One of the offshore oil and gas industry’s most significant business development events is going digital in July when OGUK launches the first of its series of Share Fair Spotlight webinars featuring the forward work plans of Spirit Energy next week.

Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director said:
“Transforming Share Fair from a one-day event into a series of free webinars throughout the year will provide our much-beleaguered supply chain with regular access to timely information, early engagement with potential clients and insight of forthcoming contracts on offer. They’re focused on driving stronger engagement between operators, contractors and the wider supply chain, highlighting how businesses can connect with key people in each organisation and gain access to a panel of experts at each event.”

Spirit Energy’s plans for 2020-21 including details relating to capital projects, decommissioning, production and operations, will feature in the first Share Fair Spotlight webinar on July 1 with input from the following speakers:

• Neil McCulloch – Executive Vice-President, Technical & Operated Production
• Mark Fotheringham – Director, Capital Projects & Decommissioning
• John Cowie – Morecambe Hub Asset Manager
• Al Currie – SNS Asset Manager
• Nick Gorton – Director, Procurement & Supply Chain

Nick Gorton, Procurement & Supply Chain Director at Spirit Energy, said: “OGUK’s Share Fair has always been an important event for Spirit Energy. It’s a great opportunity for us to connect with our supply chain partners and share our plans.
“Those connections are now more important than ever, so we’re delighted that Share Fair will continue virtually this year and we’re looking forward to meeting both new and existing suppliers to see how we might work together on future opportunities.”

Matt Abraham adds: “Over the next few months, our series of Share Fair Spotlight webinars will include BP, Equinor, Perenco, Petrofac, Total and Worley. Stronger engagement between operators, contractors and the wider supply chain is vital to source the value-adding solutions that push the boundaries of innovation, technology and efficiency our supply chain needs to recover and play its role in delivering a low carbon economy.

The first Share Fair Spotlight takes place on July 1 10.30-11.30am and more information is available at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4102189230490841359.

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The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today (Tuesday 16) committed to halving operational emissions in the next decade, confirming its pathway to becoming a net zero emissions basin by 2050. The sector is one of the first in the UK to commit to industry-wide targets and provide details on how they will be achieved.

A report published by industry body OGUK, The Pathway to Net Zero: Production Emissions Targets, outlines how targets will be achieved through changes to operations, progressive reductions in flaring and venting, and major capital investment programmes aimed at using electricity rather than gas, to power offshore facilities.

The targets are a key part of a transformational sector deal that industry is now formally discussing with the UK Government. With jobs, the supply chain and energy communities at its core, the sector deal will consider how the UK’s oil and gas industry can support a green recovery.

This could see the sector support wider UK efforts to decarbonise, using its skills and infrastructure to develop critical carbon-cutting solutions such as industrial scale Carbon Capture Usage and Storage, and the use of hydrogen for heating and heavy transport.

OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE said:

“The coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices have had a devastating impact on the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry. Given the limited impact that the severity of the lockdown has had on global emissions, it is clearer than ever that we need a fair, inclusive, and sustainable transition towards climate targets. We need a green recovery which supports jobs, supply chain companies and energy communities.

“We remain committed to addressing the challenge of climate change, as we outlined in our Roadmap 2035 published last year. Our industry will play its part by reducing its emissions and using its skills to develop the solutions that will be needed to make a significant contribution to the UK’s overall targets.

“A transformational sector deal could help unlock the full potential of this industry to support a green recovery and we’re delighted to confirm that we are now in formal discussions about it. With a clear pathway to becoming a net zero basin by 2050 and with support from governments and regulators, we can protect domestic energy supplies, jobs and communities whilst embracing the opportunities which will come from being at the forefront of delivering a low carbon economy.”

UK Government Minister for Energy Kwasi Kwarteng said:“The offshore oil and gas sector’s commitment to halving operational emissions over the next decade is a welcome step for an industry that has a vital role to play in our energy transition in the years to come. The UK Government will continue to work tirelessly with all partners to deliver a dynamic Sector Deal. This will further support the industry in becoming more sustainable, as we work towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050.”

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the islands said:

“I welcome this report from the UK oil and gas industry and the ambitious targets committing it to halving operational emissions over the next decade.This is not only an important commitment from one of Scotland’s key sectors, but a significant step to support Scotland’s just transition to net-zero which helps us move at pace.This report is timely as it follows the Scottish Government’s announcement on Friday 12 June of £62 million to support our energy transition.”

Report author and OGUK Emissions Improvement Manager Louise O’Hara Murray added:

“These targets would remove over 9 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from our operations over the next decade; the same as taking nearly two million cars off the road for a year. Each year we will publicly show progress against our commitments on a sector-wide basis.

“They have been developed with industry following a detailed assessment of the measures needed to deliver them. They consider changes to operations, progressive reductions in flaring and venting and major capital investment programmes to decarbonise production operations.

“Many of the major capital investment projects which will help our sector to decarbonise, including the powering of assets with electricity instead of hydrocarbons, the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen both on and offshore, will need to be developed at scale to help other industries accelerate their own efforts to reduce emissions.”

Case studies 

Name: Suzie Ferguson

Age: 40

Job title: Carbon capture technical lead

Company: Wood

Location: Reading

As carbon capture technical lead in Wood’s Technical Consulting Solutions business, Suzie works on techno-economic assessments of emerging CCS technologies and the design of carbon capture plants for thermal power plants and industrial emitters in oil refining, hydrogen and petrochemicals.

Suzie comments: “As a student in chemical engineering at the University of Surrey, the vision of a more sustainable world inspired me to tackle the most defining challenge of our era – climate change – as part of my future career.

“With increasingly urgent demand to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the landscape of the energy industry is rapidly changing and seeking practical ways to decarbonise our existing assets and unlock the potential of renewable energy have become key drivers.”

As more countries set ambitious net-zero carbon emissions targets, energy intensive industries are facing the unprecedented challenge of meeting rising energy demands while minimising the carbon footprint of operations and shifting to low-carbon power generation.

She continues: “Wood is already supporting new and existing energy customers with major projects to dramatically cut emissions and improve the efficiency of their assets by delivering advanced and integrated carbon capture and storage solutions.

“CCS can safely contain more than 90% of the carbon dioxide emissions produced from the use of fossil fuels in power plants and from industrial processes such as steel and cement manufacture. This technology can even be used to capture carbon from the air, from the combustion of biomass or waste, and store it safely underground as a real time carbon offsetting.

“As a solution, CCS not only prevents emissions entering the atmosphere but could provide a shift change in the UK’s energy economy.”

Name: Euan Bathgate

Age: 39
Job title:
VP, Engineering Support
Company:
Opex Group
Location: Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

Inverurie resident and oil and gas worker Euan Bathgate has driven the development of a new solution which helps oil and gas companies reduce CO2 intensity and emissions across their operations. Euan, a VP for OPEX Group in Aberdeen, led the development of X-PAS Emissions which uses predictive technologies combined with traditional engineering to improve energy efficiency on offshore installations.

Euan explains, “The new solution provides an opportunity for operators to reduce CO2 by dynamically calculating the lowest possible emissions for a given production target and plant configuration. Users of the system have full visibility of the energy use and emissions intensity of their assets and are prompted with the operational decisions and actions they can take to reduce emissions”.

The former offshore worker says a lot has changed during his time in industry, but there will still be a role for oil and gas as part of a diverse energy mix. This underlines the importance of producing oil and gas with as little emissions as possible; “What we’re doing makes our customers’ existing data valuable and we see this solution as an important part of mix because it can make an impact on emissions immediately, while industry also works on the bigger capital solutions such as hydrogen and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage.”

Commenting on news BP is to cut 10,000 jobs globally, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“This shows the very real and personal impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on jobs and livelihoods while companies are stepping up to deliver the net zero agenda.

“There is a serious risk the UK loses the skills it needs not only to meet existing energy demands from domestic resources, but also to meet the UK’s climate ambitions.
“It underlines the need to continue working with governments to deliver an inclusive, fair, and sustainable transition to a lower carbon future. This is the best way to protect jobs, create new business opportunities and ensure energy regions from the north east of Scotland to the east of England are not left in the dark.”

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A key piece of research is launched today by OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry together with the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and Opportunity North East (ONE) to assess the pace and extent of digitalisation across the sector.

With support from Deloitte, the joint partners will use the first ever UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey to canvas companies, organisations and individuals on aspects including digital strategies, use of technology, data practices, capability and training, plus innovation processes used to develop a digital “idea” into a scalable reality.

While the survey will be distributed to members of the participating organisations, the project team is keen to encourage feedback from companies and individuals across the sector whatever their role, seniority or discipline and the survey will be open online until the deadline of June 16.

Deirdre Michie, OGUK Chief Executive, said:
“Smart use of data, advanced analytics and digitalisation brings greater visibility and clarity to support strategic decision-making, helping to improve North Sea competitiveness. The data and insights generated by the survey will give the four participating organisations invaluable insight of the sector’s digital skills and the cultural behaviours required to deliver the digital transformation we need to help realise our net-zero and lower carbon economy ambitions.”

Sir Ian Wood, KT GBE, Chair ONE, said,
‘’ At a time of rapid acceleration in digital adoption and transformation across businesses, the output of this comprehensive, industry-wide survey will provide all partner organisations with valuable insight of the current landscape. ONE’s focus is on activity that will maintain momentum, support the region to prepare for the recovery and maximise oil and gas recovery alongside the region’s opportunity for the fast development of energy transition. The output of the survey will help shape and develop a distinctive EnergyTech proposition, designed to bring new ways of thinking and working across the energy sector and in turn catalyse demand across our region’s digital companies.”

Colette Cohen OBE, CEO of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre said:
“The journey to a net zero future will require our industry to embrace digitalisation at pace. The opportunity it provides from increased efficiency, reduced carbon footprint and improved safety is critical to the sustainability of the industry. This collaboration will provide a valuable insight into the current status of North Sea digitisation and help focus future investment and deployment of appropriate technologies to fully unlock the potential of the region.”

