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Another oil major to cut North Sea jobs

US firm ConocoPhillips has become the latest oil major to warn of job losses in the UK North Sea, although it refused to say how many or where exactly the axe is likely to fall. ConocoPhillips, which is poised to take over as the biggest oil producer in the region in terms of production volume by the end of this year, told the Press and Journal it had recently launched a review of its UK business. It added: “Like other operators in the North Sea, we are focused on improving the operating efficiency and production outlook for our business. “We have now started a consultation process with staff relating to organisational restructuring to establish a model to drive our UK business forward in an efficient and sustainable manner. “We do anticipate some redundancies but at this stage the actual number has not yet been defined.” ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company. It currently employs about 1,000 people directly and a further 600 contract workers in the UK. A spokeswoman for the firm said the totals included about 700 staff and 400 contractors working out of Aberdeen. The group’s Granite City-based UK business either operates or has stakes in assets including the Britannia field and its satellites, Judy/Joanne, Jade, Jasmine, CMS, Galleon, LOGGS, Saturn Unit, V-Fields, Victor, Viking, Calder, Darwen, Crossens, Asland, Millom, Dalton, Clair, MacCulloch and Nicol. Onshore, the company has interests in the Rivers terminal at Barrow-in-Furness, the Teesside oil terminal at Seal Sands, Middlesbrough, and Theddlethorpe gas plant in Lincolnshire. Its job cutting comes hot on the heels of BP launching a cost reduction exercise in the North Sea in line with rivals such as Shell and Chevron which have axed hundreds of roles as low oil prices and high overheads take their toll. BP has declined to reveal the likely impact of its review on its 4,000-strong North Sea workforce.

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Norway prepared for oil price slump, central bank governor says

Norway’s central bank is adapting its policy to ensure plunging crude prices don’t disrupt the economy of western Europe’s biggest oil and gas producer. While central banks elsewhere grapple with the threat of deflation, policy makers in Norway face “problems and challenges that are in a different class,” Governor Oeystein Olsen said today in an interview in Bergen, on Norway’s western coast. “There are some clouds now that are darker in regards to the prospects of the Norwegian economy, we see those dark clouds in the future development of the oil industry.”

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Enegi Oil wins North Sea production licence

Enegi Oil has been awarded a production licence in the UK Central North Sea in the 28th round of licensing. The block, 21/28b, was awarded by the Department of Energy and Climate change. It contains two known discoveries named Crinan and Dandy, which lie adjacent to the Fyne Project area in water depths of 89m.

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Fighting for a North Sea future that should be great

“If you look at the assets that we’ve held the longest, like Thistle, the Dons where we have the (FPSO) Northern Producer, and Heather, we’re having a very good year,” says Enquest’s North Sea president, Neil McCulloch. “We’re doing well on the regulatory side of things too; had inspections around our facilities this year . . . some of the oldest in the North Sea. “While you never get an entirely clean bill of health, we’ve done very well with no prohibition notices, no improvement notices; just some support for the way we go about our business. It’s about doing simple things very well, repeatedly. And that’s a core value at Enquest.

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North Sea collaboration could cut carbon emissions

Collaboration by North Sea states will help tackle Europe’s carbon emissions, an international gathering of CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) emission experts will hear. The SCCS (Scottish Carbon and Capture Storage) annual conference will tell politicians, industry experts and academics that the combined efforts of the industry could see hundreds of years’ worth of Europe’s carbon emissions stored.

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Total sells Norwegian assets

Total has agreed to sell off its interests in a number of Norwegian assets for $317million. An agreement has been signed by Total E&P Norge AS to sell off 8% of its shares in the Gina Krog field, together with its interests in the mature fields of Vilje and Vale at 24.23% and 6% share in Morvin to PGNiG Upstream International.

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Video: GDF Suez opens new Aberdeen headquarters

GDF Suez has opened its new flagship Aberdeen office with the announcement of a £20,000 investment in art projects within the North-east. The company’s new offices have opened less than a week after it made a joint announcement with BP regarding the latest discovery in the North Sea.

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Fall in North Sea tax receipts

The Scottish independence campaign has received “a body blow” with new figures showing tax receipts from North Sea oil and gas have dropped by almost a fifth, Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander said.

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ONS: Opinion – The North Sea needs its neighbours

It’s only natural to become caught up in your own affairs and put national interests first. But, we must endeavour to keep a European perspective and also an international perspective. This year’s ONS shows we’re not adverse to global workforce sharing. Many delegates are men and women who are already working or becoming fully-fledged energy ex-pats in the likes of Houston, Singapore, Dubai or Perth. I’d like to see the same adventurous spirit closer to home.