Prominent figures from across the North Sea’s oil and gas industry will come together on 3 December to launch a vital piece of industry research and to discuss practical steps that are being taken by industry to help deliver the energy transition.

Will Webster, report author and energy policy manager OGUK, will present the findings of OGUK’s key report “Energy Transition Outlook 2019” at the final OGUK business breakfast of the year, sponsored by Deloitte and hosted at the P&J Live. The report outlines what the industry has achieved over the last year and explores in detail what is now required to move the UK closer to the government’s net-zero objective.

Will is joined by a panel of distinguished industry leaders, including Ariel Flores, Regional President, BP North Sea, Steve Phimister, VP UK Upstream, Shell U.K. Limited and Troy Stewart, Head of Energy Industries UK and Ireland, ABB who will give their view on how industry is tackling the challenges and opportunities presented by the energy transition. Joining them for an interactive panel session will be Myrtle Dawes, Solution Centre Director at The Oil & Gas Technology Centre, giving delegates the opportunity to have their questions answered.

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive OGUK and panel chair, said:

“Our industry is renowned for its people, skills and capacity to solve problems and find solutions. This is a powerful and positive combination that is already being deployed to ensure the North Sea plays its part in the energy transition. Alongside delivering the energy we need, the sector is already focussed on lowering its own emissions and helping deliver a net-zero economy in the decades to come and our flagship report puts a spotlight on the important role our industry needs to take.

Graham Hollis, Aberdeen office senior partner for event sponsor Deloitte, said:

“It’s great to see this important topic discussed at the final OGUK business breakfast this year. Since the Energy Transition report was launched last December, companies and bodies from across the sector have united to take bold steps towards delivering a net-zero oil and gas basin. It is important to reflect on these and celebrate the industry’s collective drive to achieve the UK and Scottish Government’s net zero carbon targets.

“Looking to the future, the expert workforce and dynamic infrastructure of the oil and gas industry is uniquely placed to pioneer new projects such as carbon capture and storage, and it will be great to see so many key players come together to discuss the opportunities and challenges the industry faces.”

 

Solving future challenges and driving improvements in health, safety and environmental practice across the UK oil and gas industry will be discussed at a major one-day conference to take place in Aberdeen next month.

As a first for OGUK, this combined HSE Conference will explore how industry is taking health, safety and environment forward into the next decade. With the overarching theme ‘Solving Tomorrow’s Challenges, Today’, the conference will focus on the prevention of hydrocarbon releases, control of major accident hazards, emissions reduction and the mental health of the workforce on November 6 at the new P&J Live exhibition centre.

Matt Abraham, supply chain and HSE director at OGUK, commented:

“This sector is supported by hundreds of thousands of talented and highly skilled people and we have a clear duty of care to protect the workforce as they carry out their roles. HSE is at the heart of operations so that we can minimise risk and improve performance.

“Our conference will shine a spotlight on where improvements have been made and what the future looks like for everyone working in our vital industry as we move through the energy transition.

“This event brings together leading trade organisations, industry experts, and the key regulators all of whom are focussed on working together to improve safety and prevent hydrocarbon releases across the UK Continental Shelf.”

The HSE conference aims to attract in excess of 400 people and will also feature distinguished keynote speakers, including Martin Temple, chair of HSE, Ray Riddoch, managing director UK and SVP Europe and Africa at CNOOC International, and Gretchen Haskins, CEO of HeliOffshore. The event will also explore the findings of OGUK’s recent Environment and Health and Safety reports.

The opening address will be given by Deirdre Michie, CEO of OGUK, who will focus on how far the industry has come in terms of major hazard management whilst highlighting the ongoing efforts to secure a safe and sustainable future for the UK Continental Shelf.

Speakers also include Trevor Stapleton, health and safety manager at OGUK, Louise O’Hara Murray, environment manager at OGUK, Steve Rae, executive director of Step Change in Safety, Wendy Kennedy, CEO of OPRED, Janice Milne, head of national operations at SEPA, and Chris Flint, energy director at HSE.

The full agenda can be viewed here.

 

Responding to the announcement of the Final Investment Decision for the Pierce field gas project, Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director OGUK said:

“This is good news and will help to meet more of the UK’s energy needs from domestic production. That Shell and Ithaca Energy have agreed the Final Investment Decision on Pierce underlines that the UK Continental Shelf remains an attractive investment proposition, with technological developments and a continued focus on efficiency unlocking new opportunities.

“This decision enables the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry to provide security of energy supply, support hundreds of thousands of jobs and make a valuable contribution to public services through taxation.”

Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green and Black’s

The co-founder of chocolatier Green & Black’s will address a packed oil and gas industry audience as part of a sell-out event being hosted by OGUK, OGTC and AXIS to spotlight diversity and inclusion across the sector.

The event, to be held at Offshore Europe on Thursday September 5, will see the very successful entrepreneur behind Green & Black’s, Jo Fairley, present a thought-provoking narrative that acknowledges the challenges and opportunities of thriving as a female leader, while sharing the lessons she has learnt throughout her career.

A high-profile line-up of speakers will discuss some of the key issues during a panel session that will be moderated by Colette Cohen, chief executive of OGTC, and includes Gretchen Haskins of HeliOffshore, John Pearson, chief operating officer at Petrofac, Ariel Flores, vice president at BP, as well as Jo Coleman, of Shell and David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and partner at Pinsent Masons LLP.

The event will be opened by Deirdre Michie, chief executive of OGUK, who commented:

“This sector has thrived and survived because of our talented and pioneering colleagues. However, if our industry is to remain relevant in a changing and challenging environment, it will need to attract and retain a diversity of talent, skills, experience and thought, as well as ensure inclusive and collaborative ways of working.

“Fostering a diverse and inclusive working culture is a moral and business imperative that is key to ensuring a competitive and sustainable oil and gas industry that supports the UK’s transition to a net zero economy.

“Our industry supports around 270,000 skilled jobs, but with women representing only one in four of the talent pool, there is clearly still more work to be done. It’s not just about gender alone and involves diversity of race and ethnicity, as well as skills and thought.

“We look forward to welcoming distinguished speakers to the panel and are delighted to have Jo Fairley join us to provide an insight into her career – and also how other industries address the diversity challenge.”

Colette Cohen, CEO of OGTC, said: “This event provides our industry with an opportunity to raise awareness of the ongoing challenge in delivering a truly diverse workforce.  We can voice our concerns while sharing aspirations, ensuring everyone feels empowered to make a difference in their place of work.  I look forward to a lively and engaging debate with our panel, challenging everyone in the room to leave with a clear personal commitment to improving diversity – no matter what their role or seniority.”

The event will be closed by Karen Blanc, CEO of AXIS Network, who commented:

“We are passionate about supporting those working in the energy sector to thrive, and to do that we must create truly inclusive, attractive, modern workplaces. We’d like to inspire everyone who attends to commit to taking positive action to attract, retain and develop a diverse workforce.”

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has confirmed that it will publish a key roadmap of all the current and future activity being undertaken by industry to deliver a sustainable future in a net zero context, at a major conference taking place in Aberdeen next month.

Over 35,000 delegates from across the world are expected to attend the four-day SPE Offshore Europe conference in the Granite City from September 4-8, and OGUK will host a number of agenda-setting events throughout the programme.

This includes the launch of its flagship 2019 Economic Report where it will publish Roadmap 2035, which will set the context for the future of the sector and how everyone has a part to play. OGUK’s Economic Report will again be launched at two simultaneous breakfast briefing events in London, sponsored by White & Case LLP, and Aberdeen, sponsored by Deloitte.

Commenting, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“Offshore Europe is a prime opportunity to showcase how this resolute sector is looking to the future and to offering solutions to some of the biggest challenges we will face.

“Roadmap 2035 will be launched along with OGUK’s 2019 Economic Report which will provide  valuable insight into how the UK oil and gas industry is performing and positioning itself for the future: one in which the sector continues its focus on safe operations while maintaining its competitive position to attract investment and unlock more activity, key to the sustainability of our supply chain, while ensuring we all play our part in delivering a net zero economy by 2050.

“The journey to Offshore Europe and publication of the roadmap builds on one of the biggest ever engagement campaigns to have taken place in this industry. Over 2,500 people have joined the conversation, taking part in roadshows, one-to-one discussions, focus groups and other opportunities around what our vision is about and how we can deliver it.

“Our industry is a vital national asset for the UK, supporting hundreds of thousands of skilled jobs, contributing billions to the economy and providing the nation with secure and affordable energy – it will also play a key role in achieving the UK’s net zero ambitions.

“At the same time, political and policy developments including Brexit and an increasing drive for more diverse and inclusive workplaces provide challenges that we must see as opportunities for our sector.”

Other key OGUK events at the exhibition will include its members stand activity, a key diversity and inclusion lunch featuring co-founder of Green and Black’s chocolatier, Jo Fairley, and “Securing Generation 2035” an engaging and interactive session with young professionals and key industry leaders considering the key issues facing our industry in terms of attracting and retaining talent.

Louise O’Hara Murray, OGUK’s environment manager

 

The UK offshore oil and gas industry has delivered stable environmental performance whilst the sector has increased production levels, according to a flagship report published today (Wednesday, July 24) by OGUK.

