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Safety champions announced at industry awards

The people and companies doing their utmost for offshore safety were today (August 23) recognised for their efforts at a key industry event. The winning entries of six categories were announced at the Offshore Safety Awards, jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor. Our Offshore Safety [...]

Offshore experiences to be shared at ceremony celebrating safety

Feedback from the frontline will be shared by an award-winning offshore safety rep at an industry celebration taking place on Wednesday (Aug 23). Stuart Mann will share some of his North Sea safety experiences at the Offshore Safety Awards organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety and taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference [...]

Still time to recognise industry talent

Organisers of a prestigious industry awards event have said it’s still not too late to recognise industry talent. Nominations for the Oil & Gas UK 2017 annual awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, will close on the afternoon of Friday 11 August. A key event in the upstream industry calendar, Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre [...]

Updated guidelines are prime example of industry collaboration

A suite of updated guidelines published today, which ultimately aim to ensure the safety of offshore wells, underline industry’s commitment to continuously improve, Oil and Gas UK said today. The trade body’s award winning guidelines are written by industry, for industry, and provide a true reflection and balanced perspective on industry good [...]

Event heralded as opportunity for oil and gas supply chain

Supply chain firms supporting the oil and gas sector have been urged to grab an opportunity for growth and innovation as leading trade organisation Oil & Gas UK launched its 2017 Share Fair. The high profile one-day event will be hosted at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 1. Its distinctive format attracted over 650 delegates [...]

Brexit cities report – Oil & Gas UK response

The trade body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has given its response to the Brexit, trade and the economic impacts on UK Cities report from the Centre for Economic Performance and Centre for Cities at the London School of Economics. Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “We have yet to see details of this report but [...]

Key report shows safety further improving in UK offshore oil and gas

The latest annual health and safety data published for the UK offshore oil and gas industry signals a continued trend of improving performance despite 2016 being a challenging year, says Oil & Gas UK. The sector’s trade body today (July 27) publishes its Health & Safety Report 2017 - capturing the significant trends, issues and themes of [...]

30th Licensing Round welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

  Oil & Gas UK has today welcomed the announcement by the Oil and Gas Authority that it has launched its 30th Offshore Licensing Round focusing on mature areas of the UKCS. Oil & Gas UK's upstream policy director, Mike Tholen, said: “The launch of the 30th Offshore Licensing Round offers companies the exciting opportunity to [...]

New guidelines launched in effort to boost production efficiency

Highly anticipated industry guidelines designed to boost production efficiency in the UK Continental Shelf have been published by Oil & Gas UK. Between 2004 and 2012 the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) faced the significant challenge of a sustained decline in levels of production efficiency (PE), falling from 80 per cent to 60 per cent.   [...]

Pioneering petroleum data management course celebrates inaugural graduates

A pioneering university course, aimed at helping companies extract greater value from subsurface data and support efforts to maximise exploration and production success, celebrates its inaugural graduates today (Wednesday 12 July). Fourteen students from across the globe, including Brazil, Ghana and the Netherlands, will be the first to be awarded [...]

Statement in response to CAA announcement on lifting of restrictions on Super Puma helicopters

Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: "We note the Civil Aviation Authority's announcement of plans to lift the restrictions in place on the H225LP and AS332L2 Airbus helicopters. This announcement does not mean an immediate return to service of these helicopters in the UK and it will be for individual oil and gas companies [...]

Recognise an outstanding performer at the Oil & Gas UK Awards

It’s time to recognise and celebrate industry’s inspirational people and companies as Oil & Gas UK invites nominations for its 2017 annual award ceremony, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited. A key event in the upstream industry calendar, Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre is the venue for the November 2 awards which are expected to [...]

Offshore Safety Awards Finalists Revealed

Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety have announced this year’s outstanding individuals and enterprising companies who make up the shortlist of finalists for the Offshore Safety Awards. The awards - with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor - celebrate those who go beyond the call of duty to make the UK Continental Shelf one of the safest oil [...]

