Aviation students can now apply for an opportunity to attend the 12th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Vancouver, through grants which honour Dr. Peter Gardiner, a long-time advocate of excellence in aviation safety training.
Regulators in North Dakota have given approval to a credit system for oil producers collecting more natural gas than required from their wells. The move is a bid to curb flaring, according to reports.
Fracking could have a detrimental impact on the North-east oil and gas industry, an Aberdeen academic has warned. The onshore fracking process has led to huge public protests over the potential environmental impact of blasting gas from shale rock using water and sand, including a major demonstration at Barton Moss in Greater Manchester. Professor of petroleum accounting at Robert Gordon University, Alex Russell, has said fracking could have a hugely detrimental impact on Aberdeen’s position as Europe’s oil and gas capital.
A busy Offshore Europe event delivered “staggering” occupancy levels for Aberdeen hotels, but failed to reverse an ongoing decline due to the oil price crash, new figures show. In what is the first report on the Granite city’s hotel trade for the key month of September 2015, LJ Research found that room occupancy fell 12.8% despite reaching 99% capacity halfway through oil week. The report also found that hotel room yields in the month were down 13.8% on September 2013 – the last time Aberdeen hosted the biennial oil and gas event.
The grandchildren of a British man who reportedly faces 350 lashes for breaking the law in Saudi Arabia have appealed directly to David Cameron as “his only hope”. Karl Andree, who has battled cancer and suffers from asthma, was arrested in Jeddah in August last year for breaching the country’s strict anti-alcohol laws after he was caught with home-made wine. The 74 year old has served his time in jail but is still locked up as Saudi officials wait to carry out the lashings, according to his son Simon Andree.
The "reality" of a potential strike in the North Sea industry is now hitting companies, according to a top industrial relations expert.
Petrobras has cancelled an ongoing tender for heavy and medium helicopters used in its offshore operations. Era Group said Aeroleo Taxi Aero, its Brazilian joint venture, had received notification after Petrobras has carried out a review of its aviation needs. It was concluded no additional contract was needed amid the challenges of the current marketplace.
Chinese investment in the United Kingdom is producing winners and losers as the superpower ploughs billions into Britain and UK companies sign deals for new business in the Far East, but whose cheap steel has contributed to the loss of thousands of jobs.
The concept of using wind power for offshore oil and gas applications has taken a step forward after several oil majors signed up for a joint industry project to explore the technology.
A US Senator has called on the Department of Justice to investigate an alleged fraud by ExxonMobil over what it knew and told the public and shareholders about the cause of climate change. Senator Bernie Sanders has written to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to ask for a probe into what he alleges as a “potential instance of corporate fraud” by the oil giant. In his letter the politician refers to reports from an investigation by Inside Climate News, which says that scientists from the company conducted extensive research on climate change as early as the 1970s.
Nigeria’s government plans to split an oil- industry bill stuck in parliament for seven years and resubmit it to lawmakers after it held up reforms and deterred investment in Africa’s largest crude producer, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said. Breaking up the Petroleum Industry Bill, or PIB, into smaller laws focused on fiscal and regulatory measures in Nigeria’s energy industry would make it easier to pass through parliament, he said. The bill, first presented to parliament in 2008, will be resent to lawmakers in the first quarter of 2016.
A mathematical technique developed to test the efficacy of nuclear bombs is being used by a Scottish company to predict the reliability of vital equipment on North Sea oil rigs.
MOL Group has signed a deal to acquire Eni's business in Hungary. The company said the move would contribute to MOL's growing retail presence within the supply radius of its refineries.
An agreement between EDF and its Chinese partner China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN) will create a infrastructure "fit for the 21st century" according to the UK Energy secretary. Conservative politician Amber Rudd said the government was tackling a legacy of under-investment in the UK. The deal was signed amid a landmark visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping where he has met with both politicians and dignitaries.
Volkswagen said it may set aside more than $7billion to cover the costs of the recent emissions scandal if car sales suffer, according to its chief executive.
Big Six energy provider ScottishPower announced a sharp fall in earnings at its main UK arm, but saw profits double at its green energy unit.
A new report by the International Energy Agency suggests that energy emissions will slow to a relative crawl if all countries meet the goals outlined in their submitted pledges to reduce energy-related emissions.
Aker Solutions has recruited an upstream manager from oil major BP to lead its maintenance, modifications and operations (MMO) business in the UK. Craig Wiggins, who will be based in Aberdeen, will have responsibility for the company's brownfield engineering capability in the region. His most recent role had seen him focussed on delivering efficiencies within BP's global upstream business.
Britain could have six times the power- generation capacity for the same money by investing in wind turbines instead of the 24.5 billion-pound ($37.9 billion) Hinkley Point nuclear reactor. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a London-based researcher that estimates the cost of power from renewables in the U.K. are rivaling fossil fuels even without subsidy. Wind easily beats the more expensive nuclear plant that Electricite de France SA is building with the support of investment from China. The findings highlights the trade-offs Prime Minister David Cameron weighed in his decision to support EDF’s bid to build the first new reactors in the UK in more than two decades. In backing nuclear and maneuvering to draw Chinese funds in a deal due on Wednesday, Cameron prioritized reliability of supply and the impact on rural landscapes over cost.
The topside for Marathon Oil’s new Alba B3 platform is getting ready for a sail away to its next stop as the platform moves towards completion. The preparations for a sail away to the Heerema Vlissingen yard are in full swing from its current location at the Heerema Zwijndrecht yard in the Netherlands.
David Cameron will host talks with Xi Jinping at Downing Street as he seeks to cement multi-billion trade deals during the Chinese president’s four-day state visit to the UK. Investment by Beijing in Britain’s first UK nuclear power plant in a generation is expected to be confirmed as part of what the Government hopes will amount altogether to £30 billion of agreements. But the lavish welcome given to the president was attacked as a “national humiliation” by a former close adviser to the Prime Minister, who is under pressure to raise concerns about human rights and “dumped” cheap steel blamed for the loss of thousands of British jobs.
ROVOP has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new commercial director to its senior executive team and board. Euan Tait will join the company from professional services firm KPMG having spent his career in a number of roles within corporate finance and oil and gas. Steven Gray, ROVOP chief executive, said: “Euan brings more than 10 years of commercial experience to ROVOP. His network, knowledge of the industry and blend of energy and structured thinking will undoubtedly strengthen our senior team and add value for our clients."
An investigation has been launched after a worker was been killed in an accident on a drillship contracted to oil major Chevron in the Gulf of Mexico. The man, who was employed by Pacific Drilling was fatally injured on board the Pacific Santa Ana while it was operating in waters in the US Gulf.
Subsea 7 is to downsize its Aberdeenshire office as it looks to streamline costs during the oil price decline. The company, which announced it would be making headcount reductions earlier this year, said it would “optimise” its other buildings. Subsea 7 currently has its east and west complex as well as its workshop and sports centre based in Westhill.
Engineering is in Ollie Folayan’s DNA. His father considers himself to be number 23 in a long line of engineers. It meant a career in engineering was a natural choice for Mr Folayan, who loved tinkering with gadgets as a youngster. Mr Folayan, who is now the Aberdeen-based chairman of the Association for Black and minority ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK), said: “When I was younger I always tended to break everything electronic. I tried to figure out how it worked. It could be as simple as trying to get the aerial to work on the TV to trying to understand cars.” Mr Folayan, 41, moved into a full-time engineering job at Babcock after earning his doctorate in fuels and combustion at Leeds University.