The 2019 Environment Report, which analyses and interprets data gathered and monitored by the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED), considers performance across a range of areas including emissions to atmosphere, chemical discharge, waste disposal and produced water, to the end of 2018.

The insight also provides a summary of activities undertaken by OGUK groups over the last year to support the development of new legislation, whilst acknowledging the industry’s critical role in achieving a net-zero future and its integral part in transitioning to a low carbon economy.

Key findings include:

  • There was a three per cent reduction in CO2 emissions in 2018, compared to 2017 whilst production increased by 4 per cent year-on-year
  • A total of 74 per cent CO2 emissions were from power generation
  • Upstream oil and gas operations contributed 3 per cent (14.65 million tonnes CO2e) of total UK greenhouse gas emissions
  • Produced water discharged to sea fell by 3 per cent compared to 2017
  • 2018 saw a decrease in drill cuttings discharged to sea, with 21,450 tonnes discharged
  • Just under 120,000 tonnes of waste was generated in 2018, a 22 per cent decrease on 2017
  • 39 per cent increase in decommissioning waste from 2017 – however, 72 per cent was either re-used, recycled or used for power generation
  • 73% of chemicals discharged were classed as low hazard, or PLONOR (Pose Little or No Risk to the Environment)
  •  There was a decrease in accidental oil releases compared to 2017 –there were 293 releases totalling 14 tonnes, which is the lowest annual total since 2011
  • 95% of the mass of chemicals accidently released were of PLONOR or low hazard chemicals, and less than 1kg of the highest hazard chemicals were released.

Commenting on the report findings, Louise O’Hara Murray, OGUK’s environment manager, said:

“The UK Continental Shelf is a mature and complex basin, and our report analysis shows that in 2018 we are delivering a stabilised environmental performance alongside increasing levels of production.

“Operators are making changes to processes and equipment offshore to continually improve efficiency and emissions performance. Alongside this, OGUK is actively working with its members to understand solutions to meet our commitment to the UK’s net-zero ambition by 2050 and the expectations of society whilst maintaining sovereignty of supply.

“We need a diverse energy mix in the transition to a net-zero future to maintain our security of supply. The forecast demand for oil and gas in the UK in 2050 will exceed current estimates of supply from the UK Continental Shelf, and maintaining energy sovereignty means avoiding premature cessation to UKCS production and displacement of production to other basins.

“As a major hazard and heavily regulated industry, continued engagement with the regulator, government and the sector is key in supporting efforts to reduce environmental risk and ensure continued safe operations.

“With that in mind, this annual report provides an opportunity for us to review environmental performance, reflect on the compliant practices and focus on areas where there are opportunities to drive further improvements.”

OGUK has appointed two new members to its board to further bolster the sector’s ongoing efforts to maintain the competitiveness of oil and gas production from the UKCS – whilst also playing a significant role in enabling the UK’s net zero carbon emissions ambition.

Bob Drummond, CEO of Hydrasun Group, has been appointed to the organisation’s board, as well as Alistair Stobie, Chief Financial Officer at Hurricane Energy.

With over 40 years’ industry experience, Bob Drummond has been CEO and managing director in a number of major energy services companies including Maersk UK, Salamis Group, Wood Group Engineering and Rigblast Energy Services Group, prior to joining Hydrasun in 2002.

Commenting on his new position, Mr Drummond said: “I am delighted to be joining the OGUK Board at such an exciting but nonetheless challenging time for our industry. I look forward to working with the board toward the delivery of Vision 2035 and in particular at a time when our industry continues to develop and evolve through the energy transition.”

Alistair Stobie of Hurricane Energy has significant capital markets and international oil and gas industry experience. Alistair was previously director of finance at AIM-quoted Zoltav Resources and CFO at Oando Exploration & Production.

Hurricane Energy has developed pioneering approaches to exploration, particularly in the frontier region West of Shetland and the company has recently achieved first oil from the Lancaster field.

Alistair Stobie said: “I am delighted to be joining OGUK’s board at this critical juncture in the industry’s future as we deliver both the oil and gas necessary to transition to a net zero carbon emissions economy.”

Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive, commented:

“I am really pleased to welcome both Bob and Alistair to OGUK’s board as they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be hugely beneficial as we engage in the challenges facing the industry.

“As well as ensuring as much as possible of UK demand for oil and gas is matched by efficient domestic production, we also have to play our part in supporting the UK in its net zero ambition. Delivering Vision 2035 is our route to doing this that will also seek to improve diversity and inclusion and attract and retain talent into the sector.

“Around the OGUK board table, Bob and Alistair will continue to ensure a strong voice for the supply chain and for the diversity of operators that continue to be attracted to the UKCS.”

Trevor Stapleton, OGUK’s health and safety manager

Leaders and experts in the oil and gas and aviation industries will come together to discuss helicopter safety at an event hosted by OGUK in Aberdeen next week.

The aviation seminar will explore ways in which the sector can build on progress, whilst remaining alert to issues affecting the industry through ongoing engagement with the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), helicopter operators, HeliOffshore and other stakeholders, to further improve helicopter travel.

Sponsored by CHC Helicopter, the event will be held on Tuesday, June 25, at the AECC and will include presentations from industry leaders and keynote speakers including Mark Abbey, regional director at CHC, Matt Abraham, supply chain and HSE director at OGUK, and Trevor Stapleton, health and safety manager at OGUK.

The opening address will be given by Mark Swan, group director of safety and airspace regulation at the CAA, whilst delegates will also hear from a licensed helicopter engineer and a captain – both of CHC – who will share an insight into their roles and what they see as the future for aviation.

Commenting on the event, OGUK’s health and safety manager, Trevor Stapleton, said:

“The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry is supported by one of the most modern helicopter fleets in the world – and safe helicopter operations is at the heart of what we do.

“Over the past 20 years, industry-led initiatives and CAA research projects have brought many safety improvements to operations.

“Our industry is vital for security of energy supply, whilst supporting hundreds of thousands of highly skilled jobs and contributing billions to the economy.

“As we look towards achieving Vision 2035 – the industry’s shared ambition meet as much of the UK’s oil and gas needs from home-produced resources – we will examine how can we learn from the past in order to plan for a successful, incident-free future for offshore travel.”

Mark Abbey, regional director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at CHC, said: “CHC is delighted to sponsor this important seminar. Building strong, safe and resilient helicopter operations is vital as we support the oil and gas industry of the future.”

The seminar will also include speakers from Bell Helicopter, Bristow and HeliOffshore and will cover topics such as helideck safety, technology and HeliOffshore’s safety programme.

The full agenda can be viewed here.

 

A key industry report detailing the cost of decommissioning on the UKCS and the progress being made by industry, government and regulators to reduce costs by more than 30 per cent will be unveiled at OGUK’s upcoming business breakfast in London.

The annual UKCS Decommissioning Cost Estimate Report, published by industry regulator the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) will give a deeper insight into the landscape of the sector as well as highlight the opportunities and challenges currently facing the market.

Sponsored by White & Case LLP, the event will be held on Tuesday, July 2, at 5 Old Broad Street, London.

“We’re delighted to host the launch of this vital piece of research from the OGA and I look forward to hearing more about the progress industry has made in achieving the 35 percent cost reduction target.

“The UK is a first mover in the decommissioning of complex, deep-water oil and gas assets and the industry must seize future opportunities in the global decommissioning market.

“This includes the development and deployment of CCUS (carbon capture, usage and storage), building on the re-use of offshore infrastructure, industry geological expertise, and utilising the skills and knowledge of our supply chain.”

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed news of first gas from Total’s Culzean field.

OGUK said the project, which has been delivered on time and under budget, further reinforces the UK industry as leaders in the safe and efficient production of energy.

Commenting on the news, OGUK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie, said:

“This major project further reinforces the UK industry as leaders in the safe and efficient production of energy. Delivered on time and under budget and with complex geology, it is a great example of industry working together to get a job done.

“This is good news for our industry and for the UK, ensuring we can continue to provide secure, affordable energy from home-produced resources. Culzean is the largest UK gas find in 25 years and will meet around five per cent of the UK’s gas demand.

“It is also encouraging to see one of the basin’s long-term players delivering a challenging project by using pioneering digital technologies and contributing to the delivery of Vision 2035.”

 

Jennifer Craw, chief executive of ONE, who is chairing the diversity and inclusion session.

 

Championing the UK oil and gas sector as a diverse and inclusive place to work with a breadth of opportunities now and in the future will form a key part of the agenda at this year’s pivotal OGUK annual conference.

The sector’s focus on promoting diversity and driving improvements across the operator and supply chain landscape will take centre stage as part of the two-day conference, held from June 4-5 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

Focusing on ‘An Industry in Transition’, the event – sponsored by Total E&P UK Limited – will see industry leaders and keynote speakers reflect on the people, business processes and diversification opportunities the sector requires to unlock growth while it tackles the dual challenge of satisfying energy demand and reducing its carbon footprint.

Diversity and inclusion will be part of the focus on Wednesday, June 5, with speakers including Erica Kinmond, vice chair of AXIS Network and associate at Pinsent Masons LLP, sharing her thoughts on transitioning to a gender-balanced workforce, and Susan Elston, SVP of Offshore & Marine (UK & Ireland) at Sodexo, discussing retaining and motivating a multi-generational workforce.

