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There is still time to shine a spotlight on the people and companies doing their best for offshore health and safety after organisers extended the deadline for entries to this year’s Offshore Safety Awards.

The closing date for nominations to the event – organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor – has been extended to 12 noon on Friday 2 June.

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “We had a really high calibre of entries to our awards when they were held, in their new format, for the first time last year. We’re seeing the same again this year and wish to ensure as many people as possible can submit their entries before judging gets underway in June.”

Les Linklater, Executive Director of Step Change in Safety, said: “The Offshore Safety Awards are all about sharing and learning from the success of others. This is something our industry is embracing and we are really trying to encourage as many people as possible to participate and nominate in this year’s awards. We know there are some amazing organisations and individuals out there who are hugely successful in the safety space and we want to hear from them, and celebrate their achievements.”

There are six categories in the Awards – open to all companies and organisations operating in or involved with UK offshore operations – and they are:

  • Sharing and Learning
  • Workforce Engagement
  • Innovation in Safety
  • Safety Representative of the Year
  • Safety Leadership
  • Operational Integrity

A panel of judges and those attending the awards will decide the winner of each category at the interactive event which takes place on Wednesday 23 August at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Following the announcement by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK that first oil has begun to flow from the Shaw  field, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said:

“This is a tremendous achievement by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK and their commitment to the North Sea is very welcome indeed.

“This is a major redevelopment in an area of the North Sea that has been producing for many years. It combines new and mature field activities that will extend the Montrose area’s productive life and demonstrates the potential that can still flow from the UK Continental Shelf with the right investment.

“At the project’s inception, HM Treasury worked closely with the industry to begin to make the tax regime more competitive. Since then, the tax regime for this basin has improved substantially and is now one of the most fiscally competitive in the world. We look forward to more investment of the kind announced today in order to unlock the billions of barrels of oil and gas that we believe this basin still holds.”

The trade body for the UK oil and gas industry has written to the Prime Minister highlighting research findings that assess the potential impact and opportunities of Brexit on the sector.

The study – commissioned by Oil & Gas UK – looked at the possible cost of trade for the sector and illustrates where the UK sector’s workforce comes from.

On trade costs, the data shows that:

  • Around £73 billion worth of oil and gas related trade (fuel and non-fuel) flows between the UK and the rest of world
  • Approximately £61 billion of this is related to traded goods, which may be subject to tariffs (services account for the remaining £12 billion)
  • Under the current ‘status-quo’ scenario with the UK as part of the EU, the total cost of this trade in goods is around £600 million per annum (less than 2% of the total value of trade subject to tariffs)
  • Under a worst-case scenario where the UK reverts to WTO rules with the EU and the rest of the world, the likely cost of trade will almost double to around £1.1 billion per annum; assuming trading behaviours remain unchanged
  • If the UK can negotiate minimal tariffs with the EU and improved tariffs with the rest of the world, the total cost of trade could fall by around £100 million per annum to £500 million

On labour movement, the data shows:

  • Of those directly employed by the oil and gas industry in the UK, 90% are UK national, 5% are EU workers from countries other than the UK and 5% are non-EU
  • Around 70% of the EU workers in the industry are skilled, with one in two holding managerial roles
  • Oil & Gas UK understands that these skilled roles filled by EU workers are often critical for projects and asks Government to consider these posts when developing domestic immigration policy.

To minimise any Brexit cost burden and to secure beneficial trading conditions, Oil & Gas UK recommends the UK Government prioritises the following during negotiations:

  • Frictionless access to markets and labour
  • Maintaining a strong voice in Europe
  • Protecting energy trading and the internal energy market

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “Oil & Gas UK is an apolitical organisation representing a large and diverse membership where there will be a variety of views.  While the trade body can’t take a position on Brexit, we commissioned the research because we need to understand the possible impact on our industry – and the possible opportunities – from exiting the EU.

“We also identified other EU policy issues as critical to the oil and gas industry and will require negotiation with European counterparts, as well as discussions at the domestic level between Government, regulators and industry during the Brexit process.

“During the global industry downturn, our industry has continued to focus on increasing its production efficiency, and on its unit operating costs which have improved by almost 50%.

“We are becoming a more globally competitive industry, but we continue to be very sensitive to any additional burdens either in relation to cost, or restrictions on the movement of key personnel required for critical operations.

“There are still up to 20 billion barrels of oil and gas to recover from the UKCS and, if properly supported, our already world-class supply chain could double its turnover by 2035.

“Oil & Gas UK would welcome discussions with Government officials to outline industry’s concerns and opportunities and help identify a path forward during Brexit negotiations.

“Our request of Government is that any change, whether domestic or European, is managed in a manner that minimises risk to the oil and gas industry and provides predictability and clarity wherever possible, through constructive dialogue and consultation.”

The letter was sent to the Prime Minister on Monday.

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Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK.  Contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected].

The hunt begins again for the men, women and companies going the extra mile for safety in the UK oil and gas industry. 

Individuals and businesses from across the sector are being encouraged to enter this year’s Offshore Safety Awards taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on August 23.

Jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor, the annual safety awards celebrate the people and companies striving to make the UK Continental Shelf as safe as possible.

Nominations for the six categories have opened with a new addition of the Operational Integrity Award –  which recognises a company’s understanding and effective application of risk management in delivering safe operations.

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said:

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK

“All the winners and finalists in 2016 were extremely worthy and demonstrated high standards and excellent work in promoting safety in their own workplace and across the industry. We look forward to seeing this year’s entries and hope to attract even more people and workplaces where their efforts are having a positive impact on the sector.”

The awards – hosted in a theatre-style ceremony – will see the audience participating in the judging. Finalists will film video selfies and explain on the day what they have been doing to contribute toward safety.

Les Linklater, Executive Director with Step Change in Safety, said: “The offshore and onshore workforce is key to the prevention of major accidents and we should celebrate their hard work and dedication to safety – that’s what is at the heart of Offshore Safety Awards.

“The ceremony also gives the industry an opportunity to share and learn from one another, while also honouring and recognising the important people who play their part in continually improving our safety performance.

“Last year’s award ceremony was well received and we look forward to hosting the next one in August.”

All entries must be submitted by 26 May with the finalists being announced at the end of June.  The categories in the Offshore Safety Awards are:

Mick Borwell with some of last year’s winners.

•        Safety Leadership – for an inspirational leader who motivates and engages their team to work safely.
•        Safety Representative of the Year – for an enthusiastic and committed safety rep that is driving the safety agenda at their worksite.
•        Innovation in Safety – for a company which has put in place a clever process or technique to improve safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite.
•        Workforce Engagement – for an individual or team which has actively embraced engagement with its workers on safety matters, showing how a commitment to worker involvement in safety has contributed to an improvement in safety performance.
•        Operational Integrity –  for an individual or team which has delivered increased efficiency or understanding of risk by putting in place sensible and proportionate risk management solution(s).
•        Sharing and Learning – for an individual/team or company that can demonstrate a learning and sharing culture either within their organisation, or who has made a significant contribution to health and safety through active participation in, or engagement with Oil & Gas UK or Step Change in Safety.

For full details on the categories and how to enter, please visit: www.offshoresafetyawards.com

 

Welcoming today’s announcement (31 January) that Shell has agreed to sell a package of UK North Sea assets to Chrysaor in a multi-billion pound deal, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“This is a very significant deal and signals a strong vote of confidence in the future of the UK Continental Shelf and the focus on maximising economic recovery.

“With these acquisitions, Chrysaor becomes a leading independent oil and gas company in the UK and one of its largest producers on an equity basis. Maintaining a diversity of operators in the region is crucial and we welcome Shell’s continued significant presence here as well as the arrival of new companies like Chrysaor.

“We also welcome Chrysaor’s intent to explore and invest in its new portfolio; this sends positive signals about the opportunities the UK’s offshore oil and gas basin has to offer.

“This region still has the potential to yield many more millions of barrels of hydrocarbons, helping to meet the country’s primary energy needs, secure jobs and generate wealth for the economy.

“Following on from similar deals in recent months, the new activity that this transaction could generate will be good news for the sector’s supply chain across the UK, which has been severely impacted by the downturn.”

 

 

Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Government’s consultation on its Energy Strategy, Oil & Gas UK’s CEO Deirdre Michie said:

“I welcome the Scottish Government’s recognition that oil and gas has an important part to play in Scotland’s energy mix going forward and that it is committed to supporting the policy of maximising economic recovery of the remaining hydrocarbons on the UK continental shelf.

“As we decarbonise towards 2050 and beyond, this sector can continue to make a significant contribution to Scotland’s economy.

“We support 330,000 jobs in the UK, 45 percent of which are in Scotland and many of which are highly skilled.

“The North East is a centre of excellence in areas such as subsea engineering, with potential to substantially grow the exports of supply chain goods and services, which in 2014 generated revenues of £16 billion for the UK economy.”

Oil & Gas UK in consultation with its members will respond in due course to today’s Energy Strategy and the recently published Climate Change Draft Plan.

