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.
Petrofac is in consultation with staff over up to 65 positions on CNR assets in the North Sea.
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.
FORMER First Minister, Alex Salmond says new tax cuts are needed in the spring budget for the crisis-hit oil and gas industry.
Nicola Sturgeon has admitted the oil industry in the north-east is now in crisis – despite one of her own MSPs claiming it was “booming” just days ago.
BP has today informed staff members of plans to slash its North Sea headcount by 20% amid “toughening market conditions”.
Unite workers have voted to accept improved holiday entitlement and a joint review of “three on, three off” from by more than 50% of those balloted.
A NORTH-EAST MSP has today told Holyrood there is “no crisis” in the oil and gas industry.
PROSAFE, the owners of the Safe Bristolia accommodation rig which came adrift in the North Sea, will attempt to get a tow line aboard later today.
Strong winds have whipped up sea foam at a popular North-east harbour.
A floating accommodation vessel is adrift in the North Sea after breaking its towline in bad weather.
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.
Aker Solutions has confirmed the oil worker killed when a freak wave hit the COSL Innovator drilling rig worked the Norwegian oil services firm.
One worker has died and two others have been injured after huge waves hit a North sea platform.
Offshore workers had a lucky escape after a gas line ruptured and left part of a North Sea platform looking like a “bomb site” on Boxing Day.
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.
Oil firm Total was fined more than a million pounds today after rig workers were put at risk of a major fire and explosion following a gas leak in the North Sea.
FRENCH oil giant Total has been charged following an investigation into a suspected gas leak on a North Sea platform. The decision comes after a leak on the Elgin Platform, 150 miles east of Aberdeen three years ago. For more on this story, visit Energy Voice.
SIGNIFICANT increases in UK quotas for fish, including North Sea cod, have been agreed.
Offshore caterers have agreed to accept an improved pay offer from the Catering Offshore Trade Association (COTA) averting strike action.
Sir Ian Wood said his generation of oil peers were the “lucky ones” and have a duty to pay it forward.
Further job losses in the North Sea are inevitable as the “challenging times“ for the oil and gas industry continue, MSPs have been warned.
Energy giant Shell has been fined £22,500 after it admitted committing one of the worst North Sea oil leaks in the past 10 years.
AN OWL who landed on a North Sea oil rig has been released back into the wild by the Scottish SPCA.
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 EnergyVoice.com
A NORTH Sea helicopter pilot who feared he would collide with a plane was forced to take evasive action after a “relatively new” air traffic controller failed to tell him it was flying nearby.
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
Oil major Shell has been handed an improvement notice by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) after a gas leak earlier this year.
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.
FRACKING could have a detrimental impact on the North-east oil and gas industry, an Aberdeen academic has warned.