The session will be chaired by Jennifer Craw, chief executive of Opportunity North East (ONE).

Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive, said fostering a diverse and inclusive working culture was critical to ensuring a competitive position for the UK Continental Shelf.

She commented: “As we work with industry to encourage diversity and inclusion, we need to identify collaborative approaches to retain and attract talent and showcase that our industry continues to be a great place to work.

“The moral and business cases for diversity and inclusion are clear and well-established and we need to embrace them if we are to help this sector sustain and improve its competitiveness.

“Our industry supports over 280,000 skilled jobs, but with women representing only one in four of the talent pool, there is clearly still more work to be done. However, diversity and inclusion is all encompassing – the issue is not just gender alone and involves diversity of race and ethnicity, as well as skills and thought.

“It is vital we understand our future skills profiles and proactively develop the talent required. The latest skills report from OPITO and RGU published last month estimates that the industry needs to attract 25,000 new people in just six years – and 4,500 of those will be into completely new roles that do not yet exist in areas such as data science, automation and new materials.”

Jennifer Craw, chief executive of ONE and chair of the event, said: “Diversity is a key enabler of business growth.  It is about diversity of gender, age, race and ethnicity, as well as skills and diversity of thinking.

“All industries need to attract and retain the best available skills and talents to maximise the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

More than 500 people attended OGUK’s conference last year, with leading figures from industry, government, the regulators, academic and other trade associations, and this year the event is also supported by Stratasys GmbH and Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.

Places are still available and more details can be found here.

Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force (ETF) has appointed three new members to its steering group which aims to seek out, promote and provide access to best practice across the industry whilst boosting collaboration.

Romain Chambault, director of Oilfield Equipment at Baker Hughes GE, Steve Cox, non-operated ventures director (NOV) at Chrysaor, and Colin Black, managing director of Carjon-NRG have all been recently appointed.

In just over three years since the ETF launched, it has secured transformational change in areas including business processes, standardisation and simplification, culture and behaviours industry-wide.

This year, the group will look to build on increased engagement with more ‘efficiency champions’ helping to deliver and promote projects, download guidelines, share best practice and attend company-hosted roadshows.

It will also work across the supply chain to expand opportunities – ultimately helping to achieve industry’s shared ambition, Vision 2035.

Dr Mariesha Jaffray, Oil & Gas UK’s continuous improvement manager, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Romain, Steve and Colin to the ETF steering group and know that they will each provide valuable insight and contribute to what we are trying to achieve long-term.

“The ETF acts as a catalyst bringing industry together under the common goal of improving efficiency and increasing the global competitiveness of the UKCS, by changing behaviour and communicating best practice across the sector.

“The key to our success is strong leadership from the steering group, together with support from Oil & Gas UK board members and industry efficiency champions who are engaged in ongoing activities.”

There are a variety of ways to get involved in the Efficiency Task Force, from becoming an efficiency champion to hosting a roadshow, which aims to allow businesses to share best practice and streamline ways of working.

Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force (ETF) has appointed three new members to its steering group which aims to seek out, promote and provide access to best practice across the industry whilst boosting collaboration.

Romain Chambault, director of Oilfield Equipment at Baker Hughes GE, Steve Cox, non-operated ventures director (NOV) at Chrysaor, and Colin Black, managing director of Carjon-NRG have all been recently appointed.

In just over three years since the ETF launched, it has secured transformational change in areas including business processes, standardisation and simplification, culture and behaviours industry-wide.

This year, the group will look to build on increased engagement with more ‘efficiency champions’ helping to deliver and promote projects, download guidelines, share best practice and attend company-hosted roadshows.

It will also work across the supply chain to expand opportunities – ultimately helping to achieve industry’s shared ambition, Vision 2035.

Dr Mariesha Jaffray, Oil & Gas UK’s continuous improvement manager, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Romain, Steve and Colin to the ETF steering group and know that they will each provide valuable insight and contribute to what we are trying to achieve long-term.

“The ETF acts as a catalyst bringing industry together under the common goal of improving efficiency and increasing the global competitiveness of the UKCS, by changing behaviour and communicating best practice across the sector.

“The key to our success is strong leadership from the steering group, together with support from Oil & Gas UK board members and industry efficiency champions who are engaged in ongoing activities.”

There are a variety of ways to get involved in the ETF, from becoming an efficiency champion to hosting a roadshow, which aims to allow businesses to share best practice and streamline ways of working.

The ETF is the first of its kind for any oil and gas province, aligning with all industry initiatives efforts. It is one of the six MER UK (Maximising Economic Recovery) task forces under the MER UK Forum, bringing together government, industry, and the OGA to drive collective action on key priorities.

High-profile industry figures – including new UK North Sea entrants and prominent voices within the supply chain – are to top the bill at simultaneous breakfast briefings in London and Aberdeen at the launch of a key industry report next month.

Phil Kirk, Chief Executive Officer of Chrysaor, and Romain Chambault, European Director of Oilfield Equipment for Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), will join Oil & Gas UK’s Chief Executive Deirdre Michie and Market Intelligence Manager, Ross Dornan, at the launch of the organisation’s Business Outlook 2019 in Aberdeen on Wednesday, March 20.

In London, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director, Mike Tholen, will be joined by Jonathan Roger, Chief Executive Officer of Siccar Point Energy, John Kerr, Vice President of Engineering & Technology (Oilfield Equipment) at Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), and Lead Business Adviser at OGUK Sophie Guy-Pearson.

The events, sponsored by Deloitte (Aberdeen) and White & Case (London), will look at opportunities and challenges facing the whole industry in 2019 – both for exploration and production companies as well as  different areas of the supply chain.

Commenting ahead of the events, Oil & Gas UK’s Stakeholder and Communications Director Gareth Wynn said:

“Oil & Gas UK’s Business Outlook report is very widely read by those interested in our industry with last year’s edition being downloaded more than 165,000 times.

“The report will provide valuable insight into industry performance and some of the most pressing questions it faces as we move through 2019, using the latest data provided by both operators and the supply chain.

“We are delighted to have secured such high-profile industry leaders to speak at both our Aberdeen and London events, offering first-hand strategic insights on what the trends in the report really mean for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector.”

Graham Hollis, senior partner for Deloitte’s Aberdeen office, said: “While pressures remain on the oil and gas sector, there is a strong sense of renewed optimism about the future of the UKCS after a challenging couple of years and I’d hope to see some of this optimism, as well as evidence of the industry’s resilience and willingness to adapt, reflected in this year’s Business Outlook.

“The continuing high levels of M&A activity indicate that the appetite to invest in the basin remains positive, while a persistent focus on innovative thinking and the use of new technologies will be vital to deliver the further operational efficiency improvements required to achieve MER.

“The Aberdeen Oil & Gas UK Breakfast Briefing provides an invaluable platform for the 2019 Business Outlook’s findings and allows the industry, and wider business community, to come together to consider the opportunities and challenges for the year ahead.”

Oil & Gas UK today (Monday, February 25) welcomed the news that that RockRose Energy has acquired Marathon Oil’s UK business in a £107million deal.

The sale gives RockRose 37-40 per cent operated interests in the Greater Brae Area, a 28 per cent stake in the BP-operated Foinaven field, and 47 per cent of Foinaven East, with output from the assets expected to average 13,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) this year – bringing RockRose’s estimated total to 24,000 boepd.

Commenting on the sale, Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director, said:

“This news is a further signal of confidence in the industry – new entrants bring fresh ambition for investment, reinvigorating activity in existing fields and pursuing new opportunities.

“The multi-million pound transaction is a fitting illustration of how the hard work to improve the attractiveness of the UK Continental Shelf is enabling a diverse range of investors to play into the basin.

“While we cannot comment on the commercial decisions of our members, we commend the contribution Marathon Oil has made to the success story of the UK North Sea. The sale, and indeed purchase of assets, is a natural part of the commercial life of the UKCS and presents new opportunities to maximise recovery.

“As our Economic Report showed, reduced costs, competitive fiscal terms, improved operational performance and more stable oil and gas prices have generated improved investment conditions. RockRose Energy’s acquisition shows the potential they see for growth, key to achieving Vision 2035.”

 

Commenting on the DNV GL Industry Outlook report released today (Tuesday, January 22), which states that confidence in the outlook of the UK oil and gas sector has risen significantly over the last two years, Ross Dornan, Oil & Gas UK’s Market Intelligence Manager, said:

“This report builds on our analysis showing the positive future ahead if we continue to strive towards Vision 2035. OGUK will add more detail on the many exciting future opportunities for our industry in our flagship Business Outlook Report to be published in March this year.

“We cannot afford to return to a position of cost escalation and instability seen previously. Through Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force, industry is focused on driving further efficiency improvements, without which the basin will become less competitive.

“We have already seen the sector delivering improved performance, securing more project approvals in 2018 than in the last three years combined. Our challenge is to build on our successes to generate increased exploration activity.

“This is why we remain unwavering in our commitment to Vision 2035 which aims to add a generation of productive life to the basin and expand the supply chain’s global footprint.”

