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Oil & Gas

Union vote set to close on OCA ballot

07/01/2016

A ballot on whether North Sea workers should accept new conditions put forward by member companies of the OCA (Offshore Contractors Association) will close tomorrow. It comes after revised proposals were put forward after talks were held with Unite, the OCA and ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).

North Sea

Dear Mr Robertson: ‘I’m living the crisis’

07/01/2016

Austen Russell said MSP Dennis Robertson’s comments about the current state of the North Sea oil and gas industry felt like a “kick in the teeth”. The 38-year-old has been tirelessly looking for work every day since he was made redundant from his job with a pipe lay company last October where he worked as a technical supervisor. He had his first break in the industry 18 years ago when he started out as a well test trainee.

Oil & Gas

Brae Alpha shut down moves into tenth day

05/01/2016

A North Sea platform is believed to have entered its tenth day in shut down as investigations continue into the cause of a gas leak on board the installation. Production was shut down on Marathon’s Brae Alpha platform on Boxing Day after an alarm was raised. It is believed 73 workers remain on board the platform which is about 155miles north east of Aberdeen.