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A lawyer with extensive experience of working with the fishing and oil and gas industries today (November 1) takes over the helm of the U.K. Fisheries Offshore Oil and Gas Legacy Trust Fund Limited or FLTC.

Charles Scott, a consultant with Shepherd and Wedderburn, will become part time Executive Chairman, taking over as Executive Chairman from Niall Scott who is retiring from the post after 10 years and will finish his tenure on the Board at the end of this year.

FLTC is a charity established in 2007 by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations and Oil & Gas UK to improve fishermen’s safety on the UK continental shelf. It is believed to be the first company in the world set up to provide fishermen with information about oil and gas structures in perpetuity.

Commenting on his appointment, Charles Scott, said:

“I look forward to working with FLTC to provide fishermen with comprehensive, up-to-date information on all seabed hazards related to oil and gas activities. For the last 10 years the oil and gas and fishing industries have been working closely together to support the FLTC Group and build an Endowment Fund which will be used to finance Group activities in perpetuity and I am delighted to have the opportunity to help build on what has already been achieved. I would like to thank Niall for his outstanding service and commitment to FLTC”

A number of projects are supported by the FLTC Group including provision of FishSAFE Information, which provides fishing vessels with detailed information about the location of oil and gas related surface and subsea structures in UK waters. Fishing gear can become caught on these structures and providing complete and accurate information about their location is an important factor in improving the safety of fishermen.

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For further information, please contact:

Lucy Gordon, Oil & Gas UK at [email protected] or telephone – 01224 577331

Notes to editors

  • U.K. Fisheries Offshore Oil and Gas Legacy Trust Fund Limited (“FLTC”) was formed in 2007 by Oil & Gas UK, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, to enhance the safety of fishermen by ensuring the provision in perpetuity of information relating to oil and gas seabed structures and equipment in UK waters.
  • The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is the lead representative body for fishermen in Scotland and plays an active role in advancing the interests of Scottish fishermen at national and international levels by lobbying government officials in Edinburgh, London and Brussels.
  • The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations is the primary representative body for fishermen in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its membership fishes extensively throughout the UKCS and beyond.
  • Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.
  • The data set covered by FishSAFE Information currently includes:
  1. Over 16,000 miles of pipeline
  2. 725 subsea structures
  3. 400 surface structures
  4. 100 square miles of safety zones
  • Charles Scott is a consultant solicitor with Shepherd and Wedderburn and will continue in that capacity after assuming the role of chairman. He was a partner in the Aberdeen law firm Mackinnons from 1979 to 2016 and was Managing Partner from 1988 to 2011 and from 2015 to 2016.

 

A new online business development tool designed to help strengthen and improve the competitiveness of the supply chain is being launched today (November 1) at Oil & Gas UK’s Share Fair, supported by Stork -a Fluor company, at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Ken Cruickshank, Oil & Gas UK’s supply chain manager, said:
“The industry and the Oil and Gas Authority are jointly behind the development of the Supply Chain Hub, which provides companies with a one-stop gateway to initiatives, tools and advice at the touch of a button.

“Our supply chain is essential to maximising economic recovery of up to an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil and gas from the UK Continental Shelf. It supports almost all the industry’s needs including exploration, field development, production and decommissioning but companies dealing with the current downturn need all the help they can get to shift from short-term survival to long-term sustainability.

“Ensuring the resilience of the supply chain is a key priority for Oil & Gas UK which is working on behalf of the industry to ensure it has the resources, support and guidance to deliver greater performance in a marginal business environment.

“This web-based tool gives these companies access to invaluable advice on exporting, sourcing finance, improving efficiency, market intelligence, funding for innovation, networking opportunities and decommissioning information. It is designed to help the supply chain develop and maintain world-class capabilities in a competitive global economy.

“A broad cross-section of stakeholders including government departments, trade associations, innovation organisations and regional development bodies are supporting and contributing to the Supply Chain Hub. All share the goal of ensuring our supply chain remains anchored in the UK so that we can retain and build on the mature basin expertise we have developed in areas including High Pressure/High Temperature (HPHT) and subsea engineering –key qualities that differentiate us from our international competitors.”

Oil & Gas UK’s website hosts the Supply Chain Hub alongside the industry’s Efficiency Hub, which has been designed to help promote smarter ways of doing business on a sector-wide scale by providing a central and interactive resource for sharing good practice materials and tools.

The Supply Chain and Efficiency Hubs form part of the integrated resources available to the supply chain and the wider industry.
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Notes to Editors:

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected] or Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331/[email protected] or Natalie Coupar on 01224 577343/[email protected] .

 

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre provides a wide range of events and opportunities for the industry to network and more information is available at this link here – https://theogtc.com/events/

The latest market intelligence on a growing sector of the oil and gas industry will be presented at the Offshore Decommissioning Conference 2017, sponsored by Aberdeen Harbour Board, and run jointly by Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea. The event takes place from 27-29 November at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews.

 

Acknowledged as one of the most extensive decommissioning events in the industry’s calendar, the three-day conference brings together experts in analysing market trends, industry regulation, cost strategies, supply chain capabilities, well plugging and abandonment, technology and business opportunities offered by the sector.

 

Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director Michael Tholen said:

 

“The key to helping the UK supply chain seize the opportunities that the emerging decommissioning sector presents is to ensure companies have the most up to date market intelligence. Delegates at the conference will be among the first to hear what our annual Decommissioning Insight report reveals about the market in the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark.

 

“Decommissioning is gradually taking its place alongside exploration and production as part of the lifecycle on the UKCS.  Experiences companies gain when operating in the UK market will serve them well in the international scene. Our supply chain’s emerging track record of cost efficient and environmentally responsible delivery is building a world-class centre of excellence in the UK.”