Carlo Procaccini, TLB Co-chair, OGA, said:
“This Digital Maturity Survey is a very important initiative in the oil and gas industry’s digital journey. The Survey will allow us to learn from each other, and other sectors, so we can ensure that our digital transformation delivers the most value to our industry.”

The survey should take no more than 15-30 minutes to complete. The anonymised data collected will be shared in confidence across all four participating organisations to help shape their respective initiatives in support of digitalisation with OGUK planning to use the findings as the basis of an industry workshop planned for September 2020.

The survey can be found at this link http://surveyhub.deloitte.co.uk/wix/p292291302256.aspx

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OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has launched a new online knowledge-sharing network aimed at encouraging companies to work collaboratively to share problems and source solutions to their efficiency challenges.

Users can access the Problem-Solving Network via OGUK’s Efficiency Hub, where they can post their problems and have them reviewed by OGUK’s Continuous Improvement Network whose members will apply their expertise to sourcing specialists in their field and finding answers.

Commenting, Emily Taylor, OGUK’s Continuous Improvement Manager,
“Making oil and gas production more efficient is a huge undertaking for companies facing the triple whammy of oil and gas price reductions plus Covid-19, but the Problem-Solving Network enables companies to make quick connections and find support amongst their peers to help them achieve continuous business improvement.

OGUK is achieving constructive engagement with members via highly attended webinars and online meetings of its many forums and groups. From testing the demand for the Network, we’ve seen participants requesting information on topics including how to donate personal protection equipment (PPE) to the NHS and where to find examples of collaboration good practice. We can harness our sector’s ingenuity to find solutions to support our world-class supply chain, prolonging the productive life of the North Sea to ensure we have a sustainable industry that can help deliver a net zero basin.”

Phil Simons, VP North Sea and Canada at Subsea 7 and chair of the industry’s Efficiency Task Force:
“Recognising the value of collaboration when tackling any immense challenge – The Problem-Solving Network can quickly partner good practice and expertise with ingenuity and opportunity. Solving problems can be a complex and lengthy process, but it is speed and simplicity that we should push for now. This network provides a vehicle for connecting knowledge in a simple, structured and accurate way, to help quickly and clearly understand each problem and then form the foundations of a safe and cost-effective solution.”

Colin Black, Managing Director of Carjon-NRG Ltd and OGUK Efficiency Task Force Steering Group member commented:
“Maintaining safe and efficient operations will occasionally present challenges that teams encounter for the first time. That’s where the Problem-Solving Network plays a key role in providing a central place for questions to be asked and feedback shared by an experienced OGUK peer group often working across the global oil, gas and energy sector as well as in other industries”.
The Problem-solving webpage can be found here

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Following the publication of a new report published today by Professor Alex Kamp of  the University of Aberdeen, which has modelled the impact of $25, $35 and $45 oil prices, with corresponding gas rates, OGUK’s market intelligence manager, Ross Dornan said:

“OGUK continues to work with governments and the OGA to understand how we can protect the sector now, support its recovery and accelerate net zero opportunities. We know that low oil and gas prices, along with the impact of Covid-19 on operations, have created a very uncertain outlook as this report points out. This has resulted in difficult decisions having to be made by companies, with our recent Business Outlook Report warning up to 30,000 jobs could be lost. Remaining as competitive as possible to attract investment, alongside innovative and flexible approaches and business models, will be required to ensure we can not only continue to meet as much of the UK’s energy needs from domestic oil and gas, but also prepare the UK to fully capitalise on net zero opportunities of the future.”

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has convened a group of experts to help shape the sector’s recovery as it looks beyond the immediate health and safety issues posed by COVID-19. BP regional president Ariel Flores, Aker Solutions Head of UK and SVP Europe and Africa Sian Lloyd-Rees, Asset Solutions CEO at Wood Dave, VP Upstream at Shell Steve Phimister and Chrysaor CEO Phil Kirk will develop a strategy for the sector to recover as part of OGUK’s three stage framework revealed at the end of April.

The recovery group will focus on opportunities with short to midterm impact, with a view to stimulating much needed fresh activity for supply chain companies. Proposals to bring forward net-zero projects in energy communities across the UK are already at the centre of discussions on how to boost business opportunities, with industry leaders set to open discussions with the UK and Scottish Government on Carbon Capture and Storage, hydrogen and floating wind.

The group will explore opportunities from exploration to decommissioning, from maintenance programmes and desktop engineering design work, to offshore work programmes, to identify where projects could be brought forward or more widely promoted to stimulate activity levels for companies servicing the sector.

Following a briefing to media where the plans were set out in more detail, OGUK Operations Director Katy Heidenreich said:

“We know that we can’t wait around for a recovery to come to us, which is why we’re already in action to understand where we can support supply chain companies and identify fresh opportunities in a challenging low oil and gas price environment.

“Many of our members are already active in bringing carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and offshore floating wind projects to life across the UK. Our recovery plan will not only look at how we can support the oil and gas industry through improving our competitiveness as a basin, it will also look at how we can use this as an opportunity to position ourselves as an incubator for net zero projects.

“With extensive skills, capabilities and experience, it’s clear our will continue to play an important role in meeting as much of the UK’s oil and gas needs from domestic resources, while also shaping up to play an even bigger role in delivering the UK’s net zero ambitions.”

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Companies aiming to get the best possible output from existing North Sea assets, while deferring major new offshore projects, can now boost their efforts with new guidelines published by OGUK today aimed at unlocking brownfield resource opportunities.

The guidelines aim to help companies understand good practice in how to identify, rank, approve and carry out opportunities to optimise production in areas including well and reservoir reviews, facilities reviews and reservoir surveillance along with methods to set targets, measure progress and assign budgets.

Commenting, OGUK’s Operations Director Katy Heidenreich said:

“Looking after UK assets is crucial to the long-term future of the basin, especially at a time when a significant number of North Sea projects are put on hold. These guidelines help companies develop, maintain and operate existing assets, finding the most efficient way to recover reserves from existing sites. They help asset owners promote a culture focused on optimising production, enabling them to consistently do the right things to identify and then exploit opportunities as well as promoting the collective will, behaviours and capabilities to achieve this.

“This is the latest initiative from the UK offshore industry to improve production efficiency. Alongside other programmes such as the competitive well delivery initiative, it will ensure we can continue to meet as much of the UK’s oil and gas needs from domestic resources while also putting our sector in the best position to support the transition to net zero.”

Brenda Wyllie, OGA NNS Area Manager and MER Wells Task Force co-chair, said:
“When we look at the data from the OGA’s UKCS stewardship survey, it’s clear that there’s considerable additional value held in brownfield resources. Oil and gas will remain an important part of our energy mix for the foreseeable future as we transition to net zero, so increasing recovery and maturing these resources should remain a priority, despite the associated challenges.

“The new guidelines offer industry helpful suggestions for unlocking additional potential in brownfield resources, by embracing collaboration, integration and supply chain engagement. The checklists and toolbox in the guidelines are proven practices introduced by senior industry professionals; practices which I believe can increase the recovery of further barrels, as long as industry are willing and are dedicated to applying them.”

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Commenting on the OGA’s announcement that it has signalled its intention to refresh its core aim, including a requirement for industry to help the government achieve the target of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 –

Mike Tholen, OGUK’s sustainability director, said:

“The UK oil and gas industry was one of the first industrial sectors to set out credible plans to support the UK and Scottish Government net zero emissions ambitions with the launch of Roadmap 2035 in September 2019: a blueprint for net zero.  Substantial progress has been achieved over the past year to provide both industry and economy-wide solutions towards reducing emissions and we have been working with our members to set out challenging targets and deadlines to achieve this. Among the initiatives under way are projects to improve energy efficiency and optimisation of offshore operations  plus opportunities to use renewable energy sources or connection to onshore power grid or neighbouring wind developments.
It will need joint action between government and industry to accelerate progress to the next stage where our sector is in a unique position to lead in the development of Carbon Capture Usage and Storage and ensuring a  healthy oil and gas industry allows us build a strong base from which to build capacity and skills for energy sources of the future. ”

OGUK today confirmed it is supporting the roll-out of a special protective face covering designed for workers travelling to offshore installations in the UK Continental Shelf.

The covering can be best described as a snood or buff and is better suited for helicopter travel because it is easier to pull away from the mouth if the emergency breathing equipment is required, it is more comfortable to wear, communication is easier and the risk of FOD (Foreign Object Debris ) damage is eliminated, i.e. objects being sucked into a helicopters engine intakes.

OGUK has been working on the use of the snood for the offshore workforce through its Pandemic Steering Group. It has been tested for surface and underwater escape purposes and its use is endorsed by the four helicopter companies. The process will be managed by Survitec who are procuring supplies for use by the offshore industry at all helicopter departure locations, with guidance on the use of the snoods issued by OGUK shortly.

The snood is for use on the flight only, and forms part of a range of measures to support the safety offshore workforce.

OGUK HSE Director Trevor Stapleton:

“All workers travelling offshore will be issued with a protective snood following their routine temperature check at the heliport. The snood will then be worn in the heliport and for the duration of travel both to and from the installation only. They are single use and personnel will be issued with a new snood for each trip offshore.

“The snood represents just one of the barriers being employed to mitigate and manage COVID-19 across our essential workforce. Robust checks prior to mobilisation, temperature testing and testing are also in use alongside additional measures to protect the workforce whilst offshore including social distancing, staggered mealtimes, and where possible single person cabin occupancy. Taken together we’ve got a comprehensive response but we continue to develop this through listening to our people and continuing to push for expanded testing capability across our workforce.”

