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Heathrow extension sparks carbon debate

01/07/2015

Building a new runway at Heathrow will make it harder to solve the problems of air pollution and climate change emissions which the UK already faces, environmentalists have warned. The Government has been ordered by the Supreme Court to urgently produce a plan to improve poor air quality in the UK, which causes thousands of premature deaths and disease a year, to meet European Union legal limits. In the report backing a third runway at Heathrow, Sir Howard Davies warns that without action to tackle air quality, expansion could create pollution levels in 2030 that meant the UK was breaching the law.

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God and oil at Harvard: A CEO sees faith as capitalism’s Savior

01/07/2015

James Hackett is on a mission to become an evangelist for capitalism and responsible fossil fuel development. He poses, with all seriousness, a rhetorical question that makes a lot of people of a certain political persuasion uneasy these days: Can God, free markets and oil mix? Hackett knows a lot about oil and gas. He became chief executive officer of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in 2003, taking charge of a sputtering bit player thought to be takeover bait and turning it into a respected deep-water driller with $45 billion in strategic deals. Then, at the top of his game in May 2013, he stepped down for what some friends called a shocking career detour: Harvard Divinity School. On a recent day, Hackett the deal maker, whose stewardship included steering Anadarko through the bleak days of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill, is pondering a more academic worry. He’s a year away from completing his master’s of theological studies and needs at least an A-minus on a Spanish scripture exam.

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Oil’s decline is making your Fourth of July barbecue cheaper

30/06/2015

Americans will spend less this year firing up the grill for Fourth of July barbecues, thanks to cheaper energy and rising dairy and pork production. The cost of a summer-cookout party for 10 people will be $55.84, or $5.58 per person, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, which conducted a survey of prices in grocery stores across 30 states. That’s down 3 percent from a year earlier, the Washington-based group said.

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Subdued stampede festival awaits Calgary amid oil price collapse

30/06/2015

Valerie Nimchuk paints murals of bull riders and horses playing wash-tub basses on storefronts in Calgary, part of decorations for a cowboy festival billed as the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” This year, Nimchuk is hoping her playful drawings for the Calgary Stampede will buoy spirits and paint over the economic woes in Canada’s energy hub that’s reeling from the collapse in oil prices. “Everybody likes to get into the Stampede spirit,” said Nimchuk. “It’s a great community event for Calgary.”

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Stranded oil worker “hopeful” of return

30/06/2015

An oil worker stranded in Azerbaijan is "hopeful" that a solution could be found to bring him home next week. Wick man Mark Munro, 30, and Allan Tait, 21, from Aberdeen have found themselves trapped in the country's capital Baku. They were caught up in a nightclub fight, which has left them with travel restrictions until the situation has been resolved.

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China nuclear deal a betrayal

29/06/2015

The Government is preparing to hand over the building of new nuclear power stations to Chinese firms, in a “total betrayal” of UK workers, a union has claimed. The GMB raised concerns earlier this month about the prospect of a site in Bradwell, Essex, being given “lock, stock and barrel” to the Chinese National Nuclear Corporation.

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Step Change boosts leadership team

29/06/2015

Industry body Step Change in Safety has bolstered its Leadership Team with the addition of seven offshore safety reps. The new members have joined as part of Step Change’s specially selected group of 18 Elected Safety Reps (ESRs) who are part of the Step Change’s Leadership Team and provide regular feedback on their colleague’s safety concerns.

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Stranded oil workers in plea to get home

29/06/2015

Two oil workers stranded in Azerbaijan have made a desperate plea to the Scottish Government to bring them home. Mark Munro and Allan Tait are trapped in the Caucasus nation after being caught up in a nightclub fight in its capital Baku.

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Iran nuclear deal close to completion, EU’s Mogherini says

29/06/2015

Diplomats in Vienna are close to clinching a historic deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, according to European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. “We are near to close the deal, it is a good deal,” Mogherini told reporters late Sunday after meetings with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was heading to Tehran for consultations with his leadership before returning to Vienna.

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Former BP engineer launches 3D venture

A former North Sea drilling engineer who took a redundancy package has launched a 3D printing business aimed at the oil and gas industry. PlastiPrint 3D is the brainchild of Gary Cairns who described the venture as a cost-effective way to create working models on demand. Mr Cairns said: “Until now, turning 2D designs into 3D models has been an expensive and time-consuming process, but 3D plastic printing makes it much easier to evaluate products, take them to market, and to train staff on their use.

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A $500billion maybe: Why big Iran moment may be years away

26/06/2015

For every investor who sees opportunity in a post-sanctions Iran, there are others who see the same old legal morass. The Islamic Republic is banking on a nuclear accord with world powers to unleash a flood of foreign cash into an economy crippled by decades of sanctions. Companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc and Total SA say they’re willing to invest in the OPEC member.

