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To support a global oil industry heavily impacted by the drop in oil prices and the Covid-19 outbreak, Norwegian SurplusHub has decided to offer industry players the opportunity to market their surplus oil and gas equipment free-of-charge at its global online equipment portal.

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Aberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC), a specialist rig inspection company, has launched a resilience audit to help the global oil and gas industry maintain safe operations by protecting against the spread of COVID-19 on offshore installations.

As part of the national commitment to keep the UK’s critical infrastructure operational at this uncertain time, two blue chip oil and gas companies and a major medical gas provider have recently engaged Servelec Controls to upgrade safety systems, undertake functional safety assessments and provide expanded support for their assets.

Rovco, one of the offshore energy industry’s leading providers of ROV and hydrographic services coupled with artificial intelligence-based technology, has been awarded a long-term contract by CWind for subsea work on the East Anglia ONE offshore wind project.

Fugro has announced it has secured an initial 3-year contract with Well-Safe Solutions, a UK-based offshore well decommissioning service provider. Fugro will deliver its integrated marine-based solution onboard the Well-Safe Guardian rig, Well-Safe Solutions’ bespoke semi-submersible unit for executing subsea well decommissioning work.

DFA Media, organiser of Drives & Controls Exhibition and co-located shows, has been actively monitoring and following advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) over the past weeks. It has been decided that Drives & Controls Exhibition and its co-located events will be postponed and rescheduled for 25th-27th January 2021, which will take place alongside MACH Exhibition.

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Editor's Comment 

This unprecedented period in all our lives has highlighted the importance of UK manufacturing to not only the economic prosperity of our country but also the societal significance of the sector. The Prime Minister’s recent call on the UK’s manufacturers to help step up production of vital medical equipment, such as ventilators illustrates this. Responding to coronavirus and reducing the spread of the peak requires a national effort, and UK manufacturers are rising to the task in ways that were never thought feasible.

The Royal Academy of Engineering has highlighted that one key aspect of addressing the damaging shortage of engineering skills in the UK economy is reducing both gender and race inequality. Despite some movement in this area the Academy says that there remains much to be done to achieve gender equality in engineering careers.

When watching films or TV shows of a certain vintage, one can’t help noticing how ubiquitous the street phone booth was for everyday ‘real-time’ communication. And there seemed to be an awful lot of paper on desks in episodes of The Bill, accompanied by the incessant clatter of manual typewriters. Needless to say, things have moved on in leaps and bounds from a technological perspective in today’s business and social world (maybe except for the reams of paper that still seem to be on quite a few office desks).

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