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Unite members to protest over North Sea pay dispute


Offshore catering staff are to protest at the offices across Aberdeen tomorrow over a pay dispute. Offshore catering staff are to protest at the offices across Aberdeen tomorrow over a pay dispute. Unite members will head to the premises of Entier, Aramark, Sodexo, ESS and Trinity following the cancellation of a two-year pay deal. Earlier this year COTA (Catering Offshore Trade Association) had said it wouldn’t pay the second year of the deal which would see a 1.3% rise in wages.

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Shell drill vessels make return from Arctic waters


Oil major Shell said two drill vessels it had been using before it pulled out of its Arctic operation have safely departed from Alaska. The Noble Discoverer is on its way to Washington State along with the Polar Pioneer after both received a Coast Guard inspection and refuel. Shell said the next destinations for both vessels have not yet been decided upon.

Oil & Gas

Chevron to offer offshore workers additional field breaks of two weeks on, four weeks off


Oil giant Chevron today confirmed that it would move to a new combination shift pattern of three on, three off and two weeks on and four weeks off. The move which breaks away from the traditional two on, three off will give the workers the chance to supplement the equal time rota with additional field breaks. Workers will be able to utilise the new two weeks on, four weeks off shift pattern three times a year.

Oil & Gas

Wood Group wins Talisman Energy subsea contract


Wood Group has won a front end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the subsea development of the Talisman Energy Ca Rong Do field offshore Vietnam. The work will be carried out by Wood Group Kenny (WGK) who will also complete comprehensive flow assurance studies. WGK’s Kuala Lumpur office will conduct the work on the subsea FEED and will be supported by other offices in Asia Pacific.


Video: ABB installs world’s most powerful offshore converter station


ABB has reached an important milestone after installing the DolWin beta which is said to be the world’s most powerful offshore converter station in the North Sea. The 320-kilovolt converter station is housed on an offshore platform and has 916 megawatts (MW) power transmission capacity. It has enough energy to power more than 1million households with clean energy.

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DNV GL in joint industry project bid with Korean yards to standardise and reduce costs


DNV GL has launched a JIP (Joint Industry Project) in a bid to establish a new international standard for offshore oil and gas projects which could cut costs by 15%. The move is in a bid to curb the challenges presented by varying owners, operators and regulators during both engineering and construction phases in South Korean yards. A number of companies are involved with the initiative including Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company, as well as Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries.


Opinion: Warning light over future for wind power in Scotland


Amber Rudd the Tory Government’s new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has made it clear she intends to make substantial changes to onshore wind financial support schemes in compliance with her party’s manifesto pledge to end “new public subsidy” for renewable wind power generation. There may be some public support for this move if it is perceived as an attempt to create a level playing field for providers of energy, which would indeed be an admirable ambition. But in reality such a policy change almost beggars belief. Perhaps the only great achievement of the late UK coalition government, with a huge amount of support from Holyrood, has been the successful deployment of onshore wind power generation; the achievement of renewable energy targets in Scotland is testimony to this success.

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Initiative aimed at reducing anti-social behavior by offshore workers hailed a success


A partnership initiative which was aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour by offshore workers travelling on trains to and from Europe’s oil capital has been successful. BTP officers based in Aberdeen have been monitoring the conduct of passengers from the offshore industry arriving and departing from the city’s railway station and their behaviour on the trains they travelled on. More than 350 train journeys were monitored between Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh as part of the initiative, which began last year.

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US Government unveils plans for keeping offshore wells in check


The Obama Administration has unveiled plans for keeping offshore oil wells in check, just a few days before the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The US Department of Interior said the measures would include more “stringent design requirements” and operational procedures. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, said the aim of the proposed measures was to further build on the lessons learned from the 2010 incident in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 workers.

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Harkand appoints new inspection manager

Harkand has strengthened its inspection division by appointing a new inspection manager in their Aberdeen office. Andrew Inglis, who was appointed today, brings more than 15 years experience in delivering subsea inspection services in the North Sea region to the role, and has previously held inspection management roles at Subsea 7 and Bibby Offshore Ltd.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Sturgeon: wind ‘substantially cheaper than nuclear’


Future UK Government budgets for offshore wind are unlikely to support Scotland’s ambitions to develop the industry, the first minister has said. Nicola Sturgeon has called on the government to act now to provide confidence to the sector by increasingboost budget allocations to allow offshore wind to be delivered on a far greater scale. Sturgeon’s plea comes after the results of the first contracts for difference auction were announced last week. The auction awarded 15-year contracts which guarantee a price for the power generated as part of the government’s plan to encourage renewable energy.