In welcoming the publication of the UK Government’s green paper “Building our Industrial Strategy”, Oil & Gas UK’s CEO Deirdre Michie said:

“We look forward to contributing to the consultation on the Industrial Strategy to ensure that Government policy recognises and supports the importance of the vital upstream sector to the UK.  We are developers of cutting edge technology, providing highly skilled jobs, helping to power the nation and exporting to the world.  Furthermore, with up to an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil and gas to recover, the UK offshore oil and gas industry still has enormous potential to drive this country’s growth.

“The sector has contributed over £330 billion in corporate taxes since production began and currently still supports around 330,000 jobs across the UK.  Our supply chain is worth almost £30 billion and around 40 per cent of this is made up from exports.

“We welcome the focus on growing productivity, innovation and research and on managing the skills challenge.  As a UK wide industry, with hubs from Shetland to Southampton, we also welcome the focus on regionalisation.

“We firmly believe that the UK needs a strong and vital indigenous oil and gas industry underpinning the UK’s economic prosperity.

“The current industry downturn is extremely challenging for many of our members and we believe the industrial strategy can be a lever to ensure that this economic success story survives and continues to underpin the UK’s economic prosperity.

“Oil & Gas UK will coordinate industry and stakeholders in building a case for a sector deal that help towards that aim, deepening and developing centres of excellence from technology and decommissioning to subsea.”

 

The Offshore Helicopter Safety Leadership Group (OHSLG) is a tripartite group established through the amalgamation of the CAA’s Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group (OHSAG) and Step Change in Safety’s Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG).  It is jointly chaired by John McColl (CAA) and Mark Abbey (CHC).  Step Change in Safety act as the secretariat for the group and Oil & Gas UK is among the members.

Offshore Helicopter Safety Leadership Group, said: “This morning Sikorsky released an Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) for the S-92 requiring a onetime visual inspection of the Tail Rotor Pitch Change Shaft and Bearing assembly on the world wide S92 fleet prior to the next flight.

“This precautionary inspection is not a grounding, and will allow helicopter operators to carry out the request, which is additional to current routine inspections.  The Sikorsky ASB is mandatory and so will be complied with by helicopter operators worldwide, and requires operators to undertake:

 

  • One-off inspections of the tail rotor and bearing assemblies before the next flight.
  • A specific check of Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data for each aircraft HUMS will detect early indications of any sign of failure. The operators will have completed the checks on all the aircraft by midday tomorrow (Wednesday 11th January, 2017). It is expected that during the next 24 hours there will be a phased return of aircraft following full return to service testing.

“Clearly the priority is to ensure that both passengers and crew are safe and it is important to maintain a precautionary stance in what is an ongoing investigation. As we receive information we will deliver it to our members, clients and the workforce.”

 

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK

 

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Director with Oil & Gas UK, said:

“This is the expected response from a helicopter manufacturer when a potential problem has been identified. It is a precautionary measure to ensure the continued safe transportation of the workforce.  There will be some short term disruption to operations while these checks are carried out but every possible step will be taken to minimise that. We will continue to monitor events. We support any steps being taken to further ensure the safe travel of the UK offshore workforce.”

 

A new publication to help guide the growing use offshore of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – also known as drones – has been published by Oil & Gas UK.

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Management Standards and Guidelines were developed by a work group set up by the trade body, involving industry and aviation safety experts, plus UAS operators.

Mick Borwell, health, safety and environment director with Oil & Gas UK, explained: “A small but increasing number of oil and gas operators are using UAS for inspections predominantly, but also for aerial photography, surveying and security.

“The technology is particularly attractive for its use in improving safety. For example, sending unmanned aircraft instead of people into confined spaces to conduct inspections reduces risk, and is also effective and efficient.  We expect their usage to grow.”

The new guidelines aim to achieve consistency with the high safety and operating standards already adopted on the UK Continental Shelf for offshore oil and gas production and helicopter flight operations.

“The intention is to encourage offshore operators planning on using this emerging technology to think about the whole operating and safety system offshore and not just the air vehicle,” said Mr Borwell.

“The guidelines have evolved from lessons learned in recent years and provide information about best practice, procedures and the certification needed to be compliant with UAS regulations. They are an important piece of work addressing the application of a new technology to the offshore environment which will help to ensure operations on the North Sea remain as safe as they can be.”

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Management Standards and Guidelines can be downloaded from the Oil & Gas UK website  and are free to members and £60 to non-members.

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. For more information contact Communications Adviser Jennifer Phillips on [email protected] or 01224 577279.

Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive said:
“We are pleased to hear the Chancellor re-commit to HM Treasury’s Driving Investment plan today. This sends a strong signal to investors that the government recognises that the UK oil and gas tax regime needs to be predictable and internationally competitive.

“Today’s Treasury forecasts show our industry will be contributing £10 billion more in production taxes over the next five years than was previously expected. While this can be attributed in part to changes in commodity prices and exchange rates it also reflects the significant work of industry to make our operations more efficient and to increase production.

“Our industry can make a vital contribution in delivering the Chancellor’s ambitions for the economy and the government’s industrial strategy. We are developers of cutting edge technology, providing highly skilled jobs, helping power to the nation and exporting to the world.

“We will continue to work with Treasury on the important issue of decommissioning tax relief, key to stimulating investment and activity for the supply chain which we hope to see resolved by the 2017 Budget.

“The sector is still in urgent need of fresh investment and we need government to keep working with us to ensure a competitive business environment.”

A new report forecasts a gradual but steady rise in offshore oil and gas decommissioning in the UK and Norway over the next ten years, with activity growing from a market worth over £2 billion in 2015.

Decommissioning Insight 2016, is launched today (15 November) by Oil & Gas UK, the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, at an industry conference on decommissioning in St Andrews, sponsored by Aberdeen Harbour Board.

The report is the first survey of both the UK and Norwegian decommissioning markets and provides the most comprehensive picture to date of anticipated activity in these two countries between now and 2025.

It confirms that decommissioning is a growing, if still emerging, market, despite low oil prices continuing to challenge the economics of the more mature offshore assets around the North Sea.

Total decommissioning expenditure in the UK and Norway last year was £2.1 billion, compared with just under £1.6 billion in 2014, and represented 5 per cent of total industry expenditure, compared with 2 per cent in 2010.

The total amount forecast to be spent on decommissioning on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) between now and 2025 is £17.6 billion up from £16.9 billion for 2015-2024.

Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, said: “With low oil prices continuing, you might expect decommissioning to be a key focus for the sector in the years ahead, however we are not witnessing a rush to decommission.

“Different factors are at play and the picture is much more complex. Some companies are deferring cessation of production as field life has been extended by sustained efficiency improvements; others are delaying activity due to cash-flow constraints; while elsewhere, companies may be expediting decommissioning to take advantage of falling costs in the current downturn.”

While 52 new projects appear for the first time in this year’s report, most of these have been a long time in the planning. Over the next decade, there are more than 100 platforms forecast for complete or partial removal from both the UK and Norwegian continental shelves. Over 1,800 wells are scheduled to be plugged and abandoned and around 7,500 km of pipeline is forecast to be decommissioned.

Mr Tholen continued: “Of the estimated £17.6 billion of decommissioning expenditure on the UKCS over the next ten years, more than 50 per cent of this market will be found in the central North Sea.

“The UK’s supply chain will need to focus on developing a high-quality, cost-efficient and competitive decommissioning capacity to make the most of the opportunity and provide a range of goods and services that can not only be deployed in the UK but also exported overseas.”

Since the 2015 survey, unit costs of decommissioning appear to be falling, particularly for well plugging, abandonment and making safe. This is partly due to a market-driven response to the downturn as associated costs (such as rig rates) have fallen. The industry is also increasingly applying past experience to new decommissioning projects to positive effect.

Oil & Gas UK is working on the MER UK Decommissioning Board with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy to develop new fit-for-purpose technical, commercial and operational solutions to lower the cost of decommissioning while maintaining high safety and environmental standards.

Mr Tholen added: “There could still be up to 20 billion barrels of oil and gas to recover from the UKCS. If the UK is to continue to gain the full economic benefit from its oil and gas resource, it is important that the industry continues to work with the OGA as well as with HM Treasury to attract fresh investment, avoid premature decommissioning, retain the critical infrastructure needed to access future reserves and ensure decommissioning is carried out in a timely and most cost-effective way.

“We are now working with HM Treasury to explore further avenues in its ‘Driving Investment’ fiscal strategy for the sector, including the possibility of transferring tax relief on decommissioning costs with the sale of assets.”

The 2016 Decommissioning Insight report is available here. An infographic is available here.

Data from a ground breaking high-tech study that has captured the changing shape of the North Sea offshore workforce can now be found on the Oil & Gas UK website.

The trade body, along with Robert Gordon University (RGU), was funded by a Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant to examine workers’ size and shape, hoping that results generated would help guide the future design of offshore safety equipment, as well as the working environment.

The two-year study was led by Dr Arthur Stewart a reader from RGU’s School of Health Sciences and Dr Graham Furnace, Oil & Gas UK’s medical adviser. It has yielded plenty of results, culminating in eight publications so far.

