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170 new jobs as offshore group OGN lands multi-million pound contract

The good news picked up in this morning's Journal Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ogn-group-multi-million-pound-offshore-6704500

170 new jobs as offshore group OGN lands multi-million pound contract
By Aranda Rahbarkouhi - 13th February 2014


Craig Melville, Deputy CEO of OGN Group in Wallsend

A jobs boost is on the way to Tyneside after an engineering firm secured a multi-million pound contract.

The OGN group, which currently employs around 1,000 workers at its site in Hadrian Yard, Wallsend, North Tyneside , has signed a contract with international oil & gas giant ConocoPhillips.

It is understood the firm beat off competition from around the world for the work.

More than 500 of its workers will be involved in the 16-month project, which will see around 170 new jobs created. Around 25% of the work will be sub-contracted to smaller engineering firms in the North East.

Last night, it was confirmed that Wallsend-based Barrier Group, a coatings specialist, would be one of the firms to benefit. It will create more than 20 jobs.

Last week The Journal revealed a contracts delay was hitting firms in the offshore industry, with OGN among those losing out. A row between the Government and major energy firms over the nature of tax incentives has slowed down the number of new deals being agreed. While the company is, like others, still waiting for next year’s major fabrication tenders to be announced, the latest jobs news will come as a welcome boost.

OGN will build a piece of kit known as a module which weighs more than 800 tonnes and will be installed on the side of the Britannia Bridge Linked Platform (BLP) to act as additional storage for platform equipment.

Craig Melville, OGN’s chief commercial officer and deputy chief executive, said: “This project demonstrates the continuing role the North East of England has to play in the UK oil & gas industry.

“The region’s expertise in oil & gas is world-renowned and contracts such as this from a major global operator prove that the North East still has much to offer the sector.

“The reason for the module is because when you’re out at sea you only have a certain amount of floorspace, so it’s form of extension which will house equipment which will be used to process the oil and gas from a new reservoir discovered in the Alder field.”

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EnQuest contract creates new jobs at Wallsend engineering firm

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EnQuest contract creates new jobs at Wallsend engineering firm
By Aranda Rahbarkouhi - 14th February 2014


The ENQuest FPSO

A Wallsend engineering firm that was forced to slash its workforce from 500 to six during hard times has secured a major offshore contract which has created more than 20 new jobs.

Barrier Group’s six-month project with Wallsend-based OGN Group is a shot in the arm for the international coatings specialist, which is based in Willington Quay, North Tyneside, and employs 250 people at sites across the UK and abroad.

The firm, which was established in 1975, will carry out the specialist coating work, scaffolding, insulation and architectural services needed on the EnQuest Producer, a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel at OGN’s Hadrian Yard site.

Robert Bowles, group chairman of Barrier, said the contract was good news because the firm had faced hard times over the years.

He said: “When I look back to the 90s, we had over 500 working on the north bank, but when the yards closed through lack of work back in around 2000, it was quite a blow for us. We got down to six guys painting the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which was the only job we had.”

Bowles added that OGN’s support had helped the firm grow back to around 200 staff. The ambition now was to expand the workforce to over 500 again.

“We’ve completed the Apache project we were working on in the North Sea and that was fabulous for us,” he said.

“We have got so many world-beating engineering companies within a 20-mile radius of Wallsend. They just don’t get the recognition they should and too much work is being taken overseas, but I think what sets us apart in the North East is the skills.”

Bowles would ideally like to see OGN become a bigger focus for work in the North East. However he believes the oil companies have “forgotten” about the region and how good its skills base is.

“We can do it if we’re given the chance,” he said.

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H M S Calliope, South Shore Road, Gateshead - Planning Application granted for Refurbishment of the existing Royal Naval Reserve Training Unit

On Gateshead Planning Portal 17/02/14 as "Granted"

DC/13/01549/FUL

Refurbishment of the existing Royal Naval Reserve Training Unit, works including; part demolition of existing boat store, overcladding of elevations, outbuildings and roof, erection of single storey boat store extension on West elevation, construction of viewing deck on East elevation (with stair enclosure), installation of free standing rope frame and external assault course. And including entrance alterations to improve accessibility.

