The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is appointing two directors to lead its newly created External Relations and Communications directorates aimed at supporting the current and evolving needs of OGUK’s members as the sector transitions towards a low carbon future.

Natalie Coupar takes up the role of Communications Director and Jenny Stanning will be OGUK’s External Relations Director, both with effect from 1 January 2021.

Natalie Coupar

Jenny Stanning

With extensive stakeholder and communications expertise, Natalie will lead the teams delivering the organisation’s media relations, editorial, design and digital strategy. Prior to her new role, Natalie was OGUK’s Communications Manager.

Before joining OGUK in 2017, Natalie developed broad and diverse communications experience in technology, the third sectors and politics.

As External Relations Director, Jenny will be responsible for leading OGUK’s external affairs, events and membership teams. In this new role her responsibilities include working with Governments, Parliaments, industry leaders, business and industry organisations and regulatory bodies to ensure that members’ interests are well represented.

Prior to joining OGUK, Jenny worked in politics and stakeholder management for 15 years including some time working in the Scottish Parliament.

In their new roles, Jenny and Natalie will build on the significant progress achieved by OGUK’s former Stakeholder and Communications Director Gareth Wynn, who leaves the representative body to take up a leadership role overseas, after three years as OGUK’s stakeholder and communications director.

OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie commented:

“By any measure, this year has been incredibly challenging for all communities, yet the people in our industry have continued to demonstrate incredible resilience, applying their essential expertise to help support a fragile supply chain and its move towards a sustainable green recovery. Both Natalie and Jenny have great vision, commitment and drive and their experience will enable us to maintain this momentum, and help ensure we’re doing all we can to support our members.”

“I’m also grateful to Gareth for his invaluable contribution to OGUK and to the industry and wish him every success for the future.”

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OGUK has said a survey of oil and gas companies which finds about a fifth of firms are expecting more redundancies in 2021 is further confirmation of the stark conditions faced by many.

The leading representative body for the sector, which is due to publish its flagship Economic Report early next week, said it continues to champion a North Sea Transition Deal.

Commenting on the 32nd AGCC Oil and Gas Survey published today, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“The AGCC Oil and Gas Survey is further confirmation of the stark conditions faced by many companies in our industry, and we remain particularly concerned about the health of our world class supply chain. OGUK continues to work with industry to see what we can to together to safely increase activity and protect jobs while at the same time championing a North Sea Transition Deal with governments which could help realise the full potential of our changing sector, both now and in moves to a lower carbon future.”

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As the oil and gas sector continues to deal with the effects of COVID-19 and the collapse of commodity prices, OGUK’s 2020 Decommissioning Insight report reveals the decommissioning industry though resilient has not escaped the impact of such unprecedented conditions.

Given the major disruptions and challenges of 2020, OGUK conducted an additional interim survey of operators in June 2020 to provide deeper insight of the impact of COVID-19 on decommissioning activity. This showed that continuing market uncertainty has led to around £500 million of decommissioning expenditure previously scheduled for 2020-22 being deferred into the future.

OGUK’s supply chain and operations director, Katy Heidenreich said:

“All parts of the oil and gas business are experiencing reductions in cash flow and decommissioning is no different. We’ve seen a 30 per cent reduction in expenditure from £1.47 billion in early 2020, to around £1.08 billion but despite these pressures, the sector is in no rush to decommission.

While many projects have been able to continue, we are also expecting to see reduced activity across all areas of decommissioning over the next three years.

During 2020, our hard-pressed supply chain has demonstrated both resilience in delivering the roster of projects that have gone ahead this year, but also continual performance improvement in terms of cost and efficiency.

We remain focused on supporting our supply chain through, for example, ensuring visibility of work so that when conditions change, our industry remains competitive. The specialist skills now being developed will also help us make the most of the opportunities presented by the energy transition which include low emission decommissioning, supporting the circular economy, re-purposing facilities and contributing to CCS, hydrogen and offshore wind developments.”

The report can be found here and the  findings show:

  • Estimated total spend on decommissioning in 2020 is £1.1 bn still consistently around 10% of overall industry expenditure
  • Decommissioning of a record two northern North Sea platforms in one year
  • Forecast for 2020 shrank by 30% from £1.47 bn to £1.08 bn
  • 116 wells, 260km of pipelines and 15 topsides have been decommissioned in 2020
  • Well decommissioning activity at lowest level since 2016

OGUK’s annual Decommissioning Insight also provides an analysis for the wider North Sea market including Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark and the scope of this year’s report has broadened to reflect the industry’s efforts to accelerate the energy transition and embrace opportunities to support a low-carbon future.

 

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Commenting on the 10-point green industrial revolution announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, OGUK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie said today:

“We are pleased to see the Government is committed to its ambitious plans for tackling emissions in spite of all the other challenges we face. Our industry is already in action, evolving and contributing. We were one of the first major sectors in the UK to embrace the Government’s target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The good news for jobs and the economy is that with the right support, companies based here in the UK have the expertise to make us world leaders in tackling emissions, including through carbon capture and hydrogen production, both of which are key to the clean energy system of the future. Exciting new technologies and innovations need to sit alongside delivering real reductions in emissions and improved efficiency. Things that our industry and every one of us can be getting on with right now.”

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The contribution decommissioning can make to the low carbon future is a key theme at OGUK’s first ever virtual conference on November 24-25 when Professor Paul de Leeuw director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute chairs a session exploring the skills and job opportunities this shift in focus presents.

Joe Leask, OGUK’s decommissioning manager, said:

“Tackling climate change is a global priority and our industry has the essential expertise to help make a difference. This session will examine the rapidly changing energy landscape and how we can meet our decommissioning obligations in an even more sustainable way. We know our skills and supply chain will play a big role in developing the low carbon solutions we need to meet climate change targets.”

The free, interactive event is open to all, with organisers hoping it will harness the power of different perspectives, challenge established norms and drive new conversations about decommissioning in the broader energy world.

Professor Paul de Leeuw commented: Decommissioning better and greener will have a key role to play in the transition to a lower carbon future. To do this effectively, we will need sector leading skills, capabilities and technologies. Combined with future decommissioning requirements in the renewables, hydrogen and CCUS sectors, the industry has a unique opportunity to create a new, world class energy decommissioning workforce. This session will be a great opportunity to bring together industry leaders, experts and decommissioning professionals to discuss these challenges and to provide new, stimulating insights on how we can collectively set this up for success.”

