Petrofac oil chief moves to new job at Three-60 Energy

Walter Thain
Walter Thain

Three-60 Energy, a newly formed oil field service company backed by Simmons Private Equity, has appointed veteran Petrofac oil contractor Walter Thain as its new chief executive.

He will be responsible for supporting the strategic growth of recently acquired Step Change Engineering, adding further acquisitions and leading the development of overall life cycle support services capability in the North Sea.

Thain has 28 years oil and gas industry experience and was most recently joins Petrofac Managing Director, West for Engineering & Production Services.


Xodus wins £5m new in oil and renewable engineering contracts

Oil and renewable energy engineering consultancy Xodus Group has won £5 million worth of field development work over the past twelve months – which most recently includes two projects by Apache for its Storr and Seagull developments.

For Storr, Xodus will initially complete a conceptual assessment to streamline the options under consideration before embarking on the FEED for the selected option.

The second award was for subsea engineering associated with the Seagull development.

These projects coincide with the recent award of the company’s 10,000th assignment – a subsea front-end engineering and design project in the North Sea.

Steve Swindell, Managing Director of Xodus Group – who co-founded the company in 2005 – commented: “We built our reputation on our field development expertise in the early days and we are now a much more rounded company working in integrity, renewables and decommissioning.”


Piper Alpha inquiry judge to speak at oil safety conference

The judge who chaired the public inquiry into the Piper Alpha North Sea oil disaster will deliver the keynote address at an offshore safety conference in Aberdeen next month .

Lord Cullen will tell Safety 30 – organised by Oil & Gas UK and the International Regulators’ Forum with Step Change in Safety – that there is much to be learnt from the fundamental reasons for past major accidents, whatever the differences in conditions, today or in the future

All too often there had been signs of danger which had not been recognised – or acted upon – to prevent those accidents or limit their extent, Lord Cullen will say in his address, using references from eight past accidents, including Piper Alpha.

22 May 2018

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