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29th Licensing Round has the potential to open up new areas of UKCS

Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, said:  “We welcome today’s announcement by the Oil and Gas Authority that it is to award 25 licences to companies seeking to explore for oil and gas across frontier areas of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). This 29th licensing round has the potential to open up new areas of the [...]

Chancellor responds positively to Oil & Gas UK Budget Asks

Relevant measures announced today for oil and gas include:   A formal discussion document on tax issues relating to late-life assets (i.e. transferable tax history) to be published on 20 March.   A new expert panel to be established to help scrutinise the issues over the summer.   The government has today laid [...]

Business Outlook 2017: Fresh investment sought as efficiency improves

Download Business Outlook 2017 The UK offshore oil and gas industry is now in better shape to compete for much-needed investment and confidence is slowly returning to the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) following an intensive two-year drive to improve efficiency, streamline costs and boost productivity. Domestic oil and gas production continues to [...]

Industry lends support to launch of Oil and Gas Technology Centre

Deirdre Michie, chief executive, Oil & Gas UK, supported today’s (February 10) launch of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre in Aberdeen, she said: “As our industry focuses on maximising economic recovery from the UK Continental Shelf, technology must play a pivotal role in helping the sector improve its global competitiveness by tackling some [...]

New Scottish Government decommissioning fund is encouraging

Deirdre Michie, chief executive, Oil & Gas UK said: “The First Minister’s announcement today of a new £5 million fund to support Scottish companies looking to take advantage of decommissioning sector opportunities is encouraging news for the many supply chain companies still struggling in the downturn. Oil & Gas UK looks forwards to [...]

Industry welcomes launch of consultation for Brent Decommissioning Plan

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “For more than 40 years, Brent has been a leading light in the UK’s industrial success story, contributing almost 10 per cent of the region’s oil and gas, delivering billions of pounds to the UK economy and supporting tens of thousands of highly skilled jobs. Today’s announcement [...]

Subsea Guidelines: Take a bolder approach to subsea simplification

Download the guidelines   Realising the potential of the North Sea’s ‘small pool’ reserves could be helped by the launch of a new set of Oil & Gas UK guidelines aimed at simplifying subsea developments. The launch follows a call at Subsea Expo 2017 from Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, Michael Tholen, for the industry [...]

Oil & Gas UK welcomes Shell’s multi-billion pound deal with Chrysaor

  Welcoming today’s announcement (31 January) that Shell has agreed to sell a package of UK North Sea assets to Chrysaor in a multi-billion pound deal, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “This is a very significant deal and signals a strong vote of confidence in the future of the UK Continental Shelf and the focus [...]

Two New Industry Leaders Join Oil & Gas UK’s Board

Two leading figures in the UK oil and gas industry, Greta Lydecker from Chevron Upstream Europe and ConocoPhillip’s Terri King, have joined the board at Oil & Gas UK, the sector’s leading trade association, it was announced today (26 January). Greta Lydecker, managing director, Chevron Upstream Europe, and Terri King, president, UK ConocoPhillips, [...]

Oil & Gas UK comments on the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy

Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Government's consultation on its Energy Strategy, Oil & Gas UK's CEO Deirdre Michie said: “I welcome the Scottish Government’s recognition that oil and gas has an important part to play in Scotland’s energy mix going forward and that it is committed to supporting the policy of maximising economic [...]

Oil & Gas UK welcomes news from BP and EnQuest

Commenting on the sale of part of BP’s interests in the Magnus oil field and Sullom Voe Terminal to EnQuest, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: "This is an innovative deal which will open a new chapter in the life of Sullom Voe and the productive life of Magnus, an iconic North Sea oil field. It also sends a very positive signal [...]

Oil & Gas UK response to the Industrial Strategy green paper

In welcoming the publication of the UK Government’s green paper “Building our Industrial Strategy”, Oil & Gas UK’s CEO Deirdre Michie said: “We look forward to contributing to the consultation on the Industrial Strategy to ensure that Government policy recognises and supports the importance of the vital upstream sector to the UK.  [...]

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 [...]

EM&I contract award from Ensco

One of the industry's biggest drilling contractors, Ensco, has awarded EM&I the Bottom in Water Survey (UWILD) on the semi-submersible drilling rig ENSCO 5004, classed by Bureau Veritas, which is currently drilling offshore Libya. This is a milestone contract for EM&I as it is the first contract with Ensco and on a semi-submersible, and will [...]

Bibby Offshore Appoints Director of Diving

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, announces the promotion of Allan Nairn to Director of Diving. Allan joined Bibby Diving Services in 2010 as Offshore Project Manager with over 30 years’ experience in the subsea sector. In his new role, Allan will be responsible for leading all diving related activity [...]

Proserv launches new subsea sampling innovation

Proserv has launched a new subsea sampling cylinder that can improve the quality of results and reduce risks normally associated with sample transfer. Based on existing technology, the Proserv Subsea Sampling Cylinder is the world’s first fully qualified and certified ‘for shipping’ sample cylinder to be deployed in a subsea environment. The system [...]

ACE Winches and ITCA mark Modern Apprentices 2017 graduation

On 6 March 2017 15 ACE Apprentices will celebrate their graduation after completing a four-year Modern Apprenticeship with the company.  The ACE Winches Apprenticeship Programme was set up over 20 years ago to provide a succession of young talent to the company. The company has been working in collaboration with ITCA, spanning over 15 years, in the [...]