Ross Johnston, Energy Sales Manager, Survitec:
“After OGUK approached us as the primary supplier of PPE and safety equipment to the aviation industry, we identified the Virustatic Shield as an appropriate product for people travelling on all UK Category A and Category B helicopter flights. We are pleased to support the industry by sourcing, procuring and supplying the Virustatic Shield to help reduce the risk for our customers and keep crews, passengers and offshore personnel safe.”

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OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry will host a series of webinars for its member companies to learn more about the business support available to them as they manage and respond to the impact of COVID-19.

Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director, said:

“Many companies in our industry, especially in the supply chain, are still financially fragile after the previous downturn so the UK Government’s commitment to supporting both workers and companies is very welcome. It’s now crucial for us to ensure these companies understand how they can effectively access the money they need to maintain their cash flow through these challenging times.”

On Thursday April 9, the webinar will focus on the furlough scheme, the business support package the UK government has made available to employers through the temporary Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Attendees will hear an overview of how the furlough scheme works and will have the opportunity to ask the expert panel questions.
The panel, chaired by Matt Abraham, will comprise:

Dr Alix Thom, Workforce Engagement & Skills Manager – OGUK
Charlotte Edwards – Global Employment Taxes Senior Manager AAB
Alison Woods, Partner – CMS
Tony Hadden, Head of Employment and Immigration – Brodies
Sean Salouja, Partner – Burness Paull

The following Tuesday on April 14 at 2pm, OGUK will host a second webinar on the COVID19 business loan options.
These will include the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme(CBILS), COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility(CCFF), and VAT relief.

Speakers will be announced nearer the time.

Emily Taylor, OGUK’s continuous improvement manager is encouraging participants to send in questions in advance of the webinar to ensure all concerns regarding the business support schemes are addressed. These can be sent to OGUK at [email protected]

To register for the webinar, the link is at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3138725672338295054

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has launched a survey in a bid to help find solutions to the problems faced by the supply chain as it deals with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices.

A comprehensive set of questions covering offshore activity levels, the financial position of companies, employment levels and plans, investment and feedback on steps that can be taken by industry and government to support the sector was issued to the hundreds of OGUK member companies in the industry’s supply chain who range from larger contractors to small and medium sized enterprises.

The results of the survey will inform the details of a COVID 19 Sectoral Resilience Package being put together by industry to propose to governments in the coming weeks. It will build upon the already extensive support offered by governments to companies and self-employed workers and is intended to directly address sector-specific issues. This includes what has come to be known as the stranded middle: companies who currently would not be eligible to apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBIL) Scheme or the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF).

On Wednesday, BEIS Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng joined OGUK’s contractor council to hear first-hand the challenges facing the sector.

Last night in line with requests from OGUK, the UK government announced it has introduced a  Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) which will provide a government guarantee of 80% to enable banks to make loans of up to £25 million to firms with an annual turnover of between £45 million and £500 million.

OGUK today said it hopes to announce further details on its proposals in the coming weeks.

Commenting, OGUK Supply Chain Director Matt Abraham said:

“Our supply chain is facing pressures in the extreme. The operational impact of the coronavirus pandemic, low oil and gas demand and low prices mean an uncertain future for many. This triple whammy of concern comes only as many were just starting to emerge from the impact of the previous prolonged downturn. Last night’s announcement from government is welcome and confirms it is listening and responding to feedback, however there are still specific issues with regards to support for the oil and gas sector which OGUK is working to address with both UK and Scottish governments.

“We’re hoping this survey will give us a clear idea of where governments and regulators can offer specific help that will really make a difference and we’re urging all of our members in the supply chain to take part. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll put forward to government our proposals for a COVID19 Sectoral Resilience Package and look forward to continuing what has been a positive and constructive dialogue. We’re grateful to the CBI particularly for their support in developing our proposals – remaining joined up across industries is critical as we look to protect jobs and businesses.”

Information for the industry about COVID-19 is available at www.oilandgasuk.co.uk/covid-19

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OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry and Step Change in Safety, the industry’s recognised safety organisation, have co-produced a series of films to address the concerns of thousands of workers travelling offshore during the coronavirus pandemic.

There are currently two films available to view with the first co-presented by OGUK’s aviation advisor, Graham Wildgoose and Matt Rhodes, Bristow Helicopters UK and member of the Step Change in Safety Leadership Team. Together they address aspects of helicopter travel including operational procedures, arrival and departure protocols, and the transfer of passengers.

The second film features OGUK’s medical advisor, Dr Graham Furnace providing answers to questions regarding the workforce’s concerns around current coronavirus-related medical and health issues. Topics he covers include temperature checking, measures to take when temperatures are high and self-isolation offshore.
The films also feature contributions from OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie and Step Change in Safety Executive Director Steve Rae, who in a joint statement published today, said:

“Our industry has health and safety at its core and in adjusting to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all had to make radical changes to the way we live and work. For many the new normal is working from home, but for thousands of people in our industry going to work means travelling by helicopter offshore to help meet our daily energy needs.
The means by which we prepare for, and undertake, these journeys has had to change. These essential changes are by design intended to provide additional barriers to protect against the spread of this virus offshore, allowing us to continue to provide continuity of energy supply to support the vital work that all key workers are undertaking to protect the health and wellbeing of our nation. With that in mind it is our duty to ensure that our workforces concerns are responded to in a timely and factual manner.

“These films are part of a series to support our workforce with comprehensive information about travelling offshore when they most need it.”

Two films are now available to view on both the Step Change in Safety and the OGUK websites here.
www.stepchangeinsafety.net/covid-19
www.oilandgasuk.co.uk/covid-19

April 1 marks the 11th anniversary of the helicopter flight 85N accident in which 16 people lost their lives . Every year since, family members, friends and colleagues of those lost have gathered at the memorial in Johnston Gardens Aberdeen to remember those lost. Due to the coronavirus, people are unable to physically come together so the industry’s chaplain, Reverend Gordon Craig has provided a short, recorded act of remembrance online which can be accessed here https://youtu.be/e6ZXS0hXAnE

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Effective project management is the topic under scrutiny at the first Efficiency event of 2020, which OGUK and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) will co-host via a webinar on March 24.

Anyone keen to improve project management performance can dial in to a breakfast-time web-based seminar focusing on the ECITB’s recently updated Project Collaboration Toolkit, will highlight the benefits and efficiencies that collaboration can deliver.

Emily Taylor, OGUK’s Continuous Improvement Manager, said:
“The combination of the global economic impact of the continued spread of the coronavirus, the most dramatic fall in oil price in almost 30 years and a halving of gas prices is placing extraordinary pressures on our industry. We’re focusing on everything we can do to share knowledge that helps protect our industry, enabling its sustainability and resilience in extremely difficult conditions while underpinning collective efforts to deliver a net-zero oil and gas basin.
Evaluation of activities on the UK Continental Shelf between 2011-2016 demonstrated how inefficient project management contributed to costly budget overruns of up to 35% and delays in delivery. The Efficiency Task Force’s role in seeking out, promoting and providing access to efficient practice across the industry with tools like OGUK’s Robust Project Delivery Guidelines and ECITB’s Collaboration Toolkit is making a difference, with project delivery performance improving in 2018 so this webinar is a great opportunity learn more.”

Chris Claydon, Chief Executive of the ECITB, said:
“The Project Collaboration Toolkit has demonstrated its value to the UK oil and gas industry since its launch because by sharing skills and expertise across projects we see improved efficiency and productivity.
“It’s already been used successfully on several projects in the upstream and downstream sector, such as Shell’s Brent Bravo, where smaller project teams worked collaboratively to deliver the project on time and at reduced cost. “It is also used as a resource by Robert Gordon University to teach the project managers of tomorrow about the process of collaborative working.
“There’s no doubt that supply chain collaboration is critical to transforming the business performance of the UKCS and the toolkit is a valuable resource for project managers.”

The webinar ETF is presenting in collaboration with ECITB to showcase efficiency opportunities in project management, will start at 8.30 am and will feature the following speakers:
• Phil Simon, ETF chairman
• Chris Claydon, CEO ECITB
• Neil Rogerson, Engineering Director, Epro-Subsea
• Dan Mcateer, Head of Project Management, Worley
The presentations will close at 9.30am following a Q&A session

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Notes to Editors:

1. Further information on the event can be found here

in collaboration with ECITB to showcase efficiency opportunities in project management, will start at 8.30 am and will feature the following speakers:

  • Phil Simon, ETF chairman
  • Chris Claydon, CEO ECITB
  • Neil Rogerson, Engineering Director, Epro-Subsea
  • Dan Mcateer, Head of Project Management, Worley

The presentations will close at 9.30am following a Q&A session

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Commenting on the current concerns regarding coronavirus in the UK, Trevor Stapleton, OGUK’s HSE director, said:

“We’re already working with our members to share official advice on coronavirus (Covid-19) from the relevant bodies and will continue to work across the sector to ensure the health of the people in our industry. This sector is well versed in managing risk on complex safety and health matters, with robust processes and arrangements in place to ensure effective prevention measures and response. In addition to following the advice from health bodies and applying relevant procedures, individual operators will also decide further arrangements relevant to their specific needs, including travel and health advice. OGUK remains in regular contact with the relevant authorities to understand any further industry specific advice.”

 

Supply chain companies keen to be among the first to learn about business opportunities will benefit from advance information on major oil and gas projects by participating in OGUK’s Share Fair in Aberdeen on March 24.

As the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, OGUK’s popular business development event supports the growth of a resilient, competitive and diverse supply chain. This ambition combined with a drive to increase exports and grow the economy, is a key theme in the industry’s Roadmap 2035, which sets out a blueprint to deliver a net-zero oil and gas basin.

Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director, said:

“Share Fair is one of OGUK’s flagship events that focuses on promoting early engagement between suppliers and potential clients. This one-day event is an invaluable opportunity for suppliers to bring innovation, new solutions and fresh ideas to the attention of operator and major contractor companies planning contracts for future projects.”