Decommissioning in a low carbon future also features in a session chaired by Louise O’Hara Murray OGUK’s Emissions Improvement manager. This will share learnings across the oil and gas and renewables sector, and the opportunities posed by energy integration, carbon capture and storage and innovation in low emissions decommissioning.

Throughout the two-day event, which has already attracted more than 550 registrations, participants can access a fully immersive experience enabling them to interact with industry experts, visit virtual exhibition stands and engage in online networking. With sponsorship from Repsol Sinopec Resource UK and IOGP, the conference covers an extensive range of topics including the UK’s ambition to become a Global Hub of Excellence, evolving developments in regulation and initiatives aimed at delivering added value across the decommissioning process.

More information is available on the Offshore Decommissioning Conference website at

https://offshoredecommissioningconference.co.uk/

 

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Commenting today on the speech to oil and gas workers by Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, that protecting oil and gas jobs must be a priority and the North Sea sector can thrive alongside a growing renewables sector, OGUK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie said:

“We welcome recognition of the vital role of the offshore oil and gas industry in our economy, which supports over 100,000 jobs in Scotland, provides the products and affordable energy we use in our everyday lives and has a world-leading supply chain of hundreds of businesses located across the country. It’s also key that these roles make a fundamental contribution to the transitioning energy economy in support of climate change targets.

“Through a North Sea Transition Deal we can help the huge parts of our economy which can’t use electricity to meet climate change targets, developing practical solutions including the development of hydrogen and carbon capture and storage at scale. At the same time, we remain laser-focussed on reducing our emissions.

“We look forward to conversations with all parties about the continued support needed for our sector in difficult times. In a stark economic climate for all, our changing industry has the essential expertise to provide affordable energy to millions of households and families, support jobs in energy communities across the country and create exciting new jobs of the future.”

The speech by Douglas Ross MP is available here

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Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement today that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of March 2021, OGUK’s workforce engagement and skills manager, Dr Alix Thom said:

 

“We welcome the support the Chancellor is providing today as it may provide a vital lifeline to many of our members enabling them to retain hundreds of workers in our industry whose skills and capabilities we will need to deliver deferred work, enable recovery and support our efforts in the transition to a low carbon future. Along with so many people facing continuing uncertainty due to Covid-19, our sector faces extra pressures generated by volatile oil and gas prices.

 

“These challenges inevitably mean recovery will take longer but we are doing all we can to support our supply chain and mitigate against further job losses. Through playing our part in delivery a green recovery, realising the full potential of the government’s  North Sea Transition Deal and continued support for our industry, we can help keep energy costs low for households and families, retain jobs and create new roles for the future.”

 

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Commenting on the publication of the Oil and Gas Authority’s ‘Thematic Review into Industry Compliance with Regulatory Obligations’, which stresses the key role of licence management in maximising economic recovery,

OGUK Operations Director Katy Heidenreich said:

“Thematic reviews are an established method of performance improvement which has been used across a number of sectors and we welcome this constructive reflection from the OGA today.

“It not only highlights areas where the UK offshore oil and gas industry and the regulator can make improvements, but also where the sector can build upon good practise. While the report looks at compliance in 2018, it is encouraging to see the OGA recognise the steps taken by industry since then that point to improvement in performance.

“However, there is always more that can be done and the recommendations provide practical and considered suggestions for both industry and the OGA to continue to improve and we look forward to building on this constructive approach.”

The OGA’s report can be found at https://www.ogauthority.co.uk/news-publications/news/2020/the-oga-stresses-key-role-of-licence-management-in-maximising-economic-recovery/

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Decommissioning takes on a new global dimension as OGUK launches its first ever virtual conference to provide delegates with a dynamic, international and interactive online experience.

Taking place from November 24-25, the event goes beyond the confines of traditional conferences to provide a digital platform with potentially global reach enabling participants to drive new conversations about decommissioning in the broader energy world in a time of unprecedented change.

Throughout the two-day event, delegates gain access to a fully immersive experience enabling them to interact with industry experts, visit virtual exhibition stands and engage in online networking. Topics on the agenda include the UK’s ambition to become a Global Hub of Excellence, evolving developments in regulation and a focus on developing the skills needed to support future decommissioning needs.

Commenting, OGUK’s decommissioning manager Joe Leask said:

“Reliable and definitive information is invaluable in uncertain times. OGUK’s Offshore Decommissioning conference will draw on the expertise of leading figures in decommissioning from around the world, providing delegates with the latest insight on the pressures, challenges and opportunities on the horizon.

“Whatever the limitations imposed by Covid-19, this event is an ideal opportunity to engage with delegates and take stock of where the sector is, and where it fits into the global low carbon context.”

The diverse and topical programme will be supported by session champions that include experts from the Oil  and Gas Authority (OGA) and its Decommissioning Task Force; the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP); the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC); Decom North Sea; Robert Gordon University, the Aberdeen section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and OGUK.

Representatives from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) and the OGA will be presenting at the event and delegates will also have the opportunity to use a multitude of online resources including videos, tools and presentations while contributing to live discussions via the chat channel.

More information is available at the Offshore Decommissioning Conference website and to register click here  

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OGUK’s commitment to ensuring the recovery of the UK’s hard-pressed oil and gas supply chain continues with a webinar aimed at providing small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with top tips for successful tendering.

Taking place online on Wednesday 30 September, the free event aims to help SMEs wishing to improve how they bid to supply goods or services to a potential buyer and learn from experts in the field.

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

“Feedback from participants in our latest SME forum revealed there’s a strong demand for expert advice on tendering and what companies can do to continuously improve their business.

“While SMEs are a vital sector of our world-class supply chain and the lifeblood of innovation and opportunity, many are in a fragile position and our aim is give them a deeper insight of what customers look for from a potential supplier during the tendering process.

“Experts speaking at the webinar include representatives from the operator, SME, legal and commercial communities who will each outline what good practice looks like from their individual perspectives.”

Industry experts speaking at the event which starts at 9.30 am – 11.00 am include:

Catriona Stevenson, Chair of the OGUK SME Forum and Business Manager, Ecosse IP Ltd

Anne Farr, Managing Director, Rothera Group Ltd

Steve Mitchellhill, Contract specialist, Mitchelhill Consulting

Edward Hughes, Head of Contracts & Procurement, INEOS

Chris West, Chief Operating Officer, Optimus

Following the webinar which is open to both OGUK members and non-members, online delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a panel session and learn about how they can make the best of the opportunities ahead. Registration is at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1282319039831698959

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Commenting on the OGA’s announcement of the award offers in the 32nd Licensing Round

Katy Heidenreich, OGUK’s supply chain and operations director said:

“At a time when companies face huge pressures it is encouraging that our basin continues to demonstrate its attractiveness to a wide range of companies. This is a crucial element in unlocking the new investment that will help continue to meet UK energy needs and sustain jobs across our sector.
As a net importer of oil and gas it is critical that the UK continues to explore for and develop new resources in terms of energy security. Achieving this means we can continue to anchor our world-class expertise in the UK as our sector positions itself to play a key role in the transition to a lower carbon future as outlined in industry’s Roadmap 2035.”

