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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 [...]

Oil & Gas UK Publication Promotes Industry Good Practice for Reviewing Maintenance Regimes

A new publication launched by Oil & Gas UK today (11 August), “Maintenance Optimisation Reviews: Sharing Experience and Learning” will contribute to industry efforts to promote improvements in major accident hazard management and operational efficiency on offshore oil and gas installations. Mick Borwell, Oil & Gas UK’s HSE Policy Director [...]

New Look for Annual Safety Recognition Awards

A new look event will next week (Wednesday, August 17) celebrate the individuals and companies coming up with new ideas and ways for making the UK oil and gas industry as safe as it can be. The Offshore Safety Awards - organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor - takes place at the Aberdeen Exhibition [...]

Oil & Gas UK Secures Early Forum Following Meeting with New Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said “I was pleased to meet Greg Clark MP, secretary of state for the newly formed department for business, energy and industrial strategy in Aberdeen today so soon after his appointment. He reinforced that the UK Government sees the oil and gas sector as a strategically important industry for [...]

Innovative Approaches to Funding Business Growth the Topic for Breakfast Briefing

Funding the Future is the theme of Oil & Gas UK’s breakfast briefing at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre on August 23, sponsored by Deloitte. Speakers experienced in securing funding from new sources will discuss how adopting a fresh approach to financing can help companies overcome tough economic conditions to fuel business growth. Derek [...]

Offshore Safety Continues to Improve, Sector Report Shows

Personal safety performance across oil and gas operations on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) continued to improve in 2015, according to the 2016 Oil & Gas UK Health & Safety Report published today (1 August).   There were no reported fatalities and reportable injury rates for the offshore oil and gas industry – using a metric set [...]

Oil & Gas UK Welcomes the 29th Licensing Round

Mike Tholen – Upstream Policy Director at Oil & Gas UK, said: “The industry is pleased to see the announcement by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) of the 29th Offshore Licensing Round from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).  This is the first licensing round to offer the Innovate Licence - a new more flexible approach developed by the industry [...]

Oil & Gas UK Response to Today’s Industrial Action

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “We are extremely disappointed that the talks have broken down and that industrial action is going ahead as that will only undermine the concerted efforts everyone is making to tackle  the cost challenges, onshore and offshore. We all need to pull together and we urge all parties to keep [...]

Exceptional Performers Sought for Oil & Gas UK’s Tenth Annual Awards

Nominations have opened for the Oil & Gas UK Awards which give oil and gas companies of all sizes, as well as individuals, the opportunity to be recognised for their outstanding contribution to the industry. Shell U.K. Limited is sponsoring the Awards which will take place at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday 3 November. [...]

Oil & Gas UK Welcomes New Cabinet Appointments

Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “I’d like to congratulate the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and his cabinet colleagues on their appointments.   “We will be looking to meet with Mr Clark as soon as possible to discuss the challenges our industry [...]

Oil & Gas UK congratulates Theresa May on appointment as Prime Minister

Oil & Gas UK congratulates the Rt Hon Theresa May MP on becoming leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. As the leading trade association for the offshore oil and gas industry in the UK, representing over 450 members across the sector, we look forward to continuing our constructive relationship with the UK Government.   Oil [...]

Oil & Gas UK Responds to the Result of Unite Ballot

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “Oil & Gas UK is extremely disappointed to hear the outcome of the ballot called by Unite announced today. Industrial action can only add to the industry’s challenges as it focuses on tackling the current downturn to restore North Sea competitiveness and sustain jobs in the industry [...]

Oil & Gas UK Welcomes News that the OGA has awarded contracts for second £20 million UK seismic campaign

Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK's upstream policy director, said: “We welcome the news that the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded the contracts to acquire seismic data from the East Shetland Platform and South West Britain.  Data gathered from these underexplored areas on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) will help inform future licensing rounds [...]

Petrofac’s Walter Thain to lead offshore oil and gas industry efficiency drive

Walter Thain, managing director of Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services (EPS) West business, is to lead the UK offshore oil and gas industry’s efficiency drive as chairman of the Oil & Gas UK Efficiency Taskforce (ETF), it was announced today (Thursday, 7 July).   Launched last year to provide the catalyst for greater [...]

