Justine Bornstein, Senior Manager, Insights, Deloitte provides her perspectives on the implications of evolving transportation and mobility on the oil and gas industry.

The way we consume energy is changing. As this transition gathers pace, it will affect more and more industries and aspects of everyday life. One of the sectors likely to undergo a dramatic change in the years ahead is transport.

Electric vehicles are set to displace petrol and diesel vehicles over the next 20 years, driven by policy choices that dissuade people from using petrol or diesel cars, and the need for cleaner technologies that make vehicles less polluting – an imperative as the world’s population increasingly chooses to live in urban areas.

What will this move away from petrol and diesel vehicles mean for the oil and gas industry? One might think that the emergence of electric vehicles could only be bad news for the sector. The obvious answer seems to be to repurpose petrol stations as charging stations for electric vehicles. That’s fine if you have the necessary infrastructure in place. But are there other options for oil and gas companies?

Our relationship with the road is likely to look vastly different in the future thanks to the growth of technology-enabled “smart” mobility, the use of data to analyse traffic flows, and the expected benefits from shared mobility, which includes everything from ride-hailing, car-pooling and higher use of public modes such as trains and buses.

But with this rapid change comes opportunity. There is a clear need for significant additions to the UK’s road infrastructure to make it fit for purpose in the new mobility ecosystem. As well as adding to our public road infrastructure, there is going to be increased demand for power to charge these vehicles. The Grid will need to be reinforced, and this will present a chance for energy providers in oil and gas, and other sectors, to innovate and help to meet this demand.

The new transport ecosystem that emerges will open opportunities across a range of new business areas, and disruptive changes in old ones, meaning many sectors, including oil and gas, have a chance to play a role. A need for lighter weight materials for use in vehicles will drive demand for those producing petrochemicals, for example.

At present no individual sector has the means and capabilities to do it all, but by understanding how mobility is evolving, what capabilities your firm can leverage and where best to deploy them, energy companies can find a niche and plug in—in some cases, quite literally!

Deloitte is proud to sponsor Oil & Gas UK’s Aberdeen Breakfast Briefings.

 

The UK oil and gas industry’s rich history of innovation will be critical to efforts to build a lower carbon economy, a new report will reveal today.

The Energy Transition Outlook report, published by leading industry body Oil & Gas UK, will consider the issues and opportunities for the offshore oil and gas sector from the changing energy landscape.

Drawing on existing research carried out by its member organisations and independent consultants and agencies, the 20-page report provides an overview of the key political, economic, technological and social drivers that are influencing the energy mix. It also highlights the critical importance of industry’s drive to maximise production from the UK Continental Shelf to provide security of supply while moving towards achieving climate change ambitions.

It concludes by setting out a policy road map that utilises the UK’s world leading expertise in offshore technology to deliver the next phase of the energy transition.

The findings of the report will be presented by Will Webster, Energy Policy Manager and report author at an Oil & Gas UK Business Breakfast event, sponsored by Deloitte.

Speaking ahead of the event, Will Webster said:

“This report demonstrates industry’s key role in the energy transition and reinforces that Vision 2035, industry’s ambition to add a generation of production to the UK North Sea and double the export opportunity for the supply chain, is critical in achieving the balance between delivering our climate change targets and ensuring security of energy supply.

“As the report shows, despite the rapid advances in lower carbon technologies there is ongoing demand for oil and gas in several key areas including transport and domestic heating. A total of 80% of the UK’s 27 million homes are heated by gas, demonstrating the long-term importance of our industry in ensuring security of energy supply.

“A lower carbon future will still require large scale energy distribution networks, undersea engineering and the mass movement and storage of gases and liquids. The role for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCUS) and the development of hydrogen on an industrial scale will also feature in the future as these will be essential elements of any lower carbon environment.

“Clear evidence for this was in the action plan recently published by the Government to deliver the UK’s first carbon capture usage and storage projects by the mid-2020s. The industry’s expertise and use of pioneering technology means we are ready to play a central role in delivering cost effective, competently engineered solutions for CCUS.”

The Energy Transition Outlook 2018 is available here.