Four different aspects of business development activities will be on offer at Share Fair. These include the highly popular one-to-one business meetings booked in advance with key decision-makers; major purchaser companies’ presentations of project overviews and anticipated contract opportunities and exhibition space where informal discussions with the wider supply chain community can take place.

Major purchaser companies who’ve already signed up to share their forward plans include BP, Chrysaor, CNOOC International, Dana Petroleum, Neptune Energy, Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited, Spirit Energy and TOTAL E&P UK Limited.

This year also sees the launch of a new format enabling suppliers to pitch new ideas focused on addressing key challenges in the sector. These sessions will be offered to OGUK members only and submissions which will be requested in advance of the event

Commenting on news that protestors have boarded a drilling rig in Dundee harbour, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“This is a dangerous and short-sighted stunt which does absolutely nothing to help provide the solutions which will be required to meaningfully deliver net zero emissions by 2045 in Scotland.

“Worse than this, we know that the premature shutdown of the North Sea would only increase reliance on oil and gas imported from across the world where we have no control over emissions and with none of the substantial benefits our indigenous industry brings with its thousands of skilled jobs, the funding of public services and energy security.

“This stunt puts both the activists and offshore workforce at risk and our industry – with its focus on safe operations – will not condone these actions.

“If Extinction Rebellion is serious about net zero then it needs to become serious about what will be required and recognise the critical contribution our industry could make if it realises its full potential to support the transition to a lower carbon and more diverse energy mix.

“Our industry is part of the solution and Roadmap 2035: a blueprint for net zero outlines our plans to reduce emissions from the operational production of oil and gas while supporting other heavy emitting sectors to reduce emissions through low carbon technologies including Carbon Capture Usage and Storage and hydrogen. This is an industry in action, and we are committed to working with anyone to find solutions and deliver the low carbon future we all want to see.”

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Commenting on the General Election results, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“We look forward to continuing our constructive working with the Prime Minister and the UK Government as we work to ensure a safe and competitive industry which realises a successful future through the energy transition and a Sector Deal. We welcome all the new members of Parliament and thank outgoing members for their support for this critical industry.

“As we go into the new year our priority will be to ensure and reinforce recognition of the positive role our industry is playing in helping to achieve net zero emissions alongside providing a major economic contribution and a big part of our energy security.”

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New guidelines promoting good practice in robust project delivery published by OGUK today provide companies with a systematic framework for ensuring oil and gas projects are on time and within budget.

Industry experts including operators, contractor companies and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) have contributed to the guidelines. They cover all stages of a project from initial concept through to commissioning, handover and close out, and are intended for use by project teams, senior management, joint venture partners, project owners, assurance & review teams, supply chain companies and the OGA.

Katy Heidenreich, OGUK’s operations optimisation manager, said:

“Improving how the sector stewards our oil and gas assets is vital to securing a safe and sustainable future for the UK Continental Shelf. These guidelines provide companies with a systematic method for strengthening their processes to achieve repeatable, predictable delivery of oil and gas projects which meet their cost and schedule targets.

The industry’s progress in this area has been recognised by the Oil and Gas Authority in its 2018 ‘UKCS Projects Insights Report’ which indicated that 60 per cent of major projects went into operation on time compared with an historic average of 25 per cent.”

Andy Brown, director, regional operations at Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, said:
“We know the oil and gas industry must improve project delivery and we therefore welcome the new OGUK guidelines, which provide an excellent framework to drive the consistent, predictable and sustainable working practices that are vital to the future success of the sector.

“The ECITB’s Project Collaboration Toolkit shares these goals and is designed to help project leaders create a collaborative approach to improve innovation and efficiency in project delivery across the North Sea.”

OGUK has published a series of guidelines that enable the sharing of industry expertise in support of the OGA’s Asset Stewardship Strategy including the Reserves Progression Tool, all of which aim to drive continuous improvement in performance.

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In a speech opening OGUK’s inaugural HSE Conference in Aberdeen this morning, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:
Good morning ladies and gentlemen and a warm welcome to our very first OGUK HSE Conference, Health, safety and the environment are at the core of everything we do, both as a major hazard industry and as an industry with people at its heart,
So, I’m delighted that we are building on the success of last year’s Safety30 with another focused event.

I’d like to kick off by thanking our sponsors, who have made today possible, and to thank our impressive list of expert speakers and panellists.
We look forward to hearing and learning from them as to how we can improve our own operations,
Our conference theme is solving tomorrow’s challenges, today.

It’s about exploring how this industry is taking health, safety and environment forward into the next decade.
As you’ll see from your agenda, we will consider a range of issues – the prevention of hydrocarbon releases, control of major accident hazards, emissions reduction and mental health – key areas of what is a very busy and important landscape of priorities for you all.
These are big issues with serious implications for everyone in our industry and so I’m grateful that we have Martin Temple, Chair of the HSE, who will provide an insight into the regulators strategic focus areas.

Many of you will remember Martin gave an excellent speech to Safety30 last year, reflecting on the legacy of Piper Alpha and the impact it has had across other industries as well as our own.Now earlier this year we marked the decade since the helicopter tragedy off the coast of Peterhead, where sixteen lives were lost. As we go about our day to day activities and as we look to the future, we must never forget and we must always remain chronically uneasy to ensure that the unthinkable doesn’t happen.

We do all share that responsibility and the culture we encourage is so important as we look to tomorrow’s challenges.
Not just on health and safety but importantly, in the environment in which we operate,
showing humility because we know we are all fallible and showing leadership in ensuring safe operations and the wellbeing of our people and our environment.

So where is this industry today in terms of H, S and E performance?
Our 2019 Health and Safety report published last week provided an informed view, outlining areas where we must continue to drive action,
And while there are ongoing improvements in aviation safety, there is much more to be done to reduce major hydrocarbon releases,
The downward trend in HCRs shown in a three-year moving average plateaued in 2018,
Meaning that if the rate continues the current trajectory this year there will be an increase – that would be the first in a decade.

It’s a badge we don’t want, and one which we are working hard to avoid,
And so, with our members, the regulator, Step Change in Safety and the MER Asset Integrity Task Group,
OGUK on behalf of industry has developed a robust release prevention plan.

With actions underway or under consideration across people, processes and plant, endorsing principles in process safety leadership, – the first time in my North Sea history that our industry has aligned behind a common set of process leadership principles and I commend all those involved who have got us here.
We are also sharing Good Practice Stories, and, establishing a common way of assuring our barriers to prevent incidents remain fit for purpose,
And always – We should remind ourselves that the report’s findings are not just numbers on a page – they are about ourselves, our colleagues, friends, family.
Which is why I am also really pleased that OGUK is working across industry to improve understanding of mental health. Our review of good practice, based on a survey of members, showed that industry is making progress.
Because as one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year, it is key that we continue to develop our understanding and response,
Looking to the future this is an industry also focused on its environmental performance and intent on improving it.

While we continue to manage and reduce emissions from production operations, we know there is much more to be done in a world which rightly demands change at an ever-increasing pace. How we step up to this challenge has never been more highly scrutinized. Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg, but also, people like you and me, and our children,
Worried about climate change -rightly – and keen to act, we all have a role to play, personally and professionally. And given our job in providing the energy and industrial products from oil and gas that the UK needs, I can understand why people are looking to us for answers.

Our message remains – we can be, and must be, part of the solution.

Earlier this year we published Roadmap 2035: A Blueprint to Net Zero, which sets out the five key areas requiring collective action from industry, government and regulators to ensure we step forward successfully towards a net zero future,
Helping to deliver net zero by 2045 in Scotland and 2050 in the UK,
By developing people and skills,
Driving technology and innovation,
Growing the economy and exports
And doing it in a way which is safe, sustainable and yes,
Socially acceptable.

And so, in identifying steps to understand and reduce emissions from production operations – the launch of the OGTC’s Net Zero Solutions centre is an excellent example of industry in action to provide a key source of innovative expertise. By bringing industry together with one response and a way forward to adapt and transform and step up to play our part in a net zero world, Roadmap 2035 offers a credible plan of action towards a successful future
It shows the next generation the opportunities this industry can offer. Whether that’s through electrifying the North Sea, developing a hydrogen economy or successfully delivering carbon capture usage and storage solutions – we need to do all of this and at pace.
It’s great we have Sam Coupland who later this afternoon will give an insight into the practical steps BP are taking to advance low carbon in the North Sea,
With an audience of so many professionals here in the room today I hope we can also soak up some of your expertise on the energy transition
Please do come and speak to our membership team at our stand and tell us about the work you are doing in these areas. So, helping us as we continue to engage with governments, regulators and society.

Showing that we are indeed part of the solution.Using our skills, capabilities and our people to unlock a diverse energy mix and be a foundation to a net zero future.
My ask of you all today is to help us promote the Roadmap, to take it into your companies and think about what you’re doing that can put us on track to success,
Indeed, to solve tomorrow’s challenges today,
As Abraham Lincoln said – the best way to predict the future is to create it,
I’d like to open the conference now and get on with hearing from our speakers and kicking off what I hope will be an invigorating day which sparks new ideas,
So, I wish you all a great conference and hope you take a lot from it,
And now it is my great pleasure to welcome on stage, Martin Temple. Chair of the HSE,
Thank you.

Digital Debut for OGUK’s Share Fair

One of the offshore oil and gas industry’s most significant business development events is going digital in July when OGUK launches the first of its series of Share Fair Spotlight webinars featuring the forward work plans of Spirit Energy next week.

Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director said:
“Transforming Share Fair from a one-day event into a series of free webinars throughout the year will provide our much-beleaguered supply chain with regular access to timely information, early engagement with potential clients and insight of forthcoming contracts on offer. They’re focused on driving stronger engagement between operators, contractors and the wider supply chain, highlighting how businesses can connect with key people in each organisation and gain access to a panel of experts at each event.”