 

Decom North Sea chief executive Roger Esson said:

 

“Whilst current market intelligence is critical to the objective of efficient and cost-effective North Sea decommissioning, maximum results will be achieved when that information is considered alongside the industry’s ability to carry out the work required.

 

“The Offshore Decommissioning Conference will see the launch of Decom North Sea’s Supply Chain Capacity and Capability report, which I believe will go on to become a staple of the decommissioning sector. Providing an accurate annual reflection of our capacity to fulfil not only the North Sea, but global decommissioning demand, it will allow the supply chain to plan for future, identify alternative contracting and commercial arrangements and ensure it is ready to optimise the opportunities that arise.”

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

Media is welcome to attend the conference. To arrange, contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected] or Lucy Gordon, Communications Adviser on 01224 577331/ [email protected] .

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Gordon, Communications Adviser on 01224 577331 / [email protected]

  1. The Offshore Decommissioning conference 2017, run jointly by Decom North Sea and Oil & Gas UK, will take place from 27 – 29 November at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews.
  2. The conference will build upon previous sell-out events and will encompass numerous keynote sessions all focused on the latest decommissioning updates, trends and case studies. Session topics will include:

Regulators and Regulation

The Decommissioning Market

Mid-Late Life and MER

Well P&A Today

Technology

Collaboration in Action

  1. Delegate and accommodation bookings are now open and information is available here .
  2. Further event agenda details will be released shortly.

 

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

SMAS (Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service is a service of Scottish Enterprise that focuses heavily on efficiency with oil and gas companies.

www.scottishmas.co.uk (redirects to here https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/industry-support/manufacturing)

Oil and gas suppliers looking to grow their business are snapping up slots for one-to-one sessions with major purchasers at Oil & Gas UK’s Share Fair event at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 1.

 

Stephen Marcos Jones, director of business excellence at Oil & Gas UK, said:

 

“The appointments are going fast. Businesses recognise that Share Fair gives them an invaluable opportunity to meet potential clients face-to-face and learn at first hand from the key decision makers what products and services they require for future projects.

 

“Many parts of supply chain are under intense pressure as a result of the current business climate which is why Oil & Gas UK’s Share Fair will be providing more resources than ever to help companies make the shift from short-term survival to long-term sustainability”, he added.

 

20 major operator and contractor companies have opened their appointment books for 15 minute one-to-one slots at the event.  Delegates will also hear presentations from AFW UK Oil & Gas Ltd; Apache North Sea; Bibby Offshore Limited; EnQuest; Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd; Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited and Total E&P UK Limited forecast on the services and products they will need for forthcoming projects on the UK Continental Shelf.

 

There will also be live demonstrations of the Efficiency Task Force’s Efficiency Hub – an invaluable online resource for information about smarter ways of doing business and case studies, plus tools to help companies champion change and resilience within their own organisations.

 

Places at the event can be booked here. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available – contact [email protected] to arrange.

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Adviser, Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331 / [email protected].

 

 

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies

 

Companies providing one -to-one appointments are AGR; Aker Solutions; AFW UK Oil & Gas Ltd; Apache North Sea; Bibby Offshore Limited; BP; Centrica Energy Upstream; Chevron Upstream Europe; ConocoPhillips (U.K) Limited; EnQuest; Halliburton; Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited; Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd; Petrofac Engineering and Production Services; Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited; Shell Upstream International; TAQA Bratani Limited; TechnipFMC; Total E&P UK Limited and Wood.

This section of the website redirects you to our efficiency hub where you can read case studies from Oil & Gas UK members.

Oil & Gas UK produces a wide range of literature relating to different aspects of decommissioning including reports and guidelines.

All are free to employees of Oil & Gas UK member companies while a fee for some is payable by non-members.

 

Decommissioning is one of the biggest technical and operational challenges facing the UKCS. The Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s aim is to identify, co-fund and manage projects that will accelerate technologies to drive down the costs of decommissioning, whilst creating a robust supply chain to service this global demand.

Click here to find out more: https://theogtc.com/solution-centres/decommissioning/

To find out more about decommissioning programmes; including dates, locations, installations decommissioned, method of decommissioning and close-out reports where available, visit the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s website.

 

Follow the link to access the Oil and Gas Authority’s tool created to help construct decommissioning roadmaps.

 

L2P2 is Decom North Sea’s late life planning portal.

 

 

North Sea operators and contractors will share their forward activity plans with the supply chain at a major industry event in Aberdeen this November.

 

Share Fair – organised by Oil & Gas UK – will take place on November 1 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. This year’s event also aims to strengthen the resilience of the UK’s oil and gas supply chain by showcasing opportunities for businesses to diversify into other industrial sectors including nuclear and renewables.
Ken Cruickshank, Supply Chain Manager with Oil & Gas UK, said:

 

“Representatives from seven operator and major contractor companies will give a look ahead to activity that’s coming up over the next 18 months to two years.  We’ve found in the past that this information can be a shot to the arm for supply chain companies who can gain valuable intelligence about future projects, and a better understanding of how their equipment, expertise and services could be deployed to meet the needs of potential clients.

 

“The presenters will also shed light on some of the technical or operational problems they are encountering, encouraging potential suppliers to discuss possible solutions.

 

“Share Fair is promoting a more collaborative approach to business, and by getting suppliers involved in projects at an earlier stage, it supports efforts to maximise economic recovery of the UK Continental Shelf.”

