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Oil leak news

Posted in And thus the Mystery was solved Watson!, Engineering with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2010 by awickerman

The unspeakably evil foreigners from American oil firm Chevron have slightly polluted the North Sea and almost killed billions of people through shear evil… is how this post would have started if I wished to lower myself to the level of an American politician or journalist.

As it is there’s been a slight cockup at a Chevron rig in the North Sea and everyone had to be evacuated. There was a leak but the prevention system worked so it wasn’t that big and everyone made it off, as I type serious bearded types are poking at the rig to work out what happened and will report in due time. If something is found and if it’s gross negligence I might expect a moderate fine and a few unpleasantly detailed inspections of Chevron’s other rigs, however I would be surprised if the head of the HSE launches a blanket attack on all American oil firms or the PM and all main political parties demand vast piles of cash from Chevron to piss up the wall as they see fit.

On a slightly more serious note I am reluctantly forced to tip my hat to the HSE’s North Sea division. Like most people I’ve experienced awful and counter-productive health and safety and questioned the paternity of those responsible for the entire concept, however the contrast between the North Sea and the situation in the Gulf of Mexico reminds me of what happens if you go too far the other way. I still wont forgive them for shit like this though.


Regional Weighting

Posted in Alas the Mystery Remains Holmes, Tenuous Link of the Day with tags , , , , on May 12, 2010 by awickerman

For reasons best known to the Institution of Civil Engineer, but probably involving money, they keep sending me job adverts for completely unsuitable roles. Today it was working as a diving inspector in the North Sea for the HSE, hence I ended up here out of curiosity.

Idly looking at a few jobs I discovered this marvellous line;

Aberdeen posts will receive an additional Aberdeen allowance of £5,000 p.a. rising to £10,000 in October 2010.

This doesn’t just apply to jobs off-shore, there are other allowances and bonuses for that, this is just for any job in Aberdeen.

I mean I know “The Granite City” is a grim and miserable place, but is it really any worse than the rest of Scotland? Sure the suicide rate is more than triple the UK average, but by Scottish standards Aberdeenshire isn’t that bad, not compared to say Glasgow or the Highlands.

You might argue this is a cost of living adjustment, but that clearly isn’t the case as they are advertising nationwide based jobs all on the same pay scale and you cannot argue the cost of living in the Norwich, Cardiff and Basingstoke is the same.

Thus I am left to conclude this is a misery allowance, a significant extra payment to overcome the horror of having to live in Aberdeen. And frankly they will deserve every penny.

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