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Managing the Risks

Marex Marine and Risk Consultancy specialises in Marine and Risk consultancy, Safety Management Systems, Safety Cases, Thorough Reviews, Audits, Risk Assessment and Studies, Technical Authorship and Rig Moves.

Formed in 1998, Marex, whose core business is Safety Case authorship (introduced in UK under the Cullen Report following the Piper alpha platform disaster in 1988) now has two rapidly expanding departments, Risk and Marine, which operate from its harbour side offices in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The worldwide oil and gas market is changing and has been opened up to Marex as more coastal states now have a requirement for drilling companies to have safety cases. This is coupled with the fact that the oil majors are requesting drilling companies to have safety cases even if there is no coastal state legislative requirement. Marex for many years has been a leading provider of Safety Cases and HSE Cases Internationally, having completed over 100 cases to date. Furthermore, the Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico will no doubt result in a more prescriptive legislative regime worldwide and a requirement for the expertise of companies such as Marex Marine and Risk Consultancy to become involved in the risk assessment process worldwide. Regardless of legislation there is a duty to provide a safe place of work.

Marex coordinates a team of marine, safety and risk professionals, working in such places as Norway, Egypt, Brunei, Singapore, South Korea, Trinidad, Bahrain, Turkey and US. The team comprises of Master Mariners, Marine Engineers, Naval Architects, Mathematicians, Human Factors, Risk and Safety specialists and Industry experts. This combination of staff allows Marex to very effectively perform a variety of tasks to support their clients well, demonstrated by its organic growth, based, largely on repeat business and referral.

The departments carry out work for oil majors, including Principal Marine Support provision, Ship Vetting, Auditing, Incident Investigation, Safety Management Systems, Safety Cases, Thorough Reviews, Bow Tie Risk Assessment, Practical Risk Assessment Workshops for Managements and Crews and the planning and execution of Rig Moves as well as undertaking Technical Authorship, OVIDS and General Marine Consultancy.

Marex has developed innovative ways of ensuring that aspects of the PFEER (Prevention of Fire Explosion and Emergency Response) Regulations, and the Design and Construction Regulations are addressed. It has helped its clients introduce user friendly verification schemes.

The Marex risk assessment techniques ensure that the workforce is better able to understand the Safety Case and the implementation of its related regulations. Greater involvement of the workforce is a key point made much of at the joint industry conferences on the topic. Marex employ QRA specialists who have developed robust qualitative risk assessment techniques to fit all levels of hazard, increasing their strength and reputation in this field.

Ian McDougall, Managing Director, Marex Marine and Risk Consultancy, stated “Over the last five years, there has been noticeable development in the volume of work being undertaken worldwide and the geographical spread of that work. Consequently, the team has grown considerably in numbers and depth of knowledge to meet this need.” .

source: marex.

AquaTerra Solutions Ltd Secures Significant Restricted Access Work

Leading Rope Access Specialists, AquaTerra Solutions Ltd, has been awarded a multimillion pound three year contract for its specialist access services in Leg Intervention Work.

The contract work scope, which includes an array of construction and upgrade work, was awarded by Fairfield for work on the Dunlin Platform.

Working with Amec, Fairfield’s Duty Holder on the Dunlin Platform, AquaTerra will be working primarily within the potentially hazardous environment of the concrete legs using full BA and escape systems.

Having previously completed an array of construction, inspection and electrical services by multi-disciplined rope access teams within the legs AquaTerra was selected to manage future works within the legs.

AquaTerra Solutions Ltd has seen significant growth over the last couple of years and Managing Director, Peter Robinson, believes that this stems from the company’s ability to provide customers with specialist capabilities and extensive experience within concrete base structures.

Commenting on the contract win, Mr Robinson said: ‘We’re delighted to have secured this contract as it underpins our growing relationship with Fairfield and with Amec.  We’re very pleased and we think it’s a reflection of our strong understanding of our customers and their requirements.