 

“Many companies are keen to understand how they can increase their resilience in the current downturn and apply their existing skills and technologies to other industries. This year Share Fair will have organisations including the Energy Industries Council (EIC) promoting some of the global opportunities available in other sectors such as renewables, and nuclear.”

 

Places can be booked on Oil & Gas UK’s website here . Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available – contact [email protected] to arrange.

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected] or Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331/[email protected] or Natalie Coupar on 01224 577343/[email protected] .

 

 

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

The quest to find this year’s most outstanding individuals and companies reaches a stage closer as Oil & Gas UK today announces the finalists for its 2017 annual awards.

 

The judging panel for the industry’s flagship event, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, has selected the finalists from nearly 100 nominations and the winners will be announced at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday, 2 November 2017.

 

Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, said:

 

“The Oil & Gas UK Awards celebrate some of the amazing individuals and high-performing companies in the oil and gas industry whose commitment has resulted in achievements that are an inspiration to us all.

 

The judges tell us that they were particularly impressed by the calibre of the nominations this year and our thanks go to everyone who submitted entries for what proves to have been a richly-contested competition.”

 

The awards, which fall into two categories, provide the opportunity to recognise outstanding performance at a company level as well as recognising the contribution of high-performing individuals in the industry.

 

In the company category, the finalists are:

 

Workforce Engagement – SME

  • Churchill Drilling Tools
  • Fairfield Energy Limited
  • Ramco

 

Workforce Engagement – Large Enterprise – sponsored by ECITB

  • Aker Solutions Ltd
  • Lloyd’s Register
  • Proserv

 

Business Innovation and Efficiency – Large

  • BP
  • Shell U.K. Limited – Brent
  • Shell U.K. Limited – Leman Alpha

Diversity and Inclusiveness

  • Atkins
  • Centrica
  • Shell U.K. Limited – Wells Department

 

The finalists in the category for the individual awards are:

 

Mentor of the Year        

  • Euan Duncan, BP
  • Alexandra Mary Fordham, Chevron North Sea Limited
  • Bruce Lawson, Total E&P UK Limited

 

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OPITO

  • Sam Ash, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd
  • Rob Budgen, Proserv UK Ltd
  • Abbey Thomson, Shell U. K. Limited

Graduate of the Year    

  • Oyin Adeniji, Centrica
  • Tyne Bradley, Shell U.K. Limited
  • Jo Reynolds, BP

 

Finalists for the MER UK Award, sponsored by the Oil and Gas Authority, and the Press and Journal Ultimate Gold Award will be announced in due course.

 

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected], Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331/[email protected] or Natalie Coupar on 01224 577343/[email protected]
Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

An update of the Code of Practice on Access to Upstream Oil and Gas Infrastructure on the UK Continental Shelf (known as the ICoP) is published by Oil & Gas UK today (August 30).

The intention of the code of practice is to encourage companies to conduct timely and constructive negotiations when seeking new capacity in the extensive production and transportation infrastructure underpinning the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

The project has been delivered by a broad cross section of operators and infrastructure owners, working closely with the OGA and Oil & Gas UK, and demonstrates the industry’s commitment to work collaboratively for the broadest benefit of the UKCS.

Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, said:

“The willingness by so many companies to participate in the update of the Infrastructure Code of Practice is a testament to the cultural change that the industry has undergone over the last two years. Companies are aligned in their intent to make the UKCS the most attractive mature basin in the world in which to do business.”

The ICOP guidance will be of particular relevance to commercial, legal, technical and operational staff and consultants working in this field and guidance notes have been published to provide best practice proposals for each stage of negotiations to access UKCS infrastructure.

The publication is available from the Oil & Gas UK website .

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331 / [email protected].

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

The people and companies doing their utmost for offshore safety were today (August 23) recognised for their efforts at a key industry event.

The winning entries of six categories were announced at the Offshore Safety Awards, jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor.

Our Offshore Safety Awards’ winners with Oil & Gas UK’s Mick Borwell and Step Change in Safety’s Les Linklater

The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference event heard speeches from Maersk Oil Chief Operating Officer Martin Rune Pedersen and offshore worker and award-winning safety rep Stuart Mann, who was representing Step Change in Safety’s G18 committee of elected safety reps.

Attendees also heard ‘pitches’ from each finalist about their nomination in an event format designed to aid sharing and learning.

The Chevron-sponsored Award for Safety Leadership, which recognises motivational leaders who have had a positive impact on workplace safety, was awarded to Kevin Mitchell, Offshore Intervention Team Leader at ConocoPhillips.

Kevin has been an integral part of the offshore well intervention team which has now achieved 14 years without a recordable incident – under Kevin as Team Leader.

Safety Representative of the Year – sponsored by Wood Group – was won by Tommy Timms, Offshore Technician at Nexen Petroleum UK in recognition of his role as an enthusiastic and committed safety representative who is furthering the safety agenda at their worksite.

Tommy, Nexen’s Safety Representative of the Year for 2016, supports the crew of the Golden Eagle installation by sharing weekly safety messages and ensuring two-way communication between management and staff.

Bureau Veritas sponsored this year’s Innovation in Safety award, which was presented to Peterson in recognition of their efforts to put in place a process or technique which has improved safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite.

Peterson has created a range of interconnected digital logistics tools, which have allowed for improvements in safety procedures and provided cost savings.

The award for Workforce Engagement – sponsored by Halliburton – was won by Team DSV Bibby Topaz for their commitment to worker involvement in safety and an improvement in safety performance.

The team on the DSV Bibby Topaz responded to workforce feedback from a recent safety culture survey. They used this information to positively enhance Bibby Offshore’s Safety Leadership in Action programme.

