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North Sea drilling at record low


The pace of drilling in the North Sea, the centre of UK oil production for the past 40 years, has sunk to a record as crashing energy prices force explorers to abandon costly projects.


50 staff could go at North Sea firm


ConocoPhillips said up to 50 positions could go after the company offered voluntary redundancy to staff. The firm said it is also looking to move to an equal time rota as it transitions to its decommissioning phase on its Viking operations in the Southern North Sea. For more on this story, visit Energy Voice.


BP to axe 600 North Sea jobs


BP has today informed staff members of plans to slash its North Sea headcount by 20% amid “toughening market conditions”.


In pictures: Aberdeen Lions Nippy Dipper


Dozens turned out for Aberdeen’s annual Nippy Dipper event on Saturday. Dressed in fancy dress, participants ran into the icy North Sea at Aberdeen beach to raise money for charity. The event, organised by the Aberdeen Lions Club, normally takes place on Boxing Day each year, however, the event was postponed due to bad weather.


Aberdeen MP calls for more to be done for North Sea


A NORTH-EAST politician said today more needed to be done to galvanise the North Sea oil and gas industry. Writing for Energy Voice, Aberdeen South MP Callum McCaig said: “New Year is a time for a new approach to the mature oil fields of the North Sea.” For the full story, see Energy Voice.


Bibby Offshore launches job consultation


Bibby Offshore has launched a jobs consultation with staff over redundancies from its North Sea operations. It is understood around 120 jobs are under consultation with around 40 job losses expected across all departments. For more on this story visit


North Sea strike action on hold after talks


North Sea strike action by catering and auxiliary workers has been put on hold by Unite after a new offer from COTA (Caterers Offshore Trade Association). The decision comes after tentative talks were held last week between employers and members of Unite and RMT. For more on this story, visit Energy Voice


Super Puma black box appeal dropped


A pilot union's legal challenge to stop a black box recorder from a helicopter crash in the North Sea being given to Scotland's top law officer has been dropped.