AquaTerra’s experience and proven track record on concrete leg projects has allowed us to offer the industry a solution to what will soon be an increasing work scope across a variety of other ageing offshore infrastructures.

Given the associated risks, our onshore and offshore management teams are highly experienced and assembled to provide our clients with the confidence and competence that is continuously sought after in this industry.’

Robinson could not confirm whether it would mean additional jobs but said the company will continue to grow.  AquaTerra currently employs over 25 staff in the Aberdeenshire office with over 100 offshore Rope Access field personnel.

In addition to providing global Rope Access support and services, AquaTerra’s portfolio also includes an international training division with modern, purpose-built facilities in Aberdeen including Rigging Loft and Working at Height frame.  The company also specialises in work and rescue equipment supply

RRC Controls awarded Subsea Controls Supply Contract for Premier Oil’s Solan Development

Premier Oil (Premier) has awarded RRC Controls a £2.5million contract for the Detailed Design and Manufacture of a four well subsea control system for the Solan oil field. The Solan field is located on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf, West of Shetland in approximately 135m water depth.
The scope of supply includes topsides control station, 5 subsea control modules, infield jumpers and other associated equipment. The complete system will be delivered to Premier in Q2 2013 from RRC’s engineering and manufacturing headquarters in Gourdon.

RRC’s Managing Director, Ray Connelly, said “We are delighted that Premier has awarded the subsea control system for this high profile  Greenfield development to RRC. The award highlights RRC’s ability to deliver high quality and reliable subsea contro systems for new or existing oil and gas developments in a very short timescale. This builds on our existing relationship with Premier where we have been supporting subsea production on the Balmoral field for several years. ”

RRC Controls Services Ltd
RRC Controls Services Ltd provides subsea control systems to the offshore oil and gas industry. Established in 1999, it manufactures equipment to control and monitor production from subsea wells and also provides specialist support services to major Operating Companies in the North Sea.
For further information please contact Ray Connelly as below.

Tel: 01561 362001
Email: ray@rrccontrols.com
Web: www.rrccontrols.com

Strong salaries for subsea, pipeline and drilling engineers reflect thriving oil and gas industry

Salaries for oil and gas engineering professionals are reflecting an active and increasingly confident industry according to The Oil & Gas Global Salary Guide 2012.

The Guide, which surveyed over 14,000 oil and gas professionals across the globe found that subsea, piping and drilling engineers are commanding the highest salaries of the 24 disciplines surveyed.

Drilling engineers in particular have seen impressive year-on-year salary gains with senior professionals now averaging salaries of $98,000 per annum while manager level staff earn US$142,500 equivalent. Subsea engineers came out on top of all disciplines surveyed and can expect average salaries of US$105,200 and US$146,900 respectively for the same levels of skill and responsibility. 

Reservoir and petroleum engineers also commanded impressive salaries with senior level practitioners earning an average pay packet of US$97,800 and manager level professionals at US$123,400.

Matt Underhill, Managing Director of Hays Oil & Gas, who produced the Guide with leading jobsite Oil and Gas Job Search, comments: “It is very encouraging news for engineering professionals as well as the industry itself as it reflects the increasing levels of confidence and activity over the last year and into 2012.”

Underhill adds: “These are figures for average salaries across the world and there will be many highly skilled engineering professionals earning considerably more, particularly those in high paying countries such as Australia, the US and Norway.  It is also worth noting that around 40% of engineers are contractors, which shows an industry that is bringing a wealth of new projects online.”

Duncan Freer, Managing Director of Oil and Gas Job Search comments: “There has also been a significant and welcome demand for graduate level engineers which was not the case in recent years.  Skills shortages have been a major concern for the continuing health of the industry and this change is a step in the right direction.” 

While the general trend for engineering specialisms has been upwards, there have been a few exceptions within the core-engineering disciplines of electrical, process and structural, all being relatively flat compared to last year.

Overall the Guide showed an industry looking forward to strong growth.  Employer confidence has seen a large increase with 26.7% extremely positive about the current market, up from just 9.7% in 2011. Three quarters of all employers expect staffing levels to increase in the next 12 months.
 
