Unite and GMB members voted strongly for an official strike action ballot over shift and pay grievances, Reuters said. A GMB spokesman said an electoral register will be compiled.

Economist Guido Mantega resigned as president of the board of directors at Petrobras on March 23.  Luciano Galvão Coutinho was elected president. He has been a board member since 2008.

​Experts from IBM, which also addresses human capital challenges, say now is the time for companies to devise strategies to regain lost talent and attract more.

Royal Dutch Shell is cutting about 250 UK North Sea operations staff and agency contractors, Reuters said. In August, 250 were cut. Other large E&Ps cut their North Sea staff.

Most recently, Eskil Jersing headed new ventures and was co-head of M&A at Petrobras in Rotterdam. He has 29 years' experience in exploration, new ventures, strategy planning and business development. 

Opedal will be responsible the corporate improvement programs and for driving operational efficiency across Statoil’s business areas.

There was a small fire on the floating production vessel serving BG Group, Norwegian authorities said Tuesday. Knarr produced first oil last week and can produce 63 Mbbl/d, Reuters said.

Several batches of overlapping business lines will be unloaded to win U.S. Justice Department approval for their $34.6 billion combination, according to people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg said.

Brazilian petroleum regulator ANP shut the platform March 18 after an inspection found safety problems, Reuters said. The platform produced 106 Mboe/d of natural gas and oil in January.

Unite and GMB are gauging the mood for strike action among U.K. North Sea workers, Reuters said. About 3,000 Offshore Contractors Association workers have grievances on shift changes, sick pay and pensions.

Around 150 to 200 employees and contractors will be laid off, Talisman spokesman Brent Anderson said, and employees will be notified beginning this week, Reuters said.

Saudi Arabia’s shale development could replace the equivalent of 900 Mbbl/d of crude and fuel oil used for electricity. Saudi Aramco's LinkedIn ad for a shale-experienced petroleum engineer drew 160 applicants in a month, Reuters said. 

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