“Our work has characterised the shape of male offshore workers using the latest 3D scanning technology, “ said Dr Stewart. “ With our representative sample we assessed their ability to pass one another in restricted width settings or to exit helicopter windows, to assess buoyant force in survival suits, and have also identified 11 ‘physique clusters’ which typify the workers.”

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “It has been an extremely worthwhile partnership involving academia and industry. Findings will help inform all aspects of offshore ergonomics and health and safety, such as survival suit design and space availability in corridors and work environments offshore.

“The research also played a pivotal role in helping guide the work being done on passenger seating in helicopters in the wake of Civil Aviation Authority concerns about passenger size and emergency push-out windows.”

The data – expected to be of particular interest to designers and ergonomics experts – is available here.

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Issued by the Oil & Gas UK Communications Team. Contact Communications Adviser Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577276/ [email protected]

 

Those who have lost their lives while working in the UK offshore oil and gas industry over the years will be remembered at a special church service taking place in Aberdeen on Saturday (5 November).

The UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy’s service of remembrance, which is held annually, will take place from 11am at The Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting in Union Street.

This year’s service will be particularly poignant as it takes place the day before the 30th anniversary of industry’s worst aviation accident where 43 passengers and two crew died when a British International Helicopters’ Boeing 234LR Chinook helicopter crashed while approaching Sumburgh Airport.

A large candle will be lit for all the men and women who have died offshore since the industry began some 50 years ago. A candle will then be lit for each of the four men who lost their lives in 2016. The Chinook tragedy will be remembered with the lighting of an additional candle.

The Reverend Pauline Nixon, whose husband was killed in the 1986 Chinook crash, will deliver a short address.

The Act of Remembrance will open with a lone piper playing a lament, followed by the names read aloud of those who have died offshore during the last year.  It will close with a minute’s silence.

The Reverend Gordon Craig, Chaplain to the UK offshore oil and gas industry, is officiating. He said: “It is really important for families to realise their loved ones are still being remembered and respected by the industry. The service is an opportunity to commemorate all those no longer with us.

“Thirty years on from the Chinook crash may seem like a long time but the memories are still vivid for those who lost their loved ones suddenly and tragically. The pain may be more manageable but there will still be times when the loss is felt deeply.”

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Notes to Editors:
Any members of the media wishing to attend the service should contact Jennifer Phillips, Communications Adviser, Oil & Gas UK – [email protected] / 01224 577279.

Click on the links for more information about Remembrance Day Service and the Chaplaincy’s Book of Remembrance.

 

Those who have lost their lives while working in the UK offshore oil and gas industry over the years will be remembered at a special church service taking place in Aberdeen on Saturday (5 November).

The UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy’s service of remembrance, which is held annually, will take place from 11am at The Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting in Union Street.

This years’ service will be particularly poignant as it takes place the day before the 30th anniversary of industry’s worst aviation accident where 43 passengers and two crew died when a British International Helicopters’ Boeing 234LR Chinook helicopter crashed while approaching Sumburgh Airport.

A large candle will be lit for all the men and women who have died offshore since the industry began some 50 years ago. A candle will then be lit for each of the four men who lost their lives in 2016. The Chinook tragedy will be remembered with the lighting of additional candle.

The Reverend Pauline Nixon, whose husband was killed in the 1986 Chinook crash, will deliver a short address.

The Act of Remembrance will open with a lone piper playing a lament, followed by the names read aloud of those who have died offshore during the last year.  It will close with a minute’s silence.

The Reverend Gordon Craig, Chaplain to the UK offshore oil and gas industry, is officiating. He said: “It is really important for families to realise their loved ones are still being remembered and respected by the industry. The service is an opportunity to commemorate all those no longer with us.

“Thirty years on from the Chinook crash may seem like a long time but the memories are still vivid for those who lost their loved ones suddenly and tragically. The pain may be more manageable but there will still be times when the loss is felt deeply.”

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Notes to Editors:

Any members of the media wishing to attend the service should contact Jennifer Phillips, Communications Adviser, Oil & Gas UK – [email protected] / 01224 577279.

Click on the links for more information about Remembrance Day Service and the Chaplaincy’s Book of Remembrance.

 

 

Scotland’s First Minister today (19 September) heard at first hand the steps the UK oil and gas industry is taking to navigate its way through the downturn.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP met with senior industry leaders of Oil & Gas UK’s board at the trade body’s Aberdeen offices this afternoon.

The First Minister said: “I was delighted to meet with the Board of Oil & Gas UK today, which continues our close engagement with the industry to overcome the challenges it currently faces.

“While last week’s Oil and Gas Production statistics demonstrate that the industry is adapting to the current period of low prices, I am under no illusions about the significant challenges that remain. We must be ready to capitalise when the upturn comes, and it is encouraging that companies like Statoil are continuing to invest in the North Sea.

“We are doing all we can to support the industry, and I am pleased to say that Scottish Government is delivering on the support announced earlier this year, with over 600 people having their applications for support approved through our 3-year Transition Training Fund, and separately, we’ve committed £1.1 million to projects to boost business resilience. I’m also pleased to confirm that around 70 innovation projects with a total project value of around £16 million have benefited from £7 million of Scottish Government support to help firms reduce the risks associated with research and development.”

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, added: “We appreciated the First Minister taking time to come and speak with us in Aberdeen. We were able to give her an update on the performance of the UK offshore industry and an overview of what industry is doing to manage its way through one of the toughest times it has ever had to deal with.

“Industry has worked hard to significantly improve efficiency and lower its costs and we gave some examples as to what has been achieved under the leadership of the industry-led Efficiency Task Force.

“Our sector has had good support from the Scottish and UK Governments and we sincerely hope that this will continue in the coming months.”

The First Minister’s visit comes just ahead of Oil & Gas UK publishing its flagship Economic Report – the definitive guide to the current health and future prospects of the UK offshore oil and gas industry.

The report is being launched at a business breakfast in Aberdeen on September 27, a lunch briefing in Norwich also on September 27, as well as an event in Teeside on September 28 and in London on September 29.

To book your place contact the events team at [email protected]

Media are also welcome to attend.

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Notes to Editors:
Photographs are available of the First Minister meeting Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie and industry leaders. Contact Oil & Gas Communications Adviser Jennifer Phillips to arrange on 01224 577279 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Adam Davey, market and intelligence manager, Oil & Gas UK said:

“The production increase we can see from today’s figures is the result of not only the hard work industry has done to improve efficiency, but also the massive boost of investment we have seen in recent years, which peaked at a record £14.8 billion of capital investment in 2014.

“While the efficiency drive by industry has helped to reduce the cost of doing business in the region, more needs to be done to ensure the UK Continental Shelf is an attractive investment proposition for those looking to undertake new exploration and develop assets.

“Oil & Gas UK’s flagship Economic Report, due out later this month, will provide more evidence on why industry, governments, HM Treasury and the Oil and Gas Authority must work together to create a low tax, high activity province which can continue to support the important supply chain based here and position our sector in the best place to take advantage of any potential upturn.”

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Notes to Editors
Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.
Issued by Lucy Coleman, Communications Manager, Oil & Gas UK – [email protected] and tel: 01224 577343.

Oil & Gas UK has revealed the outstanding performers who make up the shortlist of finalists for the 10th anniversary of the trade body’s prestigious Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited.

Winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday 3 November – an event which regularly attracts well over 500 guests from throughout the oil and gas industry.

Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, said: “This special opportunity to recognise the talent, ingenuity and enterprise of people and companies is more important than ever when times are tough. Their commitment to industry efforts to improve efficiency will play an important and continuing role in restoring competitiveness to the sector.

“There are already impressive examples of innovative work practices and new ideas in action, which Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force is championing. However, the awards ceremony will present new and different projects which will demonstrate the achievements of this year’s outstanding individuals and enterprising companies.

“It is always challenging for the judges to draw up a shortlist of finalists from such a range of excellent candidates, having received almost 100 nominations in total across the categories, and we look forward to sharing their success stories with the wider industry in November. I would like to thank all those companies and individuals that have taken time to submit nominations this year. The response from the industry to the 2016 Oil & Gas UK awards has been terrific and clearly indicates the high calibre of companies and individuals working in the industry today to maximise economic recovery from the UKCS.”

In the company category, the finalists are:

Workforce Engagement – SME

  • Apollo
  • Merlin Energy Resources Ltd
  • PEAK Ltd

Workforce Engagement – Large Enterprise – sponsored by ECITB

  • Bilfinger Salamis UK
  • Chevron North Sea Ltd
  • Nexen Petroleum UK Limited

Business Innovation and Efficiency – SME

  • Cyberhawk Innovations
  • Photosynergy Ltd
  • Safehouse Habitats Scotland Ltd

Business Innovation and Efficiency – Large

  • Centrica
  • Maersk Oil/Amec Foster Wheeler/Bilfinger Salamis and Scopus
  • Peterson UK Ltd

Diversity and Inclusiveness

  • Amec Foster Wheeler
  • Centrica
  • Shell U.K. Limited

The finalists for the individual awards are:

Mentor of the Year        

  • Girish Kabra, Centrica
  • Alan Smith, Total E&P UK Ltd
  • Fiona Wong, Shell U.K. Limited

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OPITO

  • Sam Ash, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd
  • Kevin Crawford, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd
  • Louise Jamieson, Total E&P UK Ltd

Graduate of the Year    

  • Conan Cooper, Total E&P UK Ltd
  • Sarah-Alice Davies, Shell U.K. Limited
  • Richard Ekersley, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd

Finalists for the MER UK Award, sponsored by the Oil and Gas Authority will be announced in due course.