Duncan Freer Managing Director of Oil and gas job search comments: “The general picture presented by the research shows an industry with renewed strength and vigour, offering attractive rewards and opportunities to engineering professionals across the globe.”

Download your free copy at www.oilandgasjobsearch.com/salary or www1.hays.com/oil-and-gas/salaryguide2012.aspx

Source: Oil and Gas Job Search

Leading the way – Nylacast achieves ISO 29001:2010

Leicester, England — Leicester based Nylacast has become the first UK company of its type and one of only six UK companies to have achieved the industry recognized accreditation to ISO29001:2010-Oil and Gas. Read more…

Oil and Gas Job Search – new appointment for Middle East region

Oil and Gas Job Search, the global industry recruitment website, is adding fluent Arabic speaker Troy Quteifan to its business development team as it aims to develop its Middle East client base further.

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Oil and Gas companies ask industry professionals and recruiters to help put together the most comprehensive industry salary survey to date

Recruiters Hays Oil and Gas and industry jobsite Oil and Gas Job Search are set to combine their resources once again to establish their annual salary guide as the most comprehensive in the industry.
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Statoil announces contract awarded for construction of Valemon deck

Statoil is to choose Samsung Heavy Industries for construction of the topsides for the Valemon platform. The contract is worth an estimated NOK 2.3 billion.

The award has taken place in wide-ranging international competition among pre-qualified suppliers.

“We’ve awarded the assignment to build the Valemon topsides to Samsung Heavy Industries,” says Jon Arnt Jacobsen, chief procurement officer in Statoil.

“We have good experience with this supplier which also has a good track record in HSE. All requirements were met and Samsung presented the overall best offer.”

The contract covers engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the topsides and living quarters, as well as an option for mating offshore of the topsides with the steel jacket. The Grenland group in Sandefjord, Norway and Technip in Malaysia will perform the engineering work. The Grenland group will also construct the flare boom. The living quarters will be built by Hertel Marine in the Netherlands.

Capacity and cost developments on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) are challenging and it is important for Statoil to have a diversity of suppliers with capacity to deliver on time and with the proper quality.

“This is an interesting project for the supplier industry,” says Jacobsen.

“Several suppliers based in Norway will also benefit from this contract award as sub-contractors for Samsung. In addition there will be deliveries under Statoil’s other frame agreements, where the Norwegian supplier industry is expected to be competitive and to secure important contracts.”

Contracts for the construction of the steel platform jacket have previously been awarded to Heerema Vlissingen B.V. Transport and installation of the jacket and topsides was awarded earlier to Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland B.V. Saipem was assigned the contract for installation of the topsides. The contract for pipeline design has been awarded to IKM Ocean Design.

The Valemon field will have a fixed steel platform to separate gas, condensate (light oil) and water. The topsides will have facilities for partial processing and export of unstabilised condensate and rich gas.

“The platform and transport solution for Valemon forms a good basis for developing other oil and gas fields in the area,” says Ivar Aasheim, senior vice president for Statoil’s field development business cluster.

“Along with the ongoing Gudrun development, Valemon will contribute to a high activity level on the NCS in the coming years.”

The Valemon field will be one of Statoil’s largest development projects on the NCS in the time ahead. It contains about 206 million barrels of oil equivalent. The Valemon reservoir is complex since it is split up but also because of high pressure and temperature.

The gas from Valemon will be sent via the existing pipeline between Huldra and Heimdal, which is a hub for onward transport to the European gas markets. The condensate will be piped via Kvitebjørn for stabilisation and sent on to the Mongstad refinery near Bergen. A submarine cable will supply Valemon with electricity from Kvitebjørn. Read more…

OGX declares commerciality in California and Fazenda São José accumulations in the Parnaíba Basin

OGX Petróleo e Gás Participações S.A. (“OGX”) (Bovespa: OGXP3; OTC: OGXPY.PK), the Brazilian oil and gas company responsible for the largest private sector exploratory campaign in Brazil, announced today that it has presented to the National Petroleum Agency (“ANP”), through its subsidiary OGX Maranhão Petróleo e Gás Ltda., declarations of commerciality for the Califórnia and Fazenda São José accumulations discovered in the PN-T-68 block within the Parnaíba Basin. Read more…

15% rise in Canadian oil and gas professionals wages reflect healthy industry according to new Salary Guide

Thursday, Mar 17, 2011
Canadian oil and gas professionals are enjoying a boom in wages reflecting a confident and growing sector, according to a new salary survey.