Oil & Gas UK’s response to the publication of the Oil and Gas Authority’s Decommissioning Strategy

Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, Mike Tholen, said: “We welcome the publication of the Oil and Gas Authority’s Decommissioning Strategy.  The industry has been working on closely with the OGA on the content of the strategy and looks forward to reviewing the detailed proposals now published. In the years to come, billions of [...]

Oil & Gas UK comments on interim report from the Air Accident Investigation Board Norway

Mick Borwell, health, safety and environment policy director with Oil & Gas UK said: "We note the latest developments of the investigation and support the continued suspension of the aircraft while the investigation continues. We will maintain regular contact with North Sea operators and helicopter operators and work with them to support the safe [...]

Oil & Gas UK statement on EU Referendum outcome

Oil & Gas UK respects the democratic decision of the UK people and we are ready to move forward. Throughout the referendum campaign Oil & Gas UK has maintained its political neutrality – we are a trade association with a broad range of members who will undoubtedly have their own views on EU membership. As ever, our role is to represent [...]

Animation highlights industry’s efficiency drive

Oil & Gas UK is today (Wednesday 22 June) releasing a new animation focusing on industry’s drive to improve its efficiency. The animation calls on companies and individuals to rally behind the Industry Behaviours Charter, which the industry’s Efficiency Taskforce launched at the end of last year. Oil & [...]

Conference showed North Sea ‘very much open for business’

The UK oil and gas industry may be gripped by a downturn but a lot of positivity has emerged from the two-day conference organised by trade body Oil & Gas UK and which concluded today (June 15) in Aberdeen.   Almost 500 delegates attended the “UKCS: Open for Business” themed event – sponsored by PwC - and heard about the initiatives [...]

North Sea ‘open for business’ – hundreds of delegates will hear

Hundreds of delegates will today and tomorrow (June 14, 15) hear of the transition underway to secure the future of the UK oil and gas sector challenged by a downturn that has claimed thousands of jobs. Examples of action taken to make industry more efficient in how it works will be shared with the 450-plus attending the annual conference, sponsored [...]

Helix Well Ops completes first riser-based coiled tubing intervention

Aberdeen-based Helix Well Ops (U.K.) Limited, a UK subsidiary of international offshore energy service company Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., has completed the industry’s first riser-based coiled tubing intervention project from a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) class light well intervention vessel. The pioneering project was conducted from [...]

NEL and RGU develop data capture and analysis software to save oil and gas industry billions

NEL is investing £400,000 to develop a state-of-the-art flow meter data capture and analysis system. The joint project between NEL, Robert Gordon University (RGU) and The Data Lab, a Scottish government funded innovation centre, will upgrade NEL’s data acquisition infrastructure system, enabling data across 30 years to be analysed for the first [...]

READ Cased Hole appoints global business development manager

Aberdeen-based production and integrity evaluation specialist READ Cased Hole (READ) has expanded its senior management team and appointed Gavin Lindsay as global business development manager. Following a number of successful contract wins and new technology launch earlier this year, READ made a decision that it was paramount to invest in a dedicated [...]

Peterson awarded two six-year contracts from Statoil

Peterson has been awarded two long term contracts with Statoil to provide logistics support for the Dudgeon offshore wind farm located in the southern North Sea. Peterson will work closely with the operator to deliver comprehensive logistics services including stevedoring, ship agency services, provisions delivery and transportation of personnel for [...]

EM&I completes a dozen ODIN projects to date

Industry focus on new ways of cutting costs safely has helped drive the success of the EM&I ODIN diverless UWILD technology, which has gained rapid acceptance by clients, class societies and regulators. Twelve ODIN projects have been successfully completed to date for floating, production, storage and offloading vessels, drillship and accommodation [...]

Bentley and Shell Announce Global Framework Agreement

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, has announced a new Global Framework Agreement with Shell. The agreement serves to improve Shell’s capital project construction execution through automated 4D/5D construction management solutions provided by Bentley as a managed [...]

