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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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

EnQuest takes over operatorship of Magnus and Sullon Voe

EnQuest PLC has made a deal with BP to acquire an initial 25 per cent interest in the Magnus oil field as well as a 3 per cent interest in the Sullom Voe oil terminal (SVT) and supply facility. Also included is a 9 per cent interest in the Northern Leg Gas Pipeline (NLGP) and 3.8 per cent of the Ninian Pipeline System (NPS). EnQuest currently has existing [...]

Sparrows Group seals crane management contract at new North Sea field

Sparrows Group has built upon our recent success in securing work on newly developed fields with a contract to provide crane management services at the Kraken Field in the UK North Sea. Over three years, we will provide support during the pre-operations and operations phase aboard the floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel being [...]

Xodus wins subsea contract with Apache

Xodus Group has won a contract with North Sea operator Apache to deliver subsea engineering services for two new infill well developments at the Nevis and Skene fields in the Northern North Sea. The project includes a novel idea of designing and fabricating spools with no requirement for metrology focusing on time and effort savings. Read more... Read more

Strong start to 2017 for Proserv with new contracts and global expansion

Aberdeen-headquartered energy services company Proserv has secured contracts valued at more than $12 million (around £10 million) so far this year and has revealed plans for further international growth with new bases in Saudi Arabia and India. The wins include a significant contract with a global oil and gas operator for the delivery of a three well [...]

Cyberhawk completes rail station inspection

Cyberhawk Innovations has completed its first internal and external structural inspection for the UK rail network. The inspection, which took place earlier this year, was completed over the course of two days at Rugby rail station in Warwickshire, England. Working with Network Rail Air Operation, Cyberhawk was appointed to complete the internal inspection, [...]

Atkins secures structural integrity services contract from Chevron

Chevron North Sea Ltd has awarded Atkins a three year framework contract for structural integrity services across selected fixed and floating platforms in the UK North Sea. The contract covers assets including the Alba Northern platform and topsides of the Alba floating storage unit (the first to be purpose-built for the UK North Sea); the topsides [...]

TechnipFMC begins operations as a combined company after completing merger of FMC Technologies and Technip

TechnipFMC has announced that it is operating as a unified, combined company following completion of the merger of FMC Technologies and Technip. The merger creates a global leader in oil and gas projects, technologies, systems, and services that will enhance the performance of the world's energy industry. Read more… Read more

UK Export and Finance supports GE Oil & Gas contract with major energy project in Ghana

UK-headquartered GE Oil & Gas is providing subsea production systems to a project, which will develop oil and gas fields approximately 60km offshore from the western side of Ghana's coast. Following first gas production in 2018, the new fields are expected to continuously feed Ghana's thermal power plants for more than 20 years. The contract will [...]

Peterson strengthens leadership team with new appointment

International energy logistics provider Peterson has appointed Sarah Forbes as director projects and innovation.  The appointment follows an investment by Peterson in Core 29, the project management and consultancy business founded by Ms Forbes in Aberdeen in 2012. Ms Forbes has 15 years’ industry experience in a number of senior roles focused on [...]

Iqarus strengthens leadership team with appointment of Dr Rikard Moen

Iqarus, the global provider of intelligent health solutions in demanding and complex operating environments, has announced the appointment of Dr Rikard Moen as chief medical officer. In this newly created role, Dr Moen will oversee the company’s medical and clinical governance as well as provide strategic and technical operational support for the [...]

Cyberhawk plays key role in development of UK drone guidelines for offshore oil and gas

Cyberhawk has welcomed Oil & Gas UK’s new guidelines on the use of drones in offshore environments. Cyberhawk played a key role in the drafting of the ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Management Standards and Guidelines’, which were produced by Oil & Gas UK in conjunction with a working group. As well as Cyberhawk, this group [...]

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