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Findings from the first survey of digitalisation in the oil and gas industry reveal there’s a strong appetite to ensure technology is matured to improve the sector’s connectivity, efficiency and sustainability but highlight the need to promote collaborative working if these transformational changes are to become a reality.

With support from Deloitte, the UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey was launched in June 2020 by OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, in partnership with the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and Opportunity North East (ONE) to assess the maturity of digitalisation across the sector.

Compiled with input from a cross section of more than 70 organisations and almost 40 individuals, full details of the report will be shared at a free webinar chaired by Dr Dan Brown, Executive Director of OGUK subsidiary Common Data Access (CDA) together with CDA Delivery Manager Sakthi Norton on 1 September. Key speakers at the event will include:
• Mikki Corcoran, Co-Chair TLB
• Alex Macdonald, Digital Transformation Project Manager, OGTC
• Jared Owen, Director of Digital and Entrepreneurship, Opportunity North East (ONE)

Following the presentations, John Seabourn, Chief Digital Officer, OGA and Guri Neote Director of Deloitte Consulting’s Digital Capital Projects team will join the speakers in an interactive panel session.

Deirdre Michie, OBE OGUK Chief Executive, said:
“This timely report provides industry with an invaluable baseline for developing the strategies we need to realise the huge potential for digitalisation, enabling our industry to become more connected, efficient and sustainable in the process. Digitalisation is as much about culture as technology and the report highlights the importance of businesses working together to share ideas, challenge themselves and combine expertise to deliver the transformational change we need to spur our sector’s recovery and support an accelerated transition to net zero.”

Sir Ian Wood, KT GBE, Chair ONE, said,
“The report provides critical insight at a time when businesses of all sizes are having to adapt to major market and customer changes. While the industry is strong in the technical aspects of digital, it lacks the innovation mindset and culture to be decisive in digital transformation in relation to its peers. It is encouraging to see a strong desire for collaboration but it’s still not strong enough and we need to pick up the pace in this area if we are to fast-track progress. It’s imperative that we use the findings to collectively tailor action and catalyse a more digitally focused industry.”

Colette Cohen OBE, CEO of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre said:
“Digitalisation provides opportunities for increased efficiency, reduced carbon footprint and improved safety, which are crucial in the transition to a net zero future. This report shows that industry collaboration is the enabler, with the true potential of data being unlocked through a shared approach to industry challenges.”

Mikki Corcoran, Co-Chair TLB, Schlumberger, said
“Genuine digital transformation is fundamental to remaining a strategic energy supplier to the U.K. in a net zero world. Today we have the technology we need; leadership and vision are required to make this a reality on the UKCS.”

Graham Hollis, Office Senior Partner for Deloitte in Aberdeen added: “This report provides timely insight into the topics that matter most to businesses of all sizes operating across the UK’s oil and gas sector. It is promising to see the progress industry has made to date in its digital journey, however it is clear there remains many challenges that need to be overcome for industry to truly maximise the opportunity provided by digitalisation.”

The detailed survey report and summary slides can be found at the OGUK website

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The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has appointed three major business leaders to its board as the sector sharpens its focus on recovery.

 

As UK Managing Director of gas-focused exploration and production company, Neptune Energy, Alexandra Thomas represents one of the leading independents investing in the UK North Sea. With international expertise in exploration and development, Alexandra brings 18 years’ oil and gas experience to OGUK’s board. She started her career on assignments with Shell and Equinor later working in senior leadership roles in the UK, Netherlands, Norway and Ghana, where she was Tullow Oil’s Head of Exploration, Development and Commercial before joining Neptune in 2020. An ardent promoter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Alexandra champions for women in engineering and technical roles and mentors a number of men and women in their career development.

 

 

 

 

BP’s Senior Vice President for the North Sea Emeka Emembolu has significant knowowledge of the company having joined the business in 1998. Since starting his career as a production engineer on bp’s ETAP development in the central North Sea, Emeka has worked in diverse technical and leadership roles in regions across the globe including the UK, Angola, Algeria, Egypt, Alaska and latterly Texas where he was Vice President, Reservoir Development for the Gulf of Mexico & Canada. Emeka is passionate about promoting STEM subjects and highlighting the potential for technology to deliver solutions to industry’s challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

As Regional Director for CHC Helicopter’s European, Middle East and African business, Mark Abbey has a wealth of aerospace and aviation experience built up over 35 years in the industry. Mark’s career has encompassed senior management positions in Europe, the USA, India and China. Earlier in his career, Mark spent 16 years at BAE Systems in an executive role managing their aircraft systems and operational facilities for assets including the Hawk Jet Trainer.

 

 

 

Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive, commented:

“The diverse experience and knowledge that Emeka, Mark and Alexandra bring to the OGUK Board will be a great asset as our industry tackles a challenging landscape of low commodity prices and the coronavirus pandemic, while at the same time seeking to support the UK’s cleaner climate ambitions.

“This diversity of perspectives from across industry is critical as we work to deliver Roadmap 2035, finding solutions for low carbon oil and gas production while doing everything we can to revive our world-class but fragile supply chain and protect the skills of our people for the future.“

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Katy HeidenreichThe leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is driving its supply chain agenda forward by appointing Katy Heidenreich, director responsible for leading its supply chain and operations activities.

Currently spearheading OGUK’s Recovery Group’s work with industry, Government and regulators to stimulate investment in the basin, Katy will focus on supply chain activities while progressing initiatives aimed at increasing UKCS activity to sustain jobs across the sector’s beleaguered supply chain.

In her new role, Katy will build on the significant progress achieved by Matt Abraham, who leaves the representative body to take up a leadership role in a major contractor company after two and a half years as OGUK’s supply chain and exports director.

Katy’s extensive supply chain experience includes 27 years in the oil and gas industry working in technical and senior management roles in the UK, Norway and Azerbaijan. She joined OGUK in 2015 after 15 years with Schlumberger Oilfield services, latterly as Commercial Manager for UK, Holland and Denmark. Katy is also the author of ‘The industry’s best kept secret’- a book designed to inspire and encourage more women to consider careers in the energy sector.

OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie commented:
“Our industry has the essential expertise to help the UK meet its climate ambitions by 2050 and power the green recovery. At the same time, we can help keep costs low for households and families, retain jobs and create new roles for the future.

“Supporting a sustainable recovery is at the heart of all this, and Katy will have a critical role in bringing the supply chain together with our operations to support much needed recovery, at pace. Katy’s expertise in optimising operations to help unlock investment will help stimulate much needed activity for our world-class but fragile supply chain.

“I’m also grateful to Matt for his contribution to OGUK and industry during some of our most challenging times and wish him every success for the future.”

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OGUK’s drive to ensure the UK oil and gas sector is taking collective action to stimulate its own recovery comes under focus in a free webinar featuring leading industry figures on Thursday 27 August.

Since April 2020, members of OGUK’s Recovery Group have been working across the industry to help shape the sector’s recovery as it looks beyond the issues posed by the coronavirus, tackles the challenge of sustained low commodity prices and takes steps to support the energy transition.

Chair of the webinar, Katy Heidenreich, OGUK’s Operations Director commented:
“OGUK is spearheading and supporting a number of self-help initiatives aimed at helping our industry recover from the triple threat of COVID-19, the dramatic crash in oil price and the lowest gas prices for 14 years. Working closely with government and regulators, we’re focusing on areas throughout the oil and gas lifecycle from exploration to decommissioning where we can boost competitiveness, unlock planned work programmes and stimulate activity for our world-class but fragile supply chain. Supporting recovery now is key to the industry realising its full potential through the energy transition and this webinar is an ideal chance to hear about progress achieved to date and proposals aimed at unlocking investment.”

Keynote speakers include Neil McCulloch, Executive VP, Technical & Operated Assets, Spirit Energy who will highlight the importance of strengthening the UK oil and gas sector now to attract new investment, retain the skills to recover activity and support the energy transition towards a low carbon economy.

Scott Robertson, Director of Operations at the OGA will cover a range for topics from the regulator’s perspective, including the significant prize remaining on the UKCS, and what the OGA has been doing to stimulate recovery. He will also provide an update on the new OGA Strategy which will incorporate net zero considerations, and outline what the OGA expects from industry and what industry can expect from the OGA going forward.

Members of OGUK’s recovery group will share examples of ongoing initiatives, with Gavin Rogers, Director of Innovation, Digital & Technology at Wood, discussing a collaboration between members to support a data-driven methodology that can optimise resource utilisation within the UKCS.

In a separate case study, Martin White Vice President, Halliburton and a member of the OGA/ Industry Wells Task Force will demonstrate the benefits of adopting a multi-operator campaign approach when executing well operations.

The webinar at 10 am on Thursday August 27 will include a panel session and places can be booked online https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/road-to-recovery-uk-oil-and-gas-industry-action-tickets-114507679552

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The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has partnered with Skills Development Scotland to signpost support for oil and gas workers impacted by redundancy.

The free webinar is open to anyone looking for support and advice on roles within the energy sector and will signpost attendees towards practical support and opportunities.

Earlier this year OGUK warned up to 30,000 jobs could be lost as the sector faces both the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its operations and the sustained low oil and gas prices. Up to 9000 redundancies are reported to have been made so far, with the industry engaged in discussions with the UK government on a sector deal which could enable the sector to support the UK’s moves towards net zero by 2050.

OGUK today said that the webinar was one of a range of proactive measures the industry is taking to shape its future and support a recovery which also helps the sector play a full role in the energy transition.

Commenting, OGUK’s Workforce Engagement and Skills Manager Dr Alix Thom said:

“Our free webinar is open to anyone impacted by redundancy and will offer practical support as well as highlighting relevant opportunities in the wider energy industry.

“These are challenging times for all industries, and we are seeing the impact of this on people’s jobs and livelihoods nearly every day in the news. Though we are conscious that we will need their skills in the future as the sector recovers and embraces its role in the energy transition, we also recognise the human cost of the last four months and the need to try and help those who have applied their considerable skills on the industry’s behalf.

“Whilst our sector is remarkably resilient with remarkably resilient people, the challenges of both the pandemic and sustained low commodity prices put even further pressure on an industry that was only just beginning to emerge from the downturn.

“We continue to work with the UK government on developing a sector deal, and will also be putting more detailed support measures forward to both governments to help ensure that our industry can realise its full potential through the transition to a lower carbon future.”

  1. The free employment support and advice session will take place at 10am, Tuesday August 18. It is open to all and registration can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/employment-support-and-advice-session-tickets-115881768489

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Major contractor Petrofac will be sharing its future project and activity plans with companies seeking new business opportunities at OGUK’s free Share Fair Spotlight webinar on August 4.

Part of a series of online business development events, the webinar enables attendees to engage with potential clients, gain insight of future contracts and quiz Petrofac’s experts in an online panel session.

Commenting, OGUK’s Supply Chain Director, Matt Abraham said:

“Many parts of the UK supply chain are under severe pressure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and volatile commodity prices so these digital Share Fairs aim to promote stronger interaction between operators, contractors and suppliers at all scales of operation. They’re a great way for clients to meet existing companies as well as increase their market awareness of other companies with value-adding services and goods.”

Participants who register for the hour-long event will hear Roy Choudhury, Supply Chain Director, Cheryl McRae, Subcontract Team Lead and Daniel Gear, Strategic Programme Lead outlining Petrofac’s forward work programme for the UK North Sea as well as plans for decommissioning, lump-sum contracting and its plans to support the energy transition, including updates on ongoing projects. Attendees will be among the first to hear about the launch of Petrofac’s new Supplier Hub which aims to improve supply chain interaction and streamline processes.

To register for the event which takes place 11am-noon on Tuesday 4 August, visit OGUK’s webinar booking site at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/share-fair-spotlight-petrofac-tickets-111305142678.

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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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OGUK appoints two directors to drive forward stakeholder and communications agenda

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is appointing two directors to lead its newly created External Relations and Communications directorates aimed at supporting the current and evolving needs of OGUK’s members as the sector transitions towards a low carbon future.

Natalie Coupar takes up the role of Communications Director and Jenny Stanning will be OGUK’s External Relations Director, both with effect from 1 January 2021.

Natalie Coupar

Jenny Stanning

With extensive stakeholder and communications expertise, Natalie will lead the teams delivering the organisation’s media relations, editorial, design and digital strategy. Prior to her new role, Natalie was OGUK’s Communications Manager.