The Oil & Gas UK Awards 2016 will take place on the evening of Thursday 3 November at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. To book your place, click here.

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Notes to Editors

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Issued by Lucy Gordon, Communications Adviser, Oil & Gas UK at [email protected] and tel: 01224 577331.

 

 

Three companies currently involved in decommissioning projects made it clear to a capacity audience at a specialist Share Fair, organised by Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force yesterday (September 8), that there are business opportunities available now for enterprising firms ready to take on the efficiency challenge and contribute to the sector’s efforts to improve competitiveness.

Fairfield Energy, Petrofac and Wood Group participated in the decommissioning-focused Share Fair Spotlight at Oil & Gas UK’s office in Aberdeen where delegates gained deeper insights into the supply chain services, goods and expertise these major clients require.

Fairfield Energy, currently in the process of decommissioning the Dunlin asset, talked about a range of decommissioning activities for which supply chain innovation and support is being sought.

Delegates heard from Wood Group that in 2015 alone, £1 billion had been spent by the industry on decommissioning, while Petrofac noted how the sector’s approach to working in this area is now changing in alignment with the industry’s need to work co-operatively to make the most of the business opportunities available.

Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, Stephen Marcos Jones, said: “We’ve seen a great response to the topic-focused Efficiency Spotlight events which have become very popular.  Participants say they are an ideal arena in which to gather information, network with industry peers and start the conversations which help both operators and the supply chain understand how and where they can work most effectively together.

“We welcomed delegates new to decommissioning who highlighted the value of the information available and the experts on hand to answer queries. For those familiar with the subject, they appreciated the opportunity to gain a deeper practical understanding of the tools available to deliver efficient late-life asset management plus the technical issues, and the sheer diversity of work scopes involved in decommissioning assignments.

“One of the most prominent themes was the urgent need for the sector to adopt a co-operative approach in business behaviours, which is one of the key priorities of Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force. Making this cultural change is vital to enable suppliers and their clients to work smarter and more efficiently to compete effectively for decommissioning opportunities, and carry out these activities safely and cost-effectively in an environmentally responsible manner.  “

While Oil & Gas UK plans future Efficiency Spotlight events, its flagship Share Fair event takes place on November 2 at Aberdeen Exhibition Conference Centre. This will provide a larger and wider platform where companies will openly share efficiency challenges facing their businesses, allowing attending delegates to identify and raise awareness of any potential solutions or mechanisms that could help unlock the full potential of the UKCS.”

Further information about the Share Fair is available here .

Issued by Oil & Gas UK Communications Team. Contact Communications Advisers Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331 / [email protected] or Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected].

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

The people and companies making a positive difference to North Sea safety were today (August 17) honoured for their efforts at a key industry event.

The Offshore Safety Awards – organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor – celebrated the work being done to make the industry the safest it can be.

A total of 18 companies and individuals were shortlisted as finalists in six categories. The audience at today’s event then voted by text for who they thought should win after watching the finalists present on their work and seeing video ‘selfies’ that they had also made.

Almost 300 people – which included representatives from across industry, MPs and MSPs and other stakeholders – attended the event which took place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The Award for Safety Leadership – sponsored by Nexen Petroleum and for an inspirational leader who motivates and engages their team to work safely – went to EnQuest Operations Manager Derek Ellington whose leadership has transformed the culture on one of the North Sea’s mature assets. Heather is now seen by peers as a motivational success story.

As Heather Offshore Installation Manager, Derek drove improved standards, coached all individuals on the platform, getting to know them, their values, skills and experience – ensuring they were crystal clear on the high safety standards and expectations. Under his leadership, now as an Operations Manager, Heather has significantly improved its efficiency and productivity while maintaining an excellent safety record.

The Award for Safety Representative of the Year – sponsored by Wood Group and for an enthusiastic and committed safety rep who is driving the safety agenda at their worksite went to Dave Thomson, who was nominated by CAN Group for his firm belief in the importance of protecting all his colleagues who work around him.

The company said the key skills of the Offshore Inspection Engineer and Elected Safety representative are his ability to identify unique and innovative ways to engage, raise awareness and get better understanding of important safety issues. Personable and approachable, he is held in very high esteem by his work colleagues, management and clients alike.

The Award for Innovation in Safety – sponsored by Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore and for a company which has put in place a clever process or technique to improve safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite – has gone to Baker Hughes which delivered the best HSE performance in the company history: a full year without recordable incidents which it achieved with the help of a novel approach leveraging gamification principles for enhancing HSE engagement.

The company undertook a series of steps that shifted the focus from HSE results, to the actions that drive these results, in order to foster an HSE culture where an incident-free workplace is the norm. It introduced an HSE scorecard focused on safety leadership indicators and gamification, called the HSE Tour of the UK. It was designed along the lines of a multi-stage cycling race in which participants (Product Lines’ teams) race (earn points) throughout the year to complete every stage (month) with the highest score. Every month the results are published displaying the stage score and the overall tour scores. At the end of the first and second half of the year a jersey called Top Dog Jersey is awarded to the team accumulating the most monthly top spots and at the end of the year the Yellow Jersey is awarded to the team that has led the HSE Tour overall.

Reinvigorating their network of Safety Representatives from largely inactive with no central hub of support, into an energised, motivated and actively supported group earned TAQA’s Allan Smillie, the company’s Telecoms Technical Authority, the Award for Workforce Engagement – sponsored by Halliburton, which recognises the active embracement of worker engagement on safety matters.

Recognising the inherent potential of the voluntary network, Allan began a reinvigoration process focused upon engagement, planning and raising awareness. He developed a multi-faceted training programme, introduced video conferences to allow Reps to share information, experiences and lessons. The programme has attracted interest from other operators and major contractors, keen to explore if they can replicate the approach. Similarly, industry organisations are using it to highlight best practice.

Continued commitment and investment in managing and supporting its workforce with the provision of an in-house occupational health service earned Stork, a Fluor company, the Award for Occupational Health – sponsored by Aker Solutions and which recognises an individual/team or company who has taken steps to actively improve the health of its workforce, with clearly demonstrable positive effects.

A need for the facility was identified due to the volume of Stork personnel that, because of their trade, could be exposed to occupational health hazards, and also because Stork has employees working in remote locations The purpose-built facility opened its doors last year and allows the company to tailor its support to the specific needs of the workforce.

A group working to further enhance the safety of offshore helicopter transportation has won the Award for Sharing and Learning – sponsored by Centrica and which recognises an individual/team or company that can demonstrate a learning and sharing culture either within their organisation, or who has made a significant contribution to health and safety through active participation in, or engagement with Oil & Gas UK or Step Change in Safety.

Russell Gould from Bristow Group and Malcom Garrington from CHC Helicopter lead HeliOffshore’s the Health & Usage Monitoring System or HUMS Support workgroup. HUMS are sensor-based systems that measure the health and performance of mission-critical components in aircraft. The workgroup launched HeliOffshore’s Health and Usage Monitoring System Best Practice and Implementation Guides. Their launch is the result of a highly engaged industry putting momentum behind actions that will make the greatest difference to safety and of the collaborative and global approach taken by the HUMs working group.

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK, said: “The six who emerged triumphant from their category are exceptionally worthy winners carrying out excellent work to further improve North Sea safety. However, all of the finalists in our Offshore Safety Awards are taking steps to make our industry the safest it can be, and all are to be applauded. I hope the many who attended our event today left feeling inspired and armed with fresh ideas to take back to their own workplace to help keep safety at the top of the agenda.”

Les Linklater, Executive Director of Oil & Gas UK, added: “All our finalists and winners are to be congratulated for playing their part to ensure that we continue make improvements in our safety performance as an industry. The format of today’s event was designed to facilitate sharing and learning and I am encouraged to hear from the event attendees that each and every one of them have taken something back to their respective organisations that can help them play their part in making us the safest oil and gas sector in the world. “

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Notes to Editors

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Issued by Jennifer Phillips, Communications Adviser, Oil & Gas UK. Contact: [email protected] and tel: 01224 577279.

Deadline extended for Offshore Safety Awards

There is still time to shine a spotlight on the people and companies doing their best for offshore health and safety after organisers extended the deadline for entries to this year’s Offshore Safety Awards.

The closing date for nominations to the event – organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor – has been extended to 12 noon on Friday 2 June.

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “We had a really high calibre of entries to our awards when they were held, in their new format, for the first time last year. We’re seeing the same again this year and wish to ensure as many people as possible can submit their entries before judging gets underway in June.”

