NORTH-EAST companies are being encouraged to join a trade trip exploring oil and gas opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico area.
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North-east oil service company Qserv said yesterday it was on target to increase its worldwide workforce to 700 by the end of the decade.
North-east energy service firm Reservoir Group announced another acquisition yesterday.
Relaxation of the constraints that dictate where offshore windfarms can be built could cut £16billion from the overall cost of developing UK offshore wind, the Carbon Trust claims.
November 3-6: Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Organiser: dmg world media - e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. URL: www.adipec.com
Lewis Limited, of Aberdeen, is a subsea engineering company specialising in bespoke design-and-build and operation of riserless and lightweight subsea well-intervention equipment. That includes lightweight risers to surface for coiled-tubing intervention as well.
The landscape in which companies execute major capital investment oil&gas projects has changed since the 1960s North Sea and Gulf of Mexico booms.
The UK oil&gas industry has a considerable challenge on its hands to maximise recovery of the nation's remaining 25billion barrels of oil&gas from beneath the seabed.
TEN exploration and appraisal wells are currently active on the UKCS, although that count is 11 if Caithness's Middle Jurassic Lybster appraisal on block 11/24 of the Inner Moray Firth is included, being drilled from an onshore location. But just two wells were spudded in October, both in the Northern North Sea - Total's well 8/15-2 on the Palaeocene Sailor prospect, which is imminently to re-spud, and Sterling's well 210/29a-4 on the Middle Jurassic Cladhan prospect.
THE stock market is on a roller-coaster ride, and so are oil prices. We have moved very quickly from July's figure of $147 a barrel to about half that level. On September 29, oil fell by $10 in one day, but it is worthwhile to reflect that, back in 1995, the price of oil was $10 barrel.
It is encouraging to see this industry continuing to attract graduates. In recent years, we have enjoyed a strong pipeline of new talent fresh from university filtering through the doors of companies across the supply chain, from major operators to small niche technology firms.
Whether your credit is being crunched, squeezed or wiped out, there is no escaping the way the world is changing shape again.
When asking students on our hostile environments courses, "What is the biggest threat to your safety and security when operating in .........", this blank could be filled with "West Africa", "The Middle East" or "South America", among many other areas. But their answer, without fail, is "kidnap".
ENERGY is a key element in four new degree programmes just launched by Aberdeen University with a view to the first intake of students kicking-off their studies in September, 2009.
ABERDEEN'S Robert Gordon University (RGU) has become the first UK university to hold Masters level graduation ceremonies in three overseas locations for students on corporate oil&gas industry-related programmes. Cappings have been held in Kazakhstan, Algeria and, most recently, Venezuela.
There are some very smart young minds working in the renewables sector these days - witness the work of Jesus Lopez Taberna, who very recently successfully defended his PhD thesis on how to protect wind turbines against sudden dips in grid voltages.
NO FEWER than 126 pupils from 24 schools and accompanied by 13 teachers have just competed in the 2008 Maths in the Pipeline contest.
AMERICAN researchers have created a new material that overcomes two of the major obstacles to solar power: it absorbs all the energy contained in sunlight and generates electrons in a way that makes them easier to capture.
The land yacht based on a simple frame with wheels and a small sail has been around for a long time and it was only a matter of time before something revolutionary happened to bring the concept into the 21st century.
Aberdeen-owned MCS has just completed trials that could lead to BP adopting apparently more cost-effective inspection methods to establish the integrity of rigid subsea pipeline infrastructure associated with its deepwater assets.
As the largest provider of offshore medicals for Oil & Gas UK, one of the most common reasons we at Abermed give for failing the examination is being overweight or obese.
OFFSHORE Brazil may be the current star, but large new hydrocarbon finds have lately been reported on both sides of the Atlantic, in particular offshore Angola and, stretching the definition of Atlantic a bit, the US Gulf of Mexico.
AKER Solutions, in joint venture with WorleyParsons and CB&I, has received a letter of intent to the value of $31million for the Kashagan Full Field Development FEED (front-end engineering and design) contract from Agip KCO, operator of the Kashagan consortium, Kazakhstan North Caspian Operation Company.
US AGENCY NOAA (National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration) and the National Science Foundation have commissioned the first comprehensive national study of how carbon-dioxide emissions absorbed into the oceans may be altering fisheries, marine mammals, coral reefs and other natural resources. The work will be carried out by the US National Academy of Sciences.
INDUSTRY, government and community representatives were given an update on how Amec is faring at the annual external stakeholder event at Aberdeen's Marcliffe Hotel.