Mhairi Begg, OGIC project manager, Simon Lamont, founder of Iron Ocean, and David Bucknall from Heriot Watt University, pictured with the Centurion 3 offshore survival garments.

Oil & Gas UK has said the latest development in offshore survival technology from the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) is an excellent showcase of a pioneering industry.

The prototype garment, developed alongside Iron Ocean and Heriot-Watt University, could save the lives of offshore workers in the event of an incident at sea.

The ‘Centurion 3’ is made up of a three-layer upper body garment that produces heat when immersed in cold water and is designed to be worn under the traditional offshore survival suit – effectively protecting workers from the harsh elements of the North Sea.

Matt Abraham, Oil & Gas UK’s supply chain and HSE director, said: “We are encouraged by the development of this cutting-edge technology for industry which has the potential to save lives in an emergency scenario.

“As a major hazard industry, the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has a clear duty to protect the health and safety of our people. This is an excellent showcase of how our pioneering industry continues to drive ground-breaking improvements which can have a real impact on the lives of the people who work offshore.

“We are continually evaluating ways in which we can improve our preparedness in response to a major incident and we work closely with our members, as well as regulators and the government, to ensure we are setting high standards.

“The safety of our people is a core value and is at the heart of all that we do, and we have already seen how innovative technology has had a positive impact in allowing the industry to become more efficient, whilst reducing risks to the workforce.”

Oil and Gas UK has appointed a new member to its board to further bolster the industry body’s ongoing efforts to maximise economic recovery from the North Sea and reaffirm strong competitive conditions.

Sian Lloyd Rees, UK country manager and SVP of customer management at Aker Solutions, has been appointed to represent the services sector as the leading trade association looks to boost supply chain opportunities both at home and abroad.

With over 25 years’ experience, Sian Lloyd Rees joined Aker Solutions following several key leadership roles in blue chip and start-up companies.

Her career began in the oil and gas industry at Stena Offshore and Halliburton before progressing into the IT industry with positions at Petrocosm and Oracle. In her current role, Sian is country manager for the UK and leads the customer management function for Europe and Africa as senior vice president.

Commenting on her new position, Sian Lloyd Rees said:

“I’m delighted to join the board of Oil & Gas UK and look forward to championing our industry as we look to realise our ambitions outlined in Vision 2035.

“Our industry is still facing many challenges and our continued efforts to deliver safe, reliable and affordable energy for the UK will be ensured through improved efficiencies, application of technology, and collaboration.

“I look forward to being part of the board, working alongside Oil & Gas UK’s leadership team as they seek to deliver tangible results.”

Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, Deirdre Michie said:

“I am really pleased to welcome Sian to Oil & Gas UK’s board as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience – particularly in digital areas – that will be hugely beneficial.

“We have experienced some positive news this year after industry’s collective hard work in attracting investment, increasing efficiencies and remaining competitive – with more projects approved in 2018 than in the last three years combined.

“Our focus now is to build on our achievements to ensure we tackle the challenge of maximising economic recovery from the basin, whilst helping to boost opportunities for our globally renowned supply chain. I look forward to working with our board to ensure we deliver on that objective in what remains a tough business environment for many.”

The oil and gas industry’s drive to increase collaboration between suppliers and operators in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) has continued to maintain a consistent performance. This is according to an annual survey published today by Oil & Gas UK and Deloitte which includes the Collaboration Index, measuring the effectiveness of companies as partners in collaboration.

The findings of the UKCS Upstream Supply Chain Collaboration survey 2018 showed that, while activity levels in the basin were gradually picking up and the appetite for collaboration remains very high, the industry-wide Collaboration Index score of 7.1 has remained the same as 2017. This is a strong sign that the industry can increase efforts to build on the track record it has attained over the past three years.

However, suppliers and operators switched places with the operator score falling from 7.2 to 7.0 and the supplier score moving up by the same amount. This means that suppliers were once again scoring higher than operators, as they were in 2015 and 2016.

More than 200 people from across the UKCS industry took part in the survey – an increase of 30% from last year with participants working in a wider range of disciplines, from logistics and the supply chain, procurement and operations functions, and engineering and projects to finance, HR and legal.

Over 90% of respondents recognised that collaboration was integral to business performance, however many found it difficult to achieve in practice. The number of respondents who said more than half of their collaboration efforts were successful had fallen from 43% in 2017 to 36% this year.

Where collaboration was successful, trust was cited as the most important reason followed by mutual benefits that accrue to both parties.

Commenting on the survey findings, Oil & Gas UK’s Supply Chain and HSE Director, Matt Abraham, said: “It is encouraging to see that for most operators and suppliers collaboration remains a key priority, despite tough business conditions.

“This is reflected in the index, with the highest ever score being maintained as business activity improves. This gives us confidence that cultural change is being embedded and will stand us in good stead as we continue to improve the competitiveness of the basin.

“We have seen some positive news for industry this year, with more projects approved in 2018 than in the last three years combined along with more attractive investment conditions for the basin, but we cannot become complacent. OGUK’s Efficiency Task Force remains focused on driving further business improvement through collaboration and shared learning.”

Graham Hollis, senior partner for Deloitte in Aberdeen, said: “This year’s survey results should prompt the industry to redouble its efforts and build on the positive changes seen in the past three years. This would entail extending them across the basin and making them ‘business as usual’ so they add value in an upturn as well as a downturn.

“We expected to see greater awareness among respondents about the value of digital technologies which has the potential to drive a new wave of productivity across the industry. Organisations do not necessarily need large upfront investments of time and capital to test and roll out new technologies and processes.

“Effective collaboration should not be forgotten when oil prices rise and the industry gets busier; this will only lead to a reversal of the efficiency gains of the last three years.”

 

A new report which provides an update on the environmental landscape of the UK offshore oil and gas industry to the end of 2017 has been published by Oil & Gas UK today (6 December).

The 2018 Environment Report, which analyses and interprets data gathered and monitored by the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED), considers performance across a range of areas including emissions to atmosphere, chemical discharge, waste disposal and produced water.

The insight also provides a summary of activities undertaken by Oil & Gas UK groups over the last year to support the development of new environmental legislation, to share lessons learnt and good practice, and to improve industry environmental management.

Key findings include:

  • 2017 saw a reduction of 3 per cent in the volume of produced water discharged to sea during oil and gas production compared to 2016
  • The total amount of dispersed oil contained in the produced water discharged rose slightly to 2,140 tonnes.
  • Reinjection of produced water increased by 10 percent on the year and is at its highest recorded level.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions per installation were lower in 2017 than in 2016.
  • Industry’s greenhouse gas emissions contribute around 3 per cent of the total UK emissions, the same proportion as in 2016.
  • Over the same period carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) saw an increase from 13.1 million tonnes in 2016 to 14.2 million tonnes in 2017, although the sector’s long-term trend for CO2 emissions continues to fall.
  • Gas venting saw an increase. Nearly one-third of the total was due to incombustible gas emissions where the CO2 content was too high to enable ignition which had to be vented rather than flared.
  • There were 451 accidental releases of oil and chemicals, fewer than in 2016, which amounted to around 279 tonnes reaching the marine environment.
  • Of these, 253 were accidental releases of approximately 23 tonnes of oil, representing 0.00003 per cent of total production
  • The majority of accidental chemical releases (96 per cent) are labelled as low hazard or PLONOR chemicals.

Commenting on the report, launched with industry this morning, Oil & Gas UK Environment Manager Katie Abbott said:

“The UK Continental Shelf is a mature and complex basin, and the challenges that accompany the production of hydrocarbons here mean that the data outlined in this report are equally complex.

“While innovative technology is contributing to environmental performance, through enhanced oil recovery which includes produced water re-injection, and the reduction in associated gas flared, challenges remain in other aspects.

“We continue to appraise longer term trends to identify learnings from accidental releases including the low frequency, high mass incidents.

“As a major hazard and heavily regulated industry, continued engagement with regulators, government and the sector is key in supporting efforts to reduce environmental risk, ensuring continued safe operation.”

“With that in mind, this annual report provides an opportunity for industry to review environmental performance indicators, reflect on the compliant practices and focus on areas where there are opportunities to drive further improvements.”

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has hailed news that Apache Corporation has reached first oil in just eight months from its Garten field as remarkable.

Commenting, Oil & Gas UK Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen said:

“To have delivered a project from discovery to first oil in just eight months shows the remarkable agility of the UK Continental Shelf as it continues to become more competitive.

“Apache have shown what can be achieved through a constructive and collaborative relationship with its supply chain. This is great news for everyone involved in the project, and to the wider industry who will be keen to share in the lessons learned. 

“It is further proof that the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry is staying the course on the road to Vision 2035.” 

Reinvention of the UK oil and gas industry key to delivering energy transition

Prominent figures from across the North Sea’s oil and gas industry will come together on 3 December to launch a vital piece of industry research and to discuss practical steps that are being taken by industry to help deliver the energy transition.

Will Webster, report author and energy policy manager OGUK, will present the findings of OGUK’s key report “Energy Transition Outlook 2019” at the final OGUK business breakfast of the year, sponsored by Deloitte and hosted at the P&J Live. The report outlines what the industry has achieved over the last year and explores in detail what is now required to move the UK closer to the government’s net-zero objective.