Les Linklater, Executive Director of Step Change in Safety, said: “The Offshore Safety Awards are all about sharing and learning from the success of others. This is something our industry is embracing and we are really trying to encourage as many people as possible to participate and nominate in this year’s awards. We know there are some amazing organisations and individuals out there who are hugely successful in the safety space and we want to hear from them, and celebrate their achievements.”

There are six categories in the Awards – open to all companies and organisations operating in or involved with UK offshore operations – and they are:

  • Sharing and Learning
  • Workforce Engagement
  • Innovation in Safety
  • Safety Representative of the Year
  • Safety Leadership
  • Operational Integrity

A panel of judges and those attending the awards will decide the winner of each category at the interactive event which takes place on Wednesday 23 August at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Trade body welcomes first oil from Montrose Area Redevelopment

Following the announcement by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK that first oil has begun to flow from the Shaw  field, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said:

“This is a tremendous achievement by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK and their commitment to the North Sea is very welcome indeed.

“This is a major redevelopment in an area of the North Sea that has been producing for many years. It combines new and mature field activities that will extend the Montrose area’s productive life and demonstrates the potential that can still flow from the UK Continental Shelf with the right investment.

“At the project’s inception, HM Treasury worked closely with the industry to begin to make the tax regime more competitive. Since then, the tax regime for this basin has improved substantially and is now one of the most fiscally competitive in the world. We look forward to more investment of the kind announced today in order to unlock the billions of barrels of oil and gas that we believe this basin still holds.”

Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry

The trade body for the UK oil and gas industry has written to the Prime Minister highlighting research findings that assess the potential impact and opportunities of Brexit on the sector.

The study – commissioned by Oil & Gas UK – looked at the possible cost of trade for the sector and illustrates where the UK sector’s workforce comes from.

On trade costs, the data shows that:

  • Around £73 billion worth of oil and gas related trade (fuel and non-fuel) flows between the UK and the rest of world
  • Approximately £61 billion of this is related to traded goods, which may be subject to tariffs (services account for the remaining £12 billion)
  • Under the current ‘status-quo’ scenario with the UK as part of the EU, the total cost of this trade in goods is around £600 million per annum (less than 2% of the total value of trade subject to tariffs)
  • Under a worst-case scenario where the UK reverts to WTO rules with the EU and the rest of the world, the likely cost of trade will almost double to around £1.1 billion per annum; assuming trading behaviours remain unchanged
  • If the UK can negotiate minimal tariffs with the EU and improved tariffs with the rest of the world, the total cost of trade could fall by around £100 million per annum to £500 million

On labour movement, the data shows:

  • Of those directly employed by the oil and gas industry in the UK, 90% are UK national, 5% are EU workers from countries other than the UK and 5% are non-EU
  • Around 70% of the EU workers in the industry are skilled, with one in two holding managerial roles
  • Oil & Gas UK understands that these skilled roles filled by EU workers are often critical for projects and asks Government to consider these posts when developing domestic immigration policy.

To minimise any Brexit cost burden and to secure beneficial trading conditions, Oil & Gas UK recommends the UK Government prioritises the following during negotiations:

  • Frictionless access to markets and labour
  • Maintaining a strong voice in Europe
  • Protecting energy trading and the internal energy market

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “Oil & Gas UK is an apolitical organisation representing a large and diverse membership where there will be a variety of views.  While the trade body can’t take a position on Brexit, we commissioned the research because we need to understand the possible impact on our industry – and the possible opportunities – from exiting the EU.

“We also identified other EU policy issues as critical to the oil and gas industry and will require negotiation with European counterparts, as well as discussions at the domestic level between Government, regulators and industry during the Brexit process.

“During the global industry downturn, our industry has continued to focus on increasing its production efficiency, and on its unit operating costs which have improved by almost 50%.

“We are becoming a more globally competitive industry, but we continue to be very sensitive to any additional burdens either in relation to cost, or restrictions on the movement of key personnel required for critical operations.

“There are still up to 20 billion barrels of oil and gas to recover from the UKCS and, if properly supported, our already world-class supply chain could double its turnover by 2035.

“Oil & Gas UK would welcome discussions with Government officials to outline industry’s concerns and opportunities and help identify a path forward during Brexit negotiations.

“Our request of Government is that any change, whether domestic or European, is managed in a manner that minimises risk to the oil and gas industry and provides predictability and clarity wherever possible, through constructive dialogue and consultation.”

The letter was sent to the Prime Minister on Monday.

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Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK.  Contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected].

Safety champions wanted for industry awards

The hunt begins again for the men, women and companies going the extra mile for safety in the UK oil and gas industry. 

Individuals and businesses from across the sector are being encouraged to enter this year’s Offshore Safety Awards taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on August 23.

Jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor, the annual safety awards celebrate the people and companies striving to make the UK Continental Shelf as safe as possible.

Nominations for the six categories have opened with a new addition of the Operational Integrity Award –  which recognises a company’s understanding and effective application of risk management in delivering safe operations.

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said:

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK

“All the winners and finalists in 2016 were extremely worthy and demonstrated high standards and excellent work in promoting safety in their own workplace and across the industry. We look forward to seeing this year’s entries and hope to attract even more people and workplaces where their efforts are having a positive impact on the sector.”

The awards – hosted in a theatre-style ceremony – will see the audience participating in the judging. Finalists will film video selfies and explain on the day what they have been doing to contribute toward safety.

Les Linklater, Executive Director with Step Change in Safety, said: “The offshore and onshore workforce is key to the prevention of major accidents and we should celebrate their hard work and dedication to safety – that’s what is at the heart of Offshore Safety Awards.

“The ceremony also gives the industry an opportunity to share and learn from one another, while also honouring and recognising the important people who play their part in continually improving our safety performance.

“Last year’s award ceremony was well received and we look forward to hosting the next one in August.”

All entries must be submitted by 26 May with the finalists being announced at the end of June.  The categories in the Offshore Safety Awards are:

Mick Borwell with some of last year’s winners.

•        Safety Leadership – for an inspirational leader who motivates and engages their team to work safely.
•        Safety Representative of the Year – for an enthusiastic and committed safety rep that is driving the safety agenda at their worksite.
•        Innovation in Safety – for a company which has put in place a clever process or technique to improve safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite.
•        Workforce Engagement – for an individual or team which has actively embraced engagement with its workers on safety matters, showing how a commitment to worker involvement in safety has contributed to an improvement in safety performance.
•        Operational Integrity –  for an individual or team which has delivered increased efficiency or understanding of risk by putting in place sensible and proportionate risk management solution(s).
•        Sharing and Learning – for an individual/team or company that can demonstrate a learning and sharing culture either within their organisation, or who has made a significant contribution to health and safety through active participation in, or engagement with Oil & Gas UK or Step Change in Safety.

For full details on the categories and how to enter, please visit: www.offshoresafetyawards.com

Oil & Gas UK welcomes Shell’s multi-billion pound deal with Chrysaor

 

Welcoming today’s announcement (31 January) that Shell has agreed to sell a package of UK North Sea assets to Chrysaor in a multi-billion pound deal, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“This is a very significant deal and signals a strong vote of confidence in the future of the UK Continental Shelf and the focus on maximising economic recovery.

“With these acquisitions, Chrysaor becomes a leading independent oil and gas company in the UK and one of its largest producers on an equity basis. Maintaining a diversity of operators in the region is crucial and we welcome Shell’s continued significant presence here as well as the arrival of new companies like Chrysaor.

“We also welcome Chrysaor’s intent to explore and invest in its new portfolio; this sends positive signals about the opportunities the UK’s offshore oil and gas basin has to offer.

“This region still has the potential to yield many more millions of barrels of hydrocarbons, helping to meet the country’s primary energy needs, secure jobs and generate wealth for the economy.

“Following on from similar deals in recent months, the new activity that this transaction could generate will be good news for the sector’s supply chain across the UK, which has been severely impacted by the downturn.”

 

 

Oil & Gas UK comments on the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy

Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Government’s consultation on its Energy Strategy, Oil & Gas UK’s CEO Deirdre Michie said:

“I welcome the Scottish Government’s recognition that oil and gas has an important part to play in Scotland’s energy mix going forward and that it is committed to supporting the policy of maximising economic recovery of the remaining hydrocarbons on the UK continental shelf.

“As we decarbonise towards 2050 and beyond, this sector can continue to make a significant contribution to Scotland’s economy.

“We support 330,000 jobs in the UK, 45 percent of which are in Scotland and many of which are highly skilled.

“The North East is a centre of excellence in areas such as subsea engineering, with potential to substantially grow the exports of supply chain goods and services, which in 2014 generated revenues of £16 billion for the UK economy.”

Oil & Gas UK in consultation with its members will respond in due course to today’s Energy Strategy and the recently published Climate Change Draft Plan.

Oil & Gas UK response to the Industrial Strategy green paper

In welcoming the publication of the UK Government’s green paper “Building our Industrial Strategy”, Oil & Gas UK’s CEO Deirdre Michie said:

“We look forward to contributing to the consultation on the Industrial Strategy to ensure that Government policy recognises and supports the importance of the vital upstream sector to the UK.  We are developers of cutting edge technology, providing highly skilled jobs, helping to power the nation and exporting to the world.  Furthermore, with up to an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil and gas to recover, the UK offshore oil and gas industry still has enormous potential to drive this country’s growth.

