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Oil & Gas UK refocusing to better serve its members’ needs

Oil & Gas UK today (Tuesday 3 May) announces its new organisational structure, following a thorough business review. The revised business model is designed to make sure the leading trade association is in the best shape possible to promote and serve its members’ interests – and remains a clear and consistent voice of the UK’s oil and gas industry. Oil [...]

Norway helicopter crash – Oil & Gas UK response

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “This is tragic news from Norway and our immediate thoughts go to the family, friends and colleagues of those involved in this incident.  “The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has followed the Norwegian CAA in issuing a Safety Directive effective from 2000 [...]

Deadline extension for new look Offshore Safety Awards

Organisers of a revamped awards ceremony celebrating the men, woman and companies doing their utmost for safety in the UK oil and gas industry have extended the deadline for nominations. Those nominating in the six categories of the Offshore Safety Awards – organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor [...]

Restructuring the UK Continental Shelf – Insightful Speakers to Explore Dynamic New Approach to Infrastructure Investment

Leading figures from three companies adopting a dynamic approach to investing in infrastructure aimed at restoring competitiveness to the UK continental shelf (UKCS), are guest speakers at Oil & Gas UK’s forthcoming breakfast briefing.  This event, the first in a series to be sponsored in Aberdeen by professional services firm Deloitte, will [...]

New Arena for Repair and Maintenance Discussions to Support Sharing of Good Practice

Maintenance and repair is the theme of Oil & Gas UK’s ‘Share Fair Spotlight’, the first in a new series of events which Oil & Gas UK is launching in its Aberdeen office on April 27 to promote co-operative business behaviours across the sector to improve efficiency in key activity areas. Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s business [...]

Oil & Gas UK Welcomes Progress on Plans for the 2016-2017 Government-funded Seismic Surveys and Subsurface Work

Commenting on the Oil and Gas Authority’s invitation to tender for 2016-2017 Government Seismic Acquisition and Other Subsurface Work, Oil & Gas UK’s economics director, Mike Tholen, said: “The industry is encouraged by the Oil and Gas Authority’s (OGA) swift action  in publishing the invitations to tender for the acquisition [...]

Open for business: North Sea opportunities to be reinforced at key conference

The significant opportunities still to be seized within the North Sea offshore industry will be considered at one of the sector’s flagship events, the annual conference organised by Oil & Gas UK. To encourage wide participation in the two-day event during this challenging time for the sector an ‘efficiency ticket’, which is transferable between [...]

Oil & Gas UK welcomes EITI report

Oil & Gas UK welcomes the publication of the UK’s first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report as a significant further step towards the UK becoming an EITI compliant country next year. Claire Ralph, Oil & Gas UK’s fiscal policy manager, said: “Today’s report reveals taxation and licence fee payments made by holders [...]

Deadline for Young Professional Supply Chain Award extended for one week only

April 15 is the new deadline for nominations to be submitted for the 2016 Young Oil & Gas Supply Chain Professional of the Year Award. Oil & Gas UK and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) will present the award at an industry seminar they are co- hosting on May 17 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Ken Cruickshank, [...]

Manifesto for oil and gas launched in run-up to Scottish elections

A manifesto outlining the four key commitments the next Scottish Government can make to help secure the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry has been launched by Oil & Gas UK. The trade body has listed the areas where Holyrood can help after Scotland goes to the polls on May 5. It urges the next Parliament to: • Create a supportive business [...]

Oil & Gas UK Announces New Board Officers and Members

Oil & Gas UK, the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, today (5 April) announces the appointment of a number of member company representatives and a new team of officers to lead its Board. All changes are of immediate effect. Neil McCulloch, president, North Sea at EnQuest PLC, and Terry Savage, corporate relationship [...]

Oil & Gas UK Welcomes Release of Government-Funded Seismic Data

In response to Oil and Gas Authority’s announcement today (April 4 ) that it has begun the release of data from the successful 2015 Government-funded seismic shoot in the Rockall Trough and Mid-North Sea High regions, Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “We welcome the news that the Oil and Gas Authority is now releasing [...]

New look for industry safety awards

The yearly awards that champion the men, women and companies going the extra mile for health and safety in the oil and gas industry have had a major revamp. Jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor, the annual event is now called the Offshore Safety Awards and has been given a new interactive [...]

