Month: May 2021

RMT demands urgent action as oil and gas workforce falls

first_img RMT demands urgent action as oil and gas workforce falls. (Credit: RMT.) RMT demands urgent action as oil and gas workforce falls by 40% in COVID-19 crisis and global price warOFFSHORE union RMT is demanding urgent and immediate action as operators rush to slash jobs and contracts in response to the Coronavirus emergency and the oil price war which has driven oil to below $25 per barrel.‎ There are reports today that the worforce had fallen by nearly 40%.RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:“Oil and gas companies are unilaterally sending staff home with no regard to their future income, work or health.“Employers have failed to engage with offshore trade unions over standardising the industry’s response to Coronavirus, even when there have been cases diagnosed on North Sea platforms, yet the UK Government stands by and watches thousands of skilled energy workers being dumped without any comment whatsoever.“The Offshore Co-ordinating Group of trade unions and the STUC are meeting the Scottish Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse later today. We hope those talks deliver something meaningful.“Those talks also serve to demonstrate the gaping hole in the UK Government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis offshore.” Source: Company Press Release RMT is demanding urgent and immediate action as operators rush to slash jobs and contracts in response to the Coronavirus emergencylast_img read more

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Matrix Service secures EPC contract for LNG liquefaction facility in US

first_img Matrix Service secures EPC contract for LNG liquefaction facility in US. (Credit: Pixabay/GREGOR) Matrix Service has secured an engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPC) from an unnamed utility for a new LNG liquefaction facility in the western US.The new facility will be built to meet system reliability for the supply of natural gas to customers in a metropolitan city and its surrounding counties.Matrix Service Company president and CEO John R. Hewitt said: “As an industry leader with more than four decades of experience in low-temperature and cryogenic tanks and terminals, we are very pleased to have been awarded this important project.“We look forward to leveraging our specialized expertise in providing proven execution strategies and effective, efficient solutions in the production, re-gasification, and storage of LNG to deliver this project safely, on time and on budget.”The LNG facility is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2022The new LNG liquefaction facility will also include construction of a LNG storage tank with a capacity of more than one billion cubic foot (Bcf)The firm is expected to commence the construction on the project in the third quarter of this year and is expected to be operational in the final quarter of 2022.Earlier this year, Eagle LNG Partners has selected Matrix Service to provide the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPC) for the Jacksonville LNG export facility in Florida, US.The LNG export facility, which will involve an investment of about $500m, will utilise Chart Industries’ IPSMR technology and liquefaction equipment technology.It will have a production capacity of approximately 1.65 million LNG-gallons per day with 12 million LNG-gallons of storage plus a marine terminal and truck-loading capabilities.Tulsa, Oklahoma- headquartered, Matrix Service Company provides design, build and maintain infrastructure critical to energy and industrial markets in North America. The construction of the new facility is being undertaken to meet system reliability for the supply of natural gas to customers in a metropolitan city and its surrounding countieslast_img read more

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Construction begins on ice-resistant platform for Kamennomysskoye-Sea field

first_img The ice-resistant platform will be deployed at Gazprom’s Kamennomysskoye-Sea field in the Kara Sea. (Credit: Gazprom) Gazprom said that construction has started on an ice-resistant platform to be deployed at the Kamennomysskoye-Sea gas field in the Ob Bay of the Kara Sea on the Arctic shelf.The platform’s construction is taking place at the shipyard of United Shipbuilding’s Southern Shipbuilding and Repair Center in the Astrakhan Region in southern Russia.The Kamennomysskoye-Sea gas field is said to have gas reserves of around 555 billion cubic meters. The offshore gas field is slated to begin production in 2025 and is expected to produce 15 billion cubic meters per year.Why Gazprom wants an ice-resistant platform is needed for the Kamennomysskoye-Sea gas fieldAccording to Gazprom, the Kamennomysskoye-Sea gas field is located in a marine environment known for having low temperatures of up to -60° celsius, heavy storms, and shallow depths of 5-12m. Besides, the field is contained in thick and dense freshwater ice, said the company.The Russian gas producer said that the development of the field is set to become the first shelf project in the world to be executed in such harsh ice and climate conditions. Owing to such factors, the company decided to go with a special ice-resistant platform as the main facility for the Kamennomysskoye-Sea gas project.The ice-resistant platform will have dimensions of 135m in length, 69m in width, and a height of 41m from the base to the helicopter pad. The platform will weigh over 40,000 tons.Gazprom revealed that the Kamennomysskoye-Sea platform will house main and auxiliary drilling modules, operational and energy complexes, and living quarters to accommodate 120 personnel among other things.The ice-resistant platform will be used for constructing 33 main directional production wells and a further 22 wells later on for sustaining production rates, which will be placed on satellite ice-resistant conductor platforms that do not need the permanent presence of personnel.The gas drawn from the Kamennomysskoye-Sea gas field will be sent through pipelines to reach onshore into a gas treatment unit and a booster compressor station. Following its treatment, the gas will be fed into Russia’s Unified Gas Supply System.Gazprom stated: “The full scope of modeling and design for the ICP was performed by Russia’s leading shipbuilding research institutions. The construction process will involve a number of cutting-edge technical solutions to ensure a high level of industrial and environmental safety, as well as operational integrity of the facility.” According to Gazprom, the ice-resistant platform for the Kamennomysskoye-Sea gas field will have dimensions of 135m in length, 69m in width, and a height of 41m from the base to the helicopter padlast_img read more