Ahead of Oil & Gas UK’s business breakfast “Energy Transition: Upholding our Licence to Operate” on Tuesday 13th November, Mark Clarke and Tallat Hussain from event sponsor White & Case LLP provide an overview of current considerations in climate change litigation.

The transition to a lower global carbon economy has been entrenched in international commitments. Since the Paris Agreement came into force in 2016, climate change is now firmly on the global agenda, prompting action by political and business leaders around the world. The impacts of extreme weather conditions, climate-related damage and the need for climate-resilient infrastructure are shifting attention away from policy commitments and focusing on causation and accountability. Pressure is mounting as the courts are becoming the forum of choice to encourage action, whether by governments, companies or individuals. It is estimated that over 1,000 climate change-related cases have been filed to date around the world, covering 25 countries and a variety of issues, claimants and defendants.

Experience gained in environmental  and consumer protection cases from the past, coupled with social media that facilitates the broad dissemination of information and improvements in climate science have all made litigation more accessible as a means to achieve remedy for potential adverse effects of climate change and to target accountability. Even where global temperature increases or greenhouse gas emissions are not the central theme of the case, but arise peripherally in it, judges are being asked to deal with arguments and facts related to climate change and climate science that were previously not presented before courts. Climate-related cases are arising in the context of constitutional and administrative law, human rights, shareholder activism and consumer protection. As the scope of this new class of action continues to develop, the pressure created by litigation, independent of its success or failure, may also affect the regulatory and operating environment for companies.

Key drivers for climate change litigation are:

  • Compensation for the costs of adaptation to climate change
  • Challenging climate change-related legislation and policies, or their application
  • Preventing future emissions and contributions to climate change
  • Requiring governments or regulators to take action to meet national or international commitments
  • Raising awareness and exerting pressure on corporate actors, regulators or investors

The global impact of climate justice is pushing boundaries, prompting policy and behavioural change, and creating a growing body of jurisprudence around the world. Claimants are bringing novel and creative legal arguments, and, in some cases, courts are demonstrating a willingness to take novel and creative approaches to these issues.

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Four petroleum data management students have been awarded scholarships funded by Common Data Access (CDA), a subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK which provides data management services to the UK oil and gas industry.

Wonuola Scott from Aberdeen and Nora Ribera from Argentina will study the Graduate Certificate course at Robert Gordon University while Patrick Kaczmarek from Canada and Jennifer Butler-Madden from Aberdeen will study the MSc course at the University of Aberdeen.

Data management is of strategic importance to industry as it looks to maximise economic recovery on the UK Continental Shelf. The availability of recognised academic qualifications in this discipline gives employers confidence they are recruiting individuals with the skills and proficiency in managing vital data assets.

Jennifer, who has worked in the oil and gas industry for 15 years, is planning a return to the sector after taking a career break.

Jennifer said: “The CDA scholarship is a fabulous opportunity. I have been out of the industry after starting a family, and the MSc Petroleum Data Management will help reignite my career. When I was awarded the scholarship I felt very privileged – it is an amazing feeling to know there are organisations willing to provide this kind of support to students.”

CDA, with the support of its member companies, has been instrumental in the creation of the award-winning Graduate Certificate course at Robert Gordon University, now in its third intake online, and the MSc course at the University of Aberdeen, welcoming its first intake of students both on campus and online this year.

Supporting the development of education in petroleum data management and providing opportunities to study the subject is at the heart of CDA’s work to professionalise the discipline.

Malcolm Fleming, Chief Executive of CDA, said:

“This year we have awarded four scholarships in total – two at each of Aberdeen’s universities. This marks significant further progress towards professionalising the discipline and provides a benchmark for professional development and recruitment. We’re delighted with the calibre of applicants from around the world and look forward to their progress in this rapidly advancing profession.

“The quality of almost all investment decisions taken by exploration and production companies depends on the availability of sufficient and reliable subsurface data. The role of data, and those experienced in assuring and enhancing its value plays an increasingly important role in improving exploration success. This is key to extending asset life, maximising oil and gas production and assuring the future of the sector.”

 

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Oil & Gas UK has appointed a team of decommissioning experts in a move that underlines the industry body’s strengthened capacity to serve the growing decommissioning needs of its members and key stakeholders.