Aker Solutions sponsored this year’s Operational Integrity award, which was collected by Centrica in recognition of their increased efficiency and understanding of risks through sensible and proportionate risk management solutions.

Bob Taylor and the asset integrity DROPS campaign team at Centrica act as a ‘fast response’ team to address damage or wear to jacket structures/topsides which are nearing the end of their design life, guarding against incidents and dropped objects and rectifying issues with new resources at their disposal.

The award for Sharing and Learning – sponsored by Centrica – was presented to BP North Sea Aviation Team for demonstrating learning and sharing culture within their organisation and/or making a significant contribution to health and safety through active participation in, or engagement with, Oil & Gas UK or Step Change in Safety.

BP’s North Sea Aviation Team has developed, created and shared an animation which demonstrates the effects and dangers of helicopter downdraft and increases workforce understanding around this phenomenon.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Step Change in Safety there was also an additional award – Outstanding Contribution.

The Offshore Safety Awards committee decided to present the award to Jake Molloy of the RMT union.

Jake has championed safety throughout his career and in his 10 years on the Step Change in Safety Leadership Team has always been outspoken and fundamentally committed to safety and workforce engagement.

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK said: “We heard details of some really great safety initiatives and it must have been a tough call for our judges and those voting at the event to come to their final decisions.  We always say safety is a core value for our industry but our event actually demonstrates that, and all our finalists should be proud of the part they are playing in keeping our people safe.”

Les Linklater, Executive Director of Step Change in Safety, said: “Every year we see an increase in innovation and dedication to safety offshore. This year’s winners and finalists have shown that if you think outside the box there are practices, procedures and innovations which enhance the safety of those working in our industry. We are delighted that this year’s awards were so well received and I’d like to thank the nominees, finalists and winners for playing their part in helping us progress towards making the UKCS the safest place to work in the global oil and gas industry.”

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Notes to Editors: ​

Issued jointly by Step Change in Safety and Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Adviser Charlotte Westwell on 07538 501773 or Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279.

About Oil & Gas UK

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

About Step Change in Safety (SCiS)

Step Change in Safety is a member-led organisation which has more than 150 oil and gas operators and suppliers as members.

The organisation was founded in 1997 by the trade union associations, in line with Oil & Gas UK (O&G UK) with the strategy to reduce injury rate in the North Sea by up to 50%. Some years later the organisation became independent of O&G UK and delivered the mission to make the UKCS the safest place to work in the worldwide oil and gas industry.

Since then Step Change in Safety has delivered significant and industry changing projects and guidance, including Simplification, Workforce Engagement, Boots on for Safety, Joined-Up Thinking and Major Accident Hazards, which have been adopted by most of its members.

 

 

 

 

 

The Technology Leadership Board’s (TLB) role is to be the single industry voice defining UKCS technology priorities and strategy in support of MER UK objectives and export growth.

 

 

OGIC connects with oil and gas companies with new ideas to world-class research expertise within Scotland’s universities.

 

The British Business Bank does some good guides for businesses on the different types of financial product available from the market. More information can be found here.

 

Feedback from the frontline will be shared by an award-winning offshore safety rep at an industry celebration taking place on Wednesday (Aug 23).

Stuart Mann will share some of his North Sea safety experiences at the Offshore Safety Awards organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety and taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Stuart Mann gives the view from the workforce at the Offshore Safety Awards

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician – who became a safety rep in 2006 – is one of the speakers at the event which celebrates the people and companies going the extra mile for offshore safety.

The father-of-three was named BP’s Safety Rep of the Year in 2008 and then the following year took the title of Safety Rep of the Year at the UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards: the predecessor to the Offshore Safety Awards.

Stuart, who chairs BP’s UK Safety Reps Forum and is part of Step Change’s G18 committee of elected safety reps, said: “As well as giving a personal view of safety offshore, I look forward to hearing more about the different safety ideas and initiatives that have earned the finalists their place in the Offshore Safety Awards.”

Maersk Oil is principal sponsor of the Awards. Chief Operating Officer Martin Rune Pederson, who is also addressing the event, said: “Maersk Oil is proud to sponsor the Offshore Safety Awards as the leading industry celebration of safety best practice. The recent Oil & Gas UK Health and Safety Report shows that the industry is making positive progress, and this event encourages the knowledge sharing and learning across the industry which promotes further improvement.”

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Notes to Editors:

Media are welcome to attend the awards which begin at 8.30am and end at 1pm with the winners being announced at 11.20am. Please confirm your attendance with Oil & Gas UK Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

About Step Change in Safety (SCiS)

Step Change in Safety is a member-led organisation which has more than 150 oil and gas operators and suppliers as members.

The organisation was founded in 1997 by the trade union associations, in line with Oil & Gas UK (O&G UK) with the strategy to reduce injury rate in the North Sea by up to 50%. Some years later the organisation became independent of O&G UK and delivered the mission to make the UKCS the safest place to work in the worldwide oil and gas industry.

Since then Step Change in Safety has delivered significant and industry changing projects and guidance, including Simplification, Workforce Engagement, Boots on for Safety, Joined-Up Thinking and Major Accident Hazards,  which have been adopted by most of its members.

New executive chairman for joint fishing and offshore safety organisation

A lawyer with extensive experience of working with the fishing and oil and gas industries today (November 1) takes over the helm of the U.K. Fisheries Offshore Oil and Gas Legacy Trust Fund Limited or FLTC.

Charles Scott, a consultant with Shepherd and Wedderburn, will become part time Executive Chairman, taking over as Executive Chairman from Niall Scott who is retiring from the post after 10 years and will finish his tenure on the Board at the end of this year.