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Looking for a Senior Surveyor in the UK

Location: United Kingdom

Working Locations: Offshore / International

Posted: 23 February 2011 at 09:00   (exp: 02/03/2011)

Key Requirements

*5 years experience in a similar role

*Recognised degree level qualification in related discipline.

Permitted UK working status

Job Description

*Responsible for all positioning and bathymetric data at sea

*Management of field projects

*Ongoing development of staff

*Acquisition of data, processing and reporting

Click: http://www.oilandgaspeople.com/job/index.asp?job=19492872

Looking for a QA/QC Manager in Algeria

Location: Algeria > Mascara

Salary: £70000 – £80000 per annum + benefits

Working Locations: Site

Posted: 14 February 2011 at 16:00   (exp: 14/03/2011)

Job Description

An top ten international contractor is seeking a QA/QC Manager – Algeria

Position: QA/QC Manager

Location: Algeria

Industry: Power

Salary: Competitive Expat Package

A successful globally recognised contractor is looking for a QA/QC Manager to join their company on an extremely large power plant. This is a fantastic opportunity where the successful candidate will have complete control of all quality assurance and quality control duties on the power project.

As this is a senior role the QA/QC Manager must obtain the following attributes:

* Degree in Mechanical Engineering

* Minimum of 10 years experience in the field of power projects

* Previous experience as a QA/QC Manager of power projects

* Good knowledge of French (spoken and written)

* Previous experience working in the Middle East and/or North Africa

The QA/QC Manager will be offered a competitive base salary as well as:

* Accommodation allowance

* Transport

* Medical

* Flights

Salary is negotiable on experience

For this opportunity the successful QA/QC Manager will be willing to travel on single status.

If you are an experienced QA/QC Manager who meets the above criteria and is looking for a new challenging opportunity, please contact Rebecca Topping at Leap29 for further information about this opportunity.

Looking for a planning & economics department manager – utilities in Oman

Location: Oman > Muscat

Salary: Family package and benefits plus competative salary

Working Locations: International
Key Requirements

* Experience planning professionals in utilities – electricity and water

* Degree qualified in relevant discipline – preferable related to economics or engineering

* Good understanding and experience of the fundamentals of utilities technologies, economics and business practices of electricity and supply.

* Experience is the management of planning and economics activities

* Excellent English communication skills – written and spoken
Job Description

Planning & Economics Department Manager – Utilities – Oman

My client is a government company undertaking long term generation planning in Electricity and water across the Sultanate of Oman. Their responsibility is to ensure that there is sufficient electricity and water production capacity available at the lowest costs to meet the growing demands of the region.

Following a recently restructure and expansion, a new key position of Planning and Economics Manager has been identified to manage and undertake a range of activities to enable planning objectives to be met.

The Planning and Economics department manager will be responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control, and completion of department actions, reporting directly to the CEO.

* Establish and management of a statistical database for planning and other purposes

* Regular preparation of forecasts for electricity and water demands

* Regular preparation of long terms investment plans for future water and electricity demands.

* Annual preparation of seven year statement for approval by authorities

* Developing a framework and annual programme for the departments activities and deliverables

* Monitor and report progress of the department activities to the CEO with reference to any problems and their solutions

Requirements

* Experience planning professionals in utilities – electricity and water

* Degree qualified in relevant discipline – preferable related to economics or engineering

* Good understanding and experience of the fundamentals of utilities technologies, economics and business practises of electricity and supply.