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Lagos tax agents turn death threats into praise as oil drops

26/06/2015

Tunde Fowler used to get death threats when he began collecting levies in Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos 10 years ago. Today he gets hailed as Tax Muyiwa, a nickname that means “bring your tax” in the local Yoruba language. His staff of about 3,000 administrators no longer need police escorts to prevent them from being attacked. They walk freely in their green and white Lagos Internal Revenue Service polo shirts, reflecting a growing acceptance among a taxpaying population that’s surged by half to 4.5 million in the past five years.

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For the Godfather of ethanol, a bet on NASCAR with high stakes

26/06/2015

Jeff Broin’s silhouette shines in the glossy hood of the modified grass-green Chevrolet SS. It’s moments before the start of NASCAR’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, and Broin is having a quick chat with young driver Austin Dillon. A racing fan for a decade, Broin is now a NASCAR sponsor. And what really has him revved up is what’s splashed in bold white letters across the hood of Dillon’s racer and the stuff in its fuel tank: “E-15,” spelled out more precisely as “15% Ethanol.” The 49-year-old Broin, founder of Poet LLC, the biggest U.S. ethanol producer, is the architect of a promotion by which NASCAR uses gasoline mixed with 15 percent concentrations of the corn-based fuel to power its $150,000 supercars. He and the trade group American Ethanol have been counting on that sales job to help sway public opinion -- a task getting harder every day. “It’s just a great way to show how our product performs under some of the harshest conditions on the planet,” says Broin above the din of revving engines and amidst the singular smell of race day -- the aroma of barbecue pits, beer, gasoline and motor oil all mixing on the humid air.

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Odebrecht CEO wrote jail note to destroy ‘rigs e-mail’, police say

25/06/2015

The head of Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht SA wrote a note to lawyers with the phrase “destroy rigs e- mail” while he was in jail, police said Wednesday, drawing more attention to the most senior executive detained in a wide- ranging graft investigation. Marcelo Odebrecht, 46, wrote the message that was handed to lawyers and photocopied at the jail as part of a routine search, according to a police statement. The note also mentions “Andre Esteves,” which is the name of the billionaire banker who is CEO of Grupo BTG Pactual SA. A spokesman for BTG declined to comment. BTG shares fell 3.7 percent today to 29.85 reais.

Health & Safety

Shell’s Alistair Fraser tackles healthy workforce challenge

A number of business leaders will gather in Aberdeen today to discuss the challenges and importance of maintaining a healthy workforce in the current economic climate. A round table event is being held by RGU:Wellness, a unique occupational health service for workplace absence management, to address the increasing challenge of ensuring that employee health and wellbeing remains a strategic priority.

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OPITO to explore ‘The Economics of Safety at $60 Oil’

An international event aimed at investigating how the energy industry can remain safe following the oil price crash has unveiled its roster of speakers and opened for registration. The Opito Safety and Competence Conference (OSCC 2015) will explore the topic of “The Economics of Safety at $60 Oil”, to be held in November in Abu Dhabi.

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Helicopter drama as oil worker was awoken by stabbing pain

24/06/2015

When John Browne felt a stabbing pain below his stomach while more than 110 miles from home in the North Sea, he had no idea what was in store for him. Over the next 24 hours, the father-of-two endured a pain so severe began fearing the worst - and wondering what would happen to his wife and children. But after being airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, the Inverurie oil worker was immediately put at ease thanks to the dedication of the doctors, nurses and porters.

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Oil and Gas Innovation Centre to explore biotech at event

Opportunities for the oil and gas industry to learn from innovation in the biotech sector will be explored at an event in Aberdeen on Thursday. The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) and the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) are collaborating to host Biotechnology in Oil & Gas: the Art of the Possible – a workshop which will explore the opportunities to apply technology and know-how from biotechnology to challenges facing the oil and gas industry. Taking place at the Rox Hotel on Thursday 25 June, the event will examine the impact biotechnology could have in a range of disciplines in

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Oil tanker rescues stranded migrants

23/06/2015

Svein Kvalavaag, the captain of the Norwegian Siem Pilot vessel, said yesterday that he picked up 671 from two wooden boats north of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Late last night, he was asked to take 99 more migrants who had been rescued by a Russian tanker. Mr Kvalavaag told the Norwegian industry site www.maritime.no that the 770 people included 140 women, of whom three were pregnant, and 45 children. They were all taken to the southern Italian island of Sicily.

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Technip to mark National Women in Engineering Day

French energy services giant Technip will mark National Women in Engineering Day with an open evening at its UK headquarters in Westhill tonight. on Tuesday, June 23rd from 6pm-7.30pm. Following the success of a similar event last year, Technip’s UK operating centre has invited young women interested in a career in engineering to come along to find out more about the industry and the company’s work in the subsea sector.

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