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ExxonMobil set to axe 700 jobs in Houston, Texas

first_img ExxonMobil global headquarters in Texas. (Credit: ExxonMobil/Wikipedia.org) US oil and gas company ExxonMobil has announced a decision to cut more than 700 jobs in the Houston, Texas region, as per a notice submitted by it to the Texas Workforce Commission.According to the notice, the date for the layoffs is 2 February,  Reuters reported.The job cuts are part of the nearly 1,900 expected layoffs in the US, as announced in October 2020. Most of them will be at the company’s US headquarters in Houston.ExxonMobil revealed plans that the US job cuts will be carried out via voluntary and involuntary reductions.Amid the Covid-19 and the low oil prices crises, the company had announced a plan to cut its global workforce by 15% by year-end 2021. At the end of 2019, the company had a workforce of nearly 88,300 workers, which includes 13,300 contractors.In November, the company said that up to 300 roles will be affected by the end of next year across its Canadian affiliates, which include Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil Canada, and ExxonMobil Business Centre Canada.A month prior to that, the company revealed plans to lay off up to 1,600 employees across its European operations by the end of 2021.Last month, the oil and gas major said that it will record an impairment charge of around $17bn to $20bn after removing certain dry gas assets from its development plan.ExxonMobil said that it would focus its near-term capital spending on advantaged assets that have the highest potential future value.Recently, the oil and gas major reported a third straight quarterly loss in 2020. For the record, the company’s Q3 2020 net loss was $680m, and for the first nine months of the year, it had reported a net loss of $2.37bn. The job cuts are part of the approximately 1,900 expected layoffs to be executed by the oil and gas major in the US last_img read more

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Countrywide closures: IoW agent latest to shut branches

first_imgThe Countrywide closures saga continues after one of its agents on the Isle of Wight became the latest to have branches closed and staff redeployed or put through a consultation process.Watson Bull & Porter, which currently has eight branches on the island and had already closed its Shanklin office before the latest announcement, says it is to close a further two branches, possibly by the end of the year.The company, which has been trading for over 150 years, would not reveal which two offices would face closure as their staff are going through a consultation process before they close their doors.Countrywide released a statement to local media saying that “as always, we remain committed to working with colleagues to ensure that those who wish to be redeployed are supported in doing so”.The company also said that it had ‘updated’ all its staff last week on changes to its retail and London businesses about the “next phase of change which includes streamlining our branch footprint and strengthening our regional management structure”.The Isle of Wight closures are part of a move by Countrywide to slim down its operations which has included the amalgamation of several London agencies into the John D Wood brand.In September Countrywide revealed that is was due to close 59 branches, or approximately 5% of its total branch network during 2016 and 2017.The closures are part of the company’s Building our Future strategy implemented by CEO Alison Platt in October 2015, which included the creation of several senior roles. This has included three divisional managing directors, a retail commercial director, retail programme director and retail performance director as well as 12 regional retail directors, plus four new managing director roles within its London business.Isle of Wight Countrtwide Watson Bull & Porter December 9, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide closures: IoW agent latest to shut branches previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide closures: IoW agent latest to shut branchesCompany says it is part of ongoing ‘streamlining’ process announced last yearNigel Lewis9th December 201602,032 Viewslast_img read more

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OnTheMarket slides into the red as it splurges on advertising and new staff

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » OnTheMarket slides into the red as it splurges on advertising and new staff previous nextMarketingOnTheMarket slides into the red as it splurges on advertising and new staffCompany’s half-year results reveal a £5.7m loss after spending £12 million on advertising and a large increase in IT, sales and customers service personnel.Nigel Lewis11th October 201802,002 Views OnTheMarket.com has revealed its first half-year results since joining the London Stock Exchange in February.They reveal an increase in revenue of £100,000 to £7 million, reflecting the high number of free introductory offers it has been offering the additional 5,600 branches it has signed up since going public.This has also pushed down its average revenue per agent to £153 a month from £194 during the same period last year.Following the £30 million raised from its share issue in February, the company’s results are skewed by the four-fold increase in marketing and recruitment signed off by CEO Ian Springett.This includes £12 million spent on a huge and ongoing TV and poster advertising campaign and a two-fold increase in its headcount including 25 additional field sales staff and a huge influx of over 30 new IT experts.Although the company still has plenty of cash in the bank, its losses have consequently been mounting over the past six months.It made an operating loss of £5.7 million or twice the loss compared to the previous half-year’s results and a whopping loss per share of £9.57p.“Compared with February 2018 when our IPO took place, OnTheMarket has doubled offices and properties listed, trebled monthly visit traffic and quadrupled email and telephone leads to agents,” says Ian Springett.“Our progress to date and the encouraging support for an agent-backed portal give us confidence that we can continue to build on this early growth to develop a market-leading, agent-backed portal. I am very pleased to report a strong start to the delivery of our transformational growth strategy following our Admission to AIM and associated capital raise.”Ian Springett OTM half-year results OnTheMarket OTM October 11, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Latest How to Rent guide criticised by industry green pioneer

