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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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Oil and Gas Industry Collaboration to Help Simplify Commercial and Legal Practices

A rising number of UK operator companies are demonstrating their commitment to working smarter by signing up to two initiatives designed to reduce the legal and commercial complexity of offshore operations. As a result of collaboration between UK operators, supported by Oil & Gas UK and the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), increasing take up of new [...]

Oil and gas industry has ‘cleared the first hurdle’ in collaboration drive, survey shows

Request a copy of the UKCS upstream supply chain collaboration survey The oil and gas industry has ‘cleared the first hurdle’ in its drive for better collaboration but there is still more work to be done, according to a new survey by Oil & Gas UK and Deloitte. The ‘UKCS upstream supply chain collaboration survey’ asked British and [...]

Environmental performance of oil and gas sector captured in key report

Discharges to sea and emissions to the air by the UK’s oil and gas industry have been on an overall downward trend over the last 15 years, according to a key report published today (November 29) by the sector’s trade body. The trend echoes the decline of UK oil and gas production together with effective process management and industry’s use [...]

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 [...]

Modern data science unlocks over 50 years of UKCS data

The results of the first Unstructured Data Challenge 2016 set by Common Data Access (CDA) to identify opportunities for extracting further value from UK North Sea exploration data will be shared at an industry workshop on November 30 at the Village Hotel in Aberdeen. CDA, a subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK and provider of data management services for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Oil & Gas UK Calling on Government for a Recommitment to the Industry

Trade body Oil & Gas UK has written to the Chancellor asking him to use his Autumn Statement later this month to help boost investor confidence in North Sea exploration and production. The North Sea oil and gas industry currently faces fierce global competition to attract investment, with the combined challenges of a low oil price, a maturing [...]

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 [...]

Winners of Oil & Gas UK Awards 2016 Announced

The winners of the Oil & Gas UK Awards 2016, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, were announced last night in Aberdeen. Winners were presented with their awards at an evening ceremony on Thursday 3rd November, where over 450 people from across the oil and gas industry gathered to celebrate their company and individual achievements. Oil & Gas [...]

Share Fair Provides Platform to Highlight UKCS Opportunities and Industry Efficiency Tools

Oil & Gas UK’s Share Fair, which aims to shine a brighter light on the business opportunities available on the UK Continental Shelf, attracted almost 700 people to Aberdeen's Exhibition and Conference Centre from across the industry’s world class supply chain including operators, contractors and SMEs yesterday ( November 3). In welcoming [...]

Oil & Gas UK Publishes Guidelines on High Pressure High Temperature Wells

In line with its commitment to continually reviewing and improving the safety and performance of all aspects of well practices on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), Oil & Gas UK is today (October 28) releasing new guidelines on wells with high pressure high temperature (HPHT) properties. Mike Tholen, upstream policy director, at Oil & Gas UK, [...]

Managing Cumulative Risk – New Guidelines from Oil & Gas UK

New guidelines for managing risk in the UK offshore oil and gas industry have been published by Oil & Gas UK. Safety experts from across the industry worked to develop the Cumulative Risk Guidelines, which aim to increase awareness of cumulative risk and provide guidance on how to manage it. Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy [...]

High Demand Expected as Oil & Gas UK Opens Bookings for One-to-Ones at 2016 Share Fair

Bookings are now open for one-to-one appointments between supply chain firms and the operator and major contractor companies at Oil & Gas UK's 2016 Share Fair. These one-to-ones will promote engagement and help illuminate the sector’s business opportunities at this event in Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 2. Ken Cruickshank, [...]

Oil & Gas UK’s Response to the Publication of the European Aviation Safety Agency’s Investigation into the Norwegian Helicopter Accident

Mick Borwell, Oil & Gas UK’s HSE policy director, said: “While we welcome the news that the EASA has published its report into the Norwegian helicopter accident in April 2016, and will be studying it in detail, we should also await the findings of the CAA investigation which will be published in due course. Inevitably, concerns remain [...]

Oil & Gas UK Makes Four Board Appointments

Oil & Gas UK, the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas sector, has announced today (October 4) that it has appointed four new members to its board. Cory L. Loegering, region vice president and managing director for Apache North Sea; Robin Allan, Premier Oil’s director, North Sea and Exploration; and Bill Dunnett, managing [...]

Report highlights improved competitiveness of UK oil and gas industry but fresh investment is now vital

Industry efficiencies are driving a 45% drop in the cost of extracting a barrel of oil or gas from the UKCS Production up by 10.4% in 2015, the first increase in 15 years Major challenges remain, with record low exploration and a lack of capital investment   Oil & Gas UK’s Economic Report 2016 published today (27 September [...]

Peterson strengthens leadership team with new appointment

International energy logistics provider Peterson has appointed Sarah Forbes as director projects and innovation.  The appointment follows an investment by Peterson in Core 29, the project management and consultancy business founded by Ms Forbes in Aberdeen in 2012. Ms Forbes has 15 years’ industry experience in a number of senior roles focused on [...]

Iqarus strengthens leadership team with appointment of Dr Rikard Moen

Iqarus, the global provider of intelligent health solutions in demanding and complex operating environments, has announced the appointment of Dr Rikard Moen as chief medical officer. In this newly created role, Dr Moen will oversee the company’s medical and clinical governance as well as provide strategic and technical operational support for the [...]

ACE Winches secures spooling contract with Oceaneering

ACE Winches, has secured a spooling contract with Oceaneering for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project. The contract will be the first time ACE Winches’ newly developed 500te reel drive system is used. The tool is an upgrade of its existing 400te system that has been engineered and manufactured at ACE Winches facilities [...]

