ELECTRICAL Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems (B.Eng/M.Eng) is a new programme that starts autumn 2008 at the University of Nottingham. While it may be too late to apply for the 2008 diet, this new programme may be worth considering for a 2009 start.
Oil & Gas
THINK of Cranfield and many of us might think of an MBA; somehow that's what this UK institution is best known for, even if that might not be the case.
It's milk-run time, with thousands of graduates about to come on to the marketplace, with many doubtless looking for careers that have fat salaries attached.
SPACECRAFT could one day traverse the universe using an electric solar wind sail developed at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. Developed two years ago, it is apparently fast becoming a reality.
UNDERGROUND mine - a mine where coal is produced by tunneling into the Earth to the coal bed, which is then mined with underground mining equipment such as cutting machines and continuous, long-wall and short-wall mining machines. Underground mines are classified according to the type of opening used to reach the coal - that is, drift (level tunnel), slope (inclined tunnel) or shaft (vertical tunnel).
Hundreds of pupils from schools across Aberdeen City and Shire are being given the chance to explore the world of oil & gas at an innovative, interactive careers event to be staged at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
BIOFUELS based on ethanol, vegetable oil and other renewable sources are increasingly popular with Government and environmentalists as a way to reduce fossil fuel dependence and limit greenhouse gas emissions.
NORWAY'S Rieber Shipping has, through a private placement, acquired 40% of the shares in Bluestone Offshore, a Singapore-based company specialising in deepwater geotechnical analysis. This is a strategic deal designed to reinforce Riebar's position in this increasingly important services sub-set.
BMT Fleet Technology has won the contract to carry out the definition, engineering, logistics and management support contract for the Canadian Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship project.
UK COMPANY Corac Group is looking for new participants to join an ongoing JIP that will further develop its innovative Downhole Gas Compressor (DGC) technology.
StatoilHydro has teamed up with Chevron and Petrobras to develop a new compact deepwater separation plant for seafloor installation known as Tordis.
The innovative and progressive nature of the global energy industry inevitably means that companies have to send employees to work all over the world.
UNLESS one is getting a bit long in the tooth and very British, the chances are that most of us are aware of the "high-five" greeting. The writer has a toddler who uses it a lot.
THE increase in UK E & A (exploration and appraisal) activity continues; 32 well starts so far in 2008, and 18 sidetracks. Of these, 22 are exploratory and 10 appraisal. This represents an increase of 85% over the same period in 2007; 63% increase for exploration and 150% for appraisal. Fifteen rigs are currently active, and May starts include Valiant's 9/22-3 (Globe/Roebuck), IOC's 15/13a-9 (Hood), Oilexco's 16/21b-34 (Delta), Nexen's 19/4-2 (Full Moon), Maersk's 22/25a-9 (Culzean) and RWE's 49/2a-6 (Topaz). BG's Jackdaw 30/2a-7 and ConocoPhillips' Jasmine/North Terrace 30/6-7 appraisals are now more than seven months into their respective programmes, the last named on its third sidetrack.
ABERDEEN-BASED oil & gas industry services company Project Design & Management Services has been acquired by Wilton Engineering Services of Teesside.
SAIPEM has picked up two new offshore contracts in Egypt and Angola totalling $600million. The Egypt work is with Burullus Gas, covering the subsea development of the Sequoia field, which straddles both the Rosetta and West Delta Deep Marine Concessions offshore the Nile River Delta about 130km north-east of Alexandria. The contract encompasses the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) of the subsea development system of the Sequoia fieldand of a new 22in gas-export pipeline.
TV NEWSREADER Jackie Bird was the guest presenter at the annual safety awards ceremony of the North Sea chapter of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.
SAFETY offshore 20 years after the Piper Alpha disaster in the North Sea in which 167 people died was the keynote theme at the seventh annual dinner of the North of Scotland branch of the Safety and Reliability Society (Sars).
PRIVATE equity fund Epi-V is investing £4.5million in what it claims is the only "independent" supplier of advanced well intervention tools to the global oil industry in return for a "significant" slice of the firm.
SOLUTIONS for transport and storage of carbon dioxide captured at Karsto and Mongstad are to be developed by Gassco in co-operation with Gassnova SF and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).
IN APRIL, the Press and Journal and Munro's Travel Group of Aberdeen launched their first Middle East oil&gas conference and exhibition initiative, and we are pleased to report that this is attracting considerable interest.
ABERDEEN-BASED software consultancy Absoft has created a new business unit dedicated to the North Sea oil&gas industry as part of a key element of a restructuring programme.
ITALIAN energy major Eni expects that it will cost at least $5billion to develop its Norwegian Barents Sea Goliat field, based on first oil around 2012.
COSTS associated with constructing new oil&gas upstream facilities have reached a new record high, according to the latest IHS/Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) Upstream Capital Costs Index. They are up 6% over the past six months and have doubled since 2005.
IT RANKS as the most incredibly selfish act that Energy has yet encountered - the State of Alaska is to sue the US Interior Department at the US District Court in Washington to prevent the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species.