FLTC is a charity established in 2007 by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations and Oil & Gas UK to improve fishermen’s safety on the UK continental shelf. It is believed to be the first company in the world set up to provide fishermen with information about oil and gas structures in perpetuity.

Commenting on his appointment, Charles Scott, said:

“I look forward to working with FLTC to provide fishermen with comprehensive, up-to-date information on all seabed hazards related to oil and gas activities. For the last 10 years the oil and gas and fishing industries have been working closely together to support the FLTC Group and build an Endowment Fund which will be used to finance Group activities in perpetuity and I am delighted to have the opportunity to help build on what has already been achieved. I would like to thank Niall for his outstanding service and commitment to FLTC”

A number of projects are supported by the FLTC Group including provision of FishSAFE Information, which provides fishing vessels with detailed information about the location of oil and gas related surface and subsea structures in UK waters. Fishing gear can become caught on these structures and providing complete and accurate information about their location is an important factor in improving the safety of fishermen.

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For further information, please contact:

Lucy Gordon, Oil & Gas UK at [email protected] or telephone – 01224 577331

Notes to editors

  • U.K. Fisheries Offshore Oil and Gas Legacy Trust Fund Limited (“FLTC”) was formed in 2007 by Oil & Gas UK, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, to enhance the safety of fishermen by ensuring the provision in perpetuity of information relating to oil and gas seabed structures and equipment in UK waters.
  • The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is the lead representative body for fishermen in Scotland and plays an active role in advancing the interests of Scottish fishermen at national and international levels by lobbying government officials in Edinburgh, London and Brussels.
  • The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations is the primary representative body for fishermen in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its membership fishes extensively throughout the UKCS and beyond.
  • Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.
  • The data set covered by FishSAFE Information currently includes:
  1. Over 16,000 miles of pipeline
  2. 725 subsea structures
  3. 400 surface structures
  4. 100 square miles of safety zones
  • Charles Scott is a consultant solicitor with Shepherd and Wedderburn and will continue in that capacity after assuming the role of chairman. He was a partner in the Aberdeen law firm Mackinnons from 1979 to 2016 and was Managing Partner from 1988 to 2011 and from 2015 to 2016.

 

New information gateway to boost supply chain business development

A new online business development tool designed to help strengthen and improve the competitiveness of the supply chain is being launched today (November 1) at Oil & Gas UK’s Share Fair, supported by Stork -a Fluor company, at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Ken Cruickshank, Oil & Gas UK’s supply chain manager, said:
“The industry and the Oil and Gas Authority are jointly behind the development of the Supply Chain Hub, which provides companies with a one-stop gateway to initiatives, tools and advice at the touch of a button.

“Our supply chain is essential to maximising economic recovery of up to an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil and gas from the UK Continental Shelf. It supports almost all the industry’s needs including exploration, field development, production and decommissioning but companies dealing with the current downturn need all the help they can get to shift from short-term survival to long-term sustainability.

“Ensuring the resilience of the supply chain is a key priority for Oil & Gas UK which is working on behalf of the industry to ensure it has the resources, support and guidance to deliver greater performance in a marginal business environment.

“This web-based tool gives these companies access to invaluable advice on exporting, sourcing finance, improving efficiency, market intelligence, funding for innovation, networking opportunities and decommissioning information. It is designed to help the supply chain develop and maintain world-class capabilities in a competitive global economy.

“A broad cross-section of stakeholders including government departments, trade associations, innovation organisations and regional development bodies are supporting and contributing to the Supply Chain Hub. All share the goal of ensuring our supply chain remains anchored in the UK so that we can retain and build on the mature basin expertise we have developed in areas including High Pressure/High Temperature (HPHT) and subsea engineering –key qualities that differentiate us from our international competitors.”

Oil & Gas UK’s website hosts the Supply Chain Hub alongside the industry’s Efficiency Hub, which has been designed to help promote smarter ways of doing business on a sector-wide scale by providing a central and interactive resource for sharing good practice materials and tools.

The Supply Chain and Efficiency Hubs form part of the integrated resources available to the supply chain and the wider industry.
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Notes to Editors:

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected] or Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331/[email protected] or Natalie Coupar on 01224 577343/[email protected] .

 

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Oil & Gas Technology Centre – OGTC: Events

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre provides a wide range of events and opportunities for the industry to network and more information is available at this link here – https://theogtc.com/events/

New data be released at 2017 offshore decommissioning conference

The latest market intelligence on a growing sector of the oil and gas industry will be presented at the Offshore Decommissioning Conference 2017, sponsored by Aberdeen Harbour Board, and run jointly by Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea. The event takes place from 27-29 November at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews.

 

Acknowledged as one of the most extensive decommissioning events in the industry’s calendar, the three-day conference brings together experts in analysing market trends, industry regulation, cost strategies, supply chain capabilities, well plugging and abandonment, technology and business opportunities offered by the sector.

 

Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director Michael Tholen said:

 

“The key to helping the UK supply chain seize the opportunities that the emerging decommissioning sector presents is to ensure companies have the most up to date market intelligence. Delegates at the conference will be among the first to hear what our annual Decommissioning Insight report reveals about the market in the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark.

 

“Decommissioning is gradually taking its place alongside exploration and production as part of the lifecycle on the UKCS.  Experiences companies gain when operating in the UK market will serve them well in the international scene. Our supply chain’s emerging track record of cost efficient and environmentally responsible delivery is building a world-class centre of excellence in the UK.”

 

Decom North Sea chief executive Roger Esson said:

 

“Whilst current market intelligence is critical to the objective of efficient and cost-effective North Sea decommissioning, maximum results will be achieved when that information is considered alongside the industry’s ability to carry out the work required.