Spirit Energy’s plans for 2020-21 including details relating to capital projects, decommissioning, production and operations, will feature in the first Share Fair Spotlight webinar on July 1 with input from the following speakers:

• Neil McCulloch – Executive Vice-President, Technical & Operated Production
• Mark Fotheringham – Director, Capital Projects & Decommissioning
• John Cowie – Morecambe Hub Asset Manager
• Al Currie – SNS Asset Manager
• Nick Gorton – Director, Procurement & Supply Chain

Nick Gorton, Procurement & Supply Chain Director at Spirit Energy, said: “OGUK’s Share Fair has always been an important event for Spirit Energy. It’s a great opportunity for us to connect with our supply chain partners and share our plans.
“Those connections are now more important than ever, so we’re delighted that Share Fair will continue virtually this year and we’re looking forward to meeting both new and existing suppliers to see how we might work together on future opportunities.”

Matt Abraham adds: “Over the next few months, our series of Share Fair Spotlight webinars will include BP, Equinor, Perenco, Petrofac, Total and Worley. Stronger engagement between operators, contractors and the wider supply chain is vital to source the value-adding solutions that push the boundaries of innovation, technology and efficiency our supply chain needs to recover and play its role in delivering a low carbon economy.

The first Share Fair Spotlight takes place on July 1 10.30-11.30am and more information is available at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4102189230490841359.

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UK offshore oil and gas industry outlines plan to cut emissions as talks on transformational sector deal formally begin

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today (Tuesday 16) committed to halving operational emissions in the next decade, confirming its pathway to becoming a net zero emissions basin by 2050. The sector is one of the first in the UK to commit to industry-wide targets and provide details on how they will be achieved.

A report published by industry body OGUK, The Pathway to Net Zero: Production Emissions Targets, outlines how targets will be achieved through changes to operations, progressive reductions in flaring and venting, and major capital investment programmes aimed at using electricity rather than gas, to power offshore facilities.

The targets are a key part of a transformational sector deal that industry is now formally discussing with the UK Government. With jobs, the supply chain and energy communities at its core, the sector deal will consider how the UK’s oil and gas industry can support a green recovery.

This could see the sector support wider UK efforts to decarbonise, using its skills and infrastructure to develop critical carbon-cutting solutions such as industrial scale Carbon Capture Usage and Storage, and the use of hydrogen for heating and heavy transport.

OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE said:

“The coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices have had a devastating impact on the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry. Given the limited impact that the severity of the lockdown has had on global emissions, it is clearer than ever that we need a fair, inclusive, and sustainable transition towards climate targets. We need a green recovery which supports jobs, supply chain companies and energy communities.

“We remain committed to addressing the challenge of climate change, as we outlined in our Roadmap 2035 published last year. Our industry will play its part by reducing its emissions and using its skills to develop the solutions that will be needed to make a significant contribution to the UK’s overall targets.

“A transformational sector deal could help unlock the full potential of this industry to support a green recovery and we’re delighted to confirm that we are now in formal discussions about it. With a clear pathway to becoming a net zero basin by 2050 and with support from governments and regulators, we can protect domestic energy supplies, jobs and communities whilst embracing the opportunities which will come from being at the forefront of delivering a low carbon economy.”

UK Government Minister for Energy Kwasi Kwarteng said:“The offshore oil and gas sector’s commitment to halving operational emissions over the next decade is a welcome step for an industry that has a vital role to play in our energy transition in the years to come. The UK Government will continue to work tirelessly with all partners to deliver a dynamic Sector Deal. This will further support the industry in becoming more sustainable, as we work towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050.”

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the islands said:

“I welcome this report from the UK oil and gas industry and the ambitious targets committing it to halving operational emissions over the next decade.This is not only an important commitment from one of Scotland’s key sectors, but a significant step to support Scotland’s just transition to net-zero which helps us move at pace.This report is timely as it follows the Scottish Government’s announcement on Friday 12 June of £62 million to support our energy transition.”

Report author and OGUK Emissions Improvement Manager Louise O’Hara Murray added:

“These targets would remove over 9 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from our operations over the next decade; the same as taking nearly two million cars off the road for a year. Each year we will publicly show progress against our commitments on a sector-wide basis.

“They have been developed with industry following a detailed assessment of the measures needed to deliver them. They consider changes to operations, progressive reductions in flaring and venting and major capital investment programmes to decarbonise production operations.

“Many of the major capital investment projects which will help our sector to decarbonise, including the powering of assets with electricity instead of hydrocarbons, the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen both on and offshore, will need to be developed at scale to help other industries accelerate their own efforts to reduce emissions.”

Case studies 

Name: Suzie Ferguson

Age: 40

Job title: Carbon capture technical lead

Company: Wood

Location: Reading

As carbon capture technical lead in Wood’s Technical Consulting Solutions business, Suzie works on techno-economic assessments of emerging CCS technologies and the design of carbon capture plants for thermal power plants and industrial emitters in oil refining, hydrogen and petrochemicals.

Suzie comments: “As a student in chemical engineering at the University of Surrey, the vision of a more sustainable world inspired me to tackle the most defining challenge of our era – climate change – as part of my future career.

“With increasingly urgent demand to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the landscape of the energy industry is rapidly changing and seeking practical ways to decarbonise our existing assets and unlock the potential of renewable energy have become key drivers.”

As more countries set ambitious net-zero carbon emissions targets, energy intensive industries are facing the unprecedented challenge of meeting rising energy demands while minimising the carbon footprint of operations and shifting to low-carbon power generation.

She continues: “Wood is already supporting new and existing energy customers with major projects to dramatically cut emissions and improve the efficiency of their assets by delivering advanced and integrated carbon capture and storage solutions.

“CCS can safely contain more than 90% of the carbon dioxide emissions produced from the use of fossil fuels in power plants and from industrial processes such as steel and cement manufacture. This technology can even be used to capture carbon from the air, from the combustion of biomass or waste, and store it safely underground as a real time carbon offsetting.

“As a solution, CCS not only prevents emissions entering the atmosphere but could provide a shift change in the UK’s energy economy.”

Name: Euan Bathgate

Age: 39
Job title:
VP, Engineering Support
Company:
Opex Group
Location: Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

Inverurie resident and oil and gas worker Euan Bathgate has driven the development of a new solution which helps oil and gas companies reduce CO2 intensity and emissions across their operations. Euan, a VP for OPEX Group in Aberdeen, led the development of X-PAS Emissions which uses predictive technologies combined with traditional engineering to improve energy efficiency on offshore installations.

Euan explains, “The new solution provides an opportunity for operators to reduce CO2 by dynamically calculating the lowest possible emissions for a given production target and plant configuration. Users of the system have full visibility of the energy use and emissions intensity of their assets and are prompted with the operational decisions and actions they can take to reduce emissions”.

The former offshore worker says a lot has changed during his time in industry, but there will still be a role for oil and gas as part of a diverse energy mix. This underlines the importance of producing oil and gas with as little emissions as possible; “What we’re doing makes our customers’ existing data valuable and we see this solution as an important part of mix because it can make an impact on emissions immediately, while industry also works on the bigger capital solutions such as hydrogen and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage.”

BP job losses underline need to deliver fair transition to net zero

Commenting on news BP is to cut 10,000 jobs globally, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“This shows the very real and personal impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on jobs and livelihoods while companies are stepping up to deliver the net zero agenda.

“There is a serious risk the UK loses the skills it needs not only to meet existing energy demands from domestic resources, but also to meet the UK’s climate ambitions.
“It underlines the need to continue working with governments to deliver an inclusive, fair, and sustainable transition to a lower carbon future. This is the best way to protect jobs, create new business opportunities and ensure energy regions from the north east of Scotland to the east of England are not left in the dark.”

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Collaborative working to deliver new survey on oil and gas digitalisation

A key piece of research is launched today by OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry together with the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and Opportunity North East (ONE) to assess the pace and extent of digitalisation across the sector.

With support from Deloitte, the joint partners will use the first ever UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey to canvas companies, organisations and individuals on aspects including digital strategies, use of technology, data practices, capability and training, plus innovation processes used to develop a digital “idea” into a scalable reality.

While the survey will be distributed to members of the participating organisations, the project team is keen to encourage feedback from companies and individuals across the sector whatever their role, seniority or discipline and the survey will be open online until the deadline of June 16.

Deirdre Michie, OGUK Chief Executive, said:
“Smart use of data, advanced analytics and digitalisation brings greater visibility and clarity to support strategic decision-making, helping to improve North Sea competitiveness. The data and insights generated by the survey will give the four participating organisations invaluable insight of the sector’s digital skills and the cultural behaviours required to deliver the digital transformation we need to help realise our net-zero and lower carbon economy ambitions.”

Sir Ian Wood, KT GBE, Chair ONE, said,
‘’ At a time of rapid acceleration in digital adoption and transformation across businesses, the output of this comprehensive, industry-wide survey will provide all partner organisations with valuable insight of the current landscape. ONE’s focus is on activity that will maintain momentum, support the region to prepare for the recovery and maximise oil and gas recovery alongside the region’s opportunity for the fast development of energy transition. The output of the survey will help shape and develop a distinctive EnergyTech proposition, designed to bring new ways of thinking and working across the energy sector and in turn catalyse demand across our region’s digital companies.”

Colette Cohen OBE, CEO of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre said:
“The journey to a net zero future will require our industry to embrace digitalisation at pace. The opportunity it provides from increased efficiency, reduced carbon footprint and improved safety is critical to the sustainability of the industry. This collaboration will provide a valuable insight into the current status of North Sea digitisation and help focus future investment and deployment of appropriate technologies to fully unlock the potential of the region.”