The decommissioning market in the North Sea is forecast to grow steadily and is likely to be worth £1.8 billion per annum on average over the next decade (£2 billion in 2017).

The Aberdeen-based trio, comprising Richard Heard, Decommissioning Consultant, Sam George, Decommissioning Business Adviser and led by Decommissioning Manager Joe Leask, will focus on providing insight into the shifting decommissioning landscape and the opportunities it presents to the industry’s world class supply chain.

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

“Decommissioning of North Sea oil and gas assets will take place over the next 30 years and more, with new field developments extending this time-line. The appointment of this new team bolsters Oil & Gas UK’s already well-established presence in the decommissioning sector and I look forward to the team’s valuable contributions to our calendar of decommissioning activity including our annual Decommissioning Insight Report and Decommissioning Conference.”

Oil & Gas UK Decommissioning Manager, Joe Leask, added:

“I’m looking forward to building on the extensive work already undertaken by Richard, who has many years of experience in this area. The team will be working closely with regulators and the UK and Scottish Governments to develop an efficient, cost-effective decommissioning capability, sharing best practice and promoting our decommissioning expertise at home and abroad.

“As decommissioning activity is predicted to grow in the maturing North Sea, the UK supply chain has a major opportunity to develop world-class decommissioning capabilities. I’m looking forward to this team playing an integral role in helping our members capitalise on that.”

Jaibo Palmer, Head of Decommissioning at Oil & Gas UK member company Augean North Sea Services, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Oil & Gas UK’s new decommissioning team to our newly expanded Dundee Decommissioning and NORM Decontamination facility.

“Augean North Sea Services are an established leader in providing complete waste management services to the oil and gas industry. In addition to our Dundee facility, we have Permitted sites in Lerwick, Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth, which are further supported by six additional waste treatment sites across the UK.

“This means we are uniquely positioned in both Scotland and England to support the growing decommissioning sector, which is set to benefit the industry’s supply chain across the length and breadth of the UK.”

 

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Commenting on BP’s Vorlich development approval, Oil & Gas UK Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen said:

“The Vorlich development gives us a view into the future of the UK Continental Shelf and news of its FDP approval will further bolster confidence in the region. BP’s focus on efficiency, innovation and collaboration confirms its commitment to maximising recovery from the basin.

“The use of existing infrastructure will be increasingly important as industry looks to unlock small pools.  Oil & Gas UK’s recent Economic Report showed that these behaviours have the potential to add a generation of productive life to the basin. However, as our report warned, a continued supply chain squeeze could risk industry’s ability to go after this prize, and focus must remain on bringing more major projects to delivery.”

Commenting on the news that Total has made a significant gas discovery West of Shetland, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie, said:

“This is a major discovery by Total which demonstrates the exciting potential the West of Shetland frontier region holds. The focus on quick commercialisation of this find, made viable by the UKCS’ existing infrastructure, provides motivation for investors as well as industry.

“As our Economic Report recently highlighted, an increase in drilling activity is key to unlocking the remaining potential of the UKCS. This significant discovery demonstrates that the improved competitiveness of the basin is having positive results. This is thanks to the hard work undertaken by industry since the downturn.

“It also highlights what can be achieved when companies maximise the potential yield from their existing blocks. This increased activity is critical as we look to maximise economic recovery from the UK Continental Shelf and realise Vision 2035.”

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Decommissioning, dispute management and global issues surrounding corruption will be considered at Oil & Gas’s UK fifth annual legal conference being held in the Granite City later this month (Thursday 20 September).

The event will bring together over 130 in-house and private practice lawyers of all levels and specialist contractors to take part in a range of talks, question time events and networking opportunities.

This year’s agenda will also include sessions on tax and regulatory changes within decommissioning, a commercial and investment outlook, and the opportunity to refresh knowledge in areas of so-called black letter law – looking at well-established legal principles.

Speaking ahead of the event, Oil & Gas UK’s Legal Manager Tracey Keith said:

“The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry presents an ever-evolving and complex landscape for the legal community to navigate – covering a wide range of areas from health and safety to decommissioning to tax.

