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£4.5m For More Training in the Engineering Construction Sector

A £4.5 million increase in Government funding for apprenticeships and trainees in the engineering construction sector will mean that opportunities for young people to train for skilled jobs could double to 1,200 by 2011, Secretary of State for Business, Lord Mandelson said today.
01/12/2009 More »

Helicopter Task Group Update - Briefing on S-92 Helicopter Fleet

Sikorsky, the manufacturer of the S-92 helicopter, issues letter to all helicopter operators concerning some occurrences of cracking which had been detected in one of the four feet which mount the S-92 Main Gearbox (MGB) to the aircraft. Helicopter operators and the Helicopter Task Group have now understandably received a number of questions from passengers concerning this matter. See Q&A briefing.
13/10/2009 More »

New Safety Training Centre in Aberdeen

SVITZER, the provider of Safety & Support Services within the marine industry and RESQ, the Norwegian provider of safety and crisis management training, announces joint agreement to establish a safety training centre in Aberdeen, Scotland. The new Safety Training Centre will provide a comprehensive range of internationally certified water survival, fire fighting, rescue, medical and crisis management training courses to the oil & gas and offshore wind turbine industry throughout the North Sea.
10/09/2009 More »

New Helicopter Surveillance System Boosts Offshore Flight Safety

Oil & Gas UK and NATS Services Ltd launch new helicopter surveillance system for the North Sea; the first in the world for offshore operations. The new system enables air traffic controllers to see helicopters on their radar screens at Aberdeen Airport at a far greater range from the shore than has previously been possible using solely shore-based radars.
07/09/2009 More »

Changes Planned After Fatal Accident

Inquiries by StatoilHydro and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) into a death on Oseberg B on 7 May form a good basis for further efforts to make scaffolding work in the oil industry safer. Immediately after the 7 May incident, the group implemented a time-out on all its platforms and a review of working at a height, with the focus on the necessary safety precautions.
13/07/2009 More »

Federal Appellate Court Issues Significant Ruling in Contractor on the Battlefield Case

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in its ruling on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 in Carmichael vs. KBR that the Political Question Doctrine bars the plaintiff's suit alleging KBR is responsible for civil liability related to its activities as a contractor to the U.S. military under the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program ("LOGCAP") contract.
06/07/2009 More »

Protests at Lindsey Oil Refinery In Jobs Row

Total make statement to workers who walked out in a dispute over jobs saying it is "actively encouraging" talks between contractors and the unions. The news came as contract workers gathered outside the Lindsey Refinery, in North Lincolnshire, England.
23/06/2009 More »

Grangemouth Jobs Safeguard

The £7.6 million grant awarded to INEOS to upgrade its Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical complex will help safeguard more than 500 high value jobs and keep the country's oil supply flowing, First Minister Alex Salmond said today.
02/06/2009 More »

Man Dies After Work Accident on Oseberg B

Man dies after accidental fall on Oseberg B platform operated by StatoilHydro in the North Sea. This incident occurred around 09.00, 7 May, and the victim received medical attention on the spot before being flown to the Haukeland University Hospital by the search and rescue helicopter stationed at the Oseberg field centre.
07/05/2009 More »

Body of Missing Oil Worker Found

Body of man missing from Beryl Alpha Platform off Shetland found following an air and sea search. A remotely operated submersible located the body below the platform during the search.
29/04/2009 More »

Missing Person on Beryl Alpha Platform in North Sea

Search launched for oil worker reported missing around 3am today on Beryl Alpha offshore platform in the North Sea. Aberdeen Coastguard was informed following a muster station on the platform.
28/04/2009 More »

HM Treasury: UK Budget Report 2009

The full 2009 Budget Report published on 22 April 2009.
22/04/2009 More »

Inspection and Modification of Super Puma Helicopters Underway

Programme of inspection and modification of two models of Super Puma helicopter subject to recommendations by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) now underway following the release over the weekend of an Airworthiness Directive by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and an Alert Service Bulletin issued by the manufacturers Eurocopter.
19/04/2009 More »

Base Rate: The Only Way Is Up?

The Bank of England keep interest rates at 0.5% while it assesses the impact of its moves to revive the economy through quantitative easing. Expectations that the interest rate will remain at 0.5% follow a series of optimistic signs that the economy may have begun to emerge from the sharpest phase of the recession.
15/04/2009 More »

UK Oil and Gas Industry Responds to AAIB Recommendations

Responding to concerns raised in the media, following the publication of the AAIB initial report on their investigation into the North Sea helicopter accident off Peterhead, Chris Allen, health and safety director with Oil & Gas UK comments.
13/04/2009 More »

Industry Creates Task Group in Response to Fatal Helicopter Accident

Oil & Gas UK, the representative body for the UK's offshore oil and gas industry, establishes task group to address cross-industry issues arising from last week's tragic helicopter crash off the north-east coast of Scotland. The Helicopter Accident Issues Task Group is formed of senior industry managers, primarily representatives of the companies directly involved in the fatal accident as well as some members of Oil & Gas UK's Board or Council.
08/04/2009 More »

Helicopter Incident Results in North Sea Tragedy

Bond Super Puma helicopter which crashed 40 miles east of Aberdeen has claimed the lives of all 16 people on board. Whilst eight bodies have been recovered from the crash area, the remaining eight on board are yet to be found. It appears that the helicopter which was returning from the BP operated Miller platform suffered a catastrophic failure which led to the helicopter hitting the water at a time when conditions were said to be calm and sunny. It is understood a Mayday message was issued from the helicopter before it hit the water.
03/04/2009 More »

What Insurances Do I Need When Working as a Professional Contractor or Consultant?

