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Oil & Gas UK today (Wednesday 2nd September) formally announces the launch of the Efficiency Task Force (ETF) – a group tasked with driving improvement, making the sector more competitive, and supporting the drive to maximise economic recovery from the UK continental shelf, at a meeting of the trade association’s operator and contractor councils. Oil & Gas UK is tak...
Wednesday 2 September , 2015
Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie, commented: “Oil & Gas UK welcomes the development approval of the largest new field discovered in the UK North Sea in more than a decade. “Maersk Oil’s Culzean field is expected to produce enough gas to meet five per cent of total UK demand at peak production. This is positive news indeed, as according to figures from the Depart...
Monday 31 August , 2015
Oil & Gas UK, the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, today (25 August) announces a number of appointments of member company representatives to its Board with immediate effect. Alan Corbett, managing director at Bristow Helicopters, will represent the aviation sector on the Board, replacing Richard Mintern of Babcock International Group. ...
Tuesday 25 August , 2015
Robert Paterson, health & safety director at Oil & Gas UK said:  “Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of those lost in the helicopter crash off Shetland two years ago. “We had hoped that the Air Accident Investigation Branch report into the accident would have been published by now as we are keenly awaiting its findings. “Since that tragedy a number of m...
Thursday 20 August , 2015
Commenting on BALPA members’ support for a ballot on strike action, Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “In light of the damage to competitiveness driven by rising costs and exacerbated by the falling oil price, companies on the UK Continental Shelf have been working hard to improve efficiency and reduce expenditure. Regretfully, this transformation is not without di...
Thursday 20 August , 2015
Hot topics on the agenda at Oil & Gas UK’s second annual legal conference, at Crieff Hydro on September 23 and 24, include the progress of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the Energy Bill. Simon Toole, OGA’s director of licensing and legal, will update delegates on the formation of the OGA, the role of his department, the legal framework for disputes and the MERUK (maximising economi...
Wednesday 19 August , 2015
Potential entrants for the Oil & Gas UK Awards 2015 have an extra week to submit their nominations as Oil & Gas UK has granted an extension to the deadline for nominations until 5pm on Friday 21 August due to the level of interest. Nominations for the recently-launched Oil and Gas Authority MER UK Award, however,...
Friday 14 August , 2015
“Oil & Gas UK is disappointed to learn that BALPA members have called for a ballot on strike action. The combination of high costs and lower oil prices is proving extremely testing for the industry and operators and contractors across the sector are having to adapt to the challenging business environment. Difficult decisions must be made; however, safety remains a core value at the heart of ...
Friday 14 August , 2015
Funds to help pay for the ongoing maintenance of the North Sea Memorial Garden in Aberdeen that pays tribute to the 167 men who lost their lives in the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster are being handed over today (Thursday, 13 August). Oil & Gas UK is giving the Pound for Piper Memorial Trust just over...
Thursday 13 August , 2015
Bookings are now open for a series of business briefings in Norwich, Newcastle and London which Oil & Gas UK is hosting to present the results of its 2015 Economic Report. These events taking place across the UK will follow the launch in September of the trade association’s annual publication at the Offshore Europe conference in Aberdeen where places have already sold out. Monday 10 August , 2015
Today (Thursday 6th August), Oil & Gas UK launches a new category for the sector’s ninth annual awards evening. The Oil & Gas UK Awards 2015, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, will take place at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday 5th November. Nominations for this category will close on 2n...
Thursday 6 August , 2015
Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie commented: “Oil & Gas UK is pleased to welcome BP’s announcement today of a $1billion investment in its Eastern Trough Area Project, securing the project’s future for a further 15 years to 2030. “According to figures from the Department for Energy, the country’s primary demand for oil and gas, critical for our transport and he...
Wednesday 5 August , 2015
A month ahead of the publication of Oil & Gas UK’s Economic Report 2015, Deirdre Michie, chief executive, Oil & Gas UK, comments on a basin in the midst of reform: “Recent provisional figures from the Department for Energy (DECC) suggest that oil and gas production from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) over the first six months of this year could be 2.5 per cent higher than the same ...
Monday 3 August , 2015
Oil & Gas UK has today (30 July) launched new guidelines to minimise the frequency and duration of planned maintenance shutdowns and to improve the reliability and safety of installations on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) as part of the industry-wide drive to improve efficiency.   Thursday 30 July , 2015
Oil & Gas UK’s Business Sentiment Index for the second quarter of 2015 published today (29 July) shows that the UK oil and gas industry remains fragile but that companies’ outlook is improving. Pessimism has moderated with respondents returning a score of minus 27 on a -50/+50 scale, up four points from minus 31 reported by the surve...
Wednesday 29 July , 2015
Following the news from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) that that  41 new  offshore oil and gas exploration licences were awarded today (Monday 27 July 2015), in addition to the 134 confirmed in late 2014, Oonagh Werngren, Oil & Gas UK’s operations director, commented: “Today’s announcement, of the second half of the 28th offshore Licence Round on the UKCS is very welcome. The new l...
Monday 27 July , 2015
To improve cross industry understanding of well-related issues on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) Oil & Gas UK has today (July 21) released updated guidelines for the abandonment of wells together with accompanying guidance on generating cost estimates to support this activity. Oonagh Werngren, Oil & Gas UK’s operations director, said: “The first guidelines on well abandonment were ...
Tuesday 21 July , 2015
Oil & Gas UK is today pleased to note HM Treasury’s confirmation that the contract to give UK oil and gas inv...
Tuesday 21 July , 2015
Oil & Gas UK’s outstanding contribution to raising the professional standards of the industry by producing good practice guidelines has been recognised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) at an annual awards ceremony last night (July 14) in London.
Wednesday 15 July , 2015
Noting the publication of the new Energy Bill, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie, said: “While it will take time to digest and comment on the full detail of the Energy Bill, we welcome its publication as it formally establishes the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) as an independent, government company (GovCo). “The OGA is a critical catalyst for the work being done to sustain ...
Friday 10 July , 2015