Oil & Gas UK’s Well Integrity Guidance Incorporates Regulatory Changes

In line with its commitment to continually reviewing and improving the safety and performance of all aspects of well practices, Oil & Gas UK publishes today (March 29) an update of its Well Life Cycle Integrity Guidelines. The publication reflects recent changes in the regulatory environment, such as the requirement for well-operators and drilling [...]

Future of oil and gas industry to be discussed by prospective MSPs at Oil & Gas UK event

With weeks to go before Scotland votes on its next Parliament, industry will have the chance to hear what prospective parliamentary candidates from Scottish political parties think about oil and gas and the sector’s role in the nation’s economy. Oil & Gas UK is hosting a hustings on Tuesday 12 April in its Aberdeen offices between 7.30am and [...]

Companies collaborate to reduce warehouse stock and improve access to vital equipment as Efficiency Task Force trial project ramps up

The Efficiency Task Force (ETF) – a group set up to drive a pan-industry improvement in efficiency – is today announcing the launch of a trial which sees five operators share 200,000 inventory items on an online trading platform. The aim is that by allowing access to a greater ‘virtual’ pool of resources, companies can reduce individual [...]

Budget measures complement industry’s own efforts to improve competitiveness of the offshore sector

Oil & Gas UK today (16 March) welcomes the Chancellor’s acknowledgment of the challenges facing the industry. The Budget will reduce the headline rate of tax paid on UK oil and gas production falling from 50-67.5 per cent to a rate of 40 per cent across all fields. Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, commented: “Today’s announcement [...]

Oil & Gas UK response to the AAIB report into the Sumburgh offshore helicopter accident

Mick Borwell, Health & Safety Director, Oil & Gas UK, said: “Following publication of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch report into the Sumburgh tragedy we will take time to carefully examine its findings. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of those not with us today. “There are many recommendations in this report [...]

Industry handbook provides update on scale of UK fabrication capabilities

The most current and comprehensive information on the UK oil and gas fabrication sector is now available in the 2016 Offshore Fabricators Directory which Oil & Gas UK publishes today (March 15). Featuring 11 different companies spread throughout the UK from Falmouth in Cornwall to Arnish in the Scottish Highlands, the directory contains information [...]

Game-changing technology outlined to capacity crowd at Technology Showcase

In a clear demonstration that the UK oil and gas industry is taking technological innovation seriously a record crowd of more than 400 delegates attended the 2016 Technology Showcase at the AECC yesterday (9 March). Organised by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) and Oil & Gas UK, the annual event aims to raise industry awareness of new technologies [...]

Proserv seals significant North Sea contract with Apache

Proserv has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Apache Corporation for work on the UK Continental Shelf. Proserv will supply a subsea control system and associated topside and subsea interface equipment for use on the new Callater wells located south of the Beryl Alpha platform. The latest award comes after Proserv successfully completed [...]

Petrofac becomes duty holder for BP Miller

Petrofac has been awarded a Duty Holder contract from BP to support the late life management of the Miller platform, located in the Central North Sea. The contract is for ‘life of asset’ but has a four-year ceiling at which point extension options will be reviewed as required.  Petrofac will assume Duty Holder responsibility for the non-producing [...]

EV acquires epidote limited

Leading specialist in well diagnosis, EV, has announced the acquisition of Aberdeenshire-based well integrity software supplier, Epidote Limited, to enable a world-class well diagnosis service. The acquisition results in EV taking full ownership of the company and its five employees. Read more… Read more

Emerson opens Solutions Centre in Aberdeen

Emerson, a leading provider of industrial automation technology and services, celebrated the official opening of its new £20 million Solutions Centre in Aberdeen on April 22. The facility provides North Sea oil and gas industry operators access to operational support, a broad portfolio of engineering services and state-of-the-art training facilities [...]

Petrofac staff raise more than £42,000 for Aberdeen children’s charity

More than £42,000 has been raised by Petrofac’s charity-minded staff in Aberdeen to help the North East’s premature and sick babies. Friends of the Special Nursery is the charity of Aberdeen Maternity Hospital’s neo-natal unit. It was selected by Petrofac teams at the end of 2013 as their chosen charity and a two-year fundraising campaign began.  [...]

Subsea 7 awarded contract offshore UK

Subsea 7 S.A. has been awarded a sizeable engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract by Apache North Sea, as part of the Callater field development, located 335 kilometres north east of Aberdeen. The contract work scope covers the project management, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of a 4 kilometre, [...]