Carlo Procaccini, TLB Co-chair, OGA, said:
“This Digital Maturity Survey is a very important initiative in the oil and gas industry’s digital journey. The Survey will allow us to learn from each other, and other sectors, so we can ensure that our digital transformation delivers the most value to our industry.”

The survey should take no more than 15-30 minutes to complete. The anonymised data collected will be shared in confidence across all four participating organisations to help shape their respective initiatives in support of digitalisation with OGUK planning to use the findings as the basis of an industry workshop planned for September 2020.

The survey can be found at this link http://surveyhub.deloitte.co.uk/wix/p292291302256.aspx

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New online tool promotes collaborative approach to problem-solving

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has launched a new online knowledge-sharing network aimed at encouraging companies to work collaboratively to share problems and source solutions to their efficiency challenges.

Users can access the Problem-Solving Network via OGUK’s Efficiency Hub, where they can post their problems and have them reviewed by OGUK’s Continuous Improvement Network whose members will apply their expertise to sourcing specialists in their field and finding answers.

Commenting, Emily Taylor, OGUK’s Continuous Improvement Manager,
“Making oil and gas production more efficient is a huge undertaking for companies facing the triple whammy of oil and gas price reductions plus Covid-19, but the Problem-Solving Network enables companies to make quick connections and find support amongst their peers to help them achieve continuous business improvement.

OGUK is achieving constructive engagement with members via highly attended webinars and online meetings of its many forums and groups. From testing the demand for the Network, we’ve seen participants requesting information on topics including how to donate personal protection equipment (PPE) to the NHS and where to find examples of collaboration good practice. We can harness our sector’s ingenuity to find solutions to support our world-class supply chain, prolonging the productive life of the North Sea to ensure we have a sustainable industry that can help deliver a net zero basin.”

Phil Simons, VP North Sea and Canada at Subsea 7 and chair of the industry’s Efficiency Task Force:
“Recognising the value of collaboration when tackling any immense challenge – The Problem-Solving Network can quickly partner good practice and expertise with ingenuity and opportunity. Solving problems can be a complex and lengthy process, but it is speed and simplicity that we should push for now. This network provides a vehicle for connecting knowledge in a simple, structured and accurate way, to help quickly and clearly understand each problem and then form the foundations of a safe and cost-effective solution.”

Colin Black, Managing Director of Carjon-NRG Ltd and OGUK Efficiency Task Force Steering Group member commented:
“Maintaining safe and efficient operations will occasionally present challenges that teams encounter for the first time. That’s where the Problem-Solving Network plays a key role in providing a central place for questions to be asked and feedback shared by an experienced OGUK peer group often working across the global oil, gas and energy sector as well as in other industries”.
The Problem-solving webpage can be found here

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OGUK responds to new academic study on future of UK oil and gas industry

Following the publication of a new report published today by Professor Alex Kamp of  the University of Aberdeen, which has modelled the impact of $25, $35 and $45 oil prices, with corresponding gas rates, OGUK’s market intelligence manager, Ross Dornan said:

“OGUK continues to work with governments and the OGA to understand how we can protect the sector now, support its recovery and accelerate net zero opportunities. We know that low oil and gas prices, along with the impact of Covid-19 on operations, have created a very uncertain outlook as this report points out. This has resulted in difficult decisions having to be made by companies, with our recent Business Outlook Report warning up to 30,000 jobs could be lost. Remaining as competitive as possible to attract investment, alongside innovative and flexible approaches and business models, will be required to ensure we can not only continue to meet as much of the UK’s energy needs from domestic oil and gas, but also prepare the UK to fully capitalise on net zero opportunities of the future.”

Offshore oil and gas industry eyes net zero opportunities in recovery plan

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has convened a group of experts to help shape the sector’s recovery as it looks beyond the immediate health and safety issues posed by COVID-19. BP regional president Ariel Flores, Aker Solutions Head of UK and SVP Europe and Africa Sian Lloyd-Rees, Asset Solutions CEO at Wood Dave, VP Upstream at Shell Steve Phimister and Chrysaor CEO Phil Kirk will develop a strategy for the sector to recover as part of OGUK’s three stage framework revealed at the end of April.

The recovery group will focus on opportunities with short to midterm impact, with a view to stimulating much needed fresh activity for supply chain companies. Proposals to bring forward net-zero projects in energy communities across the UK are already at the centre of discussions on how to boost business opportunities, with industry leaders set to open discussions with the UK and Scottish Government on Carbon Capture and Storage, hydrogen and floating wind.

The group will explore opportunities from exploration to decommissioning, from maintenance programmes and desktop engineering design work, to offshore work programmes, to identify where projects could be brought forward or more widely promoted to stimulate activity levels for companies servicing the sector.

Following a briefing to media where the plans were set out in more detail, OGUK Operations Director Katy Heidenreich said:

“We know that we can’t wait around for a recovery to come to us, which is why we’re already in action to understand where we can support supply chain companies and identify fresh opportunities in a challenging low oil and gas price environment.

“Many of our members are already active in bringing carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and offshore floating wind projects to life across the UK. Our recovery plan will not only look at how we can support the oil and gas industry through improving our competitiveness as a basin, it will also look at how we can use this as an opportunity to position ourselves as an incubator for net zero projects.

“With extensive skills, capabilities and experience, it’s clear our will continue to play an important role in meeting as much of the UK’s oil and gas needs from domestic resources, while also shaping up to play an even bigger role in delivering the UK’s net zero ambitions.”

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New guidelines help operators to make the most of existing North Sea assets

Companies aiming to get the best possible output from existing North Sea assets, while deferring major new offshore projects, can now boost their efforts with new guidelines published by OGUK today aimed at unlocking brownfield resource opportunities.

The guidelines aim to help companies understand good practice in how to identify, rank, approve and carry out opportunities to optimise production in areas including well and reservoir reviews, facilities reviews and reservoir surveillance along with methods to set targets, measure progress and assign budgets.

Commenting, OGUK’s Operations Director Katy Heidenreich said:

“Looking after UK assets is crucial to the long-term future of the basin, especially at a time when a significant number of North Sea projects are put on hold. These guidelines help companies develop, maintain and operate existing assets, finding the most efficient way to recover reserves from existing sites. They help asset owners promote a culture focused on optimising production, enabling them to consistently do the right things to identify and then exploit opportunities as well as promoting the collective will, behaviours and capabilities to achieve this.

“This is the latest initiative from the UK offshore industry to improve production efficiency. Alongside other programmes such as the competitive well delivery initiative, it will ensure we can continue to meet as much of the UK’s oil and gas needs from domestic resources while also putting our sector in the best position to support the transition to net zero.”

Brenda Wyllie, OGA NNS Area Manager and MER Wells Task Force co-chair, said:
“When we look at the data from the OGA’s UKCS stewardship survey, it’s clear that there’s considerable additional value held in brownfield resources. Oil and gas will remain an important part of our energy mix for the foreseeable future as we transition to net zero, so increasing recovery and maturing these resources should remain a priority, despite the associated challenges.

“The new guidelines offer industry helpful suggestions for unlocking additional potential in brownfield resources, by embracing collaboration, integration and supply chain engagement. The checklists and toolbox in the guidelines are proven practices introduced by senior industry professionals; practices which I believe can increase the recovery of further barrels, as long as industry are willing and are dedicated to applying them.”

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OGUK’s response to OGA announcement regarding its proposed revised strategy to support Net Zero

Commenting on the OGA’s announcement that it has signalled its intention to refresh its core aim, including a requirement for industry to help the government achieve the target of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 –

Mike Tholen, OGUK’s sustainability director, said:

“The UK oil and gas industry was one of the first industrial sectors to set out credible plans to support the UK and Scottish Government net zero emissions ambitions with the launch of Roadmap 2035 in September 2019: a blueprint for net zero.  Substantial progress has been achieved over the past year to provide both industry and economy-wide solutions towards reducing emissions and we have been working with our members to set out challenging targets and deadlines to achieve this. Among the initiatives under way are projects to improve energy efficiency and optimisation of offshore operations  plus opportunities to use renewable energy sources or connection to onshore power grid or neighbouring wind developments.
It will need joint action between government and industry to accelerate progress to the next stage where our sector is in a unique position to lead in the development of Carbon Capture Usage and Storage and ensuring a  healthy oil and gas industry allows us build a strong base from which to build capacity and skills for energy sources of the future. ”

Oil and gas industry rolls out protective snood to offshore workforce

OGUK today confirmed it is supporting the roll-out of a special protective face covering designed for workers travelling to offshore installations in the UK Continental Shelf.

The covering can be best described as a snood or buff and is better suited for helicopter travel because it is easier to pull away from the mouth if the emergency breathing equipment is required, it is more comfortable to wear, communication is easier and the risk of FOD (Foreign Object Debris ) damage is eliminated, i.e. objects being sucked into a helicopters engine intakes.

OGUK has been working on the use of the snood for the offshore workforce through its Pandemic Steering Group. It has been tested for surface and underwater escape purposes and its use is endorsed by the four helicopter companies. The process will be managed by Survitec who are procuring supplies for use by the offshore industry at all helicopter departure locations, with guidance on the use of the snoods issued by OGUK shortly.

The snood is for use on the flight only, and forms part of a range of measures to support the safety offshore workforce.

OGUK HSE Director Trevor Stapleton:

“All workers travelling offshore will be issued with a protective snood following their routine temperature check at the heliport. The snood will then be worn in the heliport and for the duration of travel both to and from the installation only. They are single use and personnel will be issued with a new snood for each trip offshore.

“The snood represents just one of the barriers being employed to mitigate and manage COVID-19 across our essential workforce. Robust checks prior to mobilisation, temperature testing and testing are also in use alongside additional measures to protect the workforce whilst offshore including social distancing, staggered mealtimes, and where possible single person cabin occupancy. Taken together we’ve got a comprehensive response but we continue to develop this through listening to our people and continuing to push for expanded testing capability across our workforce.”