It can be difficult to understand what insurances you need, and with so many options out there choosing the right policy for you can be a difficult task. So, what exactly do you need as a professional contractor?
02/04/2009 More »

Super Puma Helicopter Crashes Into North Sea Off Aberdeen

A search is underway for passengers aboard a Bond operated Super Puma helicopter which has crashed into the North Sea 35 miles east of Aberdeen in Scotland. It is understood that there are 16 people on board. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the incident took place just before 1400h today.
01/04/2009 More »

Shaw Opens New Office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Shaw Group opens an office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to support its increasing activity throughout the Middle East. Shaw has numerous projects currently underway in the region.
30/03/2009 More »

Shaw Expands UK Operations to Support European Power Market

Shaw Group expands its operations in the United Kingdom by establishing a Power Group office in Milton Keynes. This expansion will support the Power Group's European clients and their interest in providing new baseload electricity-generating capacity.
20/03/2009 More »

Wood Group Strengthens its Presence in Abu Dhabi

John Wood Group strengthens its operation in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with move into a new office and the consolidation of the Abu Dhabi operations of IMV Projects ("IMV") with Mustang. The Group's world-leading subsea and pipeline engineering company, J P Kenny also operates in Abu Dhabi and will collaborate on key opportunities with the new Mustang organisation in Abu Dhabi.
05/03/2009 More »

Help For Agency Workers High on the Agenda

Help for agency workers is high on the agenda for the second meeting of the Fair Employment Enforcement Board. The Board brings together businesses, unions and the government to monitor and direct efforts to protect vulnerable workers, including a £1m campaign to raise awareness of agency workers' rights.
26/02/2009 More »

Total Signs Partnership Agreement with French Ministry of Defense

Total signs partnership agreement with French Ministry of Defense to place civilian and military personnel leaving the armed forces with the Group.
25/02/2009 More »

Eighteen Rescued after Helicopter Ditches in North Sea

All eighteen survivors now back onshore following their rescue from liferafts after a Bond operated Super Puma helicopter ditched into the North Sea. Three were airlifted by helicopter from a heliraft and flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, whilst the remaining fifteen were rescued by a support vessel and taken back to Aberdeen harbour.
19/02/2009 More »

Helicopter Ditches in North Sea East of Aberdeen

Eighteen people are rescued from two liferafts after a helicopter believed to be operated by Bond Offshore Helicopters ditched into the North Sea 120 miles east of Aberdeen. The Super Puma is said to have been en route to the ETAP/Galaxy installations. The incident occurred shortly before 1900 GMT. Two in field aircraft and a Sea King from RAF Lossiemouth were sent to the scene.

BP Adding to North Sea Workforce

BP says the company will be adding about 50 additional posts to its 850 offshore staff in the UK North Sea as new shift patterns come into play.
04/02/2009  More »

Power Station Workers Walk Out

Contract workers at Longannet Power Station have walked off shift after a meeting today in support of contract workers in England who say that other companies are selecting Spanish and Italian staff above UK-based staff.
29/01/2009  More »

ConocoPhillips Review Staffing

A spokeswoman for ConocoPhillips in Aberdeen confirms staffing needs will be reviewed against budgets within each business unit. She said it was too early to comment on the outcome of this process.
29/01/2009  More »

Eighty Posts to be Lost at Schlumberger

Schlumberger confirms that 80 posts will be lost in the UK, most of the posts in the north-east of Scotland, as a result of reduced activity in the oilfield services sector.
27/01/2009  More »

Wood Group to Cut Contractor Pay Rates

Wood Group Engineering (North Sea) has said more than 1000 North Sea contractors will see their pay rates cut by an average of 10% as lower crude prices impact oil companies.
23/01/2009  More »

StatoilHydro Shut Down Production on Kristin

Production on Kristin field in the Norwegian Sea now shut down and platform staff being temporarily reduced until the lifeboat systems have been tested and found to be functional. Defect discovered in the release mechanisms of the new lifeboat type installed on the Kristin platform.
08/01/2009  More »

New Setup for A.P. Moller - Maersk Headquarters

A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S is reorganising its headquarters into two distinct units – a Corporate Centre and service functions. New setup means change to a number of activities and some will not continue. This will impact the number of employees in Group headquarters where 830 positions will be reduced by around 100. Of the remaining staff around 250 will be employed in the Corporate Centre and 480 in service functions.
07/01/2009  More »

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