“Our conference is an opportunity to bring the sector’s legal community together to network, share experiences and learn more about the key issues facing the sector.

“We’re grateful for the support from our principal sponsor Clyde & Co and supporting sponsor CMS, which ensures we can continue to offer delegates an exciting and engaging one day event as the sector’s leading legal conference.”

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The UK’s offshore industry apprenticeship scheme is gearing up to welcome over 100 apprentices to its ranks, almost double the number who joined the scheme in 2016.

105 students will join the industry in September through the Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP). The scheme, managed by industry skills body OPITO and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), has brought almost 2,000 young people into the industry since it was set up in 1998.

This comes after Oil & Gas UK’s 2018 Workforce Report confirmed that industry has continued to successfully recruit young talent throughout the downturn, with the number of offshore workers under the age of 30 up by 20 percent since 2016. However, with women representing just three percent of the offshore workforce, and 23 percent for the industry overall, the industry must retain its focus on improving diversity and inclusion across the sector. Applications for next year’s intake are therefore particularly welcome from female and ethnic minority applicants.

2018 apprentice Jess Logan, who is 17 and will be relocating to Aberdeen from Portsmouth said: “My cousin, who is a mechanic in the oil industry, did the OGTAP programme a few years ago and told me how amazing it was. The more I learned about it the more it seemed like the best way to pursue my dream career of becoming an electrician.

“I’ve always loved learning how things work and I grew up doing electrical work with my dad. I find it so satisfying, especially the work I’ve done on new build houses. To think that the electrics in those homes that people use and rely on every single day have been fitted by me is amazing. I love being able to see the impact I’ve had!

“I’m hoping the apprenticeship scheme will develop my love and understanding of electrics and the opportunity to work in the oil industry will give me an insight into a different way of life as well as the chance to meet new people. I’m also excited at the prospect of getting a helicopter to work!”

Paul Atkinson, Chief Executive of the Offshore Contractors Association and a member of the steering group that oversees the scheme, said: “This apprenticeship scheme is a key part of industry’s ongoing efforts to encourage young people into the industry, which offers exciting opportunities for a fulfilling career.

“This year’s intake of 105 apprentices, up from 55 two years ago, demonstrates that we have successfully continued to recruit young talent into the industry throughout the downturn, a positive sign for sector as it continues to recover from the most severe and prolonged global oil downturn in history.”

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of leading representative body Oil & Gas UK, said: “The industry’s Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme is recognised as one of the most successful apprentice schemes of its kind, providing young people with the theoretical and practical experience needed for a rewarding career in oil and gas.

“I’m delighted to see so many young people preparing to join the industry in this year’s intake, however we still have a way to go if we want to bring increased diversity to our workforce. As part of the industry’s drive to address the gender balance, OGTAP has established a diversity group to explore ways to attract more female applicants to the industry apprentice scheme.  I would encourage more girls to follow Jess’s example and apply for the scheme next year.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our apprentices and wish them all the best for a long and fulfilling career in the oil and gas industry.”

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Efforts to find this year’s outstanding individuals and companies in the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry have moved a step closer today as Oil & Gas UK announced the finalists for the Oil & Gas UK Awards 2018.

28 finalists have been listed in consideration for nine awards, including a new Excellence in Decommissioning Award.

The judging panel for the prestigious event within the oil and gas industry calendar, sponsored by Shell U.K Limited, has selected finalists from scores of nominations. The winners will be announced at a black-tie event on Thursday 1 November at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

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

“Now in its 18th year, the Oil & Gas UK Awards continue to reflect the very best of our pioneering industry.

“Reflecting the changing landscape, we are delighted to introduce a new Excellence in Decommissioning Award. With 28 finalists up for nine awards, our judging panel faced a difficult decision selecting a shortlist from an outstanding calibre of entrants.

“We’d like to wish our finalists the best of luck and thank those who entered. The awards are an exciting showcase of the talent the UK offshore industry has to offer the world.”