Ross Johnston, Energy Sales Manager, Survitec:
“After OGUK approached us as the primary supplier of PPE and safety equipment to the aviation industry, we identified the Virustatic Shield as an appropriate product for people travelling on all UK Category A and Category B helicopter flights. We are pleased to support the industry by sourcing, procuring and supplying the Virustatic Shield to help reduce the risk for our customers and keep crews, passengers and offshore personnel safe.”

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Webinars to highlight COVID-19 business support available to companies under pressure

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry will host a series of webinars for its member companies to learn more about the business support available to them as they manage and respond to the impact of COVID-19.

Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director, said:

“Many companies in our industry, especially in the supply chain, are still financially fragile after the previous downturn so the UK Government’s commitment to supporting both workers and companies is very welcome. It’s now crucial for us to ensure these companies understand how they can effectively access the money they need to maintain their cash flow through these challenging times.”

On Thursday April 9, the webinar will focus on the furlough scheme, the business support package the UK government has made available to employers through the temporary Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Attendees will hear an overview of how the furlough scheme works and will have the opportunity to ask the expert panel questions.
The panel, chaired by Matt Abraham, will comprise:

Dr Alix Thom, Workforce Engagement & Skills Manager – OGUK
Charlotte Edwards – Global Employment Taxes Senior Manager AAB
Alison Woods, Partner – CMS
Tony Hadden, Head of Employment and Immigration – Brodies
Sean Salouja, Partner – Burness Paull

The following Tuesday on April 14 at 2pm, OGUK will host a second webinar on the COVID19 business loan options.
These will include the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme(CBILS), COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility(CCFF), and VAT relief.

Speakers will be announced nearer the time.

Emily Taylor, OGUK’s continuous improvement manager is encouraging participants to send in questions in advance of the webinar to ensure all concerns regarding the business support schemes are addressed. These can be sent to OGUK at [email protected]

To register for the webinar, the link is at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3138725672338295054

OGUK launches survey to understand issues facing supply chain

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has launched a survey in a bid to help find solutions to the problems faced by the supply chain as it deals with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices.

A comprehensive set of questions covering offshore activity levels, the financial position of companies, employment levels and plans, investment and feedback on steps that can be taken by industry and government to support the sector was issued to the hundreds of OGUK member companies in the industry’s supply chain who range from larger contractors to small and medium sized enterprises.

The results of the survey will inform the details of a COVID 19 Sectoral Resilience Package being put together by industry to propose to governments in the coming weeks. It will build upon the already extensive support offered by governments to companies and self-employed workers and is intended to directly address sector-specific issues. This includes what has come to be known as the stranded middle: companies who currently would not be eligible to apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBIL) Scheme or the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF).

On Wednesday, BEIS Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng joined OGUK’s contractor council to hear first-hand the challenges facing the sector.

Last night in line with requests from OGUK, the UK government announced it has introduced a  Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) which will provide a government guarantee of 80% to enable banks to make loans of up to £25 million to firms with an annual turnover of between £45 million and £500 million.

OGUK today said it hopes to announce further details on its proposals in the coming weeks.

Commenting, OGUK Supply Chain Director Matt Abraham said:

“Our supply chain is facing pressures in the extreme. The operational impact of the coronavirus pandemic, low oil and gas demand and low prices mean an uncertain future for many. This triple whammy of concern comes only as many were just starting to emerge from the impact of the previous prolonged downturn. Last night’s announcement from government is welcome and confirms it is listening and responding to feedback, however there are still specific issues with regards to support for the oil and gas sector which OGUK is working to address with both UK and Scottish governments.

“We’re hoping this survey will give us a clear idea of where governments and regulators can offer specific help that will really make a difference and we’re urging all of our members in the supply chain to take part. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll put forward to government our proposals for a COVID19 Sectoral Resilience Package and look forward to continuing what has been a positive and constructive dialogue. We’re grateful to the CBI particularly for their support in developing our proposals – remaining joined up across industries is critical as we look to protect jobs and businesses.”

Information for the industry about COVID-19 is available at www.oilandgasuk.co.uk/covid-19

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Industry films address offshore travel concerns

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry and Step Change in Safety, the industry’s recognised safety organisation, have co-produced a series of films to address the concerns of thousands of workers travelling offshore during the coronavirus pandemic.

There are currently two films available to view with the first co-presented by OGUK’s aviation advisor, Graham Wildgoose and Matt Rhodes, Bristow Helicopters UK and member of the Step Change in Safety Leadership Team. Together they address aspects of helicopter travel including operational procedures, arrival and departure protocols, and the transfer of passengers.

The second film features OGUK’s medical advisor, Dr Graham Furnace providing answers to questions regarding the workforce’s concerns around current coronavirus-related medical and health issues. Topics he covers include temperature checking, measures to take when temperatures are high and self-isolation offshore.
The films also feature contributions from OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie and Step Change in Safety Executive Director Steve Rae, who in a joint statement published today, said:

“Our industry has health and safety at its core and in adjusting to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all had to make radical changes to the way we live and work. For many the new normal is working from home, but for thousands of people in our industry going to work means travelling by helicopter offshore to help meet our daily energy needs.
The means by which we prepare for, and undertake, these journeys has had to change. These essential changes are by design intended to provide additional barriers to protect against the spread of this virus offshore, allowing us to continue to provide continuity of energy supply to support the vital work that all key workers are undertaking to protect the health and wellbeing of our nation. With that in mind it is our duty to ensure that our workforces concerns are responded to in a timely and factual manner.

“These films are part of a series to support our workforce with comprehensive information about travelling offshore when they most need it.”

Two films are now available to view on both the Step Change in Safety and the OGUK websites here.
www.stepchangeinsafety.net/covid-19
www.oilandgasuk.co.uk/covid-19

April 1 marks the 11th anniversary of the helicopter flight 85N accident in which 16 people lost their lives . Every year since, family members, friends and colleagues of those lost have gathered at the memorial in Johnston Gardens Aberdeen to remember those lost. Due to the coronavirus, people are unable to physically come together so the industry’s chaplain, Reverend Gordon Craig has provided a short, recorded act of remembrance online which can be accessed here https://youtu.be/e6ZXS0hXAnE

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First Efficiency Webinar of 2020 promotes effective project management

Effective project management is the topic under scrutiny at the first Efficiency event of 2020, which OGUK and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) will co-host via a webinar on March 24.

Anyone keen to improve project management performance can dial in to a breakfast-time web-based seminar focusing on the ECITB’s recently updated Project Collaboration Toolkit, will highlight the benefits and efficiencies that collaboration can deliver.

Emily Taylor, OGUK’s Continuous Improvement Manager, said:
“The combination of the global economic impact of the continued spread of the coronavirus, the most dramatic fall in oil price in almost 30 years and a halving of gas prices is placing extraordinary pressures on our industry. We’re focusing on everything we can do to share knowledge that helps protect our industry, enabling its sustainability and resilience in extremely difficult conditions while underpinning collective efforts to deliver a net-zero oil and gas basin.
Evaluation of activities on the UK Continental Shelf between 2011-2016 demonstrated how inefficient project management contributed to costly budget overruns of up to 35% and delays in delivery. The Efficiency Task Force’s role in seeking out, promoting and providing access to efficient practice across the industry with tools like OGUK’s Robust Project Delivery Guidelines and ECITB’s Collaboration Toolkit is making a difference, with project delivery performance improving in 2018 so this webinar is a great opportunity learn more.”

Chris Claydon, Chief Executive of the ECITB, said:
“The Project Collaboration Toolkit has demonstrated its value to the UK oil and gas industry since its launch because by sharing skills and expertise across projects we see improved efficiency and productivity.
“It’s already been used successfully on several projects in the upstream and downstream sector, such as Shell’s Brent Bravo, where smaller project teams worked collaboratively to deliver the project on time and at reduced cost. “It is also used as a resource by Robert Gordon University to teach the project managers of tomorrow about the process of collaborative working.
“There’s no doubt that supply chain collaboration is critical to transforming the business performance of the UKCS and the toolkit is a valuable resource for project managers.”

The webinar ETF is presenting in collaboration with ECITB to showcase efficiency opportunities in project management, will start at 8.30 am and will feature the following speakers:
• Phil Simon, ETF chairman
• Chris Claydon, CEO ECITB
• Neil Rogerson, Engineering Director, Epro-Subsea
• Dan Mcateer, Head of Project Management, Worley
The presentations will close at 9.30am following a Q&A session

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Notes to Editors:

1. Further information on the event can be found here

in collaboration with ECITB to showcase efficiency opportunities in project management, will start at 8.30 am and will feature the following speakers:

  • Phil Simon, ETF chairman
  • Chris Claydon, CEO ECITB
  • Neil Rogerson, Engineering Director, Epro-Subsea
  • Dan Mcateer, Head of Project Management, Worley

The presentations will close at 9.30am following a Q&A session

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OGUK response to Coronavirus

Commenting on the current concerns regarding coronavirus in the UK, Trevor Stapleton, OGUK’s HSE director, said:

“We’re already working with our members to share official advice on coronavirus (Covid-19) from the relevant bodies and will continue to work across the sector to ensure the health of the people in our industry. This sector is well versed in managing risk on complex safety and health matters, with robust processes and arrangements in place to ensure effective prevention measures and response. In addition to following the advice from health bodies and applying relevant procedures, individual operators will also decide further arrangements relevant to their specific needs, including travel and health advice. OGUK remains in regular contact with the relevant authorities to understand any further industry specific advice.”

Early sight of business opportunities at OGUK’s Springtime Share Fair

 

Supply chain companies keen to be among the first to learn about business opportunities will benefit from advance information on major oil and gas projects by participating in OGUK’s Share Fair in Aberdeen on March 24.