Before joining OGUK in 2017, Natalie developed broad and diverse communications experience in technology, the third sectors and politics.

As External Relations Director, Jenny will be responsible for leading OGUK’s external affairs, events and membership teams. In this new role her responsibilities include working with Governments, Parliaments, industry leaders, business and industry organisations and regulatory bodies to ensure that members’ interests are well represented.

Prior to joining OGUK, Jenny worked in politics and stakeholder management for 15 years including some time working in the Scottish Parliament.

In their new roles, Jenny and Natalie will build on the significant progress achieved by OGUK’s former Stakeholder and Communications Director Gareth Wynn, who leaves the representative body to take up a leadership role overseas, after three years as OGUK’s stakeholder and communications director.

OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie commented:

“By any measure, this year has been incredibly challenging for all communities, yet the people in our industry have continued to demonstrate incredible resilience, applying their essential expertise to help support a fragile supply chain and its move towards a sustainable green recovery. Both Natalie and Jenny have great vision, commitment and drive and their experience will enable us to maintain this momentum, and help ensure we’re doing all we can to support our members.”

“I’m also grateful to Gareth for his invaluable contribution to OGUK and to the industry and wish him every success for the future.”

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Survey is further confirmation of stark conditions faced by industry

OGUK has said a survey of oil and gas companies which finds about a fifth of firms are expecting more redundancies in 2021 is further confirmation of the stark conditions faced by many.

The leading representative body for the sector, which is due to publish its flagship Economic Report early next week, said it continues to champion a North Sea Transition Deal.

Commenting on the 32nd AGCC Oil and Gas Survey published today, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“The AGCC Oil and Gas Survey is further confirmation of the stark conditions faced by many companies in our industry, and we remain particularly concerned about the health of our world class supply chain. OGUK continues to work with industry to see what we can to together to safely increase activity and protect jobs while at the same time championing a North Sea Transition Deal with governments which could help realise the full potential of our changing sector, both now and in moves to a lower carbon future.”

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Report confirms no rush to decommission as sector withstands disruptive year

 

As the oil and gas sector continues to deal with the effects of COVID-19 and the collapse of commodity prices, OGUK’s 2020 Decommissioning Insight report reveals the decommissioning industry though resilient has not escaped the impact of such unprecedented conditions.

Given the major disruptions and challenges of 2020, OGUK conducted an additional interim survey of operators in June 2020 to provide deeper insight of the impact of COVID-19 on decommissioning activity. This showed that continuing market uncertainty has led to around £500 million of decommissioning expenditure previously scheduled for 2020-22 being deferred into the future.

OGUK’s supply chain and operations director, Katy Heidenreich said:

“All parts of the oil and gas business are experiencing reductions in cash flow and decommissioning is no different. We’ve seen a 30 per cent reduction in expenditure from £1.47 billion in early 2020, to around £1.08 billion but despite these pressures, the sector is in no rush to decommission.

While many projects have been able to continue, we are also expecting to see reduced activity across all areas of decommissioning over the next three years.

During 2020, our hard-pressed supply chain has demonstrated both resilience in delivering the roster of projects that have gone ahead this year, but also continual performance improvement in terms of cost and efficiency.

We remain focused on supporting our supply chain through, for example, ensuring visibility of work so that when conditions change, our industry remains competitive. The specialist skills now being developed will also help us make the most of the opportunities presented by the energy transition which include low emission decommissioning, supporting the circular economy, re-purposing facilities and contributing to CCS, hydrogen and offshore wind developments.”

The report can be found here and the  findings show:

  • Estimated total spend on decommissioning in 2020 is £1.1 bn still consistently around 10% of overall industry expenditure
  • Decommissioning of a record two northern North Sea platforms in one year
  • Forecast for 2020 shrank by 30% from £1.47 bn to £1.08 bn
  • 116 wells, 260km of pipelines and 15 topsides have been decommissioned in 2020
  • Well decommissioning activity at lowest level since 2016

OGUK’s annual Decommissioning Insight also provides an analysis for the wider North Sea market including Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark and the scope of this year’s report has broadened to reflect the industry’s efforts to accelerate the energy transition and embrace opportunities to support a low-carbon future.

 

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OGUK response: Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for green industrial revolution

Commenting on the 10-point green industrial revolution announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, OGUK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie said today:

“We are pleased to see the Government is committed to its ambitious plans for tackling emissions in spite of all the other challenges we face. Our industry is already in action, evolving and contributing. We were one of the first major sectors in the UK to embrace the Government’s target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The good news for jobs and the economy is that with the right support, companies based here in the UK have the expertise to make us world leaders in tackling emissions, including through carbon capture and hydrogen production, both of which are key to the clean energy system of the future. Exciting new technologies and innovations need to sit alongside delivering real reductions in emissions and improved efficiency. Things that our industry and every one of us can be getting on with right now.”

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Conference explores decommissioning in a low carbon future

The contribution decommissioning can make to the low carbon future is a key theme at OGUK’s first ever virtual conference on November 24-25 when Professor Paul de Leeuw director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute chairs a session exploring the skills and job opportunities this shift in focus presents.

Joe Leask, OGUK’s decommissioning manager, said:

“Tackling climate change is a global priority and our industry has the essential expertise to help make a difference. This session will examine the rapidly changing energy landscape and how we can meet our decommissioning obligations in an even more sustainable way. We know our skills and supply chain will play a big role in developing the low carbon solutions we need to meet climate change targets.”

The free, interactive event is open to all, with organisers hoping it will harness the power of different perspectives, challenge established norms and drive new conversations about decommissioning in the broader energy world.

Professor Paul de Leeuw commented: Decommissioning better and greener will have a key role to play in the transition to a lower carbon future. To do this effectively, we will need sector leading skills, capabilities and technologies. Combined with future decommissioning requirements in the renewables, hydrogen and CCUS sectors, the industry has a unique opportunity to create a new, world class energy decommissioning workforce. This session will be a great opportunity to bring together industry leaders, experts and decommissioning professionals to discuss these challenges and to provide new, stimulating insights on how we can collectively set this up for success.”

Decommissioning in a low carbon future also features in a session chaired by Louise O’Hara Murray OGUK’s Emissions Improvement manager. This will share learnings across the oil and gas and renewables sector, and the opportunities posed by energy integration, carbon capture and storage and innovation in low emissions decommissioning.

