More than 200 people joined OGUK’s Industry Insights webinar for young professionals today (Thursday, September 17) to hear how the sector is working to advance new technologies on the route to net zero. 

The free event, sponsored by Halliburton, centred around the skills required for the future in reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in the UK and by 2045 in Scotland, and how important the next generation of talent will be in realising the full potential of the UK’s oil and gas industry through the energy transition.

The audience also heard from a panel of speakers including Ryan Fernando, workshop supervisor at Aker Solutions (2018 winner of OGUK apprentice of the year), Martin White, vice president at Halliburton, Alix Thom, workforce engagement and skills manager at OGUK, Francesca Bell, business advisor at OGUK, and Paul de Leeuw, director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute, Robert Gordon University.

The webinar was chaired by OGUK’s continuous improvement manager, Emily Taylor, who said:

“We are delighted with the success of this third virtual Industry Insights event, which centred around skills for the future, taking a deep dive into Geosciences before looking at the entire industry. The session also gave the audience insights into the energy transition and allowed them to voice their personal experiences of the industry.

“Through the energy transition, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to show how we can build a more diverse and lower carbon energy mix in a way that embraces the skills and talents of our people, and young professionals will have a huge part to play in helping drive that forward.

“Understanding how we can meet the ambitions outlined in Roadmap 2035 will require fresh thinking and OGUK is passionate about ensuring everyone can make a valuable contribution on our journey to becoming a net zero basin.”

The webinar follows the success of three Industry Insight events hosted by OGUK over the past year, including one focused solely on interns which was attended by over 100 young people with placements in operator, service and supply chain companies.

OGUK has welcomed the final report released by Climate Assembly UK today (Thursday, September 10), which states that the country’s path to net zero must be underpinned by education, choice, fairness and political consensus.

OGUK is already discussing a transformational North Sea Transition Deal with the UK Government, which will also set out how the country’s oil and gas industry will play its part in supporting a green recovery that attracts investment, jobs and boosts the supply chain.

Commenting, OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said:

“The Climate Assembly UK report is welcome and picks up on a number of areas that we as an industry are already driving forward in support of the country’s climate ambitions.

“We already know the powerful combination of this sector’s skills, capabilities and infrastructure are advancing new technologies on the road to net zero, with some key projects already underway. At the same time, our changing industry can help to keep costs low for households, support highly skilled jobs while also developing cleaner energy for the future.

“Industry’s Roadmap 2035 offers a sensible blueprint with a progressive net zero agenda, supporting energy communities to embrace new opportunities – including hydrogen. Despite the pressures experienced by the sector, a number of identified actions have already been delivered, including our commitment to halve emissions from the operational production of oil and gas over the next decade.

“Through the energy transition, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to show how we, as an oil and gas producing country, can successfully build a more diverse and lower carbon energy mix in a way that embraces the skills and talents of our people, provides secure and affordable energy to all, and unlocks thriving energy communities both now and in future.”

Over eight actions identified by the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry as essential if it is to realise a successful future in a lower carbon future have already been delivered, with a further 20 underway, despite the pressures heaped on the sector by the coronavirus pandemic.

Progress against an ambitious industry roadmap was confirmed by representative body OGUK, noting it as further evidence that the UK sector is embracing change.

Roadmap 2035: a blueprint for net zero, was one of the first UK industry responses to government commitments to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in the UK and 2045 in Scotland. Published at Offshore Europe in 2019, the substantive document commits the sector to a range of actions to help meet the UK’s energy needs, support jobs, develop new technologies, cut emissions, and expand export opportunities.

The challenges and opportunities facing the sector a year on from the Roadmap will be the focus of an industry webinar, sponsored by Deloitte, to be hosted by OGUK on Tuesday 8 September 2020.

Commenting, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE said:

“The UK offshore oil and gas industry has the essential expertise to help the UK meet its climate ambitions by 2050 while at the same time providing affordable energy for households and families, supporting jobs, and creating exciting energy jobs of the future.

“Despite the challenges heaped on the sector by the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices, a number of actions of Roadmap 2035 have already been delivered and many more are underway. This progress is testament to the fact that our industry is changing and is committed to positive change for the long term.

“As we look to further challenges ahead, support of government and regulators remains critical if we are to be able to realise our full potential through the energy transition. The North Sea Transition Deal can be a catalyst in delivering Roadmap 2035 and supporting the green recovery, as well as specific recognition from governments and politicians of the positive role we can play in our economy and society.”

Graham Hollis, office senior partner for Deloitte in Aberdeen commented:

“There is no doubt that the sector is under immense pressure as businesses grapple with the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic as well as the fallout from the Saudi-Russia price war. Despite this, it is promising to see the strong progress being made and the sector’s willingness to enact positive change while continuing its important role in maintaining jobs and affordable energy.

“It is crucial that this momentum is maintained, and businesses must continue to innovate and collaborate to deliver on the ambitions of Roadmap 2035 and ensure the country’s future, sustainable energy mix.”

Commenting on the OGA’s Decommissioning Cost Estimate report published today (Wednesday, August 19), Joe Leask, decommissioning manager at OGUK, said:

“The OGA’s report on decommissioning cost trends for the UK industry shows the challenges we face.