“The sector has contributed over £330 billion in corporate taxes since production began and currently still supports around 330,000 jobs across the UK.  Our supply chain is worth almost £30 billion and around 40 per cent of this is made up from exports.

“We welcome the focus on growing productivity, innovation and research and on managing the skills challenge.  As a UK wide industry, with hubs from Shetland to Southampton, we also welcome the focus on regionalisation.

“We firmly believe that the UK needs a strong and vital indigenous oil and gas industry underpinning the UK’s economic prosperity.

“The current industry downturn is extremely challenging for many of our members and we believe the industrial strategy can be a lever to ensure that this economic success story survives and continues to underpin the UK’s economic prosperity.

“Oil & Gas UK will coordinate industry and stakeholders in building a case for a sector deal that help towards that aim, deepening and developing centres of excellence from technology and decommissioning to subsea.”

Offshore Helicopter Safety Leadership Group statement re S-92 helicopter alert service bulletin

 

The Offshore Helicopter Safety Leadership Group (OHSLG) is a tripartite group established through the amalgamation of the CAA’s Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group (OHSAG) and Step Change in Safety’s Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG).  It is jointly chaired by John McColl (CAA) and Mark Abbey (CHC).  Step Change in Safety act as the secretariat for the group and Oil & Gas UK is among the members.

Offshore Helicopter Safety Leadership Group, said: “This morning Sikorsky released an Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) for the S-92 requiring a onetime visual inspection of the Tail Rotor Pitch Change Shaft and Bearing assembly on the world wide S92 fleet prior to the next flight.

“This precautionary inspection is not a grounding, and will allow helicopter operators to carry out the request, which is additional to current routine inspections.  The Sikorsky ASB is mandatory and so will be complied with by helicopter operators worldwide, and requires operators to undertake:

 

  • One-off inspections of the tail rotor and bearing assemblies before the next flight.
  • A specific check of Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data for each aircraft HUMS will detect early indications of any sign of failure. The operators will have completed the checks on all the aircraft by midday tomorrow (Wednesday 11th January, 2017). It is expected that during the next 24 hours there will be a phased return of aircraft following full return to service testing.

“Clearly the priority is to ensure that both passengers and crew are safe and it is important to maintain a precautionary stance in what is an ongoing investigation. As we receive information we will deliver it to our members, clients and the workforce.”

 

S-92 Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin – Oil & Gas UK response

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK

 

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Director with Oil & Gas UK, said:

“This is the expected response from a helicopter manufacturer when a potential problem has been identified. It is a precautionary measure to ensure the continued safe transportation of the workforce.  There will be some short term disruption to operations while these checks are carried out but every possible step will be taken to minimise that. We will continue to monitor events. We support any steps being taken to further ensure the safe travel of the UK offshore workforce.”

 

New guidelines for the use of drones offshore

A new publication to help guide the growing use offshore of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – also known as drones – has been published by Oil & Gas UK.

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Management Standards and Guidelines were developed by a work group set up by the trade body, involving industry and aviation safety experts, plus UAS operators.

Mick Borwell, health, safety and environment director with Oil & Gas UK, explained: “A small but increasing number of oil and gas operators are using UAS for inspections predominantly, but also for aerial photography, surveying and security.

“The technology is particularly attractive for its use in improving safety. For example, sending unmanned aircraft instead of people into confined spaces to conduct inspections reduces risk, and is also effective and efficient.  We expect their usage to grow.”

The new guidelines aim to achieve consistency with the high safety and operating standards already adopted on the UK Continental Shelf for offshore oil and gas production and helicopter flight operations.

“The intention is to encourage offshore operators planning on using this emerging technology to think about the whole operating and safety system offshore and not just the air vehicle,” said Mr Borwell.

“The guidelines have evolved from lessons learned in recent years and provide information about best practice, procedures and the certification needed to be compliant with UAS regulations. They are an important piece of work addressing the application of a new technology to the offshore environment which will help to ensure operations on the North Sea remain as safe as they can be.”

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Management Standards and Guidelines can be downloaded from the Oil & Gas UK website  and are free to members and £60 to non-members.

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. For more information contact Communications Adviser Jennifer Phillips on [email protected] or 01224 577279.

Oil & Gas UK response to the Autumn Statement

Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive said:
“We are pleased to hear the Chancellor re-commit to HM Treasury’s Driving Investment plan today. This sends a strong signal to investors that the government recognises that the UK oil and gas tax regime needs to be predictable and internationally competitive.

“Today’s Treasury forecasts show our industry will be contributing £10 billion more in production taxes over the next five years than was previously expected. While this can be attributed in part to changes in commodity prices and exchange rates it also reflects the significant work of industry to make our operations more efficient and to increase production.

“Our industry can make a vital contribution in delivering the Chancellor’s ambitions for the economy and the government’s industrial strategy. We are developers of cutting edge technology, providing highly skilled jobs, helping power to the nation and exporting to the world.

“We will continue to work with Treasury on the important issue of decommissioning tax relief, key to stimulating investment and activity for the supply chain which we hope to see resolved by the 2017 Budget.

“The sector is still in urgent need of fresh investment and we need government to keep working with us to ensure a competitive business environment.”

North Sea decommissioning to grow steadily in UK and Norway over next ten years

A new report forecasts a gradual but steady rise in offshore oil and gas decommissioning in the UK and Norway over the next ten years, with activity growing from a market worth over £2 billion in 2015.

Decommissioning Insight 2016, is launched today (15 November) by Oil & Gas UK, the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, at an industry conference on decommissioning in St Andrews, sponsored by Aberdeen Harbour Board.

The report is the first survey of both the UK and Norwegian decommissioning markets and provides the most comprehensive picture to date of anticipated activity in these two countries between now and 2025.

It confirms that decommissioning is a growing, if still emerging, market, despite low oil prices continuing to challenge the economics of the more mature offshore assets around the North Sea.

Total decommissioning expenditure in the UK and Norway last year was £2.1 billion, compared with just under £1.6 billion in 2014, and represented 5 per cent of total industry expenditure, compared with 2 per cent in 2010.

The total amount forecast to be spent on decommissioning on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) between now and 2025 is £17.6 billion up from £16.9 billion for 2015-2024.

Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, said: “With low oil prices continuing, you might expect decommissioning to be a key focus for the sector in the years ahead, however we are not witnessing a rush to decommission.

“Different factors are at play and the picture is much more complex. Some companies are deferring cessation of production as field life has been extended by sustained efficiency improvements; others are delaying activity due to cash-flow constraints; while elsewhere, companies may be expediting decommissioning to take advantage of falling costs in the current downturn.”

While 52 new projects appear for the first time in this year’s report, most of these have been a long time in the planning. Over the next decade, there are more than 100 platforms forecast for complete or partial removal from both the UK and Norwegian continental shelves. Over 1,800 wells are scheduled to be plugged and abandoned and around 7,500 km of pipeline is forecast to be decommissioned.

Mr Tholen continued: “Of the estimated £17.6 billion of decommissioning expenditure on the UKCS over the next ten years, more than 50 per cent of this market will be found in the central North Sea.

“The UK’s supply chain will need to focus on developing a high-quality, cost-efficient and competitive decommissioning capacity to make the most of the opportunity and provide a range of goods and services that can not only be deployed in the UK but also exported overseas.”

Since the 2015 survey, unit costs of decommissioning appear to be falling, particularly for well plugging, abandonment and making safe. This is partly due to a market-driven response to the downturn as associated costs (such as rig rates) have fallen. The industry is also increasingly applying past experience to new decommissioning projects to positive effect.

Oil & Gas UK is working on the MER UK Decommissioning Board with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy to develop new fit-for-purpose technical, commercial and operational solutions to lower the cost of decommissioning while maintaining high safety and environmental standards.

Mr Tholen added: “There could still be up to 20 billion barrels of oil and gas to recover from the UKCS. If the UK is to continue to gain the full economic benefit from its oil and gas resource, it is important that the industry continues to work with the OGA as well as with HM Treasury to attract fresh investment, avoid premature decommissioning, retain the critical infrastructure needed to access future reserves and ensure decommissioning is carried out in a timely and most cost-effective way.

“We are now working with HM Treasury to explore further avenues in its ‘Driving Investment’ fiscal strategy for the sector, including the possibility of transferring tax relief on decommissioning costs with the sale of assets.”

The 2016 Decommissioning Insight report is available here. An infographic is available here.

Offshore workforce size and shape data now available

Data from a ground breaking high-tech study that has captured the changing shape of the North Sea offshore workforce can now be found on the Oil & Gas UK website.

The trade body, along with Robert Gordon University (RGU), was funded by a Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant to examine workers’ size and shape, hoping that results generated would help guide the future design of offshore safety equipment, as well as the working environment.