H M S Calliope South Shore Road Gateshead Tyne And Wear NE8 2BE

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MXSFN6HK3Y000


These pictures by myself showing the establishment as at 17/01/12, 01/04/13 and 12/09/13 - images hosted on Photobucket













This link to document (from the Planning Documents) states what is to happen to the building https://myservice.gateshead.gov.uk/Planning/StreamDocPage/obj.pdf?DocNo=15650225&PageNo=1&content=obj.pdf

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Better than whats there I guess.

I think its great to have a Royal Naval presence on the Quayside, and long may it continue.

However, It is blocking future redevelopment of the Gateshead side, and is stopping a circular route each side of the river between Millennium and Swing Bridge.

CPO and relocation paid for in Section 106 agreement, to another location on the Quayside. RN will probably drag their heels sadly.
 

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Gateshead side of Tyne, riverbank collapse west of metro bridge, - condition on 20/02/14

Oh dear, opposite side of Metro and King Edward bridge from the rebuilt segment:

The above post is 493 from 02/05/13 when first appearance of "distress"

These photographs of mine from north side of river to show location of and state of the area on Thursday 20/02/14 at approx 1630 (images hosted on Photobucket)









and this to show the situation with previous wall rebuild



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East Quay 5

All of the scaffolding is now down on this now fully refurbished office accommodation.

2013/1099/01/DET | Alterations to window louvres and cladding panels to west elevation | East Quay 5 Saint Anns Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2BH

Reference 2013/1099/01/DET
Alternative Reference PP-02791826
Application Received Fri 26 Jul 2013
Address East Quay 5 Saint Anns Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2BH
Proposal Alterations to window louvres and cladding panels to west elevation
Status Granted Conditionally
http://publicaccess.newcastle.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?previousCaseUprn=004510061278&previousCaseType=Property&previousKeyVal=001VVKBSLI000&activeTab=summary&previousCaseNumber=001VVKBSBU000&keyVal=MQJR1YBSG7L00

Currently being advertised for let by GVA @ http://propertylink.estatesgazette.com/property-details/5439833-freehold-or-leasehold-newcastle-upon-tyne-office-property

East Quay 5 is strategically positioned at the eastern gatway to Newcastle Quayside at the junction of City Road (A186) and St Ann's Street and forms a landmark building at the entrance to the city centre. East Quay 5 is an exciting new office building in a prime position at the eastern gateway to Quayside. Dramatic design and superb location combine to make this one of Newcastle's best new office developments. Available for immediate occupation.

- Feature reception area accessed from St Ann's Street
- Full height high performance floor to ceiling glazing to the whole of the curved facade
- Suspended ceilings and raised floors
- VRV heating and cooling, BREEAM rating - Very Good
- 68 car parking spaces allocated within St Anns multi-storey car park

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Film gives an insight into Tyneside kittiwake colony

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Film gives an insight into Tyneside kittiwake colony
By Tony Henderson - 12th March 2014



A Tyneside film maker is hoping success breeds success when he launches his latest production tonight.

Earlier this month, Cain Scrimgeour from Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, won the promotion/commercial prize at the Royal Television Society North East awards.

The accolade was for his time lapse film on the starry skies above Northumberland National Park, which helped win the area international Dark Sky Park status.

Tonight, Cain’s new film on the Tyne’s nesting kittiwakes will be given a first showing as part of a drive to safeguard the Newcastle bird colony. Cain, 23, will be speaking at the 7.30pm public event at the Star and Shadow cinema on Stepney Bank in Newcastle.

It has been organised by Northumberland Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Kittiwake Partnership.

A grant towards making the film was given by the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club, where Cain has been a member since the age of 14.

About 800 pairs of kittiwakes nest along the Tyne, with 600 on the Tyne Bridge, Baltic arts centre and other buildings on the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides,

The birds are due back this month from their winter at sea and are a big attraction for many people.

But there have also been complaints about the noise and mess from the colony.

The Kittiwake Partnership was formed to seek solutions which will allow the birds to continue nesting in what is the furthest inland colony in the world.