* Experience is the management of planning and economics activities

* Excellent English communication skills – written and spoken

Rewards

Oman is fast becoming the Gulf’s most desirable work location due to the family orientated environment and rural surroundings.

In addition to the security and opulence of working for a government company, a family salary package can be discussed for the right candidates include standard ex-pat benefits and allowances.

Please send CV for the attention of Natalie Croft at Leap29.

Click: http://www.oilandgaspeople.com/job/index.asp?job=87447459

Looking for a Drilling Project Manager in Norway

Our client, a well established oil and gas consultancy is looking to contract a drilling project manager to aid operations in the Norwegian market.

Location: Norway > Oslo

Salary: negotiable

Working Locations: Office

Posted: 27 January 2011 at 15:00   (exp: 24/02/2011)

This senior role requires an experienced consultant with knowledge of the whole planning lifecycle of a drilling campaign including well planning, well control, down hole systems and drilling procedures.

The successful consultant will be an experienced drilling project engineer with operational experience and preferably knowledge of working with Riserless drilling systems.

we are looking for a technically minded self starter with the ability to competently manage these drilling operations

This contract role is based in Oslo, Norway for an immediate start on a 12 month contract.

Click: http://www.oilandgaspeople.com/job/index.asp?job=98428869

Looking for a Commercial Specialist in Aberdeen

Eden Scott’s client is a global Exploration and Production company. Due to continued growth forecast for next year they are looking to appoint an experience Commercial Specialist to be based in their Aberdeen office.

This position is required to provide the necessary commercial expertise to deliver new field developments (and / or the drafting of new commercial arrangement outwith existing contractual arrangements for existing assets) and to ensure such matters are undertaken in a manner which enhances / protects the business.

Duties:
* Ensure that all commercial agreements / amendments necessary for project development and / or new commercial arrangements required for existing assets are negotiated / drafted / executed in a effective / efficient and timely manner.
* Negotiate and develop third party agreements for development of new fields/re-development of existing fields in line with the Company’s goals and strategies
* Manage partners at development stage and for any commercial issues arising outwith existing commercial obligations
* Ensure that a collaborative approach is undertaken (which involves all key stakeholders, identifies / understands implications of key areas of risk and mitigation of same) to propose tenable options and make appropriate recommendations.
* Undertakes activities in a manner which ensure continuity, consistency and appropriate delivery across the company.

Experience:
* A strong understanding of upstream E&P industry essential, particularly as applied in the UKCS derived from practical experience.
* Comprehensive understanding of the key strategic drivers relevant to upstream operations and the important risks that must be understood / mitigated. Ensures commercial agreements are aligned with corporate objectives.
* Experienced practitioner of managing / leading / concluding commercial negotiations for common commercial situations relevant to UKCS (JOA’s, pre unit agreements, CTA’s, TPOSA’s, UUOA’s, DSA’s, Allocation / Attribution arrangements) with a proven track record of delivering same.
* Comprehensive understanding of business analysis / economic evaluation techniques and their significance to commercial evaluation / negotiation process.
* Excellent inter personal, listening and influencing skills. Comfortable dealing with full range of internal / external stakeholders. Ability to develop constructive working relationships with a wide range of people
* Pro-active / able to deliver results in a collaborative manner;
* Understands relevant technical risks and exposure and hence able to negotiate appropriate terms and conditions
* Professional / competent presentation skills

Previous experience in a similar role within an E&P company is essential. For more information on this fantastic opportunity please apply with your CV stating salary expectations.

Click: http://www.edenscott.com/Vacancies/VacancyDetail.aspx?pid=3&sector=23&id=4721

Looking for a Well Intervention Specialist

Well Intervention Specialist – On-shore Dubai – Operator

I am very please to present a range of Well intervention roles. My client is a Dubai based operator with a number of large well established off shore fields. As a result of their continued growth they are seeking to add to their well invention team.

