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Contractor News Archive: October to December 2004

Gas Leak on Cormorant Alpha Platform01/10/2004
Seventy North Sea workers airlifted to nearby platform after gas escape on Shell's Cormorant Alpha platform. No one hurt.

Surviving in the World's Terror Hotspots01/10/2004
Training specialists RGIT Montrose join forces with security firm AKE Ltd, to launch personal security courses aimed specifically at energy company employees whose jobs may lead them into danger zones.

Arctic Chill !! - Bad News for Contractors01/10/2004
Blow dealt to the small business community with news that the Revenue has won the Arctic Systems' Section 660 case at the Special Commissioners.

Optimism of North Sea Contractors28/10/2004
Survey shows Contractors becoming more optimistic about the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry as petroleum prices rise irrespective of no improvement in trading conditions.

Fire on Forties Charlie Brought Under Control03/11/2004
Investigations begin into cause of fire on Forties Charlie oil platform. Apache, the owners of the platform, said the electrical fire had broken out in an unmanned control room.

Shell North Sea Contractors To Get Two Weeks' Paid Leave24/11/2004
Shell's UK North Sea contractors to receive extra two weeks' paid leave. Shell states continued aim to be employer of choice for offshore workforce.

Gas Leak Scare On North Sea Platforms30/11/2004
Investigation launched after 114 oil workers airlifted from the Brae Alpha platform, 155 miles North-east of Aberdeen. Around 180 workers also evacuated from the floating Snorre A platform north-west of Bergen. Both platforms in the UK and Norwegian sectors suffered gas leaks.

Power Failure on BP Clair03/12/2004
BP Clair North Sea installation lost full power on Wednesday evening after electrical fault affected main generator. No one injured or evacuated, but led to partial loss of power overnight.

Expro Set to Increase Workforce07/12/2004
Expro International set to add another 30 to its workforce in Aberdeen next year as the company reported favourable market conditions in the North Sea and increased profits in the first six months of this financial year.

ChevronTexaco Boosts Confidence with Large Find in UKCS10/12/2004
ChevronTexaco and partners make significant oil and gas discovery in the Faroe-Shetland Channel. Discovery could go some way to minimising impact of 10,000 job cuts predicted in the UKCS by 2016.

KBR Announce Changes To Staff Terms & Conditions20/12/2004
KBR in Aberdeen and Leatherhead have outlined the alterations to staff terms & conditions considered to be an ongoing international "belt-tightening" exercise. Bob Keiller, managing director of KBR Production Services, met with employees last Thursday in Aberdeen to end speculation about sweeping alterations such as wage cuts, plus more job losses in Aberdeen after 12 recent redundancies.

KBR Contractors Killed In Iraq22/12/2004
Four KBR employees and three subcontractors were killed, and some personnel were severely wounded, during yestderday's attacks inside a U.S. base near Mosul in Iraq. Halliburton and its subcontractors have lost 62 personnel whilst performing services under contracts in the Kuwait-Iraq region.


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