Co-operative Energy has blamed ongoing problems with its new IT system after it received the highest ratio of complaints in the third quarter. The energy supplier upgraded its computer systems in March, with many customers complaining of being locked out of their online account or not receiving their bills following the switch. And new figures from the energy ombudsman revealed Co-operative Energy received 136 complaints per 100,000 customers in the three months to September, 50% higher than any other supplier.
A British grandfather who was sentenced to a flogging for breaking Saudi Arabia’s strict anti-alcohol laws has been reunited with his family in the UK. Karl Andree, 74, was threatened with 350 lashes after he was caught with home-made wine in Jeddah. He was put on a plane to Britain on Tuesday night after being freed from a Saudi prison, where he had been locked up since August last year.
Noble Energy is set to reduce its headcount by around 180 positions as it looks to downsize its workforce during the oil price decline. The company said the job losses – which include 60 in Texas – will be from their Houston headquarters as well as the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford area.
High value homes in the north east of Scotland are proving harder to shift with an increasing number coming on the market at lower prices than before, according to property experts.
The world's smallest FPSO became home to some unexpected inhabitants after migrating owls took rest on the vessel earlier this month.
The UK has seen its top rating for energy supplies downgraded in an international assessment, amid uncertainty over Government policy. The World Energy Council’s annual “trilemma” index, which looks at how 130 countries are meeting the triple challenge of ensuring secure, affordable and sustainable energy supplies, has revised the UK’s AAA rating of previous years to an AAB grade. The trilemma report said the UK’s ranking had slipped as electricity became comparatively more expensive, although its security of supplies and environmental performance remained stable.
Police are investigating after a fire at a shipbuilding yard in South Korea has left one person dead and seven others injured. The incident happened at a shipyard owned by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering on Geoje Island earlier today. It is believed the fire broke out on an 85,000 LPG tankers where engineers had been carrying out welding work.
Saudi Arabia could soon tap into international bond markets for the first time, according to reports. The Financial Times said the move was a growing signal of the challenges the country faces as lower oil prices impact its public finances. Officials in the country said Saudi Arabia could increase its debt levels by up to 50% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) within five years.
Tory former energy minister Greg Barker has taken his seat in the House of Lords.
An agreement between Brazil’s Petrobras and union workers has failed as staff call for the state-owned oil company to reverse budget cuts and cancel assets sales. The strike, which has been going on for a week, is already the biggest in 20 years in the country.
Former EV chief executive Francis Neill will take over the top spot at Houston-based Ziebel.
Oil major BP has been issued with a notice from Norway’s safety body for violations related to operational risk on its Skarv FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel). The PSA (Petroleum Safety Authority) said non-conformities were identified in connection with risk management, fire water in the event of gas detection and man-machine interfaces.
Companies in the south of England will find out how the £9billion subsea sector has revolutionised the way in which hydrocarbons are extracted since the late seventies when industry body, Subsea UK brings its fundamentals workshop to London for the first time this week.
Oil major Chevron is said to be considering whether to make 1,000 staff members who work in the neutral zone between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait redundant. According to the Wall Street Journal, a dispute between the countries has halted all work on oil fields for several months. The company has already reduced the number of petroleum-development rigs in the neutral zone.
A chemical used to help clean-up BP’s oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico may not have helped get rid of the slick caused by the 2010 incident. A study found half of the oil could still be on the sea floor even after a chemical dispersant called Corexit 9500 was applied in a bid to dissipate the oil. It was also used to try and help aid natural microbes in the water to eat the oil at a quicker rate.
Nigeria’s President has sacked the head of the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission). Ibrahim Lamorde had been chairman of the country’s anti-corruption agency. It comes after Lamorde denied allegations $5billion had gone missing from the commission back in August.
Deck machinery specialist Ace Winches has made two new appointments to its leadership team.
Hydraulic solutions specialist ITC is showcasing two of its newest products at Adipec.
Norwegian shipping firm GC Rieber has come to an agreement with administrators for defunct subsea contractor Ceona regarding its vessel Polar Onyx.
National Grid Plc, the operator of UK’s electricity and natural gas networks, started a process for the potential sale of a majority stake in its domestic gas distribution business.
Marathon Oil has been hit with an improvement notice by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) after a gas leak on its Brae Alpha installation in the North Sea. The company will have until April next year to comply with the notice following the incident 170 miles north east of Aberdeen. The leak happened in June inside the West Brae Caisson on the installation.
The PSA (Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority) has given Gasco and Statoil a deadline for the end of the month to investigate causes of corrosion at the Karsto processing facility. The body said Gasco now has until Novermber 26 to deal with issue raised. Statoil is the technical service provider at Karsto.
Oil major Shell has opened a landmark new CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) project in Canada. The new Quest facility at the Athabasca Oil Sands project is designed to capture, transport and store more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide CO2 each year. The amount is equivalent to the emissions from an estimated 250,000 cars.
Global temperatures in 2015 are set to reach one degree centigrade above pre-industrial levels for the first time, scientists have warned.
INEOS has struck a deal with ExxonMobil Chemical and Shell Chemicals Europe to supply ethane from US shale gas from Grangemouth to the Fife Ethylene Plant. The purchase agreement will be from the middle of 2017 and it is hoped access to this source will help complement supplies from North Sea natural gas fields. Geir Tuft, business director at INEOS O&P UK, said the deal was a “landmark agreement”.