“While significant progress has been made over the years, new ways of working will be critical to ensure we stimulate activity in the supply chain, keep skills and infrastructure in the UK, and meet our savings target. OGUK continues to work with industry, government and regulators to understand how we can bring innovative ideas to life, such as multi-operator campaigns, which ultimately will help position the UK sector as a global leader in decommissioning.”

 

 

A new forum dedicated to helping small and medium-sized businesses navigate the downturn has been launched by OGUK as it continues to help the sector stimulate a recovery.

The leading representative body’s Continuous Improvement team is launching a new SME forum this month amid concern that a growing number of smaller companies may not survive the current economic pressures and the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of industry’s Efficiency Task Force, which aims to promote a positive and progressive business culture, the SME forum will give participants access to OGUK’s existing business support guidance and initiatives, as well as an opportunity to shape the agenda.

The forum will provide an opportunity to identify and address issues in the SME community, and offer the chance for participants to collectively develop solutions which work for them and support individual needs.

Emily Taylor, OGUK’s continuous improvement manager, said:

“With the oil and gas industry entering yet another downturn so soon after the last, and as we work towards the energy transition, we’re particularly worried about the impact this will have on our small businesses.  The SME forum will bring the community together to create a shared voice and identify business opportunities across the sector.

“The new forum will deliver a platform to share and engage, as well as showcase the work OGUK is doing to support smaller businesses and stimulate a recovery. This will give our members the chance to keep their finger on the pulse and offer solutions to challenges industry is facing.”

Items on the agenda for the first forum on August 18 include an update on Brexit and its impact on the industry, plus input from OGUK’s external affairs team on political developments and their impact on the oil and gas supply chain.

The new forum will be chaired by Catriona Stevenson, business manager at Ecosse IP Ltd, who commented:

“Working for a small business and having founded an oil and gas networking group during the last downturn has made me very aware of the struggles that these companies face, and now more than ever I feel they need our support. 

“As we move into the energy transition and with Brexit upon us, I feel that the SME community need to come together with one voice to be heard and be better supported across the sector.”

To join the forum, which takes place on August 18, please contact Emily Taylor, OGUK’s continuous improvement manager, at [email protected]

 

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector will reflect on lessons learnt from the coronavirus pandemic as it reveals suspected covid-19 cases offshore continue to decrease due to “effective industry-wide measures” to protect the sector.

OGUK will host a free webinar ‘Covid-19: A retrospective and look ahead’ to provide insight into the industry’s response, where a panel of experts will outline their experiences of the pandemic and its impact.

The event, to be held on Thursday, July 30, from 2pm to 3.30pm, will be hosted by Trevor Stapleton, OGUK’s HSE director.

It comes as the industry body confirms that the number of Category C flights has continued to decrease and was made up of just 0.03% of total persons on board (POB) offshore installations for the week ending July 26 – allowing the sector to continue providing secure and affordable energy in support of the energy transition.

Trevor Stapleton, OGUK’s health, safety and environment director, said: “The reduction in c-med flights is a recognition of both industry-imposed barriers and UK measures being effective.

“As we move into the recovery phase – which will mean increasing POB offshore – a  missing piece of the jigsaw is still  asymptomatic testing for our offshore workforce,  carried out using the NHS UK test centres and we continue to make the case for this with both the UK and Scottish governments.

“It is worth noting that a Cat-C passenger is only symptomatic of Covid-19 and may not be a positive case, therefore the percentage figure is the worst-case scenario.

“However, now is not the time for us to become complacent and we will be paying close attention to the figures going forward.

“The coronavirus pandemic is of a scale and severity which none of us have seen before, but we shouldn’t take for granted the true value of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry’s culture of safety.”

As well as a look back on how the industry has responded to the crisis, the event will also look ahead to the next six months to consider what steps could be taken in terms of navigating  the operational impact of COVID-19, preparations for winter flu season and the foreseen impacts.

The webinar is open to all industries, companies and individuals, where attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the emergency preparedness and response in the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, hear first-hand insights from professionals at the frontline of coordinating an industry-wide response.

Mr Stapleton added: “The open and continuous sharing of our experiences within our industry, with other sectors and with government will be critical as we look to the future. While we must now start working on how to bring this essential industry back on its feet, we must also take the time to learn and reflect.

“The upcoming webinar will give an opportunity to understand potential future risks and how this could impact business and allow us to further improve workforce safety and engagement.”

The event – where delegates will also learn about the challenges and lessons in protecting a diverse workforce in both on and offshore environments – will also include comment from Natalie Coupar, communications manager, OGUK, Chris Flint, HSE director Energy Division, Health and Safety Executive, Matt Rhodes, director UK & Turkmenistan Oil and Gas, Bristow Helicopters Ltd, and Mike Killeen ,VP Operations at Serica Energy.

For more information and to register for the webinar please visit here.

 

 

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has appointed a new vice co-chair to its board as the sector makes moves to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices.

Sian Lloyd Rees, UK country manager and SVP of customer management at Aker Solutions, has been appointed as OGUK’s new contractor vice co-chair.

With over 25 years’ experience, Sian Lloyd Rees joined Aker Solutions following several key leadership roles in blue chip and start-up companies and joined the board of OGUK in 2018.