 

“The Offshore Decommissioning Conference will see the launch of Decom North Sea’s Supply Chain Capacity and Capability report, which I believe will go on to become a staple of the decommissioning sector. Providing an accurate annual reflection of our capacity to fulfil not only the North Sea, but global decommissioning demand, it will allow the supply chain to plan for future, identify alternative contracting and commercial arrangements and ensure it is ready to optimise the opportunities that arise.”

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

Media is welcome to attend the conference. To arrange, contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected] or Lucy Gordon, Communications Adviser on 01224 577331/ [email protected] .

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Gordon, Communications Adviser on 01224 577331 / [email protected]

  1. The Offshore Decommissioning conference 2017, run jointly by Decom North Sea and Oil & Gas UK, will take place from 27 – 29 November at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews.
  2. The conference will build upon previous sell-out events and will encompass numerous keynote sessions all focused on the latest decommissioning updates, trends and case studies. Session topics will include:

Regulators and Regulation

The Decommissioning Market

Mid-Late Life and MER

Well P&A Today

Technology

Collaboration in Action

  1. Delegate and accommodation bookings are now open and information is available here .
  2. Further event agenda details will be released shortly.

 

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service – SMAS

SMAS (Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service is a service of Scottish Enterprise that focuses heavily on efficiency with oil and gas companies.

www.scottishmas.co.uk (redirects to here https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/industry-support/manufacturing)

One-to-one appointments at oil and gas Share Fair filling up fast

Oil and gas suppliers looking to grow their business are snapping up slots for one-to-one sessions with major purchasers at Oil & Gas UK’s Share Fair event at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 1.

 

Stephen Marcos Jones, director of business excellence at Oil & Gas UK, said:

 

“The appointments are going fast. Businesses recognise that Share Fair gives them an invaluable opportunity to meet potential clients face-to-face and learn at first hand from the key decision makers what products and services they require for future projects.

 

“Many parts of supply chain are under intense pressure as a result of the current business climate which is why Oil & Gas UK’s Share Fair will be providing more resources than ever to help companies make the shift from short-term survival to long-term sustainability”, he added.

 

20 major operator and contractor companies have opened their appointment books for 15 minute one-to-one slots at the event.  Delegates will also hear presentations from AFW UK Oil & Gas Ltd; Apache North Sea; Bibby Offshore Limited; EnQuest; Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd; Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited and Total E&P UK Limited forecast on the services and products they will need for forthcoming projects on the UK Continental Shelf.

 

There will also be live demonstrations of the Efficiency Task Force’s Efficiency Hub – an invaluable online resource for information about smarter ways of doing business and case studies, plus tools to help companies champion change and resilience within their own organisations.

 

Places at the event can be booked here. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available – contact [email protected] to arrange.

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Adviser, Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331 / [email protected].

 

 

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies

 

Companies providing one -to-one appointments are AGR; Aker Solutions; AFW UK Oil & Gas Ltd; Apache North Sea; Bibby Offshore Limited; BP; Centrica Energy Upstream; Chevron Upstream Europe; ConocoPhillips (U.K) Limited; EnQuest; Halliburton; Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited; Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd; Petrofac Engineering and Production Services; Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited; Shell Upstream International; TAQA Bratani Limited; TechnipFMC; Total E&P UK Limited and Wood.

Industry case studies

This section of the website redirects you to our efficiency hub where you can read case studies from Oil & Gas UK members.

Oil & Gas UK: Decommissioning information

Oil & Gas UK produces a wide range of literature relating to different aspects of decommissioning including reports and guidelines.

All are free to employees of Oil & Gas UK member companies while a fee for some is payable by non-members.

 

Oil & Gas Technology Centre – OGTC: Decommissioning Solution Centre

Decommissioning is one of the biggest technical and operational challenges facing the UKCS. The Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s aim is to identify, co-fund and manage projects that will accelerate technologies to drive down the costs of decommissioning, whilst creating a robust supply chain to service this global demand.

Click here to find out more: https://theogtc.com/solution-centres/decommissioning/

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – BEIS: Decommissioning programmes

To find out more about decommissioning programmes; including dates, locations, installations decommissioned, method of decommissioning and close-out reports where available, visit the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s website.

 

Oil and Gas Authority – OGA: Decommissioning Roadmap

Follow the link to access the Oil and Gas Authority’s tool created to help construct decommissioning roadmaps.

 

Decom North Sea: Late-Life Planning Portal – L2P2

L2P2 is Decom North Sea’s late life planning portal.

 

 

New business and diversification opportunities flagged at oil and gas Share Fair

North Sea operators and contractors will share their forward activity plans with the supply chain at a major industry event in Aberdeen this November.

 

Share Fair – organised by Oil & Gas UK – will take place on November 1 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. This year’s event also aims to strengthen the resilience of the UK’s oil and gas supply chain by showcasing opportunities for businesses to diversify into other industrial sectors including nuclear and renewables.
Ken Cruickshank, Supply Chain Manager with Oil & Gas UK, said:

 

“Representatives from seven operator and major contractor companies will give a look ahead to activity that’s coming up over the next 18 months to two years.  We’ve found in the past that this information can be a shot to the arm for supply chain companies who can gain valuable intelligence about future projects, and a better understanding of how their equipment, expertise and services could be deployed to meet the needs of potential clients.

 

“The presenters will also shed light on some of the technical or operational problems they are encountering, encouraging potential suppliers to discuss possible solutions.

 

“Share Fair is promoting a more collaborative approach to business, and by getting suppliers involved in projects at an earlier stage, it supports efforts to maximise economic recovery of the UK Continental Shelf.”

