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Investment in new technology projects welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

In response to the Oil and Gas Technology Centre's  £1.6 million investment in new projects. Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, said: “We are delighted that the OGTC is now making material investments in new technology. Asset integrity and well construction are two of the industry’s priority technology themes. [...]

Oil & Gas UK response to the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce 2017 Oil and Gas Survey

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “It is heartening to see that as the industry continues to tackle the downturn by focusing on improving its competitiveness, confidence in some companies is rising. This mood of cautious optimism was evident at our Oil and Gas Industry conference where we reinforced that it’s our own [...]

General Election – response from Oil & Gas UK

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “We look forward to working with the new Government as it is formed. We are clear about our priorities – promoting the measures which ensure the continued success of our industry in the prevailing climate. To that end, we need a UK energy policy which realises the full benefits of the UK’s [...]

Efficiency and Vision 2035 under spotlight at key industry conference

Collaboration and efficiency are becoming more commonplace in the mindset and vocabulary of the UK oil and gas industry, a key conference heard today. The sector has worked hard over the last two years to bring efficiency to the fore, the Oil and Gas Industry Conference in Aberdeen was told. While the approach to adapt to our new competitive [...]

Efficiency, competitiveness and Vision 2035 key to future

The UK oil and gas industry must learn from efficiency changes made to adapt to the lower oil price as it looks towards a future that could be delivered by Vision 2035. Deirdre Michie, the CEO of Oil & Gas UK will tell a key industry conference tomorrow (June 6) that its focus must remain on efficiency, if industry is to maintain the competitive [...]

Would-be MPs quizzed at oil and gas conference

Prospective parliamentary candidates will be put under the spotlight on their party energy policies at the Oil and Gas Industry Conference taking place in Aberdeen on Tuesday (6 June). Four MP hopefuls are taking part in a hustings event at the conference organised by Oil & Gas UK. Chaired by Damian Bates, Editor-In-Chief of Aberdeen Journals, [...]

Industry leaders head up key conference talks

The potential of the UK Continental Shelf with the right interventions will come under scrutiny at a key industry conference in Aberdeen on Tuesday (June 6). Vision 2035 – which sets out the opportunity for the basin and supply chain over the next two decades – is the topic of a panel session at the Oil & Gas UK event, which has Total E&P [...]

Industry blueprint for next UK Government

A blueprint outlining four key priorities the next UK Government should focus on to help secure the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry is launched today (31 May) by Oil & Gas UK.   Presented ahead of next month’s General Election, it urges the incoming UK Government to implement the following priorities:   Establish [...]

Deadline extended for Offshore Safety Awards

There is still time to shine a spotlight on the people and companies doing their best for offshore health and safety after organisers extended the deadline for entries to this year’s Offshore Safety Awards. The closing date for nominations to the event - organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor [...]

‘Audience with’ OGA head at oil and gas conference

The Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) will give a presentation and then take questions at next month’s industry conference organised by Oil & Gas UK.   Andy Samuel will be quizzed by Neil McCulloch, Chief Operating Officer at EnQuest and co-chair of Oil & Gas UK, on a range of topics including his thoughts on his [...]

First oil from Quad 204 welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

The announcement by BP - on behalf of co-venturers Shell and Siccar Point Energy - of first oil from the redeveloped Schiehallion Area, following completion of the multi-billion-pound Quad 204 project in the west of Shetland region,  has been welcomed by the industry’s trade body.   Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, [...]

First Minister to speak at 2017 Oil and Gas Industry Conference

Scotland’s First Minister will address industry leaders at a major oil and gas conference taking place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre next month (June 6). Nicola Sturgeon MSP is giving the keynote speech during the morning of the one-day event organised by Oil & Gas UK. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The coming together [...]

Trade body welcomes first oil from Montrose Area Redevelopment

Following the announcement by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK that first oil has begun to flow from the Shaw  field, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “This is a tremendous achievement by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK and their commitment to the North Sea is very welcome indeed. “This is a major redevelopment in an area [...]

Offshore Safety Awards deadline approaching

The countdown is on to enter this year’s Offshore Safety Awards. Jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor, the annual safety awards celebrate individuals and companies who go beyond the call of duty to make the UK Continental Shelf one of the safest oil and gas basins to work in globally. Individuals [...]