Throughout the two-day event, which has already attracted more than 550 registrations, participants can access a fully immersive experience enabling them to interact with industry experts, visit virtual exhibition stands and engage in online networking. With sponsorship from Repsol Sinopec Resource UK and IOGP, the conference covers an extensive range of topics including the UK’s ambition to become a Global Hub of Excellence, evolving developments in regulation and initiatives aimed at delivering added value across the decommissioning process.

More information is available on the Offshore Decommissioning Conference website at

https://offshoredecommissioningconference.co.uk/

 

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OGUK response to Scottish Conservative leader’s speech to oil & gas workers

Commenting today on the speech to oil and gas workers by Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, that protecting oil and gas jobs must be a priority and the North Sea sector can thrive alongside a growing renewables sector, OGUK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie said:

“We welcome recognition of the vital role of the offshore oil and gas industry in our economy, which supports over 100,000 jobs in Scotland, provides the products and affordable energy we use in our everyday lives and has a world-leading supply chain of hundreds of businesses located across the country. It’s also key that these roles make a fundamental contribution to the transitioning energy economy in support of climate change targets.

“Through a North Sea Transition Deal we can help the huge parts of our economy which can’t use electricity to meet climate change targets, developing practical solutions including the development of hydrogen and carbon capture and storage at scale. At the same time, we remain laser-focussed on reducing our emissions.

“We look forward to conversations with all parties about the continued support needed for our sector in difficult times. In a stark economic climate for all, our changing industry has the essential expertise to provide affordable energy to millions of households and families, support jobs in energy communities across the country and create exciting new jobs of the future.”

The speech by Douglas Ross MP is available here

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OGUK responds to extension of furlough scheme

Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement today that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of March 2021, OGUK’s workforce engagement and skills manager, Dr Alix Thom said:

 

“We welcome the support the Chancellor is providing today as it may provide a vital lifeline to many of our members enabling them to retain hundreds of workers in our industry whose skills and capabilities we will need to deliver deferred work, enable recovery and support our efforts in the transition to a low carbon future. Along with so many people facing continuing uncertainty due to Covid-19, our sector faces extra pressures generated by volatile oil and gas prices.

 

“These challenges inevitably mean recovery will take longer but we are doing all we can to support our supply chain and mitigate against further job losses. Through playing our part in delivery a green recovery, realising the full potential of the government’s  North Sea Transition Deal and continued support for our industry, we can help keep energy costs low for households and families, retain jobs and create new roles for the future.”

 

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OGUK responds to the OGA’s Thematic review report

Commenting on the publication of the Oil and Gas Authority’s ‘Thematic Review into Industry Compliance with Regulatory Obligations’, which stresses the key role of licence management in maximising economic recovery,

OGUK Operations Director Katy Heidenreich said:

“Thematic reviews are an established method of performance improvement which has been used across a number of sectors and we welcome this constructive reflection from the OGA today.

“It not only highlights areas where the UK offshore oil and gas industry and the regulator can make improvements, but also where the sector can build upon good practise. While the report looks at compliance in 2018, it is encouraging to see the OGA recognise the steps taken by industry since then that point to improvement in performance.

“However, there is always more that can be done and the recommendations provide practical and considered suggestions for both industry and the OGA to continue to improve and we look forward to building on this constructive approach.”

The OGA’s report can be found at https://www.ogauthority.co.uk/news-publications/news/2020/the-oga-stresses-key-role-of-licence-management-in-maximising-economic-recovery/

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Digital Decommissioning Conference aims for international connectivity

Decommissioning takes on a new global dimension as OGUK launches its first ever virtual conference to provide delegates with a dynamic, international and interactive online experience.

Taking place from November 24-25, the event goes beyond the confines of traditional conferences to provide a digital platform with potentially global reach enabling participants to drive new conversations about decommissioning in the broader energy world in a time of unprecedented change.

Throughout the two-day event, delegates gain access to a fully immersive experience enabling them to interact with industry experts, visit virtual exhibition stands and engage in online networking. Topics on the agenda include the UK’s ambition to become a Global Hub of Excellence, evolving developments in regulation and a focus on developing the skills needed to support future decommissioning needs.

Commenting, OGUK’s decommissioning manager Joe Leask said:

“Reliable and definitive information is invaluable in uncertain times. OGUK’s Offshore Decommissioning conference will draw on the expertise of leading figures in decommissioning from around the world, providing delegates with the latest insight on the pressures, challenges and opportunities on the horizon.

“Whatever the limitations imposed by Covid-19, this event is an ideal opportunity to engage with delegates and take stock of where the sector is, and where it fits into the global low carbon context.”

The diverse and topical programme will be supported by session champions that include experts from the Oil  and Gas Authority (OGA) and its Decommissioning Task Force; the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP); the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC); Decom North Sea; Robert Gordon University, the Aberdeen section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and OGUK.

Representatives from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) and the OGA will be presenting at the event and delegates will also have the opportunity to use a multitude of online resources including videos, tools and presentations while contributing to live discussions via the chat channel.

More information is available at the Offshore Decommissioning Conference website and to register click here  

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Experts gather to support SMEs in OGUK Tendering webinar

OGUK’s commitment to ensuring the recovery of the UK’s hard-pressed oil and gas supply chain continues with a webinar aimed at providing small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with top tips for successful tendering.

Taking place online on Wednesday 30 September, the free event aims to help SMEs wishing to improve how they bid to supply goods or services to a potential buyer and learn from experts in the field.

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

“Feedback from participants in our latest SME forum revealed there’s a strong demand for expert advice on tendering and what companies can do to continuously improve their business.

“While SMEs are a vital sector of our world-class supply chain and the lifeblood of innovation and opportunity, many are in a fragile position and our aim is give them a deeper insight of what customers look for from a potential supplier during the tendering process.

“Experts speaking at the webinar include representatives from the operator, SME, legal and commercial communities who will each outline what good practice looks like from their individual perspectives.”

