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Exceptional Performers Sought for Oil & Gas UK’s Tenth Annual Awards

Nominations have opened for the Oil & Gas UK Awards which give oil and gas companies of all sizes, as well as individuals, the opportunity to be recognised for their outstanding contribution to the industry. Shell U.K. Limited is sponsoring the Awards which will take place at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday 3 November. [...]

Oil & Gas UK Welcomes New Cabinet Appointments

Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “I’d like to congratulate the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and his cabinet colleagues on their appointments.   “We will be looking to meet with Mr Clark as soon as possible to discuss the challenges our industry [...]

Oil & Gas UK congratulates Theresa May on appointment as Prime Minister

Oil & Gas UK congratulates the Rt Hon Theresa May MP on becoming leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. As the leading trade association for the offshore oil and gas industry in the UK, representing over 450 members across the sector, we look forward to continuing our constructive relationship with the UK Government.   Oil [...]

Oil & Gas UK Responds to the Result of Unite Ballot

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “Oil & Gas UK is extremely disappointed to hear the outcome of the ballot called by Unite announced today. Industrial action can only add to the industry’s challenges as it focuses on tackling the current downturn to restore North Sea competitiveness and sustain jobs in the industry [...]

Oil & Gas UK Welcomes News that the OGA has awarded contracts for second £20 million UK seismic campaign

Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK's upstream policy director, said: “We welcome the news that the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded the contracts to acquire seismic data from the East Shetland Platform and South West Britain.  Data gathered from these underexplored areas on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) will help inform future licensing rounds [...]

Petrofac’s Walter Thain to lead offshore oil and gas industry efficiency drive

Walter Thain, managing director of Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services (EPS) West business, is to lead the UK offshore oil and gas industry’s efficiency drive as chairman of the Oil & Gas UK Efficiency Taskforce (ETF), it was announced today (Thursday, 7 July).   Launched last year to provide the catalyst for greater [...]

Oil & Gas UK’s response to the publication of the Oil and Gas Authority’s Decommissioning Strategy

Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, Mike Tholen, said: “We welcome the publication of the Oil and Gas Authority’s Decommissioning Strategy.  The industry has been working on closely with the OGA on the content of the strategy and looks forward to reviewing the detailed proposals now published. In the years to come, billions of [...]

Oil & Gas UK comments on interim report from the Air Accident Investigation Board Norway

Mick Borwell, health, safety and environment policy director with Oil & Gas UK said: "We note the latest developments of the investigation and support the continued suspension of the aircraft while the investigation continues. We will maintain regular contact with North Sea operators and helicopter operators and work with them to support the safe [...]

Oil & Gas UK statement on EU Referendum outcome

Oil & Gas UK respects the democratic decision of the UK people and we are ready to move forward. Throughout the referendum campaign Oil & Gas UK has maintained its political neutrality – we are a trade association with a broad range of members who will undoubtedly have their own views on EU membership. As ever, our role is to represent [...]

Animation highlights industry’s efficiency drive

Oil & Gas UK is today (Wednesday 22 June) releasing a new animation focusing on industry’s drive to improve its efficiency. The animation calls on companies and individuals to rally behind the Industry Behaviours Charter, which the industry’s Efficiency Taskforce launched at the end of last year. https://vimeo.com/170788055 Oil & [...]

Conference showed North Sea ‘very much open for business’

The UK oil and gas industry may be gripped by a downturn but a lot of positivity has emerged from the two-day conference organised by trade body Oil & Gas UK and which concluded today (June 15) in Aberdeen.   Almost 500 delegates attended the “UKCS: Open for Business” themed event – sponsored by PwC - and heard about the initiatives [...]

North Sea ‘open for business’ – hundreds of delegates will hear

Hundreds of delegates will today and tomorrow (June 14, 15) hear of the transition underway to secure the future of the UK oil and gas sector challenged by a downturn that has claimed thousands of jobs. Examples of action taken to make industry more efficient in how it works will be shared with the 450-plus attending the annual conference, sponsored [...]

Oil & Gas UK reaction to latest PwC report

Oil & Gas UK Spokesperson: “We are pleased that PwC is formally launching their report ‘A Sea Change – The future of North Sea Oil & Gas’, at our Annual Conference, ‘The UK Oil and Gas Industry: Open for Business’, taking place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on June 14 and 15. The report provides interesting insights [...]

