INEOS appeal against Scot-Govt ban on onshore oil and gas case starts today

The appeal by global petrochemicals giant INEOS and its co-pursuer Reach Coal Seam Gas against the Scot-Govt ‘ban’ on onshore oil and gas exploration (aka ‘fracking’) is due to start in the supreme Court of Session today in Edinburgh.

The company is both challenging the legality of the ban on fracking and suing the Scottish Government for compensation due to an alleged breach of its human rights. The hearing is expected to last four days.

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Trade unions vow to fight new BiFab job cuts

The joint trade unions in BiFab (GMB Scotland and Unite Scotland) have vowed to continue their campaign for the future of the yards in Fife and Lewis after new owner DF Barnes announced fresh redundancies.

Managers from the Canadian fabrication firm have told workers and their trade union representatives that statutory redundancy notices would be issued to thirty-five of the remaining forty-three core staff.

This shock development comes less than three weeks after DF Barnes purchased BiFab following extensive negotiations with the Scottish Government.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, on the picket line with Bi-Fab workers in Fife over Beatrice wind farm wages dispute in Nov 2017.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, on the picket line with Bi-Fab workers in Fife over Beatrice wind farm wages dispute in Nov 2017.

Joint Trade Union Secretaries Gary Smith and Pat Rafferty said: “The scale and speed of these redundancies was not expected. It means that some workers will be out of a job as early as two weeks’ time and most will be gone in three months.

But the trade unions will not be found wanting and our battle for BiFab continues. We knew the road ahead would be hard and the need for new contracts is obvious but clearly a major problem has emerged in terms of the future prospects for fresh work over the last fortnight.

As a matter of urgency, we need to understand what those problems are and whether they can be overcome in the short term. We are working now with the employer and the Scottish Government to achieve this objective.”

Ardyne deploys decommissioning tool in North Sea fields

Ardyne, the provider of plug and abandonment and slot recovery technology, has been selected by Statoil for the design and development of a combined casing vibration and pulling system.

The company, based in Aberdeen and Stavanger, will perform modelling and analysis followed by prototype design and testing in support of the project goals. The technology fits within Ardyne’s recently launched Casing Recovery Toolbox suite of tools and services.

The technology will initially be targeted at the North Sea. As the pioneering region for subsea well development, the North Sea has the world’s largest stock of ageing wells requiring late and end-life intervention.

8 May 2018

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