The two-year study was led by Dr Arthur Stewart a reader from RGU’s School of Health Sciences and Dr Graham Furnace, Oil & Gas UK’s medical adviser. It has yielded plenty of results, culminating in eight publications so far.

“Our work has characterised the shape of male offshore workers using the latest 3D scanning technology, “ said Dr Stewart. “ With our representative sample we assessed their ability to pass one another in restricted width settings or to exit helicopter windows, to assess buoyant force in survival suits, and have also identified 11 ‘physique clusters’ which typify the workers.”

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “It has been an extremely worthwhile partnership involving academia and industry. Findings will help inform all aspects of offshore ergonomics and health and safety, such as survival suit design and space availability in corridors and work environments offshore.

“The research also played a pivotal role in helping guide the work being done on passenger seating in helicopters in the wake of Civil Aviation Authority concerns about passenger size and emergency push-out windows.”

The data – expected to be of particular interest to designers and ergonomics experts – is available here.

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Issued by the Oil & Gas UK Communications Team. Contact Communications Adviser Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577276/ [email protected]

Remembrance service for the UK oil and gas industry

 

Those who have lost their lives while working in the UK offshore oil and gas industry over the years will be remembered at a special church service taking place in Aberdeen on Saturday (5 November).

The UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy’s service of remembrance, which is held annually, will take place from 11am at The Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting in Union Street.

This year’s service will be particularly poignant as it takes place the day before the 30th anniversary of industry’s worst aviation accident where 43 passengers and two crew died when a British International Helicopters’ Boeing 234LR Chinook helicopter crashed while approaching Sumburgh Airport.

A large candle will be lit for all the men and women who have died offshore since the industry began some 50 years ago. A candle will then be lit for each of the four men who lost their lives in 2016. The Chinook tragedy will be remembered with the lighting of an additional candle.

The Reverend Pauline Nixon, whose husband was killed in the 1986 Chinook crash, will deliver a short address.

The Act of Remembrance will open with a lone piper playing a lament, followed by the names read aloud of those who have died offshore during the last year.  It will close with a minute’s silence.

The Reverend Gordon Craig, Chaplain to the UK offshore oil and gas industry, is officiating. He said: “It is really important for families to realise their loved ones are still being remembered and respected by the industry. The service is an opportunity to commemorate all those no longer with us.

“Thirty years on from the Chinook crash may seem like a long time but the memories are still vivid for those who lost their loved ones suddenly and tragically. The pain may be more manageable but there will still be times when the loss is felt deeply.”

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Notes to Editors:
Any members of the media wishing to attend the service should contact Jennifer Phillips, Communications Adviser, Oil & Gas UK – [email protected] / 01224 577279.

Click on the links for more information about Remembrance Day Service and the Chaplaincy’s Book of Remembrance.

 

Remembrance service for the UK oil and gas industry

Those who have lost their lives while working in the UK offshore oil and gas industry over the years will be remembered at a special church service taking place in Aberdeen on Saturday (5 November).

The UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy’s service of remembrance, which is held annually, will take place from 11am at The Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting in Union Street.

This years’ service will be particularly poignant as it takes place the day before the 30th anniversary of industry’s worst aviation accident where 43 passengers and two crew died when a British International Helicopters’ Boeing 234LR Chinook helicopter crashed while approaching Sumburgh Airport.

A large candle will be lit for all the men and women who have died offshore since the industry began some 50 years ago. A candle will then be lit for each of the four men who lost their lives in 2016. The Chinook tragedy will be remembered with the lighting of additional candle.

The Reverend Pauline Nixon, whose husband was killed in the 1986 Chinook crash, will deliver a short address.

The Act of Remembrance will open with a lone piper playing a lament, followed by the names read aloud of those who have died offshore during the last year.  It will close with a minute’s silence.

The Reverend Gordon Craig, Chaplain to the UK offshore oil and gas industry, is officiating. He said: “It is really important for families to realise their loved ones are still being remembered and respected by the industry. The service is an opportunity to commemorate all those no longer with us.

“Thirty years on from the Chinook crash may seem like a long time but the memories are still vivid for those who lost their loved ones suddenly and tragically. The pain may be more manageable but there will still be times when the loss is felt deeply.”

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Notes to Editors:

Any members of the media wishing to attend the service should contact Jennifer Phillips, Communications Adviser, Oil & Gas UK – [email protected] / 01224 577279.

Click on the links for more information about Remembrance Day Service and the Chaplaincy’s Book of Remembrance.

 

 

First Minister meets oil and gas industry leaders

Scotland’s First Minister today (19 September) heard at first hand the steps the UK oil and gas industry is taking to navigate its way through the downturn.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP met with senior industry leaders of Oil & Gas UK’s board at the trade body’s Aberdeen offices this afternoon.

The First Minister said: “I was delighted to meet with the Board of Oil & Gas UK today, which continues our close engagement with the industry to overcome the challenges it currently faces.

“While last week’s Oil and Gas Production statistics demonstrate that the industry is adapting to the current period of low prices, I am under no illusions about the significant challenges that remain. We must be ready to capitalise when the upturn comes, and it is encouraging that companies like Statoil are continuing to invest in the North Sea.

“We are doing all we can to support the industry, and I am pleased to say that Scottish Government is delivering on the support announced earlier this year, with over 600 people having their applications for support approved through our 3-year Transition Training Fund, and separately, we’ve committed £1.1 million to projects to boost business resilience. I’m also pleased to confirm that around 70 innovation projects with a total project value of around £16 million have benefited from £7 million of Scottish Government support to help firms reduce the risks associated with research and development.”

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, added: “We appreciated the First Minister taking time to come and speak with us in Aberdeen. We were able to give her an update on the performance of the UK offshore industry and an overview of what industry is doing to manage its way through one of the toughest times it has ever had to deal with.

“Industry has worked hard to significantly improve efficiency and lower its costs and we gave some examples as to what has been achieved under the leadership of the industry-led Efficiency Task Force.

“Our sector has had good support from the Scottish and UK Governments and we sincerely hope that this will continue in the coming months.”

The First Minister’s visit comes just ahead of Oil & Gas UK publishing its flagship Economic Report – the definitive guide to the current health and future prospects of the UK offshore oil and gas industry.

The report is being launched at a business breakfast in Aberdeen on September 27, a lunch briefing in Norwich also on September 27, as well as an event in Teeside on September 28 and in London on September 29.

To book your place contact the events team at [email protected]

Media are also welcome to attend.

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Notes to Editors:
Photographs are available of the First Minister meeting Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie and industry leaders. Contact Oil & Gas Communications Adviser Jennifer Phillips to arrange on 01224 577279 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Oil & Gas UK response to Oil and Gas Production Statistics 2015-16

Adam Davey, market and intelligence manager, Oil & Gas UK said:

“The production increase we can see from today’s figures is the result of not only the hard work industry has done to improve efficiency, but also the massive boost of investment we have seen in recent years, which peaked at a record £14.8 billion of capital investment in 2014.

“While the efficiency drive by industry has helped to reduce the cost of doing business in the region, more needs to be done to ensure the UK Continental Shelf is an attractive investment proposition for those looking to undertake new exploration and develop assets.

“Oil & Gas UK’s flagship Economic Report, due out later this month, will provide more evidence on why industry, governments, HM Treasury and the Oil and Gas Authority must work together to create a low tax, high activity province which can continue to support the important supply chain based here and position our sector in the best place to take advantage of any potential upturn.”

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Notes to Editors
Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.
Issued by Lucy Coleman, Communications Manager, Oil & Gas UK – [email protected] and tel: 01224 577343.

Oil & Gas UK Announces Finalists of 2016 Awards

Oil & Gas UK has revealed the outstanding performers who make up the shortlist of finalists for the 10th anniversary of the trade body’s prestigious Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited.

Winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday 3 November – an event which regularly attracts well over 500 guests from throughout the oil and gas industry.

Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, said: “This special opportunity to recognise the talent, ingenuity and enterprise of people and companies is more important than ever when times are tough. Their commitment to industry efforts to improve efficiency will play an important and continuing role in restoring competitiveness to the sector.

“There are already impressive examples of innovative work practices and new ideas in action, which Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force is championing. However, the awards ceremony will present new and different projects which will demonstrate the achievements of this year’s outstanding individuals and enterprising companies.

“It is always challenging for the judges to draw up a shortlist of finalists from such a range of excellent candidates, having received almost 100 nominations in total across the categories, and we look forward to sharing their success stories with the wider industry in November. I would like to thank all those companies and individuals that have taken time to submit nominations this year. The response from the industry to the 2016 Oil & Gas UK awards has been terrific and clearly indicates the high calibre of companies and individuals working in the industry today to maximise economic recovery from the UKCS.”