Will is joined by a panel of distinguished industry leaders, including Ariel Flores, Regional President, BP North Sea, Steve Phimister, VP UK Upstream, Shell U.K. Limited and Troy Stewart, Head of Energy Industries UK and Ireland, ABB who will give their view on how industry is tackling the challenges and opportunities presented by the energy transition. Joining them for an interactive panel session will be Myrtle Dawes, Solution Centre Director at The Oil & Gas Technology Centre, giving delegates the opportunity to have their questions answered.

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive OGUK and panel chair, said:

“Our industry is renowned for its people, skills and capacity to solve problems and find solutions. This is a powerful and positive combination that is already being deployed to ensure the North Sea plays its part in the energy transition. Alongside delivering the energy we need, the sector is already focussed on lowering its own emissions and helping deliver a net-zero economy in the decades to come and our flagship report puts a spotlight on the important role our industry needs to take.

Graham Hollis, Aberdeen office senior partner for event sponsor Deloitte, said:

“It’s great to see this important topic discussed at the final OGUK business breakfast this year. Since the Energy Transition report was launched last December, companies and bodies from across the sector have united to take bold steps towards delivering a net-zero oil and gas basin. It is important to reflect on these and celebrate the industry’s collective drive to achieve the UK and Scottish Government’s net zero carbon targets.

“Looking to the future, the expert workforce and dynamic infrastructure of the oil and gas industry is uniquely placed to pioneer new projects such as carbon capture and storage, and it will be great to see so many key players come together to discuss the opportunities and challenges the industry faces.”

 

New HSE Conference sets sights on solving future industry challenges

Solving future challenges and driving improvements in health, safety and environmental practice across the UK oil and gas industry will be discussed at a major one-day conference to take place in Aberdeen next month.

As a first for OGUK, this combined HSE Conference will explore how industry is taking health, safety and environment forward into the next decade. With the overarching theme ‘Solving Tomorrow’s Challenges, Today’, the conference will focus on the prevention of hydrocarbon releases, control of major accident hazards, emissions reduction and the mental health of the workforce on November 6 at the new P&J Live exhibition centre.

Matt Abraham, supply chain and HSE director at OGUK, commented:

“This sector is supported by hundreds of thousands of talented and highly skilled people and we have a clear duty of care to protect the workforce as they carry out their roles. HSE is at the heart of operations so that we can minimise risk and improve performance.

“Our conference will shine a spotlight on where improvements have been made and what the future looks like for everyone working in our vital industry as we move through the energy transition.

“This event brings together leading trade organisations, industry experts, and the key regulators all of whom are focussed on working together to improve safety and prevent hydrocarbon releases across the UK Continental Shelf.”

The HSE conference aims to attract in excess of 400 people and will also feature distinguished keynote speakers, including Martin Temple, chair of HSE, Ray Riddoch, managing director UK and SVP Europe and Africa at CNOOC International, and Gretchen Haskins, CEO of HeliOffshore. The event will also explore the findings of OGUK’s recent Environment and Health and Safety reports.

The opening address will be given by Deirdre Michie, CEO of OGUK, who will focus on how far the industry has come in terms of major hazard management whilst highlighting the ongoing efforts to secure a safe and sustainable future for the UK Continental Shelf.

Speakers also include Trevor Stapleton, health and safety manager at OGUK, Louise O’Hara Murray, environment manager at OGUK, Steve Rae, executive director of Step Change in Safety, Wendy Kennedy, CEO of OPRED, Janice Milne, head of national operations at SEPA, and Chris Flint, energy director at HSE.

The full agenda can be viewed here.

 

Shell’s Pierce field FID

Responding to the announcement of the Final Investment Decision for the Pierce field gas project, Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director OGUK said:

“This is good news and will help to meet more of the UK’s energy needs from domestic production. That Shell and Ithaca Energy have agreed the Final Investment Decision on Pierce underlines that the UK Continental Shelf remains an attractive investment proposition, with technological developments and a continued focus on efficiency unlocking new opportunities.

“This decision enables the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry to provide security of energy supply, support hundreds of thousands of jobs and make a valuable contribution to public services through taxation.”

Green & Black’s co-founder to share career learnings with offshore oil and gas industry

Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green and Black’s

The co-founder of chocolatier Green & Black’s will address a packed oil and gas industry audience as part of a sell-out event being hosted by OGUK, OGTC and AXIS to spotlight diversity and inclusion across the sector.

The event, to be held at Offshore Europe on Thursday September 5, will see the very successful entrepreneur behind Green & Black’s, Jo Fairley, present a thought-provoking narrative that acknowledges the challenges and opportunities of thriving as a female leader, while sharing the lessons she has learnt throughout her career.

A high-profile line-up of speakers will discuss some of the key issues during a panel session that will be moderated by Colette Cohen, chief executive of OGTC, and includes Gretchen Haskins of HeliOffshore, John Pearson, chief operating officer at Petrofac, Ariel Flores, vice president at BP, as well as Jo Coleman, of Shell and David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and partner at Pinsent Masons LLP.

The event will be opened by Deirdre Michie, chief executive of OGUK, who commented:

“This sector has thrived and survived because of our talented and pioneering colleagues. However, if our industry is to remain relevant in a changing and challenging environment, it will need to attract and retain a diversity of talent, skills, experience and thought, as well as ensure inclusive and collaborative ways of working.

“Fostering a diverse and inclusive working culture is a moral and business imperative that is key to ensuring a competitive and sustainable oil and gas industry that supports the UK’s transition to a net zero economy.

“Our industry supports around 270,000 skilled jobs, but with women representing only one in four of the talent pool, there is clearly still more work to be done. It’s not just about gender alone and involves diversity of race and ethnicity, as well as skills and thought.

“We look forward to welcoming distinguished speakers to the panel and are delighted to have Jo Fairley join us to provide an insight into her career – and also how other industries address the diversity challenge.”

Colette Cohen, CEO of OGTC, said: “This event provides our industry with an opportunity to raise awareness of the ongoing challenge in delivering a truly diverse workforce.  We can voice our concerns while sharing aspirations, ensuring everyone feels empowered to make a difference in their place of work.  I look forward to a lively and engaging debate with our panel, challenging everyone in the room to leave with a clear personal commitment to improving diversity – no matter what their role or seniority.”

The event will be closed by Karen Blanc, CEO of AXIS Network, who commented:

“We are passionate about supporting those working in the energy sector to thrive, and to do that we must create truly inclusive, attractive, modern workplaces. We’d like to inspire everyone who attends to commit to taking positive action to attract, retain and develop a diverse workforce.”

Resolute industry to set future path at major conference

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has confirmed that it will publish a key roadmap of all the current and future activity being undertaken by industry to deliver a sustainable future in a net zero context, at a major conference taking place in Aberdeen next month.

Over 35,000 delegates from across the world are expected to attend the four-day SPE Offshore Europe conference in the Granite City from September 4-8, and OGUK will host a number of agenda-setting events throughout the programme.

This includes the launch of its flagship 2019 Economic Report where it will publish Roadmap 2035, which will set the context for the future of the sector and how everyone has a part to play. OGUK’s Economic Report will again be launched at two simultaneous breakfast briefing events in London, sponsored by White & Case LLP, and Aberdeen, sponsored by Deloitte.

Commenting, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“Offshore Europe is a prime opportunity to showcase how this resolute sector is looking to the future and to offering solutions to some of the biggest challenges we will face.

“Roadmap 2035 will be launched along with OGUK’s 2019 Economic Report which will provide  valuable insight into how the UK oil and gas industry is performing and positioning itself for the future: one in which the sector continues its focus on safe operations while maintaining its competitive position to attract investment and unlock more activity, key to the sustainability of our supply chain, while ensuring we all play our part in delivering a net zero economy by 2050.

“The journey to Offshore Europe and publication of the roadmap builds on one of the biggest ever engagement campaigns to have taken place in this industry. Over 2,500 people have joined the conversation, taking part in roadshows, one-to-one discussions, focus groups and other opportunities around what our vision is about and how we can deliver it.

“Our industry is a vital national asset for the UK, supporting hundreds of thousands of skilled jobs, contributing billions to the economy and providing the nation with secure and affordable energy – it will also play a key role in achieving the UK’s net zero ambitions.

“At the same time, political and policy developments including Brexit and an increasing drive for more diverse and inclusive workplaces provide challenges that we must see as opportunities for our sector.”

Other key OGUK events at the exhibition will include its members stand activity, a key diversity and inclusion lunch featuring co-founder of Green and Black’s chocolatier, Jo Fairley, and “Securing Generation 2035” an engaging and interactive session with young professionals and key industry leaders considering the key issues facing our industry in terms of attracting and retaining talent.

Industry delivers stable environmental performance alongside increased production

Louise O’Hara Murray, OGUK’s environment manager

 

The UK offshore oil and gas industry has delivered stable environmental performance whilst the sector has increased production levels, according to a flagship report published today (Wednesday, July 24) by OGUK.

The 2019 Environment Report, which analyses and interprets data gathered and monitored by the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED), considers performance across a range of areas including emissions to atmosphere, chemical discharge, waste disposal and produced water, to the end of 2018.