Sparrows Group lifts five year contract

Sparrows Group has secured a five year contract to deliver hydraulic, lifting and rigging services for Maersk Oil’s UK floating assets. The agreement will see Sparrows support the operator in strengthening its lifting operations for the Global Producer 3 and Gryphon FPSO’s and the new Culzean FSO. The scope encompasses hydraulic services including [...]

New appointments for DNV GL as signs of confidence return to North Sea

DNV GL, the multinational provider of risk management services, is further developing its consultancy services to address key industry challenges such as enhancing safety, efficiency and performance. To drive this process, DNV GL has appointed Peter Boyle as Aberdeen operations manager and John Morgan as UK business development leader for Risk Advisory [...]

International SOS provides course on cyber and information security for business travellers

Control Risks and International SOS have introduced an addition to their range of training resources for organisations – the Cyber and Information Security for Travellers course. This eLearning course aims to create greater awareness and understanding of cyber and information security threats, and provide advice and guidance on how business travellers [...]

Wood Group appoints asset life cycle solutions president

Joining Wood Group from his position as Amec Foster Wheeler’s managing director for upstream asset solutions, Alan brings almost three decades of North Sea, Southern North Sea and Caspian oil & gas experience. A long-standing member of Step Change in Safety's leadership team and former co-chair of the organisation’s asset integrity steering [...]

International SOS reveals results from 2017 Business Impact of Travel Risk survey

International SOS has revealed the results of the 2017 Business Impact of Travel Risk survey. Key findings, from the survey of European executives, include that travel security risk mitigation programmes are undermined by a lack of effective communication, with 70 per cent of respondents planning to address this in 2017, and 60% have only a partial [...]

Aker Solutions secures two global engineering framework accords from BP

Aker Solutions was awarded two framework agreements to provide concept and front-end engineering (FEED) services for BP globally. The first contract is for feasibility and concept engineering and the second is for FEED services covering the full range of upstream developments. Each agreement is for three years with options to extend for two years. The [...]

Cresent announces new sectors and a new appointment to the Board

Control of Work and Health and Safety Specialists, Cresent is delighted to announce that Warren Thomson, who joined the firm in 2012, has been appointed operations director and invited to join the board. Cresent finished the end of last year by successfully signing off the project completion documents on their first major nuclear contract, worth around [...]

Petrofac secures BP maintenance contract

Petrofac is set to build on its provision of maintenance services for BP, following the award of a three-year extension to its existing contract in the North Sea. The contract, worth in the region of US$25million, was awarded following a competitive tender process. Under the agreement, Petrofac will continue to provide campaign maintenance and isolation [...]

Peterson awarded contract to support Ithaca’s Harrier field development

International energy logistics provider Peterson has been awarded a contract to provide integrated logistics for Ithaca Energy UK Limited. The contract, Peterson’s first with Ithaca, will be in support of the Harrier field development, which is part of the Ithaca operated Greater Stella Area, located in the heart of the Central Graben area of the [...]

BP award Genesis Front-End Engineering Contract

Genesis has been awarded two frame agreement contracts by BP covering work in the Conceptual, Pre-FEED and FEED stages of the project lifecycle. Read more… Read more

HSE launches shared research project on engineered composite repairs

The Health and Safety Executive has initiated, and will lead, a shared research project with industry that aims to improve collective knowledge and understanding of the long-term integrity of engineered composite repairs. The extent and use of engineered composite repairs on both onshore and offshore structures has increased dramatically in recent [...]

Bibby Topaz extension

Bibby Offshore, the leading provider of subsea installation and services to the offshore oil and gas industry, is pleased to announce the long-term extension to the charter of its dive-support vessel (“DSV”) Bibby Topaz, owned by Volstad Maritime. The terms and conditions of the extended charter arrangement have been adjusted to reflect the current [...]

NEL to lead multiphase flow international standard development

NEL the flow measurement R&D specialist, has been selected to lead the development of a new multiphase flow measurement standard for the oil and gas industry. Despite the growing use of multiphase meters to cope with complex fluid mixtures from ageing fields which have depleting reserves, there is no internationally accepted standard for the testing [...]

NHV awarded offshore contract from Ithaca Energy

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Ithaca Energy UK Ltd (Ithaca) to provide helicopter services in support of their upcoming drilling project at the Harrier Well in Block 30/6. The operations are expected to start Q2 2017. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the harrier well, which is approximately 150nm from Aberdeen. [...]

Prosafe nets Total contract for vessel at Elgin-franklin

Total E&P UK Limited has awarded Prosafe a contract for the provision of the Safe Caledonia semi-submersible accommodation vessel at the Elgin-Franklin Facility in the UK sector of the North Sea. The firm period of the contract is 134 days plus additional 30 days option to extend with on-site operations planned to commence 15 May 2017. Read more… [...]

New technology collaboration lights the way for improved diver safety

A new on-demand wireless ribbon lighting system, designed to revolutionise diver safety and efficiency in remote subsea locations, has been launched following a collaboration between award-winning Scottish technology companies WFS Technologies Ltd and PhotoSynergy Ltd.  Read more… Read more

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