Chevron Inspire Future Engineers through NextGen

Chevron is aiming to inspire the next generation of engineers through its support for the NextGen programme, run by AFBE-UK Scotland, an Aberdeen-based not-for-profit organisation, in conjunction with Aberdeen City Council, to promote engineering as a career choice among young people. The organisation’s first NextGen event of 2016 recently welcomed [...]

Interocean Marine Services awarded 5 year contract by Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited

Leading Marine Project Solutions provider, Interocean Marine Services have been awarded a 5 year contract by international Oil and Gas Company, Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited. The Contract, for the Provision of Rig Move and Marine Technical Support Services, will be managed by Interocean’s Head Office in Aberdeen, and will provide marine and engineering [...]

Benchmark Geophysical secures Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Benchmark Geophysical Consulting Limited is very proud to announce receipt of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2016. This represents many years of focussed hard work from career experienced consultants. Benchmark consultants manage geophysical operations worldwide for major international and national oil and gas companies. Although [...]

Babcock’s innovation and international trade success recognised with Queen’s Award

Babcock LGE Process, part of Babcock International Group, the UK’s leading engineering support services company, has received two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – and is part of an elite group of only six companies receiving a double accolade in this year’s awards. The awards, announced today, are for outstanding business achievement in the fields [...]

Viper Subsea wins a Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Babcock LGE Process, part of Babcock International Group, has received two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – and is part of an elite group of only six companies receiving a double accolade in this year’s awards. The awards, announced today, are for outstanding business achievement in the fields of ‘International Trade’ and ‘Innovation’ acknowledging [...]

Petrofac unites oil spill responders

Petrofac has welcomed more than 100 of the industry’s offshore oil spill response stakeholders to an inaugural event, hosted in collaboration with Marine Scotland, with the aim of facilitating engagement between experts and responders within the offshore oil spill community. Unified Response was attended by representatives from major operators, service [...]

International SOS finds correlation between calls for information about malaria and reduction in malaria cases

Countries are reporting a rise in imported malaria cases and oil and gas industry travellers are reminded about the importance of taking appropriate precautions and implementing prevention tactics when travelling to malaria endemic areas. New data indicates a correlation between malaria education and the number of malaria in-patient, out-patient, and [...]

Flowline specialists wins Queen’s Award for International Trade

In recognition of its outstanding export achievement over the past six years, and as it prepares to mark its 15th anniversary, Oldmeldrum-based Flowline Specialists has received a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The Aberdeenshire energy industry equipment manufacturer and service provider is one of a handful of Scottish [...]

Viper Subsea starts shallow water trial of new technology

A shallow water trial of a new technology system designed to address a recurring problem in the subsea oil and gas industry has started at Portishead Quays marina. The system, known as V-IR, has been developed by Portishead-based company Viper Subsea with the support of Total, BP, Shell, and Chevron, and will help to identify the location of electrical [...]

io oil & gas consulting delivers to BP

io oil & gas consulting, an independent venture backed by GE Oil & Gas and McDermott, has enhanced its portfolio of work with two successive studies on a project for BP. io initially completed a feasibility study for BP that contributed greatly to improvements in the concept for a project that allowed both the capital cost and schedule to be [...]

Ampelmann develops industry’s first motion compensated gangway system operable at minus 28 degrees Celsius

On the 14 April, Ampelmann, the global leader in offshore access solutions, and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) signed an agreement to install and operate a winterized version of an Ampelmann’s motion compensated gangway system. This system will be capable of safely and efficiently transferring work crew up to -28 degrees Celsius, [...]

Bureau Veritas appoints new CEO to North Sea offshore operations

Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, has appointed Paul Shrieve as CEO of its North Sea Offshore Operations; part of its Marine and Offshore division, which is based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Bureau Veritas has been heavily involved in North Sea operations during the last 30 years and currently offers [...]

Cape awarded new contract on Teesside

Cape is pleased to announce the award of a new contract with ConocoPhillips UK Limited. The contract will provide fabrication, mechanical, engineering and instrumentation services to the ConocoPhillips facility at Seal Sands on Teesside. The initial term of this multi-million pound contract is 5 years and Cape is mobilising on site with immediate effect. [...]

Bristow flies farewell flight for decommissioned platform

On 31 March 2016, Bristow Helicopters Limited flew the last scheduled flight to and from the Murchison platform before its decommissioning. The flight crew wanted to make the journey especially memorable for the oil workers onboard, and after Bristow’s chief pilot liaised with the teams both onshore and offshore to ensure the transition was carried [...]

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