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 position, Sian Lloyd Rees said:

“I’m delighted to assume this role at a time when the supply chain needs additional focus and support, for both the challenges we face today and the transition of our long established skills and technology to underpin the ongoing energy transition.”

OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said:

“Our talented and diverse supply chain is essential for the UK’s energy needs and in developing solutions to meet our climate ambitions. I’m really pleased to welcome Sian as OGUK’s vice co-chair as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board – particularly in the digital sphere.

“The ongoing challenges we face from the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices continue to put pressure across the whole of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry. Having Sian in this role will be key to ensuring we steer a path that supports the supply chain as we seek to protect the sector, spur its recovery and support an accelerated transition to net zero.”

More than 300 people have signed up to attend OGUK’s first-ever D&I webinar to further explore opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion in what remains a challenging landscape for the UK oil and gas industry.

The free webinar ‘An opportunity in the disruption’ offers a virtual chance to network and hear first-hand from industry’s D&I Task Group as they reflect on the current situation and seek out prospects to build on the work that has been achieved to date – shaping a stronger, diverse and inclusive culture across the sector.

The event, to be held on Thursday, May 28, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, will be hosted by Craig Shanaghey, D&I Task Group chair and president operations services (Europe & Africa) at Wood, who will give an overview of the current D&I landscape and the cross-industry approach to driving greater diversity and inclusion. Karen Blanc, operations director and AXIS Network chair will be moderating throughout the session.

The event will also include comment from D&I Task Group members Findlay Anderson, vice president and general counsel oilfield equipment at Baker Hughes, Ollie Folayan, co-founder of AFBE-UK, Mavis Anagboso, business and strategy director at Kalor Consultancy, and Susan Brimmer, people and organisation development manager for the OGTC.

Craig Shanaghey, president, operations services (Europe & Africa) at Wood and D&I Task Group chair, said:

“Once again, the energy industry is going through an important period of transition. To make the most of the opportunities presented, we need to develop a diverse workforce with different perspectives and ideas. Importantly, we need to make sure that we access 100% of the talent within our businesses and unlock the potential that everyone has to offer.

“This free webinar is a great opportunity to connect and get involved. It will allow people to share experiences and understanding of the current D&I landscape, whilst ensuring their voices are heard.

“It is that diversity of thought, brought together in an inclusive and empowering context that will allow us to thrive in a changing environment.”

There will be the opportunity for questions and the speakers will also be offering their insight into how the industry can unlock its full potential to ultimately meet the sector’s net zero ambitions, and how new ideas and technology will be key to shaping this future.

For more information and to register for the webinar please visit here.

Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement today that that furlough scheme will be extended for four months until October, OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said:

“OGUK welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement today to extend the furlough scheme until October this year.

“Across the country, this industry has been deeply impacted by low oil and gas prices as well as COVID-19 and we will continue to see the compounding effects on people’s jobs and livelihoods.

“We are now working to gather details of what this announcement will mean for our members post-July, and how we can support them through what remains an undoubtedly difficult period.

“The latest announcement is recognition of how long some sectors will take to recover from this crisis and the support they will need – the collapse in commodity prices means the oil and gas industry’s recovery will inevitably be prolonged.

“The added flexibility of the scheme is welcome as it provides a vital lifeline to thousands of workers in our industry whose skills and capabilities we need now and in the future as we transition to net zero.”

 

As we know, the NHS and care providers across the country are in working in very uncertain times and facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is coupled with the ongoing demand for PPE equipment to protect not only key workers and staff, but hospital patients and care home residents.

PPE is widely used across many industries in the UK, including the UK offshore oil and gas sector. We’re supporting a grassroots campaign with TSG Marine to encourage everyone to check what they have and donate it or lend it to those that need it the most; our heroic key workers on the frontline, putting themselves at risk to keep us safe.

We know many of you are already doing this with spare or legacy inventory. We hope you can support and share the campaign, and let us know if you are donating or have already donated PPE to local NHS boards and trusts, care homes and charities.

Whether its face masks, gloves, chemical suits or shoe covers, do let us know if you can help and help spread the word.

We know of companies within the oil and gas industry already donating spare PPE equipment that they are not using and would ask that others do the same and get behind this great cause if possible. Equipment such as facemasks, goggle or other masks, are widely needed by healthcare workers across the UK and would be greatly appreciated. Other items including chemical protection suits, paper coveralls, overshoes and contact safety gloves may also be helpful to those putting their own health at risk for the good of others.

If you can share any good examples or contributions that we can highlight, we can promote positive stories of how this industry is supporting those on the frontline. Please send these to [email protected].

The government has an updated statement on appropriate PPE so it’s worth checking the latest information here.

Pass on the PPE #passontheppe

More than 250 people have signed up to attend OGUK’s first-ever Industry Insights webinar for young professionals as the sector continues to provide a secure and affordable energy supply in the face of economic challenges.

The free webinar on April 22 offers a virtual opportunity to network and learn from industry leaders amidst unprecedented times due to a turbulent oil price and the COVID-19 pandemic.