Cain filmed the birds last year from their arrival to nest building, egg laying and fledging of youngsters.

“One of the aims of the film is to highlight the kittiwakes and open people’s eyes to what stunning birds they are,” said Cain.

“We should be really proud of the fact that we have this colony.”
 

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I'm probably alone here but I wish they could be banished, they're like sky rats, I don't really see much difference between those and seagulls and I don't see everyone loving those. They make a right mess of the bridge and surrounding areas and drag the area down.
 

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I'm probably alone here but I wish they could be banished, they're like sky rats, I don't really see much difference between those and seagulls and I don't see everyone loving those. They make a right mess of the bridge and surrounding areas and drag the area down.

You are not alone. It's a disgrace that these 'things' are allowed to damage a beautiful piece of engineering.
 

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I'm probably alone here but I wish they could be banished, they're like sky rats, I don't really see much difference between those and seagulls and I don't see everyone loving those. They make a right mess of the bridge and surrounding areas and drag the area down.
You are not alone. It's a disgrace that these 'things' are allowed to damage a beautiful piece of engineering.
I'm with you guys, they re corroding the bridge, [email protected] on pedestrians, costing the council a fortune in cleaning and maintenance. They're not exactly native.

Perhaps NCC might consider the Tom Lehrer approach....

 

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I'm not with you on this, I love the Kittiwakes, and yes, they are a native species, just not normally so far from the coast.

If you'll forgive a bit of reductio ad absurdum, perhaps you'll be suggesting next electrocuting those invasive salmon that dare to swim up our lovely river or shoot down any pesky Arctic Terns that threaten our precious airspace.
 

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I'm not with you on this, I love the Kittiwakes, and yes, they are a native species, just not normally so far from the coast.
Ergo they are not at all native to the city, in fact they are a recent arrival.

If you'll forgive a bit of reductio ad absurdum, perhaps you'll be suggesting next electrocuting those invasive salmon that dare to swim up our lovely river or shoot down any pesky Arctic Terns that threaten our precious airspace.
Slightly absurd as the salmon are in the river and thus unlikely to cause a nuisance in the same way as the birds, but for completeness, yes if the Salmon started wrecking the bridge, [email protected] on passers by and costing the council a pile of money I'd throw the switch myself.

As to the arctic turns I don't know enough about them, but if they were to suddenly replace the kittiwakes 1 for 1 and be equally incontinent I'd be loading the 12 bore.

I'm not suggesting shooting them, rather that it might be a nice idea to make the bridge as inhospitable as possible.
 

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I'm probably alone here but I wish they could be banished, they're like sky rats, I don't really see much difference between those and seagulls and I don't see everyone loving those. They make a right mess of the bridge and surrounding areas and drag the area down.
One thing I did see recently was a plan by the Port of Tyne Authority to install a 'Kittiwake Hotel' as apart of their proposed extension's to the east of their current site - on the former McNulty Ship Repair Yard.
 

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One thing I did see recently was a plan by the Port of Tyne Authority to install a 'Kittiwake Hotel' as apart of their proposed extension's to the east of their current site - on the former McNulty Ship Repair Yard.
There's also the tower on the south side. I don't know about about them to know if they automatically more somewhere congenial or they need a push. I really don't think they add to the environment under/around the bridge - it stinks towards the end of a cleaning 'interval'.
 

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There was a rather 'loose' bowelled kittiwake about on Thursday. An unlucky lady slid (it was that bad) and bashed her head causing a rather nasty wound.

I assisted and call for an ambulance and she asked me to ring her employer to let them know. Said employer, Browell Smith and Co...I can neither confirm or deny they chased her ambulance up to the RVI
 

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There was a rather 'loose' bowelled kittiwake about on Thursday. An unlucky lady slid (it was that bad) and bashed her head causing a rather nasty wound.

I assisted and call for an ambulance and she asked me to ring her employer to let them know. Said employer, Browell Smith and Co...I can neither confirm or deny they chased her ambulance up to the RVI
It's a [email protected] making sure you ve issued proceedings against the right bird. They all have the same address...
 
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