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Services group builds new hub in energy capital

10/09/2015

Lloyd’s Register (LR) group, the global provider of independent assurance and expert advice, has started work on its new energy division headquarters in Aberdeen. Located at the Prime Four business park in Kingswells, the 100,000sq ft office complex is being built to LR’s specifications by park developer Drum Property Group. It is expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2017 and will have room for up to 900 staff.

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Riled Dutch locals to argue Europe’s largest gas field is unsafe

10/09/2015

A Dutch court is set to hear arguments that production from Europe’s largest natural gas field should be suspended because earthquakes linked to extraction threaten safety. The Netherlands has progressively cut the amount of gas won from the Groningen field in the north amid protests over the tremors, with the Economy Ministry in June slashing this year’s output cap by 29 percent. The Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State will hear 41 appeals from local political parties, environmental organizations and individuals against an earlier production decision on Thursday, and possibly Friday, before making a final ruling in October or November.

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Scottish university agrees MOU with Mexican Government

09/09/2015

Robert Gordon University (RGU) and the Mexican Government said yesterday they had agreed to an oil and gas industry knowledge swap. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was announced at Offshore Europe in Aberdeen and follows Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s visit to the Granite City in March. Under the pact, the Mexican energy ministry and RGU will share information and seek opportunities to support the training of Mexicans for the oil and gas industry. RGU will be included on the list of preferred universities for Mexican scholarships.

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Programme aims to inspire next generation of industry leaders

A programme aimed at inspiring youngsters from diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of engineers will take place later this month in Aberdeen. The Association for Black and minority ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK), a non-profit organisation, will launch its NextGen initiative on September 26, with further events planned for 2016. The pilot event, to be held at the Fountain of Love Church will involve a series of fun games and challenges designed to test and enhance would-be engineers’ problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.

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Cosco Corporation wins arbitration case

04/09/2015

Chinese shipyard Cosco Corporation (Singapore) has successfully won an arbitration case in the UK. The case was against a compatriot rig owner in relation to an axed $500million-plus drillship newbuild deal. A spokesman for the company said the matter related to a previous announcement in October 2013.

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Oil major BP in repayment bid over US Gulf of Mexico spill

04/09/2015

Oil major BP has gone back to the US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans in a bid to try and get back some of the money it has previously paid out to businesses. The company wants restitution for some of the cash it paid to businesses as part of a 2012 settlement.

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Industry leaders given rallying call ahead of Energy Ball

04/09/2015

Oil and gas industry leaders were last night given a rallying call as the countdown started in earnest to the biggest social event in the sector’s calendar. Sponsors of this year’s Press and Journal Energy Ball – which is being staged in association with CHC Helicopter – were invited to a “warm-up” soiree in Aberdeen as a thank you for pledging their support for the glittering black-tie event next month. Press and Journal editor-in-chief Damian Bates told his guests there was no denying the industry and workers were facing challenges.

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Marischal Square wants to attract ‘big name’ oil company

03/09/2015

The firm behind Aberdeen’s controversial Marischal Square scheme has revealed it hopes to attract a “big name” oil company to move into the offices. Bosses at the developer Muse discussed the plans as they unveiled updated designs for the £107million complex at the former St Nicholas House complex on Broad Street Final specifications for the scheme show about two-thirds of the outside of the building will be glass, with the rest made of granite. There will be two office buildings, a 126-room Marriott hotel, and seven restaurants and bars – including All Bar One and Burger and Lobster.

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Cost of filling car with petrol £2 less than a month ago

03/09/2015

The cost of filling up a car with petrol is £2 less than a month ago, according to new figures. A six-year low in the price of oil helped bring the average cost of petrol down by 4p a litre to £1.12 in the last week of August, RAC Fuel Watch said.

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Stena Drilling fined $231,000 after oil worker fatalities

03/09/2015

Stena Drilling has been fined $231,000 by an Australian court following the death of two workers on an offshore drilling unit. The company had previously pled guilty to breaching its duty to provide a safe workplace. It followed the deaths of floorman Peter Meddens and toolpusher Barry Denholm who had been working on the Stena Clyde mobile offshore drilling unit.

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Barack Obama becomes first US President to cross Arctic Circle in climate change bid

03/09/2015

Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle in a first by a sitting US president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village their plight should be the world’s wake-up call on global warming. His visit to Kotzebue, a town of some 3,000 people in the Alaska Arctic, was designed to snap the country to attention by illustrating the ways warmer temperatures have already threatened entire communities and ways of life in Alaska. He said, despite progress in reducing greenhouse gases, the planet is already warming and the US is not doing enough to stop it.

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