A panel session will be hosted by Emily Taylor, OGUK’s continuous improvement manager, and will include speakers Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive, Jennifer Craw, chief executive of Opportunity North East (ONE), as well as Ashley Thomas from BP, OGUK’s Apprentice of the Year 2019.

Ross Dornan, OGUK’s market intelligence manager, will outline the current market conditions and give an overview of the industry landscape.

Commenting, he said: “It remains uncertain as to how the market is going to develop in the coming months as the coronavirus impact evolves each day. However, the people coming into our industry now are among the most important voices in shaping its future—and this is particularly key as we transition to a low carbon economy.

“This free webinar is a great opportunity to connect and get involved. It will allow people to develop their understanding of the current landscape, whilst ensuring their voices are heard when they are needed more than ever.

“Understanding how we can meet the ambitions outlined in Roadmap 2035 will require fresh thinking and OGUK is passionate ensuring young professionals can make a valuable contribution on our journey to becoming a net zero basin.”

The webinar follows the success of two Industry Insight events hosted by OGUK over the past year, including one focused solely on interns which was attended by over 100 young people with placements in operator, service and supply chain companies.

For more information and to register for the webinar please visit here.

 

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has teamed up with Step Change in Safety, the industry’s recognised safety organisation to offer support to the tens of thousands of workers keeping the UK running with secure and affordable energy during the coronavirus pandemic.

A new dedicated online hubs with guidance, videos and FAQs has been launched to provide everyone involved in the industry, and their families, with a “one stop shop” to address concerns on the prevention and protection against coronavirus in around 150 manned installations across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and the substantial onshore workforce. Both organisations are working jointly to provide the most accurate information about topics and services such as offshore helicopter travel, health screening and training re-certification. It is available on Step Change in Safety and OGUK websites

In a joint statement published today, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie and Step Change in Safety Executive Director Steve Rae said:

“Our industry workforce plays a critical role in providing the energy and products the UK needs to power hospitals and make essential trips. Our message to our people is clear: you are doing an essential job in keeping us safe and warm, and we need to work together to keep you safe at work.

“Working tirelessly with governments, regulators and our industry we have secured clear arrangements on the safe removal of suspected cases from offshore, on establishing our workforce as key workers so they can continue to send their children to school if they have to and to continue to travel to work and on temperature testing as standard at all heliports.

“We continue to work with governments to make the case for testing of offshore personnel, and now, more than ever before, we will be supporting our workforce to feel and be safe as they carry out their essential work. It’s why today we are combining strengths in launching a dedicated online hub with guidance, videos and FAQs. We will continue to encourage the participation of the unions, the regulator, and our members to work together in circumstances that are completely unprecedented.”

In light of the developing spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the UK and elsewhere, the team at OGUK has been evaluating the Business Outlook Report launch events planned to take place on Wednesday 18 March and have now taken the decision to cancel the breakfast briefings in both Aberdeen and London.

OGUK prides itself in providing excellent market intelligence valued by our members, the wider industry and our stakeholders. Given the rapidly changing commodity price environment in which we now find ourselves, and the potential implications across the industry, we’re also taking the opportunity to re-evaluate the content of the Business Outlook report and over the coming weeks publish a series of smaller reports to best capture what is a dynamic business environment.

We’d like to thank you for your understanding on the constraints that are being placed on events and meetings. We appreciate your plans for the events would have been underway and apologise for any inconvenience caused. The ticket that you have purchased for the breakfast will be refunded.

In replacement of the breakfast events, we are progressing plans to host a webinar with industry panellists and will share details of this with you in due course – we do hope that you will be interested in supporting our virtual event.

We are sorry to have had to take this decision but hope that you can appreciate our reasoning and we look forward to welcoming you to future OGUK events in 2020.

 

OGUK has today (Tuesday, March 3) confirmed it has taken the decision to postpone a number of its events this year in light of the developing spread of coronavirus.

The below events will be postponed, and new dates will be released in due course:

•            Share Fair, March 24th, Aberdeen

•            Doctors’ Training Workshop, April 1st, Aberdeen

•            D&I Conference, April 23rd, Aberdeen

•            Examining Doctors’ Conference, May 7th, London

OGUK said the safety of its members and visiting delegates was of the upmost priority and it will communicate the rescheduled event dates in due course, with a replacement ticket issued to those who had already purchased.

Gareth Wynn, OGUK’s stakeholder and communications director, said: “We are continuing to work closely with our members to circulate official advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the relevant agencies and will continue to work across the sector to help ensure the health of people in the oil and gas industry.

“Our more imminent Business Outlook Breakfast Briefing events in both Aberdeen and London are expected to go ahead as planned as they attract primarily local audiences and run for a short duration with more limited contact between delegates, however we will continue to monitor the situation and any advice from the health authorities.  

“We will also be communicating additional guidance to all delegates in advance of these events to help mitigate the potential spread of the virus.”

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 Industry Insights webinar inspires next generation on route to net zero

More than 200 people joined OGUK’s Industry Insights webinar for young professionals today (Thursday, September 17) to hear how the sector is working to advance new technologies on the route to net zero. 

The free event, sponsored by Halliburton, centred around the skills required for the future in reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in the UK and by 2045 in Scotland, and how important the next generation of talent will be in realising the full potential of the UK’s oil and gas industry through the energy transition.