Six leading industry figures to chair oil and gas conference sessions

Six industry leaders representing both operator and major contractor companies will chair sessions to encourage debate and push progress on the sector’s priority issues at Oil & Gas UK’s ‘Facing the Future’ conference, sponsored by Total E&P UK Limited, at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre on June 6. Stephen Marcos Jones, [...]

Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry

The trade body for the UK oil and gas industry has written to the Prime Minister highlighting research findings that assess the potential impact and opportunities of Brexit on the sector. The study - commissioned by Oil & Gas UK - looked at the possible cost of trade for the sector and illustrates where the UK sector’s workforce comes from. On [...]

Shell’s Steve Phimister appointed to Oil & Gas UK Board

Steve Phimister will be taking the place of Paul Goodfellow on Oil & Gas UK’s Board of Directors with immediate effect as he takes up his new role as vice president of Shell’s UK & Ireland upstream business unit.  Phimister said: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the Board of Oil and Gas UK at such an exciting time for [...]

Share Fair Spotlight to Focus Attention of Suppliers and Clients on Production Efficiency

Opportunities for suppliers and clients to work collectively to improve oil and gas field production performance will be shared by Oil & Gas UK’s Production Efficiency Task Force at its next Share Fair Spotlight on May 4 in Aberdeen. Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, said: “Production efficiency [...]

Leading business figures to highlight supply chain resilience strategies at breakfast briefing

Strategies businesses deploy to shift from short-term survival to long-term sustainability will be explored by a diverse range of companies across the supply chain at Oil & Gas UK’s breakfast briefing in Aberdeen later this month. The Strengthening Resilience briefing sponsored by Deloitte, will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference [...]

Safety champions wanted for industry awards

The hunt begins again for the men, women and companies going the extra mile for safety in the UK oil and gas industry.  Individuals and businesses from across the sector are being encouraged to enter this year’s Offshore Safety Awards taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on August 23. Jointly organised by Oil & [...]

Expro secures $10 million well services contract extension from Apache North Sea

Expro has secured a $10 million well services contract extension with Apache North Sea. The contract covers a range of well services including slickline, cased hole services and pumping services, as well as support in delivering coiled tubing services. This uses a multi-skilled crew covering the UK North Sea Forties platforms, ensuring a consistently [...]

Scottish Government supports diver and ROV skills training at The Underwater Centre

Skills Development Scotland has awarded The Underwater Centre in Fort William funding to help ensure that Scotland is ready to supply the qualified workforce that the subsea industry will need in the future. Starting in June 2017, Scottish residents will be able to train in key courses at The Underwater Centre for 50 per cent of the usual cost. The [...]

Siccar Point Energy chooses Hill of Rubislaw for new headquarters

Siccar Point Energy moved an Aberdeen city centre premises in May, occupying 7,730 sq ft at H1, formerly known as Seafield House. Siccar Point relocated all the company’s staff from its existing accommodation at Berry Street, Aberdeen and Buckingham Gate, London to the new headquarters. Read more... Read more

Cresent and Reece Safety announce “Lock Down” collaboration agreement

Cresent, control of work and health and safety specialists, and Reece Safety, lock out tag out experts, are delighted to announce a new collaboration. Cresent is passionate about making work safe and is dedicated to making processes, systems and training safe, efficient and easy across a range of diverse hazardous environments. Reece Safety has been [...]

MMI Engineering appoints new resilience practice leader

MMI Engineering has announced the appointment of a new resilience practice leader to drive the company’s organisational and asset resilience practices. Stepping into the role at the Bristol-based firm is Caroline Field, who brings with her extensive knowledge having over 20 years’ professional experience in the industry, including 15 years specialising [...]

Buchan oil production vessel to be decommissioned in Shetland

After 36 years and almost 150mm barrels of oil, the Buchan Alpha facility in the UK North Sea ceased production, as planned, on 12 May 2017. Buchan Alpha is a semi-submersible moored floating production vessel (originally a drilling rig). Decommissioning plans are well developed and ultimate dismantling and recycling of the vessel was competitively [...]