The insight also provides a summary of activities undertaken by OGUK groups over the last year to support the development of new legislation, whilst acknowledging the industry’s critical role in achieving a net-zero future and its integral part in transitioning to a low carbon economy.

Key findings include:

  • There was a three per cent reduction in CO2 emissions in 2018, compared to 2017 whilst production increased by 4 per cent year-on-year
  • A total of 74 per cent CO2 emissions were from power generation
  • Upstream oil and gas operations contributed 3 per cent (14.65 million tonnes CO2e) of total UK greenhouse gas emissions
  • Produced water discharged to sea fell by 3 per cent compared to 2017
  • 2018 saw a decrease in drill cuttings discharged to sea, with 21,450 tonnes discharged
  • Just under 120,000 tonnes of waste was generated in 2018, a 22 per cent decrease on 2017
  • 39 per cent increase in decommissioning waste from 2017 – however, 72 per cent was either re-used, recycled or used for power generation
  • 73% of chemicals discharged were classed as low hazard, or PLONOR (Pose Little or No Risk to the Environment)
  •  There was a decrease in accidental oil releases compared to 2017 –there were 293 releases totalling 14 tonnes, which is the lowest annual total since 2011
  • 95% of the mass of chemicals accidently released were of PLONOR or low hazard chemicals, and less than 1kg of the highest hazard chemicals were released.

Commenting on the report findings, Louise O’Hara Murray, OGUK’s environment manager, said:

“The UK Continental Shelf is a mature and complex basin, and our report analysis shows that in 2018 we are delivering a stabilised environmental performance alongside increasing levels of production.

“Operators are making changes to processes and equipment offshore to continually improve efficiency and emissions performance. Alongside this, OGUK is actively working with its members to understand solutions to meet our commitment to the UK’s net-zero ambition by 2050 and the expectations of society whilst maintaining sovereignty of supply.

“We need a diverse energy mix in the transition to a net-zero future to maintain our security of supply. The forecast demand for oil and gas in the UK in 2050 will exceed current estimates of supply from the UK Continental Shelf, and maintaining energy sovereignty means avoiding premature cessation to UKCS production and displacement of production to other basins.

“As a major hazard and heavily regulated industry, continued engagement with the regulator, government and the sector is key in supporting efforts to reduce environmental risk and ensure continued safe operations.

“With that in mind, this annual report provides an opportunity for us to review environmental performance, reflect on the compliant practices and focus on areas where there are opportunities to drive further improvements.”

OGUK welcomes duo to board as industry addresses energy transition challenge

OGUK has appointed two new members to its board to further bolster the sector’s ongoing efforts to maintain the competitiveness of oil and gas production from the UKCS – whilst also playing a significant role in enabling the UK’s net zero carbon emissions ambition.

Bob Drummond, CEO of Hydrasun Group, has been appointed to the organisation’s board, as well as Alistair Stobie, Chief Financial Officer at Hurricane Energy.

With over 40 years’ industry experience, Bob Drummond has been CEO and managing director in a number of major energy services companies including Maersk UK, Salamis Group, Wood Group Engineering and Rigblast Energy Services Group, prior to joining Hydrasun in 2002.

Commenting on his new position, Mr Drummond said: “I am delighted to be joining the OGUK Board at such an exciting but nonetheless challenging time for our industry. I look forward to working with the board toward the delivery of Vision 2035 and in particular at a time when our industry continues to develop and evolve through the energy transition.”

Alistair Stobie of Hurricane Energy has significant capital markets and international oil and gas industry experience. Alistair was previously director of finance at AIM-quoted Zoltav Resources and CFO at Oando Exploration & Production.

Hurricane Energy has developed pioneering approaches to exploration, particularly in the frontier region West of Shetland and the company has recently achieved first oil from the Lancaster field.

Alistair Stobie said: “I am delighted to be joining OGUK’s board at this critical juncture in the industry’s future as we deliver both the oil and gas necessary to transition to a net zero carbon emissions economy.”

Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive, commented:

“I am really pleased to welcome both Bob and Alistair to OGUK’s board as they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be hugely beneficial as we engage in the challenges facing the industry.

“As well as ensuring as much as possible of UK demand for oil and gas is matched by efficient domestic production, we also have to play our part in supporting the UK in its net zero ambition. Delivering Vision 2035 is our route to doing this that will also seek to improve diversity and inclusion and attract and retain talent into the sector.

“Around the OGUK board table, Bob and Alistair will continue to ensure a strong voice for the supply chain and for the diversity of operators that continue to be attracted to the UKCS.”

Safety top of the agenda for OGUK’s aviation seminar

Trevor Stapleton, OGUK’s health and safety manager

Leaders and experts in the oil and gas and aviation industries will come together to discuss helicopter safety at an event hosted by OGUK in Aberdeen next week.

The aviation seminar will explore ways in which the sector can build on progress, whilst remaining alert to issues affecting the industry through ongoing engagement with the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), helicopter operators, HeliOffshore and other stakeholders, to further improve helicopter travel.

Sponsored by CHC Helicopter, the event will be held on Tuesday, June 25, at the AECC and will include presentations from industry leaders and keynote speakers including Mark Abbey, regional director at CHC, Matt Abraham, supply chain and HSE director at OGUK, and Trevor Stapleton, health and safety manager at OGUK.

The opening address will be given by Mark Swan, group director of safety and airspace regulation at the CAA, whilst delegates will also hear from a licensed helicopter engineer and a captain – both of CHC – who will share an insight into their roles and what they see as the future for aviation.

Commenting on the event, OGUK’s health and safety manager, Trevor Stapleton, said:

“The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry is supported by one of the most modern helicopter fleets in the world – and safe helicopter operations is at the heart of what we do.

“Over the past 20 years, industry-led initiatives and CAA research projects have brought many safety improvements to operations.

“Our industry is vital for security of energy supply, whilst supporting hundreds of thousands of highly skilled jobs and contributing billions to the economy.

“As we look towards achieving Vision 2035 – the industry’s shared ambition meet as much of the UK’s oil and gas needs from home-produced resources – we will examine how can we learn from the past in order to plan for a successful, incident-free future for offshore travel.”

Mark Abbey, regional director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at CHC, said: “CHC is delighted to sponsor this important seminar. Building strong, safe and resilient helicopter operations is vital as we support the oil and gas industry of the future.”

The seminar will also include speakers from Bell Helicopter, Bristow and HeliOffshore and will cover topics such as helideck safety, technology and HeliOffshore’s safety programme.

The full agenda can be viewed here.

 

UKCS decommissioning costs unveiled in flagship industry report

A key industry report detailing the cost of decommissioning on the UKCS and the progress being made by industry, government and regulators to reduce costs by more than 30 per cent will be unveiled at OGUK’s upcoming business breakfast in London.

The annual UKCS Decommissioning Cost Estimate Report, published by industry regulator the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) will give a deeper insight into the landscape of the sector as well as highlight the opportunities and challenges currently facing the market.

Sponsored by White & Case LLP, the event will be held on Tuesday, July 2, at 5 Old Broad Street, London.

“We’re delighted to host the launch of this vital piece of research from the OGA and I look forward to hearing more about the progress industry has made in achieving the 35 percent cost reduction target.

“The UK is a first mover in the decommissioning of complex, deep-water oil and gas assets and the industry must seize future opportunities in the global decommissioning market.

“This includes the development and deployment of CCUS (carbon capture, usage and storage), building on the re-use of offshore infrastructure, industry geological expertise, and utilising the skills and knowledge of our supply chain.”

OGUK welcomes Culzean first gas as good news for UK supply

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed news of first gas from Total’s Culzean field.

OGUK said the project, which has been delivered on time and under budget, further reinforces the UK industry as leaders in the safe and efficient production of energy.

Commenting on the news, OGUK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie, said:

“This major project further reinforces the UK industry as leaders in the safe and efficient production of energy. Delivered on time and under budget and with complex geology, it is a great example of industry working together to get a job done.

“This is good news for our industry and for the UK, ensuring we can continue to provide secure, affordable energy from home-produced resources. Culzean is the largest UK gas find in 25 years and will meet around five per cent of the UK’s gas demand.

“It is also encouraging to see one of the basin’s long-term players delivering a challenging project by using pioneering digital technologies and contributing to the delivery of Vision 2035.”

 

OGUK spotlights workplace diversity at annual conference

Jennifer Craw, chief executive of ONE, who is chairing the diversity and inclusion session.

 

Championing the UK oil and gas sector as a diverse and inclusive place to work with a breadth of opportunities now and in the future will form a key part of the agenda at this year’s pivotal OGUK annual conference.

The sector’s focus on promoting diversity and driving improvements across the operator and supply chain landscape will take centre stage as part of the two-day conference, held from June 4-5 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

Focusing on ‘An Industry in Transition’, the event – sponsored by Total E&P UK Limited – will see industry leaders and keynote speakers reflect on the people, business processes and diversification opportunities the sector requires to unlock growth while it tackles the dual challenge of satisfying energy demand and reducing its carbon footprint.