The audience also heard from a panel of speakers including Ryan Fernando, workshop supervisor at Aker Solutions (2018 winner of OGUK apprentice of the year), Martin White, vice president at Halliburton, Alix Thom, workforce engagement and skills manager at OGUK, Francesca Bell, business advisor at OGUK, and Paul de Leeuw, director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute, Robert Gordon University.

The webinar was chaired by OGUK’s continuous improvement manager, Emily Taylor, who said:

“We are delighted with the success of this third virtual Industry Insights event, which centred around skills for the future, taking a deep dive into Geosciences before looking at the entire industry. The session also gave the audience insights into the energy transition and allowed them to voice their personal experiences of the industry.

“Through the energy transition, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to show how we can build a more diverse and lower carbon energy mix in a way that embraces the skills and talents of our people, and young professionals will have a huge part to play in helping drive that forward.

“Understanding how we can meet the ambitions outlined in Roadmap 2035 will require fresh thinking and OGUK is passionate about ensuring everyone can make a valuable contribution on our journey to becoming a net zero basin.”

The webinar follows the success of three Industry Insight events hosted by OGUK over the past year, including one focused solely on interns which was attended by over 100 young people with placements in operator, service and supply chain companies.

OGUK’s response to Climate Assembly UK report

OGUK has welcomed the final report released by Climate Assembly UK today (Thursday, September 10), which states that the country’s path to net zero must be underpinned by education, choice, fairness and political consensus.

OGUK is already discussing a transformational North Sea Transition Deal with the UK Government, which will also set out how the country’s oil and gas industry will play its part in supporting a green recovery that attracts investment, jobs and boosts the supply chain.

Commenting, OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said:

“The Climate Assembly UK report is welcome and picks up on a number of areas that we as an industry are already driving forward in support of the country’s climate ambitions.

“We already know the powerful combination of this sector’s skills, capabilities and infrastructure are advancing new technologies on the road to net zero, with some key projects already underway. At the same time, our changing industry can help to keep costs low for households, support highly skilled jobs while also developing cleaner energy for the future.

“Industry’s Roadmap 2035 offers a sensible blueprint with a progressive net zero agenda, supporting energy communities to embrace new opportunities – including hydrogen. Despite the pressures experienced by the sector, a number of identified actions have already been delivered, including our commitment to halve emissions from the operational production of oil and gas over the next decade.

“Through the energy transition, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to show how we, as an oil and gas producing country, can successfully build a more diverse and lower carbon energy mix in a way that embraces the skills and talents of our people, provides secure and affordable energy to all, and unlocks thriving energy communities both now and in future.”

Roadmap 2035 on course despite industry challenges

Over eight actions identified by the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry as essential if it is to realise a successful future in a lower carbon future have already been delivered, with a further 20 underway, despite the pressures heaped on the sector by the coronavirus pandemic.

Progress against an ambitious industry roadmap was confirmed by representative body OGUK, noting it as further evidence that the UK sector is embracing change.

Roadmap 2035: a blueprint for net zero, was one of the first UK industry responses to government commitments to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in the UK and 2045 in Scotland. Published at Offshore Europe in 2019, the substantive document commits the sector to a range of actions to help meet the UK’s energy needs, support jobs, develop new technologies, cut emissions, and expand export opportunities.

The challenges and opportunities facing the sector a year on from the Roadmap will be the focus of an industry webinar, sponsored by Deloitte, to be hosted by OGUK on Tuesday 8 September 2020.

Commenting, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE said:

“The UK offshore oil and gas industry has the essential expertise to help the UK meet its climate ambitions by 2050 while at the same time providing affordable energy for households and families, supporting jobs, and creating exciting energy jobs of the future.

“Despite the challenges heaped on the sector by the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices, a number of actions of Roadmap 2035 have already been delivered and many more are underway. This progress is testament to the fact that our industry is changing and is committed to positive change for the long term.

“As we look to further challenges ahead, support of government and regulators remains critical if we are to be able to realise our full potential through the energy transition. The North Sea Transition Deal can be a catalyst in delivering Roadmap 2035 and supporting the green recovery, as well as specific recognition from governments and politicians of the positive role we can play in our economy and society.”

Graham Hollis, office senior partner for Deloitte in Aberdeen commented:

“There is no doubt that the sector is under immense pressure as businesses grapple with the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic as well as the fallout from the Saudi-Russia price war. Despite this, it is promising to see the strong progress being made and the sector’s willingness to enact positive change while continuing its important role in maintaining jobs and affordable energy.

“It is crucial that this momentum is maintained, and businesses must continue to innovate and collaborate to deliver on the ambitions of Roadmap 2035 and ensure the country’s future, sustainable energy mix.”

OGUK response to OGA’s Decommissioning Cost Estimate report

Commenting on the OGA’s Decommissioning Cost Estimate report published today (Wednesday, August 19), Joe Leask, decommissioning manager at OGUK, said:

“The OGA’s report on decommissioning cost trends for the UK industry shows the challenges we face.