Augean North Sea Services wins total waste management contract

Augean North Sea Services is delighted to announce the win of a major total waste management contract to support Statoil’s UK operations. The contract is for five years with options to extend the term. It will encompass management of all wastes from the drilling, hook-up and production phases. Read more... Read more

Briggs Marine strengthens footprint in Liverpool

Briggs Marine, one of the UK’s leading marine contractors, is pleased to announce it is expanding in the north west of England with new water-side facilities in Port of Liverpool. The 500 sq metre building will allow Briggs to offer a greater range of services, and will assist the company in further developing its offering in renewables, sub-marine [...]

Bibby Offshore awarded significant contract with TAQA

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has been awarded a significant contract with TAQA for subsea construction works in the Eider field, located 184 kilometres north-east of Shetland. With offshore operations to be completed this summer, the six month contract will see Bibby Offshore adopt a multi-vessel approach, [...]

Restrata appoints new head of UK crisis management

Restrata, a global leader in safety and security consultancy and training services, has appointed Craig Menzies to head up its UK emergency response and crisis management business, which includes the state-of-the-art Incident Management Centre (IMC) in Aberdeen.  Read more… Read more

BP announces the start of production from Quad204 project, west of Shetland

BP, on behalf of co-venturers Shell and Siccar Point Energy, is pleased to announce first oil from the redeveloped Schiehallion Area, following completion of the multi-billion-pound Quad 204 project in the west of Shetland region, offshore UK. UK project is the third of seven new upstream major projects expected to come on stream for BP in 2017. Read [...]

ACE Winches supplies winch solution for the DolWin Topside Float-over

ACE Winches, a leading global supplier of specialised marine deck machinery, successfully mobilized and installed a winch package for use on the jacket installation and float-over of the DolWin Topside platform. The DolWin platform is one of the world’s largest high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platforms, generating enough power to provide [...]

ABB Marine showcases its digital offerings

ABB Marine & Ports hosted their first ‘hot topic’ customer event in Aberdeen on 16 May.  The event highlighted the value of using marine digital services in today’s challenging market. The solutions highlighted the role of connectivity in reducing costs and increasing efficiency and safety onboard. Read more… Read more

Verus Petroleum awards £416k funding to Heriot-Watt’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering

A major funding package for the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) will directly support research and training for the future of the industry in UK offshore waters. The award will support a number of oil and gas related training and Applied Geoscience research activities in IPE including the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), the Ogilvie-Gordon [...]

ACE Winches provides mooring system on the Iron Lady Barge

ACE Winches has successfully mobilised a six point mooring system to anchor the Iron Lady Barge being used on the Brent decommissioning project.  The equipment, designed and manufactured by ACE Winches at their global headquarters, Turriff, Aberdeenshire is now in situ and being supported by a team of ACE Winches offshore personnel. Read more... Read more

Two new appointments announced at Penspen’s Centre for Engineering Excellence (CEE)

Penspen, a leading global provider of engineering and project management services to the energy industry, has announced two new appointments at its CEE, which has been in operation since January. Tom Agbabi will join in the area of Field development and Peter Falconer will provide Asset Integrity expertise to the centre. Read more

Leaders shape technology priorities for late-life asset management and decommissioning

Leaders from oil and gas operating companies and the Oil and Gas Authority gathered at the Oil & Gas Technology Centre yesterday for a workshop to discuss priorities for the Decommissioning Solution Centre. One of five solution centres now up and running within the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, the Decommissioning Solution Centre will identify, [...]

Parkmead acquisition doubles its stake in key North Sea gas area

Parkmead, the UK and Netherlands focused independent oil and gas group, is delighted to announce that it has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement with Verus Petroleum (SNS) Limited to acquire a 50% interest in UK North Sea Licence P.2209 which contains the Farne Extension prospect and a further four prospective leads. Read more… Read more

Wood Group engineers support NSRI’s diversification initiative

Two engineers from Wood Group have supported the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) in its drive to speed up the development and implementation of near to market technologies in the subsea sector. Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth, who are both working towards becoming Chartered Engineers, beat off competition from a number of hopefuls [...]

First oil confirmed from Montrose Area Redevelopment

First oil has begun to flow from the Shaw field, part of the major redevelopment of the Montrose Area in the Central North Sea operated by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK. The Montrose Area Redevelopment (MAR) is a major capital project that significantly enhances the long term Montrose Area infrastructure. The project incorporates the development of three [...]

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