Industry experts speaking at the event which starts at 9.30 am – 11.00 am include:

Catriona Stevenson, Chair of the OGUK SME Forum and Business Manager, Ecosse IP Ltd

Anne Farr, Managing Director, Rothera Group Ltd

Steve Mitchellhill, Contract specialist, Mitchelhill Consulting

Edward Hughes, Head of Contracts & Procurement, INEOS

Chris West, Chief Operating Officer, Optimus

Following the webinar which is open to both OGUK members and non-members, online delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a panel session and learn about how they can make the best of the opportunities ahead. Registration is at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1282319039831698959

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OGUK responds to UK’s 32nd Offshore Licensing Round Awards announced by OGA

Commenting on the OGA’s announcement of the award offers in the 32nd Licensing Round

Katy Heidenreich, OGUK’s supply chain and operations director said:

“At a time when companies face huge pressures it is encouraging that our basin continues to demonstrate its attractiveness to a wide range of companies. This is a crucial element in unlocking the new investment that will help continue to meet UK energy needs and sustain jobs across our sector.
As a net importer of oil and gas it is critical that the UK continues to explore for and develop new resources in terms of energy security. Achieving this means we can continue to anchor our world-class expertise in the UK as our sector positions itself to play a key role in the transition to a lower carbon future as outlined in industry’s Roadmap 2035.”

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Major new report sets baseline to push greater progress in digitalisation

Findings from the first survey of digitalisation in the oil and gas industry reveal there’s a strong appetite to ensure technology is matured to improve the sector’s connectivity, efficiency and sustainability but highlight the need to promote collaborative working if these transformational changes are to become a reality.

With support from Deloitte, the UKCS Data and Digital Maturity Survey was launched in June 2020 by OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, in partnership with the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and Opportunity North East (ONE) to assess the maturity of digitalisation across the sector.

Compiled with input from a cross section of more than 70 organisations and almost 40 individuals, full details of the report will be shared at a free webinar chaired by Dr Dan Brown, Executive Director of OGUK subsidiary Common Data Access (CDA) together with CDA Delivery Manager Sakthi Norton on 1 September. Key speakers at the event will include:
• Mikki Corcoran, Co-Chair TLB
• Alex Macdonald, Digital Transformation Project Manager, OGTC
• Jared Owen, Director of Digital and Entrepreneurship, Opportunity North East (ONE)

Following the presentations, John Seabourn, Chief Digital Officer, OGA and Guri Neote Director of Deloitte Consulting’s Digital Capital Projects team will join the speakers in an interactive panel session.

Deirdre Michie, OBE OGUK Chief Executive, said:
“This timely report provides industry with an invaluable baseline for developing the strategies we need to realise the huge potential for digitalisation, enabling our industry to become more connected, efficient and sustainable in the process. Digitalisation is as much about culture as technology and the report highlights the importance of businesses working together to share ideas, challenge themselves and combine expertise to deliver the transformational change we need to spur our sector’s recovery and support an accelerated transition to net zero.”

Sir Ian Wood, KT GBE, Chair ONE, said,
“The report provides critical insight at a time when businesses of all sizes are having to adapt to major market and customer changes. While the industry is strong in the technical aspects of digital, it lacks the innovation mindset and culture to be decisive in digital transformation in relation to its peers. It is encouraging to see a strong desire for collaboration but it’s still not strong enough and we need to pick up the pace in this area if we are to fast-track progress. It’s imperative that we use the findings to collectively tailor action and catalyse a more digitally focused industry.”

Colette Cohen OBE, CEO of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre said:
“Digitalisation provides opportunities for increased efficiency, reduced carbon footprint and improved safety, which are crucial in the transition to a net zero future. This report shows that industry collaboration is the enabler, with the true potential of data being unlocked through a shared approach to industry challenges.”

Mikki Corcoran, Co-Chair TLB, Schlumberger, said
“Genuine digital transformation is fundamental to remaining a strategic energy supplier to the U.K. in a net zero world. Today we have the technology we need; leadership and vision are required to make this a reality on the UKCS.”

Graham Hollis, Office Senior Partner for Deloitte in Aberdeen added: “This report provides timely insight into the topics that matter most to businesses of all sizes operating across the UK’s oil and gas sector. It is promising to see the progress industry has made to date in its digital journey, however it is clear there remains many challenges that need to be overcome for industry to truly maximise the opportunity provided by digitalisation.”

The detailed survey report and summary slides can be found at the OGUK website

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OGUK welcomes trio to Board with industry focus on recovery efforts

 

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has appointed three major business leaders to its board as the sector sharpens its focus on recovery.

 

As UK Managing Director of gas-focused exploration and production company, Neptune Energy, Alexandra Thomas represents one of the leading independents investing in the UK North Sea. With international expertise in exploration and development, Alexandra brings 18 years’ oil and gas experience to OGUK’s board. She started her career on assignments with Shell and Equinor later working in senior leadership roles in the UK, Netherlands, Norway and Ghana, where she was Tullow Oil’s Head of Exploration, Development and Commercial before joining Neptune in 2020. An ardent promoter of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Alexandra champions for women in engineering and technical roles and mentors a number of men and women in their career development.

 

 

 

 

BP’s Senior Vice President for the North Sea Emeka Emembolu has significant knowowledge of the company having joined the business in 1998. Since starting his career as a production engineer on bp’s ETAP development in the central North Sea, Emeka has worked in diverse technical and leadership roles in regions across the globe including the UK, Angola, Algeria, Egypt, Alaska and latterly Texas where he was Vice President, Reservoir Development for the Gulf of Mexico & Canada. Emeka is passionate about promoting STEM subjects and highlighting the potential for technology to deliver solutions to industry’s challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

As Regional Director for CHC Helicopter’s European, Middle East and African business, Mark Abbey has a wealth of aerospace and aviation experience built up over 35 years in the industry. Mark’s career has encompassed senior management positions in Europe, the USA, India and China. Earlier in his career, Mark spent 16 years at BAE Systems in an executive role managing their aircraft systems and operational facilities for assets including the Hawk Jet Trainer.

 

 

 

Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive, commented:

“The diverse experience and knowledge that Emeka, Mark and Alexandra bring to the OGUK Board will be a great asset as our industry tackles a challenging landscape of low commodity prices and the coronavirus pandemic, while at the same time seeking to support the UK’s cleaner climate ambitions.

“This diversity of perspectives from across industry is critical as we work to deliver Roadmap 2035, finding solutions for low carbon oil and gas production while doing everything we can to revive our world-class but fragile supply chain and protect the skills of our people for the future.“

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Supply Chain focus boosted as OGUK creates new integrated directorate

Katy HeidenreichThe leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is driving its supply chain agenda forward by appointing Katy Heidenreich, director responsible for leading its supply chain and operations activities.

Currently spearheading OGUK’s Recovery Group’s work with industry, Government and regulators to stimulate investment in the basin, Katy will focus on supply chain activities while progressing initiatives aimed at increasing UKCS activity to sustain jobs across the sector’s beleaguered supply chain.

In her new role, Katy will build on the significant progress achieved by Matt Abraham, who leaves the representative body to take up a leadership role in a major contractor company after two and a half years as OGUK’s supply chain and exports director.

