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Experts warn that 35,000 Offshore workers Jobs could be lost in the next five years.

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North Sea oil and gas could lose up to 35,000 jobs in the next five years, industry experts have warned. A recent report by EY, the financial consultants, was commissioned by Oil & Gas UK, Opito, the safety body, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has said that employment in the North Sea oil and gas sector is set to fall...

Wood bags Bluewater North Sea contract

Wood to provide industrial services for a Bluewater floating production storage and offloading facility in the North Sea. Global industrial services giant Wood has been awarded a new contract with Bluewater to provide industrial services to the Haewene Brim floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility in the UK North Sea. Effective immediately, the contract is for two years with three...

AGC wins $155M Offshore Scaffolding Contract for Australian LNG Project

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A maintenance services company has won a major contract to supply and install scaffolding to the Western Australian (LNG) Ichthys Project. Australia-based maintenance services company AGC, has reported that its subsidiary company MAS Australasia Pty Ltd (MAS), has been awarded a $155 million (AUD 174 million) scaffolding works contract for the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG Project in the Browse Basin off Western...

NSG UK complete two unique projects

NSG Scaffolding UK have completed two projects in Liverpool and Morecambe Bay. NSG UK have completed a complex contract which involved replacing a helideck surface for an offshore oil rig and scaffolding work at Liverpool's Pier Head which is part of a project to build a new landing stage. A team of  specialist spent 14 days working on the installation in...

Scaffolder’s fatal fall ‘a tragic accident’

The death of a Highland scaffolder who fell 130ft from an oil rig was an “unforeseeable tragedy” that could not have been prevented with extra safety regulations, a sheriff has ruled. Lewis MacDonald, 35, died after falling from the Ocean Princess rig, which was docked at Invergordon harbour on the Cromarty Firth, on November 28, 2008. A fatal accident inquiry at...

Union warns possible strike action by North Sea oil contractors

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Offshore contractors are to be balloted on possible industrial action in a row over changes to working conditions. Unite members of the Offshore Contractor Association (OCA) failed to agree with employers on proposals to alter shift patterns and cut pensions. Several oil and gas firms operating in the North Sea have announced plans to axe jobs and reduce salaries. Unite said "knee...

NSG UK planning offshore expansion after successful six months

Scaffolding and industrial services firm NSG UK says it is planning further moves into the offshore sector after a successful first six months working with energy firm Centrica. The Deeside based company, which works on projects across the UK, has been working on offshore platforms in Morecambe Bay as part of a wider long-term contract with Centrica. NSG UK Intervention...

Wood partners up to develop wearable camera tech for oil and gas operations

Wood has developed new camera technology that can stream video and store data from remote work locations including offshore, in partnership with Canadian technology company Librestream Technologies (Librestream). The Onsight Cube is a rugged camera that can be worn on a helmet, chest mount or a mono-pod to access high or difficult-to-reach areas, and connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to a...

Pictures: Offshore storm damages scaffolding

Incredible images have emerged of recent offshore storm damage to scaffolding on Shell's Brent Delta Rig. Scaffolding has been left seriously damaged and precariously dangling from Shell’s Brent Delta after storm weather battered the platform. The Delta platform is 300m high – double the height of the London Eye and equal to the height of the Eiffel Tower. A Shell spokesperson said to...

UPDATE: Offshore North Sea worker who died is named by police

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A worker who died on an offshore oil platform in the North Sea has been named by police. Sean Anderson, 43, from the Tyne and Wear area has been named by police as the scaffolder who died . The Cape employee died after falling from BP's Unity platform at around 4am on Thursday (4th Sep) The man was part of a team...

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