Cabinet Secretary for Scotland Keith Brown to Address Oil & Gas UK Conference

10 June 2016   Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, will address Oil & Gas UK’s annual conference when it gets underway in Aberdeen next week (June 14, 15).   The Scottish Minister is one of the key speakers at the trade body’s UK Oil and Gas Industry – Open for Business event taking [...]

Oil & Gas UK figures show impact of oil price downturn on jobs

Jobs supported by the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, currently under the severe strain of continued low oil prices, will have fallen by the end of 2016 by an estimated 120,000 since their peak in 2014.   New employment figures based on the latest published data have been released today (10 June 2016) by industry trade body Oil & [...]

EU: in or out debate at Oil & Gas UK conference

The big question over whether the UK should remain within the European Union will be debated next week by leading figures from both sides at Oil & Gas UK’s annual conference. The UK Oil and Gas Industry: Open for Business conference is taking place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on June 14 and 15 - the week before the EU referendum. The [...]

Analysis of how to maximise investment in the mature UKCS at key conference

The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that the UK Continental Shelf present will be outlined by one of the key speakers at the annual Oil & Gas UK conference taking place in Aberdeen on June 14 and 15. The management of North Sea infrastructure, the decisions needed over the next five years to keep operations stable, the opportunities [...]

Oil & Gas UK Welcomes Visit to Aberdeen by Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work and Minister for Business Innovation and Energy

Following the visit to Aberdeen today, by Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown MSP, and Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, to meet leading figures in the oil and gas industry, Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK chief executive, said: "Today’s visit was both a strong signal that the new [...]

UK and Norway suspension of EC225LP and AS332L2 helicopters

Following a preliminary finding from the Accident Investigation Branch Norway (AIBN) that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) take immediate action to ensure the safety of the Airbus Helicopters H225 main gear box, and then the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) extending the suspension of flights to cover search and rescue flights, Mick Borwell, [...]

Advice from other sectors to be given at Oil & Gas UK conference

Delegates attending Oil & Gas UK’s annual conference will be able to take lessons from other sectors which have adapted and evolved to emerge from their own form of downturn. Nora Senior, current President of the British Chambers of Commerce and Chair of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, will give insights as to how other industries have either [...]

Petrofac appoints senior vice president

Petrofac has appointed Dave Blackburn, formerly of Hess Corporation, as Senior Vice President Engineering and Operations, based in Aberdeen. Forming part of Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services (EPS) West leadership team, Dave will be responsible for the business unit’s engineering and operations services across Europe, encapsulating [...]

TWMA shows support for Peterhead community

TWMA, a global leader in the provision of integrated drilling waste management and environmental services, is delighted to support the local community by sponsoring Peterhead FC’s Summer Coaching Programme. The annual programme is open to children aged 5-12 and aims to help the youngsters improve their football skills and confidence in a safe, fun [...]

Stork awarded multi-services contract by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK

Stork, a global provider of maintenance, modification and asset integrity services to a range of sectors, has been awarded a two-year fabric maintenance and asset support services contract by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited across six of their North Sea assets. Stork will deliver a range of integrated fabric maintenance services, access solutions [...]

Aberdeen Drilling Consultants awarded contract by BP

Aberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC), a rig inspection consultancy based in Scotland, has been awarded a contract by BP to provide engineering services globally. ADC will provide support in more than 14 countries worldwide. It will deliver rig site assessments at all stages of operations, technical and marine assurance audits, dropped object/incident [...]

Bilfinger awarded major fabric maintenance contract with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK

Bilfinger Salamis UK is to provide fabric maintenance on Repsol Sinopec Resources UK core operational assets following a major contract award. The contract award sees Bilfinger Salamis provide a full range of fabric maintenance, scaffolding and access services to Repsol Sinopec Resources UK’s Piper, Claymore, Tartan, Clyde and Bleo Holm offshore [...]

Two North Sea contract wins for Amec Foster Wheeler

Amec Foster Wheeler announces the award of two long-term major services contracts as part of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK's long-term transformation and long-term commitment to the North Sea. The new contracts are for the provision of maintenance and construction labour and engineering support services, covering its offshore operated assets and the [...]

Petrofac to support Repsol Sinopec’s transformation plan

As part of its revised approach Repsol Sinopec Resources UK has awarded Petrofac two major contracts to support significant areas of its business both in the provision of engineering support services and onshore and offshore personnel.  Petrofac has been awarded a three-year engineering support services contract as a tier 1 contractor for major brownfield [...]