Diversity and inclusion will be part of the focus on Wednesday, June 5, with speakers including Erica Kinmond, vice chair of AXIS Network and associate at Pinsent Masons LLP, sharing her thoughts on transitioning to a gender-balanced workforce, and Susan Elston, SVP of Offshore & Marine (UK & Ireland) at Sodexo, discussing retaining and motivating a multi-generational workforce.

The session will be chaired by Jennifer Craw, chief executive of Opportunity North East (ONE).

Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive, said fostering a diverse and inclusive working culture was critical to ensuring a competitive position for the UK Continental Shelf.

She commented: “As we work with industry to encourage diversity and inclusion, we need to identify collaborative approaches to retain and attract talent and showcase that our industry continues to be a great place to work.

“The moral and business cases for diversity and inclusion are clear and well-established and we need to embrace them if we are to help this sector sustain and improve its competitiveness.

“Our industry supports over 280,000 skilled jobs, but with women representing only one in four of the talent pool, there is clearly still more work to be done. However, diversity and inclusion is all encompassing – the issue is not just gender alone and involves diversity of race and ethnicity, as well as skills and thought.

“It is vital we understand our future skills profiles and proactively develop the talent required. The latest skills report from OPITO and RGU published last month estimates that the industry needs to attract 25,000 new people in just six years – and 4,500 of those will be into completely new roles that do not yet exist in areas such as data science, automation and new materials.”

Jennifer Craw, chief executive of ONE and chair of the event, said: “Diversity is a key enabler of business growth.  It is about diversity of gender, age, race and ethnicity, as well as skills and diversity of thinking.

“All industries need to attract and retain the best available skills and talents to maximise the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

More than 500 people attended OGUK’s conference last year, with leading figures from industry, government, the regulators, academic and other trade associations, and this year the event is also supported by Stratasys GmbH and Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.

Places are still available and more details can be found here.

OGUK’s Efficiency Task Force announces hat-trick of new members

Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force (ETF) has appointed three new members to its steering group which aims to seek out, promote and provide access to best practice across the industry whilst boosting collaboration.

Romain Chambault, director of Oilfield Equipment at Baker Hughes GE, Steve Cox, non-operated ventures director (NOV) at Chrysaor, and Colin Black, managing director of Carjon-NRG have all been recently appointed.

In just over three years since the ETF launched, it has secured transformational change in areas including business processes, standardisation and simplification, culture and behaviours industry-wide.

This year, the group will look to build on increased engagement with more ‘efficiency champions’ helping to deliver and promote projects, download guidelines, share best practice and attend company-hosted roadshows.

It will also work across the supply chain to expand opportunities – ultimately helping to achieve industry’s shared ambition, Vision 2035.

Dr Mariesha Jaffray, Oil & Gas UK’s continuous improvement manager, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Romain, Steve and Colin to the ETF steering group and know that they will each provide valuable insight and contribute to what we are trying to achieve long-term.

“The ETF acts as a catalyst bringing industry together under the common goal of improving efficiency and increasing the global competitiveness of the UKCS, by changing behaviour and communicating best practice across the sector.

“The key to our success is strong leadership from the steering group, together with support from Oil & Gas UK board members and industry efficiency champions who are engaged in ongoing activities.”

There are a variety of ways to get involved in the Efficiency Task Force, from becoming an efficiency champion to hosting a roadshow, which aims to allow businesses to share best practice and streamline ways of working.

Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force (ETF) has appointed three new members to its steering group which aims to seek out, promote and provide access to best practice across the industry whilst boosting collaboration.

Romain Chambault, director of Oilfield Equipment at Baker Hughes GE, Steve Cox, non-operated ventures director (NOV) at Chrysaor, and Colin Black, managing director of Carjon-NRG have all been recently appointed.

In just over three years since the ETF launched, it has secured transformational change in areas including business processes, standardisation and simplification, culture and behaviours industry-wide.

This year, the group will look to build on increased engagement with more ‘efficiency champions’ helping to deliver and promote projects, download guidelines, share best practice and attend company-hosted roadshows.

It will also work across the supply chain to expand opportunities – ultimately helping to achieve industry’s shared ambition, Vision 2035.

Dr Mariesha Jaffray, Oil & Gas UK’s continuous improvement manager, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Romain, Steve and Colin to the ETF steering group and know that they will each provide valuable insight and contribute to what we are trying to achieve long-term.

“The ETF acts as a catalyst bringing industry together under the common goal of improving efficiency and increasing the global competitiveness of the UKCS, by changing behaviour and communicating best practice across the sector.

“The key to our success is strong leadership from the steering group, together with support from Oil & Gas UK board members and industry efficiency champions who are engaged in ongoing activities.”

There are a variety of ways to get involved in the ETF, from becoming an efficiency champion to hosting a roadshow, which aims to allow businesses to share best practice and streamline ways of working.

The ETF is the first of its kind for any oil and gas province, aligning with all industry initiatives efforts. It is one of the six MER UK (Maximising Economic Recovery) task forces under the MER UK Forum, bringing together government, industry, and the OGA to drive collective action on key priorities.

High-profile speakers to take centre stage at dual industry report launch

High-profile industry figures – including new UK North Sea entrants and prominent voices within the supply chain – are to top the bill at simultaneous breakfast briefings in London and Aberdeen at the launch of a key industry report next month.

Phil Kirk, Chief Executive Officer of Chrysaor, and Romain Chambault, European Director of Oilfield Equipment for Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), will join Oil & Gas UK’s Chief Executive Deirdre Michie and Market Intelligence Manager, Ross Dornan, at the launch of the organisation’s Business Outlook 2019 in Aberdeen on Wednesday, March 20.

In London, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director, Mike Tholen, will be joined by Jonathan Roger, Chief Executive Officer of Siccar Point Energy, John Kerr, Vice President of Engineering & Technology (Oilfield Equipment) at Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), and Lead Business Adviser at OGUK Sophie Guy-Pearson.

The events, sponsored by Deloitte (Aberdeen) and White & Case (London), will look at opportunities and challenges facing the whole industry in 2019 – both for exploration and production companies as well as  different areas of the supply chain.

Commenting ahead of the events, Oil & Gas UK’s Stakeholder and Communications Director Gareth Wynn said:

“Oil & Gas UK’s Business Outlook report is very widely read by those interested in our industry with last year’s edition being downloaded more than 165,000 times.

“The report will provide valuable insight into industry performance and some of the most pressing questions it faces as we move through 2019, using the latest data provided by both operators and the supply chain.

“We are delighted to have secured such high-profile industry leaders to speak at both our Aberdeen and London events, offering first-hand strategic insights on what the trends in the report really mean for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector.”

Graham Hollis, senior partner for Deloitte’s Aberdeen office, said: “While pressures remain on the oil and gas sector, there is a strong sense of renewed optimism about the future of the UKCS after a challenging couple of years and I’d hope to see some of this optimism, as well as evidence of the industry’s resilience and willingness to adapt, reflected in this year’s Business Outlook.

“The continuing high levels of M&A activity indicate that the appetite to invest in the basin remains positive, while a persistent focus on innovative thinking and the use of new technologies will be vital to deliver the further operational efficiency improvements required to achieve MER.

“The Aberdeen Oil & Gas UK Breakfast Briefing provides an invaluable platform for the 2019 Business Outlook’s findings and allows the industry, and wider business community, to come together to consider the opportunities and challenges for the year ahead.”

RockRose Energy’s multi-million pound acquisition of Marathon Oil UK welcomed

Oil & Gas UK today (Monday, February 25) welcomed the news that that RockRose Energy has acquired Marathon Oil’s UK business in a £107million deal.

The sale gives RockRose 37-40 per cent operated interests in the Greater Brae Area, a 28 per cent stake in the BP-operated Foinaven field, and 47 per cent of Foinaven East, with output from the assets expected to average 13,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) this year – bringing RockRose’s estimated total to 24,000 boepd.

Commenting on the sale, Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director, said:

“This news is a further signal of confidence in the industry – new entrants bring fresh ambition for investment, reinvigorating activity in existing fields and pursuing new opportunities.

“The multi-million pound transaction is a fitting illustration of how the hard work to improve the attractiveness of the UK Continental Shelf is enabling a diverse range of investors to play into the basin.

“While we cannot comment on the commercial decisions of our members, we commend the contribution Marathon Oil has made to the success story of the UK North Sea. The sale, and indeed purchase of assets, is a natural part of the commercial life of the UKCS and presents new opportunities to maximise recovery.

“As our Economic Report showed, reduced costs, competitive fiscal terms, improved operational performance and more stable oil and gas prices have generated improved investment conditions. RockRose Energy’s acquisition shows the potential they see for growth, key to achieving Vision 2035.”

 

Report notes significant increase in industry confidence

Commenting on the DNV GL Industry Outlook report released today (Tuesday, January 22), which states that confidence in the outlook of the UK oil and gas sector has risen significantly over the last two years, Ross Dornan, Oil & Gas UK’s Market Intelligence Manager, said:

“This report builds on our analysis showing the positive future ahead if we continue to strive towards Vision 2035. OGUK will add more detail on the many exciting future opportunities for our industry in our flagship Business Outlook Report to be published in March this year.

“We cannot afford to return to a position of cost escalation and instability seen previously. Through Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force, industry is focused on driving further efficiency improvements, without which the basin will become less competitive.