“While significant progress has been made over the years, new ways of working will be critical to ensure we stimulate activity in the supply chain, keep skills and infrastructure in the UK, and meet our savings target. OGUK continues to work with industry, government and regulators to understand how we can bring innovative ideas to life, such as multi-operator campaigns, which ultimately will help position the UK sector as a global leader in decommissioning.”

 

 

OGUK launches new SME forum to support smaller businesses under pressure

A new forum dedicated to helping small and medium-sized businesses navigate the downturn has been launched by OGUK as it continues to help the sector stimulate a recovery.

The leading representative body’s Continuous Improvement team is launching a new SME forum this month amid concern that a growing number of smaller companies may not survive the current economic pressures and the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of industry’s Efficiency Task Force, which aims to promote a positive and progressive business culture, the SME forum will give participants access to OGUK’s existing business support guidance and initiatives, as well as an opportunity to shape the agenda.

The forum will provide an opportunity to identify and address issues in the SME community, and offer the chance for participants to collectively develop solutions which work for them and support individual needs.

Emily Taylor, OGUK’s continuous improvement manager, said:

“With the oil and gas industry entering yet another downturn so soon after the last, and as we work towards the energy transition, we’re particularly worried about the impact this will have on our small businesses.  The SME forum will bring the community together to create a shared voice and identify business opportunities across the sector.

“The new forum will deliver a platform to share and engage, as well as showcase the work OGUK is doing to support smaller businesses and stimulate a recovery. This will give our members the chance to keep their finger on the pulse and offer solutions to challenges industry is facing.”

Items on the agenda for the first forum on August 18 include an update on Brexit and its impact on the industry, plus input from OGUK’s external affairs team on political developments and their impact on the oil and gas supply chain.

The new forum will be chaired by Catriona Stevenson, business manager at Ecosse IP Ltd, who commented:

“Working for a small business and having founded an oil and gas networking group during the last downturn has made me very aware of the struggles that these companies face, and now more than ever I feel they need our support. 

“As we move into the energy transition and with Brexit upon us, I feel that the SME community need to come together with one voice to be heard and be better supported across the sector.”

To join the forum, which takes place on August 18, please contact Emily Taylor, OGUK’s continuous improvement manager, at [email protected]

Industry body reveals continued fall in covid-19 offshore cases ahead of upcoming event

 

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector will reflect on lessons learnt from the coronavirus pandemic as it reveals suspected covid-19 cases offshore continue to decrease due to “effective industry-wide measures” to protect the sector.

OGUK will host a free webinar ‘Covid-19: A retrospective and look ahead’ to provide insight into the industry’s response, where a panel of experts will outline their experiences of the pandemic and its impact.

The event, to be held on Thursday, July 30, from 2pm to 3.30pm, will be hosted by Trevor Stapleton, OGUK’s HSE director.

It comes as the industry body confirms that the number of Category C flights has continued to decrease and was made up of just 0.03% of total persons on board (POB) offshore installations for the week ending July 26 – allowing the sector to continue providing secure and affordable energy in support of the energy transition.

Trevor Stapleton, OGUK’s health, safety and environment director, said: “The reduction in c-med flights is a recognition of both industry-imposed barriers and UK measures being effective.

“As we move into the recovery phase – which will mean increasing POB offshore – a  missing piece of the jigsaw is still  asymptomatic testing for our offshore workforce,  carried out using the NHS UK test centres and we continue to make the case for this with both the UK and Scottish governments.

“It is worth noting that a Cat-C passenger is only symptomatic of Covid-19 and may not be a positive case, therefore the percentage figure is the worst-case scenario.

“However, now is not the time for us to become complacent and we will be paying close attention to the figures going forward.

“The coronavirus pandemic is of a scale and severity which none of us have seen before, but we shouldn’t take for granted the true value of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry’s culture of safety.”

As well as a look back on how the industry has responded to the crisis, the event will also look ahead to the next six months to consider what steps could be taken in terms of navigating  the operational impact of COVID-19, preparations for winter flu season and the foreseen impacts.

The webinar is open to all industries, companies and individuals, where attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the emergency preparedness and response in the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, hear first-hand insights from professionals at the frontline of coordinating an industry-wide response.

Mr Stapleton added: “The open and continuous sharing of our experiences within our industry, with other sectors and with government will be critical as we look to the future. While we must now start working on how to bring this essential industry back on its feet, we must also take the time to learn and reflect.

“The upcoming webinar will give an opportunity to understand potential future risks and how this could impact business and allow us to further improve workforce safety and engagement.”

The event – where delegates will also learn about the challenges and lessons in protecting a diverse workforce in both on and offshore environments – will also include comment from Natalie Coupar, communications manager, OGUK, Chris Flint, HSE director Energy Division, Health and Safety Executive, Matt Rhodes, director UK & Turkmenistan Oil and Gas, Bristow Helicopters Ltd, and Mike Killeen ,VP Operations at Serica Energy.

For more information and to register for the webinar please visit here.

 

 

OGUK board appoints leading voice as new vice co-chair

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has appointed a new vice co-chair to its board as the sector makes moves to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices.

Sian Lloyd Rees, UK country manager and SVP of customer management at Aker Solutions, has been appointed as OGUK’s new contractor vice co-chair.