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Oil and Gas Job Search looking to expand globally with Australian office

Monday, Jan 10, 2011

OIL AND GAS JOB SEARCH, one of the industry’s leading online recruitment companies, is opening a new office in Perth, Australia, with a view to dramatically increasing its presence in the region.
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Looking for a principal reservoir engineer (staff or contract)

Due to continued success and rapid expansion, our client is seeking a Principal Reservoir Engineer to join their London based operation on a staff or contract basis. With over 25 international offices, the organisation is one the most reputable and influential Subsurface consultancies in the world.

We are looking for a technically astute and commercially minded Principal Reservoir Engineer to undertake Reservoir Engineering studies, from exploration to development, field life extension and abandonment.

Responsibilities

- Perform, either individually or as part of a team, numerical and classical reservoir engineering evaluations and studies.
- Carry out the design and interpretation of Oil and Gas well test
- Conduct reservoir simulations
- Reservoir fluid characterization
- Perform prospect evaluations
- Formulate field development plans

Skill/Experience

- BSc (Hons) in a petroleum related topic
- Proven track record with over 15 years experience as a practicing Reservoir Engineer or Consultant
- Must have experience of standard industry software (with particular strengths in eclipse)
- Capabilities to manage projects and mentor less experience members of staff

All enquiries and applications will be handled in the strictest confidence and no candidates details will be forwarded without their expressed permission.

For more details or an informal discussion, apply now or contact Craig Scott in our Glasgow office.

Click: http://www.edenscott.com/Vacancies/VacancyDetail.aspx?pid=3&sector=23&id=4383

Looking for a Senior Design & Design Engineer

JOB PURPOSE:

To develop oil tool equipment designs either to meet specific customer requirements or the needs of the oilfield industry in general; by personal design effort or by control of other engineers and draughtspersons; provision of technical information, instructions, drawings within a planned schedule; advice to customers, other operations and departments within Aberdeen on tool design, problems and solutions.

MAIN DUTIES:

Supervise and assist a group of Engineers in the development of maintenance and repair for the organisation’s products. These products shall include Surface and Subsea Wellheads, Xmas Trees, BOPs and Risers.

Possess the necessary leadership and technical skills to work with other Business Groups within the organisation both locally and internationally to supply timely and “fit for purpose” repair solutions, that comply with industry accepted design standards.

Possess an ability to communicate effectively and possess excellent interpersonal and people management skills.

Direct or prepare drawings, information and provide the service necessary for the manufacturing group and other departments to repair products.

Click: http://www.edenscott.com/Vacancies/VacancyDetail.aspx?pid=3&sector=23&id=4000

Looking for a Contracts Engineer – Drilling (12mth Contract)

Job purpose: The objective of this post is to support the seismic and drilling project from strategy development, through pre-ward contracting (contract drafting, tender evaluations and award), to post-ward contract management (including kick-of, performance monitoring and contract close out).


Job Details

Location: South Africa

Working Locations: Site / Office

Posted: 03 December 2010 at 12:00   (exp: 31/12/2010)

Job Description

Contracts Engineer – Drilling (12mth Contract)

Salary neg on exp

JHB

Edu/Exp:

• Quantity Surveying or Commercial degree

• 8 – 10 years relevant exp

• Upstream exp essential

Job purpose:

The objective of this post is to support the seismic and drilling project from strategy development, through pre-ward contracting (contract drafting, tender evaluations and award), to post-ward contract management (including kick-of, performance monitoring and contract close out).

Duties:

• Provide contract drafting and management support, for exploration projects, including creation of standard contract templates

• Define and implement a coherent project contracting strategy for drilling that optimizes cost and takes account of risk management

• Apply market intelligence and experience to ensuring a robust solution for project specific mitigations and market conditions

• Support and advise technical teams and operational units in devising contract specific tactics that limit the company’s exposures, mitigates risks and promotes value for money

• Assist in the development of scope of work, contract terms and related documents, including cost estimations

• Monitor and ensure compliance by contractors with contract terms and conditions, including financial and execution performance and deliverables

Click: http://www.oilandgaspeople.com/job/index.asp?job=87322359

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