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North Sea pilots in pay dispute

North Sea pilots are in a pay dispute with CHC Helicopter. Balpa, the British Airline Pilots’ Association, said it is in talks on behalf of its members following a disagreement with the helicopter operator. It said a ballot on industrial action has not been held and it is still in the negotiating process. General Secretary […]

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March 26, 2019, 5:39 pm | Author: Allister Thomas

Feud between North Sea oil firms heats up

Bosses at Independent Oil and Gas yesterday accused RockRose Energy of “significantly undervaluing” the company and vowed to press ahead with their North Sea projects. They said RockRose’s attempt to buy Independent’s debts for £40 million could not reasonably be described as “fair and generous”. RockRose made the offer after its £26.6m takeover bid was […]

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March 26, 2019, 7:45 am | Author: Mark Lammey

Industry must tackle skills gaps to make data pay, chiefs say

Oil and gas companies must fill digital skills “gaps” if they are to fully take advantage of a new treasure trove of North Sea subsurface data, industry chiefs said yesterday. They agreed the new National Data Repository (NDR) could play a vital role in making the oil sector more appealing to young people. And they […]

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March 26, 2019, 7:40 am | Author: Mark Lammey

North Sea energy service firm wins £2m in contracts, hires 12 staff

An Aberdeen-based subsea engineering and project management firm has won £2 million worth of new orders since the start of the year, and hired 12 new staff members. PDi, a subsidiary of Tattva Group, has also beefed up its offering, with the addition of concept and front-end engineering services, initially focusing on subsea tiebacks. Michael […]

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March 26, 2019, 7:37 am | Author: Mark Lammey

Heroic fundraising efforts of mum who lost son in North Sea crash

A “poignant” fundraiser for north-east lifeboats, organised by a woman who lost her only son in a North Sea helicopter disaster nearly ten years ago, raised £40,000 at the weekend. Around 250 women gathered for the seventh Glamour, Glitz and Bubbles event on Saturday at the Douglas Hotel in Aberdeen. A massive £32,000 was brought […]

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March 26, 2019, 7:20 am | Author: Joanne Warnock

RockRose mulls legal action as bid for IOG debt met with silence

RockRose Energy said today that it had offered to buy the debt of takeover target Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) for £40 million. IOG’s board rejected a £26.6m takeover proposal from RockRose at the start of this month. Last week, IOG said joint administrators were being appointed for its primary backer, London Oil and Gas. […]

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March 25, 2019, 7:30 am | Author: Mark Lammey

OGA launches data resource to make North Sea ‘world leader’

A new resource has been launched to help usher in a new era of North Sea oil and gas exploration. The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched the National Data Repository (NDR), a free online platform placing the UK sector as a “world leader” on subsurface petroleum information. Its launch is thought to be […]

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March 25, 2019, 7:05 am | Author: Allister Thomas

Tool will solve ‘age-old’ challenge for North Sea platforms

An Aberdeen team has solved an “age-old” industry challenge for North Sea platforms. Oilfield services firm Oceaneering has developed a “game-changing” x-ray inspection system to detect corrosion which avoids tripping alarms which cause unplanned shutdowns, costing millions of pounds. The Trip Avoidance X-ray Inspection (TAXI) system has been trialed on Repsol Sinopec Resources UK’s Montrose […]

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March 25, 2019, 6:50 am | Author: Allister Thomas

CNOOC books rig for west of Shetland prospect

CNOOC International has contracted Norway’s Island Drilling to drill a well for its Howick prospect west of Shetland. The Island Innovator semi-submersible rig has been booked for the 60-day contract, slated to start in June. CNOOC, which recently rebranded from Nexen, is 100% owner and operator of the prospect. At the end of last year, […]

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March 25, 2019, 5:00 am | Author: Allister Thomas

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