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Images have been appearing online of giant metal boxes washed up on the shores around Scotland. One was washed up last week on the Western Isles and previously an almost identical looking object was washed up on the beach at Orkney. As speculation grew to the origin of the mysterious objects, vaious suggestions were circulated on social media. It was suggested by one offshore worker that it could be a counterweight for a crane. Another more humorous response suggested it was wages for someone with cutting gear and a landrover!
In cooperation with Airbus, Norwegian shipping company Wilhelmsen (WSS) launched this week a shore-to-ship Singapore pilot project, marking the first deployment of drone technology in real-time port conditions, delivering a variety of items to working vessels at anchorage. Shore-to-ship delivery of this range and scope has never been explored, prior to this trial, Wilhelmsen said.
Secretary General Secretary General, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo has disclosed that close to 100 million barrels of oil are produced and consumed every day, globally and over 60 million barrels are exported.
Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the CNL and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) joint venture, on Wednesday, signed a Gas Sale and Aggregation Agreement (GSAA) with Dangote Fertiliser Limited (DFL) and Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria Limited (GACN) as the ‘aggregator’.
Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) announced today that it has signed a rig design and construction management contract, as well as a five-year drilling contract, with Chevron USA, Inc. (“Chevron”) for one of its two dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillships (“the drillship”) currently under construction at the Jurong shipyard in Singapore. The drilling contract has an estimated backlog of $830 million USD, excluding mobilization and reimbursables. The drilling contract is subject to design, construction, and delivery requirements set forth in the construction contract.
Operations at the Shetland Gas Plant -- the processing facility for gas supplies from Total's West of Shetland gas fields -- continue as normal, the company said Wednesday, despite workers beginning a first day of industrial action at the site. A spokesman for Unite, the union representing subcontractors working for service company Aker Solutions at the plant, said the 24-hour strike in protest against new offshore work rotas had gone ahead Wednesday as planned.
Striking North Sea employees, who work indirectly for Total, say they are in “good spirits” and remain “determined to see the dispute through to the end”, according to Unite union representative John Boland. He said the union was prepared to escalate the strike, causing deeper disruption as Unite added two more 24-hour strikes to its schedule.
A rapidly digitising oil and gas industry can offer a more technology-enabled workforce of the future the opportunities for a career utilising skills such as IT, programming and creative thinking. According to a survey of more than 3,000 students, graduates and young professionals specialised in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or Stem –subjects across 10 countries, oil and gas is less affected by technology than health care or aviation, for example. The study was commissioned by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.
Emails obtained by CBC News show a slick that formed after Newfoundland and Labrador's largest offshore oil spill in history measured 21 kilometres by eight kilometres — more than two-thirds the area of Fogo Island. Memorial University biologist Ian Jones says those numbers about November's back-to-back spills are "shocking."
Crude rallied to the highest in more than a week as traders remained optimistic over Saudi Arabia’s planned production cuts and amid a weaker dollar. Futures climbed as much as 1.3% in New York to the highest since March 1. Saudi Arabia’s commitment to OPEC’s deal to reduce output supported prices, with the producer said to be planning to supply customers with less oil than requested in April. Meanwhile, a weaker dollar bolstered the appeal of commodities traded in the U.S. currency, such as oil.
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