Job boost created by Statoil’s Mariner project welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

Following Statoil’s confirmation that 1500 offshore positions will be supported by the hook up and commissioning of its  Mariner development project, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “This is great news for the highly skilled people working in our industry and demonstrates yet again the positive future of the basin. [...]

First gas from Cayley welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

The announcement today (June 28) from Repsol Sinopec that first gas has been delivered from the Cayley field has been welcomed by Oil & Gas UK.   Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “This is the sixth major development to reach first production so far in 2017 and therefore another very welcome announcement, underlining [...]

Delivering competitive decommissioning in a $50 per barrel world

The challenge of ensuring safe, cost-effective and environmentally responsible decommissioning of UK oil and gas installations in demanding business conditions is Oil & Gas UK’s theme for a breakfast briefing in London on Thursday June 29. Experts invited to speak at the Delivering the Competitive Advantage in a $50 World’ event include Oil [...]

Kraken first oil welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

Oil & Gas UK has welcomed the announcement today (26 June) from EnQuest that first oil from the Kraken development has been delivered. Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, said: “This is very welcome news from EnQuest and further confirmation of the potential of the UK Continental Shelf. The pursuit of oil and gas is always challenging and EnQuest [...]

Investment in new technology projects welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

In response to the Oil and Gas Technology Centre's  £1.6 million investment in new projects. Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, said: “We are delighted that the OGTC is now making material investments in new technology. Asset integrity and well construction are two of the industry’s priority technology themes. [...]

Oil & Gas UK response to the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce 2017 Oil and Gas Survey

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “It is heartening to see that as the industry continues to tackle the downturn by focusing on improving its competitiveness, confidence in some companies is rising. This mood of cautious optimism was evident at our Oil and Gas Industry conference where we reinforced that it’s our own [...]

General Election – response from Oil & Gas UK

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “We look forward to working with the new Government as it is formed. We are clear about our priorities – promoting the measures which ensure the continued success of our industry in the prevailing climate. To that end, we need a UK energy policy which realises the full benefits of the UK’s [...]

Buchan Alpha arrives in Shetland for disposal

The contract for disposal was internationally tendered and awarded to Veolia working with their strategic partner in decommissioning, Peterson, who have a proven safety and environmental track record in the decommissioning of oil and gas assets. The work will be carried out at the Dales Voe site in Lerwick. Buchan Alpha is believed to be the first major [...]

Xodus appoints new director to drive decommissioning strategy

Xodus Group has appointed Enrico Salardi as its decommissioning director to lead the company’s experienced ‘decom division’ which was formed in 2015. Mr Salardi has more than 20 years’ experience in the management of oil and gas assets. He joins Xodus from operator Quadrant Energy where he was senior project manager for a number of decommissioning [...]

Bentley announces finalists in 2017 Be Inspired Awards

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, announced the finalists in the 2017 Be Inspired Awards programme. The annual awards honour the work of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction and operations throughout the world. Ten independent jury panels [...]

Parkmead completes important UK gas area acquisition

Parkmead, the UK and Netherlands focused independent oil and gas group, is delighted to announce that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of a 50% interest in the UK North Sea Licence P.2209. from Verus Petroleum (SNS) Limited, which contains the Farne Extension prospect and a further four prospective leads. Read more… Read more

ENGIE E&P UK announces first gas from Cygnus Bravo in southern North Sea

First gas has been exported from Cygnus Bravo, the satellite wellhead platform in the Southern North Sea’s Cygnus development, operated by ENGIE E&P UK Limited. On the morning of Tuesday 1st August first gas from Bravo was exported 7km SE to Cygnus Alpha, which itself has been at a plateau of 250 million cubic feet per day since 13th December [...]

Petrofac awarded study to improve maintenance management performance

Petrofac has been awarded a research study from the Energy Institute’s Process Safety Committee in a bid to help improve maintenance management performance across the oil and gas industry. Under the terms of the agreement, Petrofac will conduct interviews and deliver a workshop with several international Operators, industry bodies and regulators. [...]

NEL leads European multiphase flow measurement standardisation programme

NEL is leading a major research programme that will enhance flow measurement standardisation across Europe between multiphase flow metrology testing facilities. The new three-year project is part of the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research the main European programme for the scientific study of measurement. Called MultiFlowMet II, [...]

