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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 [...]

North Sea decommissioning to grow steadily in UK and Norway over next ten years

A new report forecasts a gradual but steady rise in offshore oil and gas decommissioning in the UK and Norway over the next ten years, with activity growing from a market worth over £2 billion in 2015. Decommissioning Insight 2016, is launched today (15 November) by Oil & Gas UK, the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas [...]

Offshore workforce size and shape data now available

Data from a ground breaking high-tech study that has captured the changing shape of the North Sea offshore workforce can now be found on the Oil & Gas UK website. The trade body, along with Robert Gordon University (RGU), was funded by a Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant to examine workers’ size and shape, hoping that results generated would [...]

Oil & Gas UK Calling on Government for a Recommitment to the Industry

Trade body Oil & Gas UK has written to the Chancellor asking him to use his Autumn Statement later this month to help boost investor confidence in North Sea exploration and production. The North Sea oil and gas industry currently faces fierce global competition to attract investment, with the combined challenges of a low oil price, a maturing [...]

Remembrance service for the UK oil and gas industry

  Those who have lost their lives while working in the UK offshore oil and gas industry over the years will be remembered at a special church service taking place in Aberdeen on Saturday (5 November). The UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy’s service of remembrance, which is held annually, will take place from 11am at The Kirk of St Nicholas [...]

Winners of Oil & Gas UK Awards 2016 Announced

The winners of the Oil & Gas UK Awards 2016, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, were announced last night in Aberdeen. Winners were presented with their awards at an evening ceremony on Thursday 3rd November, where over 450 people from across the oil and gas industry gathered to celebrate their company and individual achievements. Oil & Gas [...]

Share Fair Provides Platform to Highlight UKCS Opportunities and Industry Efficiency Tools

Oil & Gas UK’s Share Fair, which aims to shine a brighter light on the business opportunities available on the UK Continental Shelf, attracted almost 700 people to Aberdeen's Exhibition and Conference Centre from across the industry’s world class supply chain including operators, contractors and SMEs yesterday ( November 3). In welcoming [...]

Oil & Gas UK Publishes Guidelines on High Pressure High Temperature Wells

In line with its commitment to continually reviewing and improving the safety and performance of all aspects of well practices on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), Oil & Gas UK is today (October 28) releasing new guidelines on wells with high pressure high temperature (HPHT) properties. Mike Tholen, upstream policy director, at Oil & Gas UK, [...]

Managing Cumulative Risk – New Guidelines from Oil & Gas UK

New guidelines for managing risk in the UK offshore oil and gas industry have been published by Oil & Gas UK. Safety experts from across the industry worked to develop the Cumulative Risk Guidelines, which aim to increase awareness of cumulative risk and provide guidance on how to manage it. Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy [...]

High Demand Expected as Oil & Gas UK Opens Bookings for One-to-Ones at 2016 Share Fair

Bookings are now open for one-to-one appointments between supply chain firms and the operator and major contractor companies at Oil & Gas UK's 2016 Share Fair. These one-to-ones will promote engagement and help illuminate the sector’s business opportunities at this event in Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 2. Ken Cruickshank, [...]

Oil & Gas UK’s Response to the Publication of the European Aviation Safety Agency’s Investigation into the Norwegian Helicopter Accident

Mick Borwell, Oil & Gas UK’s HSE policy director, said: “While we welcome the news that the EASA has published its report into the Norwegian helicopter accident in April 2016, and will be studying it in detail, we should also await the findings of the CAA investigation which will be published in due course. Inevitably, concerns remain [...]

Oil & Gas UK Makes Four Board Appointments

Oil & Gas UK, the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas sector, has announced today (October 4) that it has appointed four new members to its board. Cory L. Loegering, region vice president and managing director for Apache North Sea; Robin Allan, Premier Oil’s director, North Sea and Exploration; and Bill Dunnett, managing [...]

Report highlights improved competitiveness of UK oil and gas industry but fresh investment is now vital

Industry efficiencies are driving a 45% drop in the cost of extracting a barrel of oil or gas from the UKCS Production up by 10.4% in 2015, the first increase in 15 years Major challenges remain, with record low exploration and a lack of capital investment   Oil & Gas UK’s Economic Report 2016 published today (27 September [...]