first_imgA leading proponent of sustainability within the property industry has questioned why the updated How to Rent guide published yesterday by MHCLG doesn’t mention EPCs.Ross Nichols (pictured), who runs home setup and utility management firm firm Just Move In, says it is odd that the new guide, which is only updated once or twice a year, ignores EPCs other than to remind landlords that a property must have one and that it must be band E or above.Nichols says the new How to Rent guide should have included advice on energy  efficiency given scale of the climate crisis.“The How to Rent Guide performs an important legal function but it’s also an opportunity for the government to start changing the narrative on energy efficiency within the Private Rented Sector, making sure that the issue stays on the table and isn’t pushed aside,” he says.“The government has an open consultation on raising energy performance standards for the domestic PRS sector – including reducing energy bills, improvements and carbon emissions – so it’s disappointing that the new Guide doesn’t reference sustainability at all.”Go green guideNichols’ company, which is one of the few ‘B Corps’ in the industry which have signed up to recognised standards of social and environmental standards, this week published a guide for agents on how to go green but still boost their profits.Called Sold in Sustainability, it identifies six key areas for agents to target: energy use, waste, recycling, travel, technology, and green initiatives.The guidebook also explains the other benefits of an eco-friendly approach.“Sustainable companies are more attractive to both potential customers and employees, many of whom share environmental concerns,” says Nichols.Download the Just Move In guide.Download the new How to Rent guideSustainability estate agency Just Move In Ross Nichols How to Rent guide December 11, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Latest How to Rent guide criticised by industry green pioneer previous nextRegulation & LawLatest How to Rent guide criticised by industry green pioneerRoss Nichols says he is baffled why the updated government renting guide makes no mention of how properties can be improved.Nigel Lewis11th December 20200496 Viewslast_img read more

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Russian Warships Return from Poland

first_img View post tag: News by topic Russian Warships Return from Poland Baltic Fleet task group consisting of small missile ships Zyb and Geizer returned to Baltiysk Naval Base after informal visit to Polish port Szczecin on May 12…(rusnavy)[mappress]Source: rusnavy, May 16, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Warships Return from Poland View post tag: poland View post tag: Warships View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Russian View post tag: Return Training & Education May 16, 2011 Share this articlelast_img

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Australia: Seaman Follows Fathers Footsteps

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Seaman Follows Fathers Footsteps Training & Education April 25, 2012 Australia: Seaman Follows Fathers Footsteps View post tag: Seaman View post tag: Footsteps View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australiacenter_img View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Follows View post tag: Fathers View post tag: Naval Seaman Jarryd Capper of 816 Squadron may have followed in his fathers footsteps when he chose a career in the Royal Australian Navy but this situation will be reversed when HMAS Albatross march through Nowra on Anzac Day.Jarryd has the honour of carrying the Albatross ceremonial lifebuoy and will be heading up the parade. Following directly behind him will be his father Commander Carl Capper who, as Executive Officer of HMAS Albatross, will be leading the Albatross contingent.Jarryd isn’t fazed by the responsibility or the fact that all eyes will be on him.“ Anzac Day has always been an important occasion in our family,” Jarryd said. “In 2010 I got to march with dad and my grandfather in Canberra, and this year my grandmother will be there to watch us. For us it’s a way of remembering and honouring the people who have gone before.”Commander Capper said he is looking forward to it. “I’m always very proud to march on Anzac Day and I’m always the proud father so this Anzac Day will be a very special one me”.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 25, 2012; Image: navylast_img read more

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Sri Lankan Navy Assists Indian Salvage Team

first_img May 3, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: team View post tag: Salvage View post tag: Assists View post tag: Indian Sri Lankan Navy Assists Indian Salvage Team View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Lankan Sri Lanka Navy assisted an Indian salvage team for the salvage of Indian fishing trawler bearing the Registration Number TN/06/MFB/714 in the seas off Delft in Northern Sri Lanka. The assistance was rendered on humanitarian grounds in response to a request made by the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka.The Indian salvage team consisting of 04 boats and 10 crew members escorted by Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajshree was received by Sri Lanka Naval Vessel Ranawickrama on 28thApril 2012. Thereafter, the Indian salvage team was guided to the salvage location for the commencement of the salvage operation under SLN supervision. Facilitation was also provided for their return journey along with the salvaged trawler upon completion of the task on 02nd May 2012.The prompt assistance rendered by SLN for the Indian Salvage Operation reflects the cordial relations that exist between the two countries. Sri Lanka Navy conducts Search and Rescue Operations (SARs) on humanitarian grounds for the rescue of fishermen whenever they are in distress.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 03, 2012; Image: navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lankan Navy Assists Indian Salvage Team View post tag: Sri Share this articlelast_img read more

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