Katy’s extensive supply chain experience includes 27 years in the oil and gas industry working in technical and senior management roles in the UK, Norway and Azerbaijan. She joined OGUK in 2015 after 15 years with Schlumberger Oilfield services, latterly as Commercial Manager for UK, Holland and Denmark. Katy is also the author of ‘The industry’s best kept secret’- a book designed to inspire and encourage more women to consider careers in the energy sector.

OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie commented:
“Our industry has the essential expertise to help the UK meet its climate ambitions by 2050 and power the green recovery. At the same time, we can help keep costs low for households and families, retain jobs and create new roles for the future.

“Supporting a sustainable recovery is at the heart of all this, and Katy will have a critical role in bringing the supply chain together with our operations to support much needed recovery, at pace. Katy’s expertise in optimising operations to help unlock investment will help stimulate much needed activity for our world-class but fragile supply chain.

“I’m also grateful to Matt for his contribution to OGUK and industry during some of our most challenging times and wish him every success for the future.”

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OGUK webinar to highlight progress on sector’s road to recovery

OGUK’s drive to ensure the UK oil and gas sector is taking collective action to stimulate its own recovery comes under focus in a free webinar featuring leading industry figures on Thursday 27 August.

Since April 2020, members of OGUK’s Recovery Group have been working across the industry to help shape the sector’s recovery as it looks beyond the issues posed by the coronavirus, tackles the challenge of sustained low commodity prices and takes steps to support the energy transition.

Chair of the webinar, Katy Heidenreich, OGUK’s Operations Director commented:
“OGUK is spearheading and supporting a number of self-help initiatives aimed at helping our industry recover from the triple threat of COVID-19, the dramatic crash in oil price and the lowest gas prices for 14 years. Working closely with government and regulators, we’re focusing on areas throughout the oil and gas lifecycle from exploration to decommissioning where we can boost competitiveness, unlock planned work programmes and stimulate activity for our world-class but fragile supply chain. Supporting recovery now is key to the industry realising its full potential through the energy transition and this webinar is an ideal chance to hear about progress achieved to date and proposals aimed at unlocking investment.”

Keynote speakers include Neil McCulloch, Executive VP, Technical & Operated Assets, Spirit Energy who will highlight the importance of strengthening the UK oil and gas sector now to attract new investment, retain the skills to recover activity and support the energy transition towards a low carbon economy.

Scott Robertson, Director of Operations at the OGA will cover a range for topics from the regulator’s perspective, including the significant prize remaining on the UKCS, and what the OGA has been doing to stimulate recovery. He will also provide an update on the new OGA Strategy which will incorporate net zero considerations, and outline what the OGA expects from industry and what industry can expect from the OGA going forward.

Members of OGUK’s recovery group will share examples of ongoing initiatives, with Gavin Rogers, Director of Innovation, Digital & Technology at Wood, discussing a collaboration between members to support a data-driven methodology that can optimise resource utilisation within the UKCS.

In a separate case study, Martin White Vice President, Halliburton and a member of the OGA/ Industry Wells Task Force will demonstrate the benefits of adopting a multi-operator campaign approach when executing well operations.

The webinar at 10 am on Thursday August 27 will include a panel session and places can be booked online https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/road-to-recovery-uk-oil-and-gas-industry-action-tickets-114507679552

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OGUK partners with skills body to offer support to redundant oil and gas workers

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has partnered with Skills Development Scotland to signpost support for oil and gas workers impacted by redundancy.

The free webinar is open to anyone looking for support and advice on roles within the energy sector and will signpost attendees towards practical support and opportunities.

Earlier this year OGUK warned up to 30,000 jobs could be lost as the sector faces both the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its operations and the sustained low oil and gas prices. Up to 9000 redundancies are reported to have been made so far, with the industry engaged in discussions with the UK government on a sector deal which could enable the sector to support the UK’s moves towards net zero by 2050.

OGUK today said that the webinar was one of a range of proactive measures the industry is taking to shape its future and support a recovery which also helps the sector play a full role in the energy transition.

Commenting, OGUK’s Workforce Engagement and Skills Manager Dr Alix Thom said:

“Our free webinar is open to anyone impacted by redundancy and will offer practical support as well as highlighting relevant opportunities in the wider energy industry.

“These are challenging times for all industries, and we are seeing the impact of this on people’s jobs and livelihoods nearly every day in the news. Though we are conscious that we will need their skills in the future as the sector recovers and embraces its role in the energy transition, we also recognise the human cost of the last four months and the need to try and help those who have applied their considerable skills on the industry’s behalf.

“Whilst our sector is remarkably resilient with remarkably resilient people, the challenges of both the pandemic and sustained low commodity prices put even further pressure on an industry that was only just beginning to emerge from the downturn.

“We continue to work with the UK government on developing a sector deal, and will also be putting more detailed support measures forward to both governments to help ensure that our industry can realise its full potential through the transition to a lower carbon future.”

  1. The free employment support and advice session will take place at 10am, Tuesday August 18. It is open to all and registration can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/employment-support-and-advice-session-tickets-115881768489

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Share Fair webinar gives suppliers sight of business opportunities ahead

Major contractor Petrofac will be sharing its future project and activity plans with companies seeking new business opportunities at OGUK’s free Share Fair Spotlight webinar on August 4.

Part of a series of online business development events, the webinar enables attendees to engage with potential clients, gain insight of future contracts and quiz Petrofac’s experts in an online panel session.

Commenting, OGUK’s Supply Chain Director, Matt Abraham said:

“Many parts of the UK supply chain are under severe pressure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and volatile commodity prices so these digital Share Fairs aim to promote stronger interaction between operators, contractors and suppliers at all scales of operation. They’re a great way for clients to meet existing companies as well as increase their market awareness of other companies with value-adding services and goods.”

Participants who register for the hour-long event will hear Roy Choudhury, Supply Chain Director, Cheryl McRae, Subcontract Team Lead and Daniel Gear, Strategic Programme Lead outlining Petrofac’s forward work programme for the UK North Sea as well as plans for decommissioning, lump-sum contracting and its plans to support the energy transition, including updates on ongoing projects. Attendees will be among the first to hear about the launch of Petrofac’s new Supplier Hub which aims to improve supply chain interaction and streamline processes.

To register for the event which takes place 11am-noon on Tuesday 4 August, visit OGUK’s webinar booking site at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/share-fair-spotlight-petrofac-tickets-111305142678.

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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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