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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 [...]

Efficiency and Vision 2035 under spotlight at key industry conference

Collaboration and efficiency are becoming more commonplace in the mindset and vocabulary of the UK oil and gas industry, a key conference heard today. The sector has worked hard over the last two years to bring efficiency to the fore, the Oil and Gas Industry Conference in Aberdeen was told. While the approach to adapt to our new competitive [...]

Efficiency, competitiveness and Vision 2035 key to future

The UK oil and gas industry must learn from efficiency changes made to adapt to the lower oil price as it looks towards a future that could be delivered by Vision 2035. Deirdre Michie, the CEO of Oil & Gas UK will tell a key industry conference tomorrow (June 6) that its focus must remain on efficiency, if industry is to maintain the competitive [...]

Would-be MPs quizzed at oil and gas conference

Prospective parliamentary candidates will be put under the spotlight on their party energy policies at the Oil and Gas Industry Conference taking place in Aberdeen on Tuesday (6 June). Four MP hopefuls are taking part in a hustings event at the conference organised by Oil & Gas UK. Chaired by Damian Bates, Editor-In-Chief of Aberdeen Journals, [...]

Industry leaders head up key conference talks

The potential of the UK Continental Shelf with the right interventions will come under scrutiny at a key industry conference in Aberdeen on Tuesday (June 6). Vision 2035 – which sets out the opportunity for the basin and supply chain over the next two decades – is the topic of a panel session at the Oil & Gas UK event, which has Total E&P [...]

Industry blueprint for next UK Government

A blueprint outlining four key priorities the next UK Government should focus on to help secure the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry is launched today (31 May) by Oil & Gas UK.   Presented ahead of next month’s General Election, it urges the incoming UK Government to implement the following priorities:   Establish [...]

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 [...]

‘Audience with’ OGA head at oil and gas conference

The Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) will give a presentation and then take questions at next month’s industry conference organised by Oil & Gas UK.   Andy Samuel will be quizzed by Neil McCulloch, Chief Operating Officer at EnQuest and co-chair of Oil & Gas UK, on a range of topics including his thoughts on his [...]

First oil from Quad 204 welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

The announcement by BP - on behalf of co-venturers Shell and Siccar Point Energy - of first oil from the redeveloped Schiehallion Area, following completion of the multi-billion-pound Quad 204 project in the west of Shetland region,  has been welcomed by the industry’s trade body.   Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, [...]

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.   [...]

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

International SOS and Iqarus announce joint venture partnership

International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company, and Iqarus, a leading provider of intelligent and integrated healthcare for demanding and complex environments, have today announced a joint venture partnership to leverage mutual capabilities and services. Read more… Read more

First gas successfully delivered from Cayley in Montrose Area Redevelopment

First gas has been delivered on schedule from the Cayley field, the third and final new discovery to be brought on stream during the major redevelopment of the Montrose Area in the Central North Sea operated by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK. Read more… Read more

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 [...]

Apollo makes senior appointments to its drilling and Marine and Subsea business units

Allan Grindlay has joined to head Apollo’s Drilling Business Unit and Nigel Robinson to lead Apollo’s Marine and Subsea Business Unit. Allan is an experienced Mechanical and Chartered Marine Engineer with over 25 years' experience managing rig operations around the world including the Falkland, Faroe Islands and South Africa. Nigel has worked in [...]

Expro secures $10 million well services contract extension from Apache North Sea

Expro has secured a $10 million well services contract extension with Apache North Sea. The contract covers a range of well services including slickline, cased hole services and pumping services, as well as support in delivering coiled tubing services. This uses a multi-skilled crew covering the UK North Sea Forties platforms, ensuring a consistently [...]

Scottish Government supports diver and ROV skills training at The Underwater Centre

Skills Development Scotland has awarded The Underwater Centre in Fort William funding to help ensure that Scotland is ready to supply the qualified workforce that the subsea industry will need in the future. Starting in June 2017, Scottish residents will be able to train in key courses at The Underwater Centre for 50 per cent of the usual cost. The [...]

Siccar Point Energy chooses Hill of Rubislaw for new headquarters

Siccar Point Energy moved an Aberdeen city centre premises in May, occupying 7,730 sq ft at H1, formerly known as Seafield House. Siccar Point relocated all the company’s staff from its existing accommodation at Berry Street, Aberdeen and Buckingham Gate, London to the new headquarters. Read more... Read more

Cresent and Reece Safety announce “Lock Down” collaboration agreement

Cresent, control of work and health and safety specialists, and Reece Safety, lock out tag out experts, are delighted to announce a new collaboration. Cresent is passionate about making work safe and is dedicated to making processes, systems and training safe, efficient and easy across a range of diverse hazardous environments. Reece Safety has been [...]

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