First Minister meets oil and gas industry leaders

Scotland’s First Minister today (19 September) heard at first hand the steps the UK oil and gas industry is taking to navigate its way through the downturn. Nicola Sturgeon MSP met with senior industry leaders of Oil & Gas UK’s board at the trade body’s Aberdeen offices this afternoon. The First Minister said: “I was delighted to meet [...]

Oil & Gas UK response to Oil and Gas Production Statistics 2015-16

Adam Davey, market and intelligence manager, Oil & Gas UK said: “The production increase we can see from today’s figures is the result of not only the hard work industry has done to improve efficiency, but also the massive boost of investment we have seen in recent years, which peaked at a record £14.8 billion of capital investment in 2014. “While [...]

Oil & Gas UK Announces Finalists of 2016 Awards

Oil & Gas UK has revealed the outstanding performers who make up the shortlist of finalists for the 10th anniversary of the trade body’s prestigious Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited. Winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday 3 November – an event which regularly [...]

Industry interest in decommissioning opportunities evident at Share Fair Spotlight

Three companies currently involved in decommissioning projects made it clear to a capacity audience at a specialist Share Fair, organised by Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force yesterday (September 8), that there are business opportunities available now for enterprising firms ready to take on the efficiency challenge and contribute to the sector’s [...]

Safety champions announced at industry awards

The people and companies making a positive difference to North Sea safety were today (August 17) honoured for their efforts at a key industry event. The Offshore Safety Awards – organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor – celebrated the work being done to make the industry the safest it can be. A [...]

Kongsberg’s new DP maintenance refresher course meets latest IMCA guidelines

Kongsberg Maritime has launched a new Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance Refresher Course for personnel involved in the maintenance of a vessel’s DP System. The new two-day course will be available at KONGSBERG training centres globally and has been developed to provide the technical and refresher training as recommended in the latest International [...]

Helix Well Ops completes multi-million pound refit on dive support vessel – Seawell

The light well intervention and dive support vessel MSV Seawell has returned to service after a £60million investment by its owners, Aberdeen-based Helix Well Ops (U.K.) Limited, a UK subsidiary of international offshore energy service company Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.  It marks the beginning of the next chapter in the history of the pioneering [...]

BP announces acquisition of interests in the Jock Scott and Craster North Sea exploration prospects

BP announced today that it has acquired interests in two North Sea exploration prospects, Jock Scott and Craster, in a further demonstration of the organisation’s commitment to the basin. Read more… Read more

AGR Software Helps Unlock 50 years of UKCS Data

AGR has used its innovative software to help mine 50 years of North Sea exploration data, as part of a Data Challenge set by Common Data Access (CDA). AGR Software was one of nine companies given bulk access to released data stored in CDA’s UKOilandGasData repository to enable them to demonstrate and validate their data science capabilities. Read [...]

New CTO at Iqarus promises significant innovation in remote healthcare

Healthcare and medical solutions company Iqarus has appointed Matthew Partridge to the new post of Chief Technology Officer. The move reinforces the company’s strategic vision of harnessing innovation and technology to deliver a step change in the quality of health care delivery in remote and difficult operating environments. Read more… Read more

Lloyd’s Register launches new decommissioning service

New decommissioning service launched today by Lloyd's Register helps operators, equity holders, investors and regulators navigate the regulatory and technical complexities of late-life operations and decommissioning to drive significant cost savings, improve project efficiency, reduce risk, and safely decommission assets and facilities. Read more… [...]

Augean North Sea Services to open specialist decom waste management hub at the Port of Dundee

Augean North Sea Services (ANSS), as part of its strategic development, has announced it has entered into a partnership with Forth Ports Dundee to establish a state of the art facility in Dundee for the management of waste arising from the decommissioning of offshore equipment. This facility will enhance the opportunity for Augean to service the growing [...]