Oil & Gas

Offshore rig market expected to feel cost of low oil prices

The massive drop in oil prices, combined with cost and cash flow issues among petroleum companies, is expected to exert further downward pressure on offshore jack-up and semi-submersible rig charters this year. In a nutshell, a lot of rigs are going to become idle over the next couple of years. That will depress rig rates significantly. According to analysts RS Platou, rig demand will slacken sharply, dropping an additional 30% based on a $75 oil price over and above last year’s decline.

Renewables/Energy Transition

RSPB calls for judicial review into offshore windfarm projects


The RSPB has called for a judicial review after the Scottish Government gave consent for four offshore windfarms in the east of Scotland. The charity mounted a legal challenge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh over permission granted last October for four Scottish territorial and round three wind farms. The projects, in the Outer Forth and Tay, include Mainstream's 450MW Neart na Gaoithe, Repsol and EDP's 784MW Inch Cape and SSE and Fluor's 525MW Seagreen Alpha and 525MW Seagreen Bravo.

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Shortlist for Offshore Achievement Awards revealed

The shortlist for the 2015 Offshore Achievement Awards is unveiled today, revealing 34 contenders for 11 of the 12 honours on offer. It is all hush-hush for the 12th award, which recognises significant achievement in the oil and gas industry, and will be presented along with the others in formt of about 500 guests at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday, March 12. Sponsored by Taqa in association with, the annual awards are organised and hosted by the Aberdeen section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Health & Safety

Industry safety group reveals measurement strategy for helicopter passengers


Industry group Step Change in Safety has revealed its measurement strategy for helicopter passengers travelling to and from offshore installations. The move comes after Step Change announced last year that passengers will be measured by the width of their shoulders for flights. Those whose shoulders measure greater than 22inches (55.9cm) will be classified as extra broad.


Opinion: Obesity ruling will have little or no impact on North Sea operations


It goes without saying that if you work offshore, you work in a physically demanding and hazardous environment. So when the European Court of Justice rules that obesity can constitute a disability, then of course safety must come into the discussion. Before we get into things, we must remember that the EU’s judgement states that obesity is only classed as a disability in certain circumstances, not in every circumstance. It’s only a disability if the person has a long-term impairment that has been induced by their weight.


VIDEO: World’s most advanced oil spill combating simulator centre goes live


This footage shows how onshore and offshore personnel will be able to train and exercise for oil spills. The North Cape Maritime Training Centre in Honningsvåg in Norway now contains the world’s only oil spill simulator where onshore and offshore personnel isolated or together, can train in the tools and stages of oil spill combating operations. It has been created by Aptomar together with Transas in close cooperation with the North Cape Maritime Training Centre in Honningsvag.

Oil & Gas

Mergers as firm grows into Middle East and Asia Pacific

Glacier Energy Services has merged its pipeline machining and onsite service businesses into a new division as it expands across the Middle East and Asia Pacific. The firm, which has operational bases in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle and Singapore, has appointed Mark Derry, previously head of Glacier’s offshore division, to run the new unit. Glacier has also appointed Kevin Strachan as regional manager for the Middle East, based in Dubai, for the newly formed Roberts Machining Solutions.

Oil & Gas

SBM Offshore to axe 1200 jobs


SBM Offshore is set to cut 1200 jobs over the next two years as it looks to make $40million in savings. The contractor company will also move its headquarters to the Netherlands as weak market condition take hold. A spokesman for SBM Offshore said it was currently in the process of losing 600 contractor staff and an equal number of permanent staff. The total number of job losses would hit 1200.

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Offshore worker airlifted to hospital from platform


An offshore worker has been airlifted to hospital from a platform 130 miles east of Aberdeen. The man was flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was met by an ambulance and a team from the coastguard. An Aberdeen coastguard spokesman said they received a call at around 1.30pm on Monday afternoon.

Oil & Gas

Offshore worker evacuated from Shetland platform


An offshore worker was airlifted to hospital last night after falling on a North Sea platform. The 64-year-old man is believed to have fallen from a ladder aboard TAQA's Eider platform, 112 miles north-east of Shetland, at 10pm.