With over 25 years’ experience, Sian Lloyd Rees joined Aker Solutions following several key leadership roles in blue chip and start-up companies and joined the board of OGUK in 2018.

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 position, Sian Lloyd Rees said:

“I’m delighted to assume this role at a time when the supply chain needs additional focus and support, for both the challenges we face today and the transition of our long established skills and technology to underpin the ongoing energy transition.”

OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said:

“Our talented and diverse supply chain is essential for the UK’s energy needs and in developing solutions to meet our climate ambitions. I’m really pleased to welcome Sian as OGUK’s vice co-chair as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board – particularly in the digital sphere.

“The ongoing challenges we face from the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices continue to put pressure across the whole of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry. Having Sian in this role will be key to ensuring we steer a path that supports the supply chain as we seek to protect the sector, spur its recovery and support an accelerated transition to net zero.”

First virtual D&I event to highlight sector opportunities  

More than 300 people have signed up to attend OGUK’s first-ever D&I webinar to further explore opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion in what remains a challenging landscape for the UK oil and gas industry.

The free webinar ‘An opportunity in the disruption’ offers a virtual chance to network and hear first-hand from industry’s D&I Task Group as they reflect on the current situation and seek out prospects to build on the work that has been achieved to date – shaping a stronger, diverse and inclusive culture across the sector.

The event, to be held on Thursday, May 28, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, will be hosted by Craig Shanaghey, D&I Task Group chair and president operations services (Europe & Africa) at Wood, who will give an overview of the current D&I landscape and the cross-industry approach to driving greater diversity and inclusion. Karen Blanc, operations director and AXIS Network chair will be moderating throughout the session.

The event will also include comment from D&I Task Group members Findlay Anderson, vice president and general counsel oilfield equipment at Baker Hughes, Ollie Folayan, co-founder of AFBE-UK, Mavis Anagboso, business and strategy director at Kalor Consultancy, and Susan Brimmer, people and organisation development manager for the OGTC.

Craig Shanaghey, president, operations services (Europe & Africa) at Wood and D&I Task Group chair, said:

“Once again, the energy industry is going through an important period of transition. To make the most of the opportunities presented, we need to develop a diverse workforce with different perspectives and ideas. Importantly, we need to make sure that we access 100% of the talent within our businesses and unlock the potential that everyone has to offer.

“This free webinar is a great opportunity to connect and get involved. It will allow people to share experiences and understanding of the current D&I landscape, whilst ensuring their voices are heard.

“It is that diversity of thought, brought together in an inclusive and empowering context that will allow us to thrive in a changing environment.”

There will be the opportunity for questions and the speakers will also be offering their insight into how the industry can unlock its full potential to ultimately meet the sector’s net zero ambitions, and how new ideas and technology will be key to shaping this future.

For more information and to register for the webinar please visit here.

OGUK response to Chancellor’s announcement to extend furlough scheme

Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement today that that furlough scheme will be extended for four months until October, OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said:

“OGUK welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement today to extend the furlough scheme until October this year.

“Across the country, this industry has been deeply impacted by low oil and gas prices as well as COVID-19 and we will continue to see the compounding effects on people’s jobs and livelihoods.

“We are now working to gather details of what this announcement will mean for our members post-July, and how we can support them through what remains an undoubtedly difficult period.

“The latest announcement is recognition of how long some sectors will take to recover from this crisis and the support they will need – the collapse in commodity prices means the oil and gas industry’s recovery will inevitably be prolonged.

“The added flexibility of the scheme is welcome as it provides a vital lifeline to thousands of workers in our industry whose skills and capabilities we need now and in the future as we transition to net zero.”

Blog: Pass on the PPE

 

As we know, the NHS and care providers across the country are in working in very uncertain times and facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is coupled with the ongoing demand for PPE equipment to protect not only key workers and staff, but hospital patients and care home residents.

PPE is widely used across many industries in the UK, including the UK offshore oil and gas sector. We’re supporting a grassroots campaign with TSG Marine to encourage everyone to check what they have and donate it or lend it to those that need it the most; our heroic key workers on the frontline, putting themselves at risk to keep us safe.

We know many of you are already doing this with spare or legacy inventory. We hope you can support and share the campaign, and let us know if you are donating or have already donated PPE to local NHS boards and trusts, care homes and charities.

Whether its face masks, gloves, chemical suits or shoe covers, do let us know if you can help and help spread the word.

We know of companies within the oil and gas industry already donating spare PPE equipment that they are not using and would ask that others do the same and get behind this great cause if possible. Equipment such as facemasks, goggle or other masks, are widely needed by healthcare workers across the UK and would be greatly appreciated. Other items including chemical protection suits, paper coveralls, overshoes and contact safety gloves may also be helpful to those putting their own health at risk for the good of others.

If you can share any good examples or contributions that we can highlight, we can promote positive stories of how this industry is supporting those on the frontline. Please send these to [email protected].

The government has an updated statement on appropriate PPE so it’s worth checking the latest information here.

Pass on the PPE #passontheppe

First-ever Industry Insights webinar to inspire next generation

More than 250 people have signed up to attend OGUK’s first-ever Industry Insights webinar for young professionals as the sector continues to provide a secure and affordable energy supply in the face of economic challenges.