Bilfinger’s North Sea contract extension secures 150 jobs

Bilfinger Salamis UK has secured a significant contract extension, securing employment for over 150 personnel. The contract extension is for a period of three years, with the option to extend for a further two years. Read more... Read more

First rigs to arrive for decommissioning in Great Yarmouth

The Veolia-Peterson partnership has been awarded two platform decommissioning contracts for recycling at their facility in Great Yarmouth. With an aim of reaching 96 per cent recycling rates the work to recycle materials and assets is expected to begin in spring 2017 when the platforms arrive onshore. Read more... Read more

Kishorn Port invests £500k in its dry dock

Kishorn Port Ltd, the joint venture that is seeking to resurrect the redundant oil fabrication yard at Kishorn on the west coast of Scotland, has commenced the first phase of re-instating the dry dock on the site. With the continuing support of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, a contract has been issued to Harris Pye, a Welsh marine engineering company, [...]

Schlumberger acquires Peak Well Systems

Schlumberger has announced the acquisition of Peak Well Systems (Peak), a leading specialist in the design and development of advanced downhole tools for flow control, well intervention and well integrity. The addition of Peak’s mechanical and remedial solutions for cased-hole well intervention strengthens the Schlumberger production services portfolio [...]

Expro strengthens well abandonment services with senior project manager appointment

Expro, has strengthened its well abandonment services with the appointment of senior project manager, Bill Inglis. Expro launched four new business capabilities last year, including fully integrated well abandonment services encompassing late-life reservoir management, permanent reservoir abandonment and post abandonment monitoring. Bill brings more [...]

NEL helps oil and gas industry reduce financial burden of heavy oil measurement

NEL, the flow measurement R&D specialist, has developed a novel method for calculating Reynolds numbers in real-time using a differential pressure flow meter, delivering increased confidence in measurement results and fiscal accuracy. Read more... Read more

ACE Winches celebrates a five star grading in the British Safety Council’s occupational health and safety audit

ACE Winches is pleased to announce it has achieved a five star grading in the British Safety Council's Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit. ACE Winches underwent a detailed, quantified and objective evaluation of its occupational health and safety management system, with its performance measured against a number of key safety management indicators. [...]

Iqarus launches interactive medical training for media working in remote and dangerous locations

A new interactive training course for media and production crews operating in dangerous environments has been launched aiming to provide life-saving skills through dynamic simulations. Designed by former Special Forces medical experts at Iqarus, who have decades of experience of supporting media teams, the Media Operations Emergency Training provides [...]

Peterson awarded marine services contract with ENGIE

International energy logistics provider Peterson has been awarded a contract for marine services by ENGIE E&P UK Limited.  The contract, managed out of Aberdeen, covers the provision of marine warranty and assurance services in support of ENGIE’s operations across the UK Continental Shelf. Read more... Read more

New partnerships and increased activity make 2016 a success for Exceed

Well management and performance improvement specialist Exceed has reported a positive year in 2016, including a recruitment drive resulting from increased activity both internationally and in the North Sea. Read more... Read more

Iqarus launches Aberdeen training centre for medics and remote workers

Iqarus has launched a new training centre for offshore medics, emergency response teams and people who work in remote and challenging environments. The site, in Dyce, Aberdeen, located next to fire training centre, includes more than 4,000sq ft of state-of-the-art clinical training rooms, classrooms and instructor offices. The new site will host bespoke [...]

Intertek appointed for specialist study related to possible impacts of rock dump from oil and gas decommissioning on mobile sandbanks

Intertek, a total quality assurance provider to industries worldwide, announces that its energy and water experts have been appointed by the UK’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee to undertake a study of potential impacts associated with rock dumping during the decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure on mobile sandbanks. The study will focus [...]

New premises strengthens Lokring Northern’s growth plans

Lokring Northern (UK), provider of advanced fluid and gas transfer connectors, has announced the expansion of its Aberdeen office to accommodate company growth and increasing staff numbers. The new premises is double the size of the previous Aberdeen headquarters, with capacity for improved training facilities and office space. Read more

NEL densitometer calibration facility reduces instrument calibration time by 30 per cent

NEL, the flow measurement specialist, has completed a major upgrade of its Densitometer Calibration Facility – the only independent calibration facility of this type in the UK. The newly upgraded test facility will significantly reduce instrument testing turnaround times by 30 per cent. The facility’s enhanced capabilities allow greater flexibility [...]

Bibby Offshore wins significant North Sea contract with Shell

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, today announced that it has secured a significant contract with Shell.  The campaign, due to commence in Q1 2017, will see Bibby Offshore provide engineering and subsea construction activities in the Gannet G field in the Central North Sea. Read more…  Read more

BP announces start of drilling on new carboniferous prospect in southern North Sea

BP has announced that drilling has commenced on a potential carboniferous gas play in southern North Sea block 43/26a that, if successful, could open up a new phase of development in the region. The well, being drilled with partners Perenco and Premier, will test the potential of a deep carboniferous age horizon several hundred metres beneath the mature [...]

Petrofac’s integrated approach secures North Sea contract extension

Petrofac is set to build on its provision of integrated support services on the Cygnus gas field following the award of a four and a half-year contract extension. The extension to December 2021 is worth in the region of US$70 million and includes the provision of enhanced construction services and production supervision, as well as the existing pre-operations, [...]

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