Oxfordshire Science Park to Create 1,000 Jobs

Culham Science Park in Oxfordshire is set to expand, with up to 1,000 new science and technology jobs.

Three new research labs and office space have been discussed at the Abingdon site, and a planning application has been sent to the council. The 1,000 jobs include skilled and unskilled workers, including the construction of the new buildings and the scientists then working in them once they have been completed.

The created jobs are set to expand the workforce at the Science Park by 50%, to near 3,000. Should planning permission be granted, private companies will be invited to move operations to the park, before construction begins. Currently with 2,000 staff and 45 companies, the Culham Science Park is part of Science Vale UK, which includes two other Oxfordshire sites employing over 10,000 people between them. The expanding of the Abingdon site can only boost the area’s scientific centre credentials further.

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Shale oil “to boost world economy”

Oil and gas jobsThe BBC have reported that Shale oil production could boost the world economy by up to $2.7tn (£1.7tn) by 2035, according to a report.

The report said that the boost would be due to significantly lower oil prices as the world taps into the energy held in shale rock, cutting costs faced by businesses and consumers. Shale oil production could surge to 14 million barrels per day, or as much as 12% of total oil output from around 1 percent now.

Shale oil and gas have emerged as a viable way to boost energy supplies. However, there are concerns over the process by which the gas is extracted, known as fracking. It has been linked to minor earthquakes, and there are concerns about its impact on the environment.


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BiFab win a Premier Oil contract creating 350 jobs

The BBC has reported that Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) has secured a £145 million North Sea oil and gas contract with Premier Oil which will bring around 350 jobs to the Fife area.

The contract involves BiFab constructing both a 3500 tonne topside module and 8000 tonne jacket for Premier Oil’s Solan development west of Shetland.  BiFab will create structures for the platform at its Methil, Burntisland and Arnish yards, as Premier Oil develops its Solan oil field, west of Shetland.

The Solan field is expected to produce about 40 million barrels of oil, with an estimated initial production rate of 24,000 barrels of oil per day from the fourth quarter of 2014.

The contract is due for completion in April 2014 and will create a total of 350 jobs, with around 40 being based at BiFab’s Arnish yard on the Isle of Lewis.


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Good news for gas industry as DECC advise that “fracking” should continue

The BBC News reported that the DECC have said that the gas extraction technique “fracking” should continue but with stricter conditions.

The technique “fracking” involves pumping water and chemicals into shale rock at high pressure to extract gas. The government sees shale gas as a valuable energy resource for the future.

Last year the company Cuadrillla had to stop fracking at its site the Bowland Basin in Lancashire as it was thought that it had caused seismic events in the area. The process was to be reviewed by the DECC, however the DECC expert review published yesterday concludes that it is safe to resume hydraulic fracturing provided that the recommended operating procedures are followed.

Cuadrilla’s Chief Executive Mark Miller said: We are pleased that the experts have come to a clear conclusion that it is safe to allow us to resume hydraulic fracturing, following the procedures outlined in the review.

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Shell Profits Allow For New Projects

The BBC has reported that oil and gas giant Shell recorded a 77% rise in profits in the second quarter of 2011.

The $8 billion profit is roughly double that of the same period in 2010, with the company attributing this to sales of assets in the first half of the year, amounting to $4 billion.

The sales were said to be a “key driver” in the reduction of costs and improvement of operating performance throughout the business. Shell has disclosed that production is down in the second quarter, though it also said that three large scale projects are beginning, increasing European imports and hopefully creating jobs. Chief Executive Peter Voser says that the “new projects should drive [Shell’s] financial performance in the coming quarters.”

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Have you met our Durham Office Manager, Barney?


Barney is the Manager of CK Science’s Durham office and he’s been with us for six years.

Barney has an interesting background, having previously been a Marine Biologist and a Fishers Obersever in the South Atlantic.

If you are looking for a new career, or staff within the Chemical Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Food or Waste and Environmental industries, Barney is the man you need to speak to. You can contact him on 0191 3848905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.

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Microbiologist Job (Oil & Gas, Analytical)-Scotland

Our client provides analytical services to the chemical and oil & gas industry. They require a Microbiologist to join their busy laboratory in Scotland.

As Microbiologist, you will be responsible for test and analysis of oil and water under UKAS standards and also the collection of samples from a range of sites.

The ideal candidate for this Microbiologist position will be qualified to minimum HNC/HND level in microbiology or possess equivalent industrial experience and hold a current driving licence as you will need to be able to visit sites at short notice. Previous experience of analysing oil or water samples would also be useful.


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For more information, or to apply for this Microbiologist position, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20802 in all correspondence.


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Shell to Cut a Further 1,000 Jobs


As reported in the Telegraph, Shell, a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies, are now planning to cut another 1,000 oil jobs on top of the 5,000 job losses already announced.

Tuesday saw the announcement that the oil company’s full year results indicating their performance was worse than their rival BP’s, sparking plans to embark on $1bn programme of further costs cuts on top of the $2bn identified last year. The company is also planning to sell around 15pc of its refineries which convert crude oil into petroleum products.

Refineries set to be closed include:

  • Shell’s last UK refinery and producer of 15pc of the country’s pertrol – Stanlow, Cheshire.
  • Montreal refineries.
  • German refineries.

Operations under review include:

  • New Zealand
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama
  • Sweden

Speaking of the full-year results, Peter Voser, Chief Executive of the oil company, stated, “Our downstream business [refining and retail] is in the toughest refining environment we’ve seen in decades. Margins were squeezed by increasing oil prices on the one hand and weak demand from our customers on the other.”

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M&I Operations Manager based NE/NW

Are you an experienced Instrumentation Engineer looking for the next step in your career?

A Measurement and Instrumentation Operations Manager post has arisen at a well-established and highly reputable global company within the oil, gas and petrochemical sector. You will be responsible for leading the efficient delivery of measurement and instrumentation and OFGEM services from 3 sites based in the North West and North East.

This Operations Manager role will provide you with an opportunity to play a pivotal role in the business development of measurement and calibration services through close liaison with new and existing clients.

Using your experience in measurement and calibration you will be instrumental in:

– Driving business performance in order to maximise revenue

– Identifying business opportunities

– Maintaining a mature customer portfolio

– Developing new business relationships

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or possess equivalent industrial experience, and working knowledge of H&S and quality systems is desirable.

If you believe you are the right person for the job, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 3222095 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk quoting reference DH18766. Alternatively, to apply, click here.

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Scottish Oil Discovery Boosts Shares in Faroe and Dana

Shares in Faroe Petroleum (FPM) and Dana Petroleum (DMX) have enjoyed a boost of 6.3 percent to their share price after the Atlantic Margin, North Sea and Norway-focused explorer announced an oil discovery at the Tornado exploration project, west of Shetland. The well discovered oil and gas in Tertiary reservoir sandstones, and data collection is currently ongoing. As a result, Dana Petroleum saw its shares rise by almost 3%, whilst shares in Faroe Petroleum got a 6% boost. Dana’s chief executive, Tom Cross, stated: “The discovery of hydrocarbons at Tornado is an important result as it lies in an area of the UK Continental Shelf where Dana and Faroe Petroleum have very strong positions as the key independents. We look forward to the sidetrack well to determine the ultimate size of this new field.” This indicates that the discovery may open up a new area for the duo with the potential to create many new jobs in the oil and gas industry in Scotland. To view our current job vacancies in Scotland, please click here.

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