Lloyd’s Register acquires RTAMO Ltd in move to provide cutting edge data-driven solutions for reducing maintenance costs

Lloyd's Register, the global engineering, technical and business services organisation, has acquired RTAMO Ltd, a software enabled consultancy based in Aberdeen that provides cutting edge data-driven solutions designed to reduce maintenance costs for asset owners. Read more... Read more

ENGIE Fabricom UK welcomes new CEO

ENGIE Fabricom, part of the global energy group ENGIE, welcomes Mr Wichard Huigen as their new chief executive officer for the UK. Wichard an MBA graduate from Bradford University comes from Arnhem, in the Netherlands and has extensive experience in businesses spanning several countries over several years.  Occupying senior management and executive [...]

Chevron announces first gas at UK Alder Field

Chevron North Sea Limited today announced it has started production at Alder, a high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) gas condensate field in the Central North Sea. Alder is a single subsea well tied back, via a 28 kilometre pipeline, to the existing ConocoPhillips-operated Britannia Platform, in which Chevron holds a 32.38 percent non-operated working [...]

Cyberhawk recognised for Business Innovation and Efficiency at Oil & Gas UK Awards

Cyberhawk Innovations, the world leader in aerial inspection and survey using UAVs, has been awarded the Business Innovation and Efficiency SME accolade at the 10th Oil & Gas UK awards. The award, which recognises enterprises delivering improved performance though innovation and efficiency initiatives, was presented to Cyberhawk after judges recognised [...]

Iqarus appoints director to drive occupational health strategies for customers

Healthcare and medical solutions company Iqarus has appointed Vincent Shields as executive director of occupational health with a mandate to accelerate innovation and expand the Iqarus service offering in remote and difficult operating environments. With over 20 years’ experience in managing large public and private healthcare projects, Shields was [...]

Amec Foster Wheeler employees honoured in engineering construction industry awards

Amec Foster Wheeler announces today that four of its employees have been honoured in the Engineering Construction Industry Training and Development Awards. Nicky Mason won the Women in Engineering Award and Heather Smith was named National Apprentice of the Year at a ceremony in Manchester, UK. Read more… Read more

EM&I receives order for NoMan Tank Inspection

EM&I have received a Service Order for a NoMan® Tank Inspection of the four starboard cargo oil tank on an FPSO based in the UK North Sea. Should this project be successful, the Client intends to carry out all future cargo tank inspections on this asset using this method. NoMan (Patent Application No: 1607804.0) was developed by EM&I to minimise [...]

Hurricane Energy selects Technip and FMC Technologies for North Sea Lancaster project

Hurricane  has provisionally selected Technip and FMC Technologies, under their alliance, as its exclusive provider of subsea solutions for the Lancaster Early Production System (“EPS”) and for subsequent development of the Greater Lancaster Area. Technip and FMC Technologies, under their alliance, have developed with Hurricane, an innovative [...]

ADC gifts Aberdeen graduates with £200,000 worth of valuable industry experience

ADC Virtual Academy, the training arm of Aberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC), a rig inspection consultancy based in Scotland, has announced its acclaimed online training is to be incorporated into the University of Aberdeen Masters of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering curriculum. The customised award ‘Understanding Rig Inspection’, which has [...]

Iqarus appoints news chairman

Martin Clements CMG OBE has been appointed Chairman of Iqarus, a global provider of health solutions to organisations that need to operate safely in remote and difficult environments. After an early career in the British military, Martin served for over thirty years at the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) until 2016 when he retired as a Director [...]

Intertek and RGU make the most of big data

Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is teaming up with Robert Gordon University (RGU) to help oil and gas companies make the most of big data. Intertek is working with the Smart Data Technologies Centre at RGU to take their existing methodologies and toolsets, in terms of predictive analytics, to the next [...]

Nexen and PlanSea collaborate on efficiency and cost reduction

Ground breaking optimisation and efficiency technology for offshore marine support operations has been developed for the oil and gas industry. The innovative software, which has been developed by PlanSea Ltd., a spin out company from Robert Gordon University (RGU), has been applied by Nexen to remove significant cost from its North Sea operations. Read [...]

RentAir Offshore and ATR Power Solutions Merge to Become One Company

RentAir Offshore and ATR Power Solutions have effectively merged to become one company, offering a broader service to the global energy industry. This follows the successful merger of their parent companies, Centurion Group and ATR Group, earlier this year.  The new combined business, which will trade under the Rentair Offshore brand, brings together [...]

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