In the company category, the finalists are:

Workforce Engagement – SME

  • Apollo
  • Merlin Energy Resources Ltd
  • PEAK Ltd

Workforce Engagement – Large Enterprise – sponsored by ECITB

  • Bilfinger Salamis UK
  • Chevron North Sea Ltd
  • Nexen Petroleum UK Limited

Business Innovation and Efficiency – SME

  • Cyberhawk Innovations
  • Photosynergy Ltd
  • Safehouse Habitats Scotland Ltd

Business Innovation and Efficiency – Large

  • Centrica
  • Maersk Oil/Amec Foster Wheeler/Bilfinger Salamis and Scopus
  • Peterson UK Ltd

Diversity and Inclusiveness

  • Amec Foster Wheeler
  • Centrica
  • Shell U.K. Limited

The finalists for the individual awards are:

Mentor of the Year        

  • Girish Kabra, Centrica
  • Alan Smith, Total E&P UK Ltd
  • Fiona Wong, Shell U.K. Limited

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OPITO

  • Sam Ash, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd
  • Kevin Crawford, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd
  • Louise Jamieson, Total E&P UK Ltd

Graduate of the Year    

  • Conan Cooper, Total E&P UK Ltd
  • Sarah-Alice Davies, Shell U.K. Limited
  • Richard Ekersley, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd

Finalists for the MER UK Award, sponsored by the Oil and Gas Authority will be announced in due course.

The Oil & Gas UK Awards 2016 will take place on the evening of Thursday 3 November at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. To book your place, click here.

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Notes to Editors

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Issued by Lucy Gordon, Communications Adviser, Oil & Gas UK at [email protected] and tel: 01224 577331.

 

 

Industry interest in decommissioning opportunities evident at Share Fair Spotlight

Three companies currently involved in decommissioning projects made it clear to a capacity audience at a specialist Share Fair, organised by Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force yesterday (September 8), that there are business opportunities available now for enterprising firms ready to take on the efficiency challenge and contribute to the sector’s efforts to improve competitiveness.

Fairfield Energy, Petrofac and Wood Group participated in the decommissioning-focused Share Fair Spotlight at Oil & Gas UK’s office in Aberdeen where delegates gained deeper insights into the supply chain services, goods and expertise these major clients require.

Fairfield Energy, currently in the process of decommissioning the Dunlin asset, talked about a range of decommissioning activities for which supply chain innovation and support is being sought.

Delegates heard from Wood Group that in 2015 alone, £1 billion had been spent by the industry on decommissioning, while Petrofac noted how the sector’s approach to working in this area is now changing in alignment with the industry’s need to work co-operatively to make the most of the business opportunities available.

Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, Stephen Marcos Jones, said: “We’ve seen a great response to the topic-focused Efficiency Spotlight events which have become very popular.  Participants say they are an ideal arena in which to gather information, network with industry peers and start the conversations which help both operators and the supply chain understand how and where they can work most effectively together.

“We welcomed delegates new to decommissioning who highlighted the value of the information available and the experts on hand to answer queries. For those familiar with the subject, they appreciated the opportunity to gain a deeper practical understanding of the tools available to deliver efficient late-life asset management plus the technical issues, and the sheer diversity of work scopes involved in decommissioning assignments.

“One of the most prominent themes was the urgent need for the sector to adopt a co-operative approach in business behaviours, which is one of the key priorities of Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force. Making this cultural change is vital to enable suppliers and their clients to work smarter and more efficiently to compete effectively for decommissioning opportunities, and carry out these activities safely and cost-effectively in an environmentally responsible manner.  “

While Oil & Gas UK plans future Efficiency Spotlight events, its flagship Share Fair event takes place on November 2 at Aberdeen Exhibition Conference Centre. This will provide a larger and wider platform where companies will openly share efficiency challenges facing their businesses, allowing attending delegates to identify and raise awareness of any potential solutions or mechanisms that could help unlock the full potential of the UKCS.”

Further information about the Share Fair is available here .

Issued by Oil & Gas UK Communications Team. Contact Communications Advisers Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331 / [email protected] or Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected].

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Safety champions announced at industry awards

The people and companies making a positive difference to North Sea safety were today (August 17) honoured for their efforts at a key industry event.

The Offshore Safety Awards – organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor – celebrated the work being done to make the industry the safest it can be.

A total of 18 companies and individuals were shortlisted as finalists in six categories. The audience at today’s event then voted by text for who they thought should win after watching the finalists present on their work and seeing video ‘selfies’ that they had also made.

Almost 300 people – which included representatives from across industry, MPs and MSPs and other stakeholders – attended the event which took place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The Award for Safety Leadership – sponsored by Nexen Petroleum and for an inspirational leader who motivates and engages their team to work safely – went to EnQuest Operations Manager Derek Ellington whose leadership has transformed the culture on one of the North Sea’s mature assets. Heather is now seen by peers as a motivational success story.

As Heather Offshore Installation Manager, Derek drove improved standards, coached all individuals on the platform, getting to know them, their values, skills and experience – ensuring they were crystal clear on the high safety standards and expectations. Under his leadership, now as an Operations Manager, Heather has significantly improved its efficiency and productivity while maintaining an excellent safety record.

The Award for Safety Representative of the Year – sponsored by Wood Group and for an enthusiastic and committed safety rep who is driving the safety agenda at their worksite went to Dave Thomson, who was nominated by CAN Group for his firm belief in the importance of protecting all his colleagues who work around him.

The company said the key skills of the Offshore Inspection Engineer and Elected Safety representative are his ability to identify unique and innovative ways to engage, raise awareness and get better understanding of important safety issues. Personable and approachable, he is held in very high esteem by his work colleagues, management and clients alike.

The Award for Innovation in Safety – sponsored by Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore and for a company which has put in place a clever process or technique to improve safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite – has gone to Baker Hughes which delivered the best HSE performance in the company history: a full year without recordable incidents which it achieved with the help of a novel approach leveraging gamification principles for enhancing HSE engagement.

The company undertook a series of steps that shifted the focus from HSE results, to the actions that drive these results, in order to foster an HSE culture where an incident-free workplace is the norm. It introduced an HSE scorecard focused on safety leadership indicators and gamification, called the HSE Tour of the UK. It was designed along the lines of a multi-stage cycling race in which participants (Product Lines’ teams) race (earn points) throughout the year to complete every stage (month) with the highest score. Every month the results are published displaying the stage score and the overall tour scores. At the end of the first and second half of the year a jersey called Top Dog Jersey is awarded to the team accumulating the most monthly top spots and at the end of the year the Yellow Jersey is awarded to the team that has led the HSE Tour overall.

Reinvigorating their network of Safety Representatives from largely inactive with no central hub of support, into an energised, motivated and actively supported group earned TAQA’s Allan Smillie, the company’s Telecoms Technical Authority, the Award for Workforce Engagement – sponsored by Halliburton, which recognises the active embracement of worker engagement on safety matters.

Recognising the inherent potential of the voluntary network, Allan began a reinvigoration process focused upon engagement, planning and raising awareness. He developed a multi-faceted training programme, introduced video conferences to allow Reps to share information, experiences and lessons. The programme has attracted interest from other operators and major contractors, keen to explore if they can replicate the approach. Similarly, industry organisations are using it to highlight best practice.

Continued commitment and investment in managing and supporting its workforce with the provision of an in-house occupational health service earned Stork, a Fluor company, the Award for Occupational Health – sponsored by Aker Solutions and which recognises an individual/team or company who has taken steps to actively improve the health of its workforce, with clearly demonstrable positive effects.

A need for the facility was identified due to the volume of Stork personnel that, because of their trade, could be exposed to occupational health hazards, and also because Stork has employees working in remote locations The purpose-built facility opened its doors last year and allows the company to tailor its support to the specific needs of the workforce.

A group working to further enhance the safety of offshore helicopter transportation has won the Award for Sharing and Learning – sponsored by Centrica and which recognises an individual/team or company that can demonstrate a learning and sharing culture either within their organisation, or who has made a significant contribution to health and safety through active participation in, or engagement with Oil & Gas UK or Step Change in Safety.

Russell Gould from Bristow Group and Malcom Garrington from CHC Helicopter lead HeliOffshore’s the Health & Usage Monitoring System or HUMS Support workgroup. HUMS are sensor-based systems that measure the health and performance of mission-critical components in aircraft. The workgroup launched HeliOffshore’s Health and Usage Monitoring System Best Practice and Implementation Guides. Their launch is the result of a highly engaged industry putting momentum behind actions that will make the greatest difference to safety and of the collaborative and global approach taken by the HUMs working group.

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK, said: “The six who emerged triumphant from their category are exceptionally worthy winners carrying out excellent work to further improve North Sea safety. However, all of the finalists in our Offshore Safety Awards are taking steps to make our industry the safest it can be, and all are to be applauded. I hope the many who attended our event today left feeling inspired and armed with fresh ideas to take back to their own workplace to help keep safety at the top of the agenda.”

Les Linklater, Executive Director of Oil & Gas UK, added: “All our finalists and winners are to be congratulated for playing their part to ensure that we continue make improvements in our safety performance as an industry. The format of today’s event was designed to facilitate sharing and learning and I am encouraged to hear from the event attendees that each and every one of them have taken something back to their respective organisations that can help them play their part in making us the safest oil and gas sector in the world. “

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Notes to Editors

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Issued by Jennifer Phillips, Communications Adviser, Oil & Gas UK. Contact: [email protected] and tel: 01224 577279.

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