Expro secures 26 well abandonment contract for UK North Sea multi-field campaign

Expro has been awarded a substantial contract from global oil and gas company Maersk Oil for the provision of subsea and well test services on two offshore units in the North Sea. The contract will extend the long-standing partnership between the two companies until 2020, for well abandonment services on two rigs, for a 26 well campaign across the Janice, [...]

New variable pressure 400 scfm air compressors now available for rental from Airpac Bukom

Airpac Bukom, the oil and gas division of rental specialist Vp plc, is pleased to announce availability of its new 400 scfm air compressors. Airpac Bukom’s latest air compressor model can be supplied as either a mobile wheeled unit for onshore use or in a DNV 2.7-1 cage for offshore use. Read more… Read more

Bibby Offshore completes significant decommissioning contract with Maersk Oil UK

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has announced a multimillion pound contract with a global energy player, Maersk Oil UK, to provide both late life production enhancement and decommissioning support in the North Sea. The contract saw Bibby Offshore’s diving support vessel Bibby Polaris operate at two [...]

New investment increases Briggs Marine Contractors Diving Division capabilities

As part of its ongoing growth plans, Briggs Marine Contractors has made a six-figure investment into its diving division’s capabilities with the purchase of a dual basket diver Launch and Recovery System (LARS). The system, which was manufactured by Submarine Manufacturing Products Ltd (SMP), comes as Briggs experiences increased demand for safe, [...]

Stena Drilling extends inspection contract with Sparrows Group

Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels. The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys, cargo carrying unit (CCU) and non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections as well as rig [...]

Veolia and Peterson facility at Great Yarmouth receives the first offshore structure for decommissioning

Veolia and Peterson have accepted the first offshore structure into their Great Yarmouth decommissioning facility. The Shell Leman BH platform accommodation block, known as the ‘topside’, arrived into the harbour on 11th July and the 50m-high steel jacket structure that supported the topside is due to follow later in July. The topside, which was [...]

Sparrow secures inspection contract extension with Stena Drilling

Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels. The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys, cargo carrying unit (CCU) and non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections as well as rig specific [...]

DNV GL increases research and testing portfolio in UK

DNV GL has reorganised their research and testing capability in the UK adding a facility at Bishop Auckland, County Durham, UK, to the portfolio. The site, formerly known as the Flow Centre, has been positioned to complement and enhance the research and testing capability at Spadeadam in Cumbria, increasing the scope across the two centres. Read more… Read more

Expro continues RoSPA safety success

Expro, has been presented with a fourth President’s Award at RoSPA’s (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2017 – building on 12 consecutive years of awards from this key industry organisation. The company has been recognised by RoSPA every year since 2005, receiving four oil and gas sector awards [...]

Wood Group wins Maersk Culzean field contract

Wood Group has been awarded a new contract by Maersk to deliver mechanical and management services for the hook-up and commissioning of the Culzean gas condensate field in the UK central North Sea. At peak manning, approximately 200 new jobs will be created by the project to support the new three platform, high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) development, [...]

EM&I’s NoMan takes a leaf from nuclear industry

The industry has been urgently pursuing innovations which reduce the safety risk and costs of putting people into confined spaces. EM&I have risen to the challenge with NoMan®, an innovation encouraged by the HITS JIP. NoMan bucks the trend of using UAVs and instead takes a leaf out of the nuclear industry book by using high performance cameras [...]

Bilfinger Culzean contract creates 300 jobs

Bilfinger Salamis UK has been awarded a contract for provision of services in the preparation and installation of Maersk Oil North Sea’s new gas production field, Culzean, creating up to 300 jobs. Read more… Read more

EnQuest announces first oil from Kraken

EnQuest confirms that first oil from the Kraken development was delivered on 23 June 2017.  During the initial ramp-up period, the 13 wells that have been drilled and completed to date, comprising 7 producers and 6 injectors, are being brought online in a phased manner, to maximise long term productivity and value. Read more… Read more

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