A recent participant in Shell's STEP programme has already been promoted to run a division of a coatings company that could save industry millions of pounds replacing old and worn equipment.
Oil & Gas
AS THE price of fuel for the parental taxi soars and concerns grow about the impact of car culture on the environment, a team of scientists from the University of Sunderland have come up with a hydrogen-powered car which they believe is a significant step forward in creating a mass-produced green machine.
UNIVERSITY of Calgary climate-change scientist David Keith is working on a device that could efficiently capture the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, directly from the air using near-commercial technology - apparently.
A few weeks ago, Meldrum Academy won the UK final of OilSim, the international oil&gas investment game.
FRENCH group CGGVeritas has revealed that it has perfected a seismic monitoring solution for managing steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) production of heavy oil.
A NEW project is under way that aims to develop a downhole pump based on the principles of magnetic levitation.
Most people working with potentially hazardous chemicals or substances would never dream of working without respiratory protection such as a face mask.
INTO the final quarter of 2008 and a total of 59 exploration and appraisal wells have started on the UKCS so far, an increase of 14 spuds over the same point in 2007 and a level of activity not reached until the start of December that year. Additionally, 36 sidetracks have so far been initiated this year.
THE US Interior Department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) has reported that Hurricane Ike destroyed 49 of the 3,800 offshore oil&gas production platforms in the US Gulf of Mexico.
OIL & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is to invest more than $5billion in developing its deepwater blocks KG-DWN-98/2 and KG-DW-IV, with first production anticipated in 2013.
STATOILHYDRO'S exploration well drilled on the Noatun prospect 16km north of the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea has encountered gas and condensate. A sidetrack is to be drilled in the well to assess whether the find is worth exploiting.
THE Aberdeen office of Canadian oil company Nexen Petroleum UK celebrated its links with Mackie Academy, Stonehaven, at a reception in the glass palace of Nexen House at Altens.
NORWEGIAN subsea engineering firm Framo Engineering, whose enhanced recovery systems are in use worldwide, is celebrating 25 years in business.
SUBSEA UK will have offshore renewables squarely in its sights at its new Subsea Europe conference in London, to be staged on October 30. This is aside from its main market - offshore oil&gas.
ANADARKO Petroleum has made a major "pre-salt" oil discovery on the Wahoo prospect in Brazil's prolific Campos Basin with its 1-APL-1-ESS well drilled on block BM-C-30 in some 1,417m (4,650ft) water depth. Preliminary results, based on wireline logs, indicate at least 60m (195ft) of net pay with similar characteristics to the nearby Jubarte 1-ESS-103A well.
RECORD activity levels, scarcity in personnel and resources, coupled with rising costs, have taken their toll on customer satisfaction levels, with some oilfield suppliers taking a hammering while others excel, according to Douglas-Westwood analysts.
West Africa remains a major security headache for the oil&gas industry, particularly Nigeria, the managing director of AKE warned delegates of a conference in Aberdeen late-September.
ABERDEEN company Stable Services is predicting early wins to the tune of £2million for a new well reaming tool that has been successfully tested in BP's Clair heavy crude field west of Shetland.
Well intervention will be the future of the North Sea long after the last production wells are drilled simply to keep hydrocarbons production going, according to Chris Nussbaum.
The UK North Sea's Industry Technology Facilitator is primed to play a leading role in the generation of new oil&gas sector technologies worldwide by drawing together counterpart organisations from North America, Norway and Brazil at a summit in Aberdeen this week.
Do you ever read BBC economics chap Robert Peston's blog on the BBC website? I do because it provides some interesting insight into how the City is thinking or - as recent events would seem to prove - not thinking.
FRESH pipeline investment is crucial in Europe if gas is to be brought to markets from increasingly remote producing regions, warns the International Energy Agency.
Taqa - in Arabic, it means energy - burst on to the North Sea stage less that two years ago, and it was only launched in 2005 as a joint-stock company in Abu Dhabi and 51% owned by the government-owned Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA).
From my decidedly pro-nuclear perspective, I find it difficult to discern any negatives in the news that EDF, the French state electricity company, is taking over British Energy, owner of eight civil nuclear sites around the UK.