“We have already seen the sector delivering improved performance, securing more project approvals in 2018 than in the last three years combined. Our challenge is to build on our successes to generate increased exploration activity.

“This is why we remain unwavering in our commitment to Vision 2035 which aims to add a generation of productive life to the basin and expand the supply chain’s global footprint.”

Offshore survival suit revamp is excellent showcase of pioneering industry

Mhairi Begg, OGIC project manager, Simon Lamont, founder of Iron Ocean, and David Bucknall from Heriot Watt University, pictured with the Centurion 3 offshore survival garments.

Oil & Gas UK has said the latest development in offshore survival technology from the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) is an excellent showcase of a pioneering industry.

The prototype garment, developed alongside Iron Ocean and Heriot-Watt University, could save the lives of offshore workers in the event of an incident at sea.

The ‘Centurion 3’ is made up of a three-layer upper body garment that produces heat when immersed in cold water and is designed to be worn under the traditional offshore survival suit – effectively protecting workers from the harsh elements of the North Sea.

Matt Abraham, Oil & Gas UK’s supply chain and HSE director, said: “We are encouraged by the development of this cutting-edge technology for industry which has the potential to save lives in an emergency scenario.

“As a major hazard industry, the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has a clear duty to protect the health and safety of our people. This is an excellent showcase of how our pioneering industry continues to drive ground-breaking improvements which can have a real impact on the lives of the people who work offshore.

“We are continually evaluating ways in which we can improve our preparedness in response to a major incident and we work closely with our members, as well as regulators and the government, to ensure we are setting high standards.

“The safety of our people is a core value and is at the heart of all that we do, and we have already seen how innovative technology has had a positive impact in allowing the industry to become more efficient, whilst reducing risks to the workforce.”

Leading supply chain voice to join OGUK board

Oil and Gas UK has appointed a new member to its board to further bolster the industry body’s ongoing efforts to maximise economic recovery from the North Sea and reaffirm strong competitive conditions.

Sian Lloyd Rees, UK country manager and SVP of customer management at Aker Solutions, has been appointed to represent the services sector as the leading trade association looks to boost supply chain opportunities both at home and abroad.

With over 25 years’ experience, Sian Lloyd Rees joined Aker Solutions following several key leadership roles in blue chip and start-up companies.

Her career began in the oil and gas industry at Stena Offshore and Halliburton before progressing into the IT industry with positions at Petrocosm and Oracle. In her current role, Sian is country manager for the UK and leads the customer management function for Europe and Africa as senior vice president.

Commenting on her new position, Sian Lloyd Rees said:

“I’m delighted to join the board of Oil & Gas UK and look forward to championing our industry as we look to realise our ambitions outlined in Vision 2035.

“Our industry is still facing many challenges and our continued efforts to deliver safe, reliable and affordable energy for the UK will be ensured through improved efficiencies, application of technology, and collaboration.

“I look forward to being part of the board, working alongside Oil & Gas UK’s leadership team as they seek to deliver tangible results.”

Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, Deirdre Michie said:

“I am really pleased to welcome Sian to Oil & Gas UK’s board as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience – particularly in digital areas – that will be hugely beneficial.

“We have experienced some positive news this year after industry’s collective hard work in attracting investment, increasing efficiencies and remaining competitive – with more projects approved in 2018 than in the last three years combined.

“Our focus now is to build on our achievements to ensure we tackle the challenge of maximising economic recovery from the basin, whilst helping to boost opportunities for our globally renowned supply chain. I look forward to working with our board to ensure we deliver on that objective in what remains a tough business environment for many.”

Trust, technology and transformation key to re-energising oil & gas collaboration

The oil and gas industry’s drive to increase collaboration between suppliers and operators in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) has continued to maintain a consistent performance. This is according to an annual survey published today by Oil & Gas UK and Deloitte which includes the Collaboration Index, measuring the effectiveness of companies as partners in collaboration.

The findings of the UKCS Upstream Supply Chain Collaboration survey 2018 showed that, while activity levels in the basin were gradually picking up and the appetite for collaboration remains very high, the industry-wide Collaboration Index score of 7.1 has remained the same as 2017. This is a strong sign that the industry can increase efforts to build on the track record it has attained over the past three years.

However, suppliers and operators switched places with the operator score falling from 7.2 to 7.0 and the supplier score moving up by the same amount. This means that suppliers were once again scoring higher than operators, as they were in 2015 and 2016.

More than 200 people from across the UKCS industry took part in the survey – an increase of 30% from last year with participants working in a wider range of disciplines, from logistics and the supply chain, procurement and operations functions, and engineering and projects to finance, HR and legal.

Over 90% of respondents recognised that collaboration was integral to business performance, however many found it difficult to achieve in practice. The number of respondents who said more than half of their collaboration efforts were successful had fallen from 43% in 2017 to 36% this year.

Where collaboration was successful, trust was cited as the most important reason followed by mutual benefits that accrue to both parties.

Commenting on the survey findings, Oil & Gas UK’s Supply Chain and HSE Director, Matt Abraham, said: “It is encouraging to see that for most operators and suppliers collaboration remains a key priority, despite tough business conditions.

“This is reflected in the index, with the highest ever score being maintained as business activity improves. This gives us confidence that cultural change is being embedded and will stand us in good stead as we continue to improve the competitiveness of the basin.

“We have seen some positive news for industry this year, with more projects approved in 2018 than in the last three years combined along with more attractive investment conditions for the basin, but we cannot become complacent. OGUK’s Efficiency Task Force remains focused on driving further business improvement through collaboration and shared learning.”

Graham Hollis, senior partner for Deloitte in Aberdeen, said: “This year’s survey results should prompt the industry to redouble its efforts and build on the positive changes seen in the past three years. This would entail extending them across the basin and making them ‘business as usual’ so they add value in an upturn as well as a downturn.

“We expected to see greater awareness among respondents about the value of digital technologies which has the potential to drive a new wave of productivity across the industry. Organisations do not necessarily need large upfront investments of time and capital to test and roll out new technologies and processes.

“Effective collaboration should not be forgotten when oil prices rise and the industry gets busier; this will only lead to a reversal of the efficiency gains of the last three years.”

 

Environmental performance of industry captured in key report

A new report which provides an update on the environmental landscape of the UK offshore oil and gas industry to the end of 2017 has been published by Oil & Gas UK today (6 December).

The 2018 Environment Report, which analyses and interprets data gathered and monitored by the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED), considers performance across a range of areas including emissions to atmosphere, chemical discharge, waste disposal and produced water.

The insight also provides a summary of activities undertaken by Oil & Gas UK groups over the last year to support the development of new environmental legislation, to share lessons learnt and good practice, and to improve industry environmental management.

Key findings include:

  • 2017 saw a reduction of 3 per cent in the volume of produced water discharged to sea during oil and gas production compared to 2016
  • The total amount of dispersed oil contained in the produced water discharged rose slightly to 2,140 tonnes.
  • Reinjection of produced water increased by 10 percent on the year and is at its highest recorded level.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions per installation were lower in 2017 than in 2016.
  • Industry’s greenhouse gas emissions contribute around 3 per cent of the total UK emissions, the same proportion as in 2016.
  • Over the same period carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) saw an increase from 13.1 million tonnes in 2016 to 14.2 million tonnes in 2017, although the sector’s long-term trend for CO2 emissions continues to fall.
  • Gas venting saw an increase. Nearly one-third of the total was due to incombustible gas emissions where the CO2 content was too high to enable ignition which had to be vented rather than flared.
  • There were 451 accidental releases of oil and chemicals, fewer than in 2016, which amounted to around 279 tonnes reaching the marine environment.
  • Of these, 253 were accidental releases of approximately 23 tonnes of oil, representing 0.00003 per cent of total production
  • The majority of accidental chemical releases (96 per cent) are labelled as low hazard or PLONOR chemicals.

Commenting on the report, launched with industry this morning, Oil & Gas UK Environment Manager Katie Abbott said:

“The UK Continental Shelf is a mature and complex basin, and the challenges that accompany the production of hydrocarbons here mean that the data outlined in this report are equally complex.

“While innovative technology is contributing to environmental performance, through enhanced oil recovery which includes produced water re-injection, and the reduction in associated gas flared, challenges remain in other aspects.

“We continue to appraise longer term trends to identify learnings from accidental releases including the low frequency, high mass incidents.

“As a major hazard and heavily regulated industry, continued engagement with regulators, government and the sector is key in supporting efforts to reduce environmental risk, ensuring continued safe operation.”

“With that in mind, this annual report provides an opportunity for industry to review environmental performance indicators, reflect on the compliant practices and focus on areas where there are opportunities to drive further improvements.”

First oil on Garten shows agility of competitive UKCS

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has hailed news that Apache Corporation has reached first oil in just eight months from its Garten field as remarkable.

Commenting, Oil & Gas UK Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen said:

“To have delivered a project from discovery to first oil in just eight months shows the remarkable agility of the UK Continental Shelf as it continues to become more competitive.

“Apache have shown what can be achieved through a constructive and collaborative relationship with its supply chain. This is great news for everyone involved in the project, and to the wider industry who will be keen to share in the lessons learned. 

“It is further proof that the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry is staying the course on the road to Vision 2035.”