Robert Gordon University partners with Sureclean to address a significant industry challenge

The three-year project will see RGU’s School of Engineering teaming up with Ross-shire based company Sureclean as part of a £249,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to develop a tailored mobile treatment package for the processing of high chloride, oily waste produced by a range of industries, including oil and gas. Read more… Read more

First vessels use extended quay at Lerwick’s Dales Voe base

Completion of the first phases of an £11.95 million quay extension at Lerwick Harbour’s deep-water Dales Voe Base has facilitated mobilisation of a large offshore construction vessel ahead of a contract offshore Canada. Subsea 7’s 18,666 gross tonne, 146-metre long Seven Waves berthed earlier this week, the day after handover of the second phase [...]

Bibby Offshore continues North Sea success with multimillion pound contract win

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has announced a multimillion pound contract win with an independent UK-based E&P company, to provide air diving, and ROV inspection and construction services across five of its North Sea assets. The contract, which commenced in June 2016 and is to be completed by the [...]

EV appoints new CEO

Leading specialist in well diagnosis, EV has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer. Bringing over 28 years’ of industry experience to the role, Fraser Louden has held a number of positions within a range of oil and gas service companies - including 17 years with Schlumberger - in global management and leadership posts. To further [...]

Petrofac appoints senior vice president

Petrofac has appointed Dave Blackburn, formerly of Hess Corporation, as Senior Vice President Engineering and Operations, based in Aberdeen. Forming part of Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services (EPS) West leadership team, Dave will be responsible for the business unit’s engineering and operations services across Europe, encapsulating [...]

TWMA shows support for Peterhead community

TWMA, a global leader in the provision of integrated drilling waste management and environmental services, is delighted to support the local community by sponsoring Peterhead FC’s Summer Coaching Programme. The annual programme is open to children aged 5-12 and aims to help the youngsters improve their football skills and confidence in a safe, fun [...]

Stork awarded multi-services contract by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK

Stork, a global provider of maintenance, modification and asset integrity services to a range of sectors, has been awarded a two-year fabric maintenance and asset support services contract by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited across six of their North Sea assets. Stork will deliver a range of integrated fabric maintenance services, access solutions [...]

Aberdeen Drilling Consultants awarded contract by BP

Aberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC), a rig inspection consultancy based in Scotland, has been awarded a contract by BP to provide engineering services globally. ADC will provide support in more than 14 countries worldwide. It will deliver rig site assessments at all stages of operations, technical and marine assurance audits, dropped object/incident [...]

SengS picks up new work on the back of £250k investment

North-east engineering firm SengS said yesterday it was already reaping the rewards of a £250,000 investment in its pressure testing capability. It takes the total amount spent on developing facilities at its Ellon headquarters over the past two years to more than £3.5 million. The firm’s testing facility has grown in size by more than 50 percent [...]

Bilfinger awarded major fabric maintenance contract with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK

Bilfinger Salamis UK is to provide fabric maintenance on Repsol Sinopec Resources UK core operational assets following a major contract award. The contract award sees Bilfinger Salamis provide a full range of fabric maintenance, scaffolding and access services to Repsol Sinopec Resources UK’s Piper, Claymore, Tartan, Clyde and Bleo Holm offshore [...]

Two North Sea contract wins for Amec Foster Wheeler

Amec Foster Wheeler announces the award of two long-term major services contracts as part of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK's long-term transformation and long-term commitment to the North Sea. The new contracts are for the provision of maintenance and construction labour and engineering support services, covering its offshore operated assets and the [...]

Petrofac to support Repsol Sinopec’s transformation plan

As part of its revised approach Repsol Sinopec Resources UK has awarded Petrofac two major contracts to support significant areas of its business both in the provision of engineering support services and onshore and offshore personnel.  Petrofac has been awarded a three-year engineering support services contract as a tier 1 contractor for major brownfield [...]

EM&I Awarded Contract in Angola

EM&I have been awarded a new contract for diverless UWILD inspections on a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel due to be deployed in Angol to service the Cabaça North and Cabaça Southeast fields. Read more... Read more

Greta Lydecker named managing director of Chevron Upstream Europe

Chevron North Sea Limited has announced that Greta Lydecker has been appointed managing director of Chevron Upstream Europe, based in Aberdeen, starting 11 July 2016. Greta succeeds Craig May, who was recently appointed to the role of vice president, Upstream Capability, based in Houston. Greta comes to Aberdeen from Bakersfield, California, where she [...]

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