EM&I Awarded Contract in Angola

EM&I have been awarded a new contract for diverless UWILD inspections on a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel due to be deployed in Angol to service the Cabaça North and Cabaça Southeast fields. Read more... Read more

Greta Lydecker named managing director of Chevron Upstream Europe

Chevron North Sea Limited has announced that Greta Lydecker has been appointed managing director of Chevron Upstream Europe, based in Aberdeen, starting 11 July 2016. Greta succeeds Craig May, who was recently appointed to the role of vice president, Upstream Capability, based in Houston. Greta comes to Aberdeen from Bakersfield, California, where she [...]

Petrofac appointed well operator for Hurricane Energy

Petrofac has been appointed well operator by Hurricane Energy in a three-year contract to support wells located West of Shetland. Petrofac is the first outsourced well operator to manage a drilling campaign on the UK Continental Shelf under new regulations set by the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator – with drilling having commenced on the Lancaster [...]

GE and NOV announce collaboration to digitise floating production

National Oilwell Varco, Inc and GE Oil & Gas have agreed to collaborate on delivering integrated solutions for floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels. The agreement brings together their complementary product offerings and engineering capabilities to optimise engineering design and supply comprehensive topside solutions for FPSO [...]

BP awards Bibby Offshore combined diving campaign

Bibby Offshore has successfully secured an important contract with BP. The 15 day project, due to commence in August 2016, will see diving support vessel Bibby Topaz working on four BP operations the Central North Sea-based asset Bruce, east of Shetland-based Magnus, and the Mirren field, which is part of the Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) - one [...]

Lokring Northern (UK) offers free training to engineering apprentices

Lokring Northern, provider of weld equivalent mechanical fittings, has provided free training for 50 final-year mechanical apprentices at TTE Training Ltd. This is the first time Lokring has offered this course for a training college. The course gave the apprentices an insight into the technology behind Lokring and a solid understanding of how the fittings [...]

TWMA Secures £1.5million North Sea Contract with Apache

Global integrated drilling waste management and environmental services firm, TWMA, has recently secured a £1.5million contract with Apache on the WilPhoenix platform in the North Sea Beryl field. As part of TWMA’s fully integrated waste management solution, the one year (with one year option) contract will use the company’s award-winning TCC [...]

EnQuest reveals encouraging results from Central North Sea Eagle exploration well

The implementation of EnQuest’s 2016 drilling programme in the Central North Sea has been excellent.  Drilling of the Scolty/Crathes development wells was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.  The Scolty reservoir was on prognosis and the Crathes reservoir exceeded expectations, with a small reserves upgrade. Read more… Read more

Bristow Celebrates One-year Anniversary of Operations at Caernarfon SAR

1 July 2016 marks the one-year anniversary since the go-live of the Caernarfon Search and Rescue Coastguard helicopter base in North Wales. The third UK SAR base to begin taking taskings in 2015, Caernarfon SAR has flown more than 500 mission hours and rescued or assisted more than 200 people. Read more… Read more

Bentley and Shell announce global framework agreement

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced a new Global Framework Agreement with Shell. The agreement serves to improve Shell’s capital project construction execution through automated 4D/5D construction management solutions provided by Bentley as a managed [...]

Fraser Well Management Opens Aberdeen Office

Leading well project management company has underlined its confidence in the North East by opening a new office in Aberdeen. The company has delivered high quality results throughout its track record of 60 wells in its 11-year history and is equipped to deliver safe, efficient operations for all clients. In addition to well project management, Fraser [...]

ACE Winches strengthens senior management team with appointment of hire and services director

Leading global deck machinery specialist, ACE Winches, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Chris Dixon as Hire and Services Director.  Chris brings more than 20 years engineering and management experience in the oil and gas industry and holds a BSc Honours degree in Engineering Technology. He joins ACE Winches from Stork [...]

Bristow launches new service out of Scatsta Airport

Bristow Helicopters Limited today announced the launch of Bristow Logistics Services Shetland (BLSS) to transport oil and gas workers through Scatsta Airport. Bristow will contract with new clients on a direct basis, effectively utilizing Scatsta as an airport operating multiple contracts. The new service is a partnership between Bristow and Eastern [...]

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