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Man airlifted from North Sea oil rig


A MAN is being airlifted from a North Sea oil rig after falling ill. Aberdeen Coastguard dispatched the Bond 1 helicopter to the Safe Bristolia platform at 12.35pm today. The condition of the man is not thought to be life threatening, but he is to be taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary as a precaution.


Shell lodges application to develop new North Sea hydrocarbon field


Shell has lodged an application to develop a new hydrocarbon play in the North Sea. The oil major applied to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for consent to develop the Baroli hydrocarbon field located 230km east of the Scottish coastline in the Central North Sea. For the full story visit EnergyVoice.


North Sea pilots still supporting strike action


North Sea helicopters pilots continue to support a strike action, according to latest finding from British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA). The union said pilots were still showing “strong support” for a strike if helicopter companies didn’t improve how they were managing job losses. For more on this story visit Energy Voice 


Oil worker evacuated from North Sea rig


An oil worker has been evacuated by helicopter from a North Sea oil rig after falling ill. Shetland Coastguard sent a helicopter to the Tern Alpha rig about 105 miles north east of Lerwick at around 2pm after reports of a man taking ill. For more on this story visit


Taqa set to cut North Sea workforce by 100


Taqa Bratani has announced plans to reduce its offshore headcount by around 100 positions. The move is likely to affect contractors and comes just a week after Wood Group and Ensco revealed they were both in consultation over job losses. Fore more on this story visit


North Sea helicopter firm to consult staff on job losses


CHC Helicopter has entered into a consultation process with staff over job losses as it looks to streamline costs. The company said a number of positions are likely to be affected including pilots, engineering and support staff. For the full story, visit Energy Voice


Union accepts offer over North Sea working conditions


A union has urged offshore workers to accept an offer from the Offshore Contractors Association over North Sea working conditions. GMB said its members had voted to accept the latest offer from employees in a bid to end the dispute. For more on this story visit


Oil workers’ rota changes to roll out in New Year


ROTA changes are expected to be introduced to oil workers at the start of next year. Shell today confirmed consultations are ongoing over whether to move to a three weeks on/three weeks off (3/3) system. It’s understood any new rota changes would be implemented in January. For more on this story, visit Energy Voice  


North Sea firm denies it’s looking to axe 400 jobs


A NORTH Sea firm has denied reports that it has earmarked 400 jobs to go. A Technip spokesman said contrary to what has been reported elsewhere, it was still too early into the firm’s consultation process to know a final number. For the full story, visit Energy Voice


Union tells oil workers to back plans for new shift patterns


UNION leaders have urged oil workers to back proposals from firms over new shift patterns. In a letter obtained by the Evening Express, the GMB union has proposed to members that three weeks on and three weeks off should be implemented offshore. For more on this story, visit Energy Voice