 

“Many companies are keen to understand how they can increase their resilience in the current downturn and apply their existing skills and technologies to other industries. This year Share Fair will have organisations including the Energy Industries Council (EIC) promoting some of the global opportunities available in other sectors such as renewables, and nuclear.”

 

Places can be booked on Oil & Gas UK’s website here . Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available – contact [email protected] to arrange.

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected] or Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331/[email protected] or Natalie Coupar on 01224 577343/[email protected] .

 

 

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Outstanding performers reach the penultimate stage of Oil & Gas UK Awards 2017

The quest to find this year’s most outstanding individuals and companies reaches a stage closer as Oil & Gas UK today announces the finalists for its 2017 annual awards.

 

The judging panel for the industry’s flagship event, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, has selected the finalists from nearly 100 nominations and the winners will be announced at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday, 2 November 2017.

 

Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, said:

 

“The Oil & Gas UK Awards celebrate some of the amazing individuals and high-performing companies in the oil and gas industry whose commitment has resulted in achievements that are an inspiration to us all.

 

The judges tell us that they were particularly impressed by the calibre of the nominations this year and our thanks go to everyone who submitted entries for what proves to have been a richly-contested competition.”

 

The awards, which fall into two categories, provide the opportunity to recognise outstanding performance at a company level as well as recognising the contribution of high-performing individuals in the industry.

 

In the company category, the finalists are:

 

Workforce Engagement – SME

  • Churchill Drilling Tools
  • Fairfield Energy Limited
  • Ramco

 

Workforce Engagement – Large Enterprise – sponsored by ECITB

  • Aker Solutions Ltd
  • Lloyd’s Register
  • Proserv

 

Business Innovation and Efficiency – Large

  • BP
  • Shell U.K. Limited – Brent
  • Shell U.K. Limited – Leman Alpha

Diversity and Inclusiveness

  • Atkins
  • Centrica
  • Shell U.K. Limited – Wells Department

 

The finalists in the category for the individual awards are:

 

Mentor of the Year        

  • Euan Duncan, BP
  • Alexandra Mary Fordham, Chevron North Sea Limited
  • Bruce Lawson, Total E&P UK Limited

 

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OPITO

  • Sam Ash, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd
  • Rob Budgen, Proserv UK Ltd
  • Abbey Thomson, Shell U. K. Limited

Graduate of the Year    

  • Oyin Adeniji, Centrica
  • Tyne Bradley, Shell U.K. Limited
  • Jo Reynolds, BP

 

Finalists for the MER UK Award, sponsored by the Oil and Gas Authority, and the Press and Journal Ultimate Gold Award will be announced in due course.

 

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected], Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331/[email protected] or Natalie Coupar on 01224 577343/[email protected]
Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Industry commitment to collaboration demonstrated in infrastructure access guidance

An update of the Code of Practice on Access to Upstream Oil and Gas Infrastructure on the UK Continental Shelf (known as the ICoP) is published by Oil & Gas UK today (August 30).

The intention of the code of practice is to encourage companies to conduct timely and constructive negotiations when seeking new capacity in the extensive production and transportation infrastructure underpinning the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

The project has been delivered by a broad cross section of operators and infrastructure owners, working closely with the OGA and Oil & Gas UK, and demonstrates the industry’s commitment to work collaboratively for the broadest benefit of the UKCS.

Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, said:

“The willingness by so many companies to participate in the update of the Infrastructure Code of Practice is a testament to the cultural change that the industry has undergone over the last two years. Companies are aligned in their intent to make the UKCS the most attractive mature basin in the world in which to do business.”

The ICOP guidance will be of particular relevance to commercial, legal, technical and operational staff and consultants working in this field and guidance notes have been published to provide best practice proposals for each stage of negotiations to access UKCS infrastructure.

The publication is available from the Oil & Gas UK website .

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331 / [email protected].

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Safety champions announced at industry awards

The people and companies doing their utmost for offshore safety were today (August 23) recognised for their efforts at a key industry event.

The winning entries of six categories were announced at the Offshore Safety Awards, jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor.

Our Offshore Safety Awards’ winners with Oil & Gas UK’s Mick Borwell and Step Change in Safety’s Les Linklater

The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference event heard speeches from Maersk Oil Chief Operating Officer Martin Rune Pedersen and offshore worker and award-winning safety rep Stuart Mann, who was representing Step Change in Safety’s G18 committee of elected safety reps.

Attendees also heard ‘pitches’ from each finalist about their nomination in an event format designed to aid sharing and learning.

The Chevron-sponsored Award for Safety Leadership, which recognises motivational leaders who have had a positive impact on workplace safety, was awarded to Kevin Mitchell, Offshore Intervention Team Leader at ConocoPhillips.

Kevin has been an integral part of the offshore well intervention team which has now achieved 14 years without a recordable incident – under Kevin as Team Leader.

Safety Representative of the Year – sponsored by Wood Group – was won by Tommy Timms, Offshore Technician at Nexen Petroleum UK in recognition of his role as an enthusiastic and committed safety representative who is furthering the safety agenda at their worksite.

Tommy, Nexen’s Safety Representative of the Year for 2016, supports the crew of the Golden Eagle installation by sharing weekly safety messages and ensuring two-way communication between management and staff.

Bureau Veritas sponsored this year’s Innovation in Safety award, which was presented to Peterson in recognition of their efforts to put in place a process or technique which has improved safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite.

Peterson has created a range of interconnected digital logistics tools, which have allowed for improvements in safety procedures and provided cost savings.