The free webinar on April 22 offers a virtual opportunity to network and learn from industry leaders amidst unprecedented times due to a turbulent oil price and the COVID-19 pandemic.

A panel session will be hosted by Emily Taylor, OGUK’s continuous improvement manager, and will include speakers Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive, Jennifer Craw, chief executive of Opportunity North East (ONE), as well as Ashley Thomas from BP, OGUK’s Apprentice of the Year 2019.

Ross Dornan, OGUK’s market intelligence manager, will outline the current market conditions and give an overview of the industry landscape.

Commenting, he said: “It remains uncertain as to how the market is going to develop in the coming months as the coronavirus impact evolves each day. However, the people coming into our industry now are among the most important voices in shaping its future—and this is particularly key as we transition to a low carbon economy.

“This free webinar is a great opportunity to connect and get involved. It will allow people to develop their understanding of the current landscape, whilst ensuring their voices are heard when they are needed more than ever.

“Understanding how we can meet the ambitions outlined in Roadmap 2035 will require fresh thinking and OGUK is passionate ensuring young professionals can make a valuable contribution on our journey to becoming a net zero basin.”

The webinar follows the success of two Industry Insight events hosted by OGUK over the past year, including one focused solely on interns which was attended by over 100 young people with placements in operator, service and supply chain companies.

For more information and to register for the webinar please visit here.

 

Industry offers support to critical workers keeping UK running

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has teamed up with Step Change in Safety, the industry’s recognised safety organisation to offer support to the tens of thousands of workers keeping the UK running with secure and affordable energy during the coronavirus pandemic.

A new dedicated online hubs with guidance, videos and FAQs has been launched to provide everyone involved in the industry, and their families, with a “one stop shop” to address concerns on the prevention and protection against coronavirus in around 150 manned installations across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and the substantial onshore workforce. Both organisations are working jointly to provide the most accurate information about topics and services such as offshore helicopter travel, health screening and training re-certification. It is available on Step Change in Safety and OGUK websites

In a joint statement published today, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie and Step Change in Safety Executive Director Steve Rae said:

“Our industry workforce plays a critical role in providing the energy and products the UK needs to power hospitals and make essential trips. Our message to our people is clear: you are doing an essential job in keeping us safe and warm, and we need to work together to keep you safe at work.

“Working tirelessly with governments, regulators and our industry we have secured clear arrangements on the safe removal of suspected cases from offshore, on establishing our workforce as key workers so they can continue to send their children to school if they have to and to continue to travel to work and on temperature testing as standard at all heliports.

“We continue to work with governments to make the case for testing of offshore personnel, and now, more than ever before, we will be supporting our workforce to feel and be safe as they carry out their essential work. It’s why today we are combining strengths in launching a dedicated online hub with guidance, videos and FAQs. We will continue to encourage the participation of the unions, the regulator, and our members to work together in circumstances that are completely unprecedented.”

OGUK Business Outlook Breakfasts – update

In light of the developing spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the UK and elsewhere, the team at OGUK has been evaluating the Business Outlook Report launch events planned to take place on Wednesday 18 March and have now taken the decision to cancel the breakfast briefings in both Aberdeen and London.

OGUK prides itself in providing excellent market intelligence valued by our members, the wider industry and our stakeholders. Given the rapidly changing commodity price environment in which we now find ourselves, and the potential implications across the industry, we’re also taking the opportunity to re-evaluate the content of the Business Outlook report and over the coming weeks publish a series of smaller reports to best capture what is a dynamic business environment.

We’d like to thank you for your understanding on the constraints that are being placed on events and meetings. We appreciate your plans for the events would have been underway and apologise for any inconvenience caused. The ticket that you have purchased for the breakfast will be refunded.

In replacement of the breakfast events, we are progressing plans to host a webinar with industry panellists and will share details of this with you in due course – we do hope that you will be interested in supporting our virtual event.

We are sorry to have had to take this decision but hope that you can appreciate our reasoning and we look forward to welcoming you to future OGUK events in 2020.

 

Update on OGUK events

OGUK has today (Tuesday, March 3) confirmed it has taken the decision to postpone a number of its events this year in light of the developing spread of coronavirus.

The below events will be postponed, and new dates will be released in due course:

•            Share Fair, March 24th, Aberdeen

•            Doctors’ Training Workshop, April 1st, Aberdeen

•            D&I Conference, April 23rd, Aberdeen

•            Examining Doctors’ Conference, May 7th, London

OGUK said the safety of its members and visiting delegates was of the upmost priority and it will communicate the rescheduled event dates in due course, with a replacement ticket issued to those who had already purchased.

Gareth Wynn, OGUK’s stakeholder and communications director, said: “We are continuing to work closely with our members to circulate official advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the relevant agencies and will continue to work across the sector to help ensure the health of people in the oil and gas industry.

“Our more imminent Business Outlook Breakfast Briefing events in both Aberdeen and London are expected to go ahead as planned as they attract primarily local audiences and run for a short duration with more limited contact between delegates, however we will continue to monitor the situation and any advice from the health authorities.  

“We will also be communicating additional guidance to all delegates in advance of these events to help mitigate the potential spread of the virus.”

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.”