job with a pipe lay company last October where he worked as a technical supervisor. He had his first break in the industry 18 years ago when he started out as a well test trainee.

North Sea

Owners bring drifting barge back under control

31/12/2015

The barge which today caused mayhem on the North Sea has been brought back under control, vessel owners Eide Marine said. BP and ConocoPhillips were forced to shut down production and evacuate platforms in the central North Sea after the barge broke away from its moorings in stormy weather, posing a threat to the installations.

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Drifting barge misses BP North Sea platform by 2km, BP prepares restart

31/12/2015

The drifting barge which forced BP to evacuate its Valhall Platform in the North Sea has missed the installation, Norwegian rescue authorities were cited as saying. A spokesman for BP said it was taking steps to restart production on the facility, a process which usually takes 24 hours. The company had been in the process of taking evacuees to nearby platforms as a precaution, and a tug boat was trying to bring the barge under control.

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