The award for Workforce Engagement – sponsored by Halliburton – was won by Team DSV Bibby Topaz for their commitment to worker involvement in safety and an improvement in safety performance.

The team on the DSV Bibby Topaz responded to workforce feedback from a recent safety culture survey. They used this information to positively enhance Bibby Offshore’s Safety Leadership in Action programme.

Aker Solutions sponsored this year’s Operational Integrity award, which was collected by Centrica in recognition of their increased efficiency and understanding of risks through sensible and proportionate risk management solutions.

Bob Taylor and the asset integrity DROPS campaign team at Centrica act as a ‘fast response’ team to address damage or wear to jacket structures/topsides which are nearing the end of their design life, guarding against incidents and dropped objects and rectifying issues with new resources at their disposal.

The award for Sharing and Learning – sponsored by Centrica – was presented to BP North Sea Aviation Team for demonstrating learning and sharing culture within their organisation and/or making a significant contribution to health and safety through active participation in, or engagement with, Oil & Gas UK or Step Change in Safety.

BP’s North Sea Aviation Team has developed, created and shared an animation which demonstrates the effects and dangers of helicopter downdraft and increases workforce understanding around this phenomenon.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Step Change in Safety there was also an additional award – Outstanding Contribution.

The Offshore Safety Awards committee decided to present the award to Jake Molloy of the RMT union.

Jake has championed safety throughout his career and in his 10 years on the Step Change in Safety Leadership Team has always been outspoken and fundamentally committed to safety and workforce engagement.

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK said: “We heard details of some really great safety initiatives and it must have been a tough call for our judges and those voting at the event to come to their final decisions.  We always say safety is a core value for our industry but our event actually demonstrates that, and all our finalists should be proud of the part they are playing in keeping our people safe.”

Les Linklater, Executive Director of Step Change in Safety, said: “Every year we see an increase in innovation and dedication to safety offshore. This year’s winners and finalists have shown that if you think outside the box there are practices, procedures and innovations which enhance the safety of those working in our industry. We are delighted that this year’s awards were so well received and I’d like to thank the nominees, finalists and winners for playing their part in helping us progress towards making the UKCS the safest place to work in the global oil and gas industry.”

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Notes to Editors: ​

Issued jointly by Step Change in Safety and Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Adviser Charlotte Westwell on 07538 501773 or Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279.

About Oil & Gas UK

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

About Step Change in Safety (SCiS)

Step Change in Safety is a member-led organisation which has more than 150 oil and gas operators and suppliers as members.

The organisation was founded in 1997 by the trade union associations, in line with Oil & Gas UK (O&G UK) with the strategy to reduce injury rate in the North Sea by up to 50%. Some years later the organisation became independent of O&G UK and delivered the mission to make the UKCS the safest place to work in the worldwide oil and gas industry.

Since then Step Change in Safety has delivered significant and industry changing projects and guidance, including Simplification, Workforce Engagement, Boots on for Safety, Joined-Up Thinking and Major Accident Hazards, which have been adopted by most of its members.

 

 

 

 

 

Technology Leadership Board

The Technology Leadership Board’s (TLB) role is to be the single industry voice defining UKCS technology priorities and strategy in support of MER UK objectives and export growth.

 

 

The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre – OGIC

OGIC connects with oil and gas companies with new ideas to world-class research expertise within Scotland’s universities.

 

British Business Bank

The British Business Bank does some good guides for businesses on the different types of financial product available from the market. More information can be found here.

 

Offshore experiences to be shared at ceremony celebrating safety

Feedback from the frontline will be shared by an award-winning offshore safety rep at an industry celebration taking place on Wednesday (Aug 23).

Stuart Mann will share some of his North Sea safety experiences at the Offshore Safety Awards organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety and taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Stuart Mann gives the view from the workforce at the Offshore Safety Awards

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician – who became a safety rep in 2006 – is one of the speakers at the event which celebrates the people and companies going the extra mile for offshore safety.

The father-of-three was named BP’s Safety Rep of the Year in 2008 and then the following year took the title of Safety Rep of the Year at the UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards: the predecessor to the Offshore Safety Awards.

Stuart, who chairs BP’s UK Safety Reps Forum and is part of Step Change’s G18 committee of elected safety reps, said: “As well as giving a personal view of safety offshore, I look forward to hearing more about the different safety ideas and initiatives that have earned the finalists their place in the Offshore Safety Awards.”

Maersk Oil is principal sponsor of the Awards. Chief Operating Officer Martin Rune Pederson, who is also addressing the event, said: “Maersk Oil is proud to sponsor the Offshore Safety Awards as the leading industry celebration of safety best practice. The recent Oil & Gas UK Health and Safety Report shows that the industry is making positive progress, and this event encourages the knowledge sharing and learning across the industry which promotes further improvement.”

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Notes to Editors:

Media are welcome to attend the awards which begin at 8.30am and end at 1pm with the winners being announced at 11.20am. Please confirm your attendance with Oil & Gas UK Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

About Step Change in Safety (SCiS)

Step Change in Safety is a member-led organisation which has more than 150 oil and gas operators and suppliers as members.

The organisation was founded in 1997 by the trade union associations, in line with Oil & Gas UK (O&G UK) with the strategy to reduce injury rate in the North Sea by up to 50%. Some years later the organisation became independent of O&G UK and delivered the mission to make the UKCS the safest place to work in the worldwide oil and gas industry.

Since then Step Change in Safety has delivered significant and industry changing projects and guidance, including Simplification, Workforce Engagement, Boots on for Safety, Joined-Up Thinking and Major Accident Hazards,  which have been adopted by most of its members.

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