As the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, OGUK’s popular business development event supports the growth of a resilient, competitive and diverse supply chain. This ambition combined with a drive to increase exports and grow the economy, is a key theme in the industry’s Roadmap 2035, which sets out a blueprint to deliver a net-zero oil and gas basin.

Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director, said:

“Share Fair is one of OGUK’s flagship events that focuses on promoting early engagement between suppliers and potential clients. This one-day event is an invaluable opportunity for suppliers to bring innovation, new solutions and fresh ideas to the attention of operator and major contractor companies planning contracts for future projects.”

Four different aspects of business development activities will be on offer at Share Fair. These include the highly popular one-to-one business meetings booked in advance with key decision-makers; major purchaser companies’ presentations of project overviews and anticipated contract opportunities and exhibition space where informal discussions with the wider supply chain community can take place.

Major purchaser companies who’ve already signed up to share their forward plans include BP, Chrysaor, CNOOC International, Dana Petroleum, Neptune Energy, Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited, Spirit Energy and TOTAL E&P UK Limited.

This year also sees the launch of a new format enabling suppliers to pitch new ideas focused on addressing key challenges in the sector. These sessions will be offered to OGUK members only and submissions which will be requested in advance of the event

OGUK condemns dangerous and short-sighted stunt

Commenting on news that protestors have boarded a drilling rig in Dundee harbour, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“This is a dangerous and short-sighted stunt which does absolutely nothing to help provide the solutions which will be required to meaningfully deliver net zero emissions by 2045 in Scotland.

“Worse than this, we know that the premature shutdown of the North Sea would only increase reliance on oil and gas imported from across the world where we have no control over emissions and with none of the substantial benefits our indigenous industry brings with its thousands of skilled jobs, the funding of public services and energy security.

“This stunt puts both the activists and offshore workforce at risk and our industry – with its focus on safe operations – will not condone these actions.

“If Extinction Rebellion is serious about net zero then it needs to become serious about what will be required and recognise the critical contribution our industry could make if it realises its full potential to support the transition to a lower carbon and more diverse energy mix.

“Our industry is part of the solution and Roadmap 2035: a blueprint for net zero outlines our plans to reduce emissions from the operational production of oil and gas while supporting other heavy emitting sectors to reduce emissions through low carbon technologies including Carbon Capture Usage and Storage and hydrogen. This is an industry in action, and we are committed to working with anyone to find solutions and deliver the low carbon future we all want to see.”

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OGUK’s response to the General Election

Commenting on the General Election results, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“We look forward to continuing our constructive working with the Prime Minister and the UK Government as we work to ensure a safe and competitive industry which realises a successful future through the energy transition and a Sector Deal. We welcome all the new members of Parliament and thank outgoing members for their support for this critical industry.

“As we go into the new year our priority will be to ensure and reinforce recognition of the positive role our industry is playing in helping to achieve net zero emissions alongside providing a major economic contribution and a big part of our energy security.”

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New guidelines to drive systematic project delivery improvements

New guidelines promoting good practice in robust project delivery published by OGUK today provide companies with a systematic framework for ensuring oil and gas projects are on time and within budget.

Industry experts including operators, contractor companies and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) have contributed to the guidelines. They cover all stages of a project from initial concept through to commissioning, handover and close out, and are intended for use by project teams, senior management, joint venture partners, project owners, assurance & review teams, supply chain companies and the OGA.

Katy Heidenreich, OGUK’s operations optimisation manager, said:

“Improving how the sector stewards our oil and gas assets is vital to securing a safe and sustainable future for the UK Continental Shelf. These guidelines provide companies with a systematic method for strengthening their processes to achieve repeatable, predictable delivery of oil and gas projects which meet their cost and schedule targets.

The industry’s progress in this area has been recognised by the Oil and Gas Authority in its 2018 ‘UKCS Projects Insights Report’ which indicated that 60 per cent of major projects went into operation on time compared with an historic average of 25 per cent.”

Andy Brown, director, regional operations at Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, said:
“We know the oil and gas industry must improve project delivery and we therefore welcome the new OGUK guidelines, which provide an excellent framework to drive the consistent, predictable and sustainable working practices that are vital to the future success of the sector.

“The ECITB’s Project Collaboration Toolkit shares these goals and is designed to help project leaders create a collaborative approach to improve innovation and efficiency in project delivery across the North Sea.”

OGUK has published a series of guidelines that enable the sharing of industry expertise in support of the OGA’s Asset Stewardship Strategy including the Reserves Progression Tool, all of which aim to drive continuous improvement in performance.

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Industry conference looks to future on health, safety and environment

In a speech opening OGUK’s inaugural HSE Conference in Aberdeen this morning, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:
Good morning ladies and gentlemen and a warm welcome to our very first OGUK HSE Conference, Health, safety and the environment are at the core of everything we do, both as a major hazard industry and as an industry with people at its heart,
So, I’m delighted that we are building on the success of last year’s Safety30 with another focused event.

I’d like to kick off by thanking our sponsors, who have made today possible, and to thank our impressive list of expert speakers and panellists.
We look forward to hearing and learning from them as to how we can improve our own operations,
Our conference theme is solving tomorrow’s challenges, today.

It’s about exploring how this industry is taking health, safety and environment forward into the next decade.
As you’ll see from your agenda, we will consider a range of issues – the prevention of hydrocarbon releases, control of major accident hazards, emissions reduction and mental health – key areas of what is a very busy and important landscape of priorities for you all.
These are big issues with serious implications for everyone in our industry and so I’m grateful that we have Martin Temple, Chair of the HSE, who will provide an insight into the regulators strategic focus areas.

Many of you will remember Martin gave an excellent speech to Safety30 last year, reflecting on the legacy of Piper Alpha and the impact it has had across other industries as well as our own.Now earlier this year we marked the decade since the helicopter tragedy off the coast of Peterhead, where sixteen lives were lost. As we go about our day to day activities and as we look to the future, we must never forget and we must always remain chronically uneasy to ensure that the unthinkable doesn’t happen.

We do all share that responsibility and the culture we encourage is so important as we look to tomorrow’s challenges.
Not just on health and safety but importantly, in the environment in which we operate,
showing humility because we know we are all fallible and showing leadership in ensuring safe operations and the wellbeing of our people and our environment.

So where is this industry today in terms of H, S and E performance?
Our 2019 Health and Safety report published last week provided an informed view, outlining areas where we must continue to drive action,
And while there are ongoing improvements in aviation safety, there is much more to be done to reduce major hydrocarbon releases,
The downward trend in HCRs shown in a three-year moving average plateaued in 2018,
Meaning that if the rate continues the current trajectory this year there will be an increase – that would be the first in a decade.

It’s a badge we don’t want, and one which we are working hard to avoid,
And so, with our members, the regulator, Step Change in Safety and the MER Asset Integrity Task Group,
OGUK on behalf of industry has developed a robust release prevention plan.

With actions underway or under consideration across people, processes and plant, endorsing principles in process safety leadership, – the first time in my North Sea history that our industry has aligned behind a common set of process leadership principles and I commend all those involved who have got us here.
We are also sharing Good Practice Stories, and, establishing a common way of assuring our barriers to prevent incidents remain fit for purpose,
And always – We should remind ourselves that the report’s findings are not just numbers on a page – they are about ourselves, our colleagues, friends, family.
Which is why I am also really pleased that OGUK is working across industry to improve understanding of mental health. Our review of good practice, based on a survey of members, showed that industry is making progress.
Because as one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year, it is key that we continue to develop our understanding and response,
Looking to the future this is an industry also focused on its environmental performance and intent on improving it.

While we continue to manage and reduce emissions from production operations, we know there is much more to be done in a world which rightly demands change at an ever-increasing pace. How we step up to this challenge has never been more highly scrutinized. Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg, but also, people like you and me, and our children,
Worried about climate change -rightly – and keen to act, we all have a role to play, personally and professionally. And given our job in providing the energy and industrial products from oil and gas that the UK needs, I can understand why people are looking to us for answers.

Our message remains – we can be, and must be, part of the solution.

Earlier this year we published Roadmap 2035: A Blueprint to Net Zero, which sets out the five key areas requiring collective action from industry, government and regulators to ensure we step forward successfully towards a net zero future,
Helping to deliver net zero by 2045 in Scotland and 2050 in the UK,
By developing people and skills,
Driving technology and innovation,
Growing the economy and exports
And doing it in a way which is safe, sustainable and yes,
Socially acceptable.

And so, in identifying steps to understand and reduce emissions from production operations – the launch of the OGTC’s Net Zero Solutions centre is an excellent example of industry in action to provide a key source of innovative expertise. By bringing industry together with one response and a way forward to adapt and transform and step up to play our part in a net zero world, Roadmap 2035 offers a credible plan of action towards a successful future
It shows the next generation the opportunities this industry can offer. Whether that’s through electrifying the North Sea, developing a hydrogen economy or successfully delivering carbon capture usage and storage solutions – we need to do all of this and at pace.
It’s great we have Sam Coupland who later this afternoon will give an insight into the practical steps BP are taking to advance low carbon in the North Sea,
With an audience of so many professionals here in the room today I hope we can also soak up some of your expertise on the energy transition
Please do come and speak to our membership team at our stand and tell us about the work you are doing in these areas. So, helping us as we continue to engage with governments, regulators and society.

Showing that we are indeed part of the solution.Using our skills, capabilities and our people to unlock a diverse energy mix and be a foundation to a net zero future.
My ask of you all today is to help us promote the Roadmap, to take it into your companies and think about what you’re doing that can put us on track to success,
Indeed, to solve tomorrow’s challenges today,
As Abraham Lincoln said – the best way to predict the future is to create it,
I’d like to open the conference now and get on with hearing from our speakers and kicking off what I hope will be an invigorating day which sparks new ideas,
So, I wish you all a great conference and hope you take a lot from it,
And now it is my great pleasure to welcome on stage, Martin Temple. Chair of the HSE,
Thank you.