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

The finalists for the Oil & Gas UK Awards 2018 are:

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OPITO

  • Ryan Fernando, Aker Solutions
  • Harry Houghton, Spirit Energy
  • Lois Preece, Spirit Energy

Graduate of the Year – sponsored by ECITB

  • Eilidh Macleod, Atkins
  • Gareth McQueen, Shell U.K. Ltd
  • Adam Zalewski, BP

Mentor of the Year

  • Shona Campbell, Total E&P UK Limited
  • Victoria Lamont, Shell U.K. Limited
  • Giuseppe Tizzano, BP

Workforce Engagement – sponsored by Fairfield Energy Limited

  • Apollo
  • Shell U.K. Limited
  • Wood

Business Innovation and Efficiency – SME

  • AIS Training
  • Apollo
  • Subsea Technologies Ltd

Business Innovation and Efficiency – Large Enterprise

  • Chevron North Sea Limited
  • Shell
  • Stork

Diversity and Inclusion – sponsored by Spirit Energy

  • Atkins (Member of the SNC Lavalin Group)
  • BP
  • Sodexo

Excellence in Decommissioning

  • CNR International (UK) Ltd
  • Fairfield Energy Limited / Decom Energy Limited
  • Saipem / Petrofac

MER UK Award – sponsored by OGA

  • Buzzard Phase II Integrated Project Team
  • CML, Dana Petroleum & Premier Oil
  • CNR International
  • Spirit Energy & OGTC

Reservations for the celebratory awards night are now being taken at the Oil & Gas UK awards website here .

 

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Safety champions of the North Sea have been recognised at the 2018 Offshore Safety Awards in Aberdeen today.

The annual awards ceremony, jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety and sponsored by TOTAL, celebrate the individuals and companies going above and beyond to improve safety across offshore operations on the UK Continental Shelf.

Finalists were considered for six awards spanning categories including Safety Leadership, Innovation in Safety and Workforce Engagement.

The event, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, heard from Jean-Luc Guiziou, Managing Director of Total E&P UK as well as workforce speaker Tommy Timms, an Offshore Technician with Wood who was recognised as Safety Representative of the Year at the awards in 2017.

The event’s interactive format saw attendees vote for the winner in each category after hearing pitches from each of the finalists.

The winners are:

The Award for Safety Leadership (Sponsored by Chevron North Sea Limited) was won by James Ellerton, Contract Manager, WorleyParsons, earned recognition from his colleagues for the high level of motivation and engagement he brings to the workforce, ensuring that safety is a priority for the whole team. James’ energy and focus for prioritising the importance of safety in the workplace means that safety engagement within each contract is a mainstay of delivery.

Safety Representative of the Year (Sponsored by Draeger Safety UK Ltd) was won by William Davidson, Instrument Technician at Nexen, in recognition of his outstanding commitment to all Nexen’s safety initiatives. His efforts have contributed to Golden Eagle’s excellent safety record of having been in operation since October 2014 without a Lost Time Incident.

RigDeluge won the Award for Innovation in Safety 2018 (Sponsored by Bureau Veritas UK Limited) for its achievements in innovating products which allow for drastically-improved performance of deluge systems, whilst reducing the requirement for hazardous service and maintenance of fire-fighting systems.

The Award Workforce Engagement 2018 (Sponsored by Equinor) recognises the individual or team which has actively embraced engagement with its workforce on safety matters, showing how a commitment to worker involvement in safety has contributed to an improvement in safety performance.

It was awarded to Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal Team, Conoco Phillips (U.K.) Limited, for achieving 10 years of operations without a single recordable injury last September.  This remarkable achievement is testament to the strong safety culture and close community at the site.  The terminal will cease production next month and the team developed a workforce engagement plan, focused on safety, to ensure everyone was kept in the loop on progress towards cessation of production.

The Award for Operational Integrity 2018 (Sponsored by Aker Solutions) awards an individual or team which has delivered increased efficiency or understanding of risk by putting in place sensible and proportionate risk management solutions.

The winner was Marcin Nazaruk, Human Performance Team Lead, BP, for his innovative work to bring psychology and organisational science into practice to help improve the safety and efficiency of BP’s operations. Marcin has personally spearheaded the development of the first comprehensive e-learning module on human performance in BP to help build a common understanding of the topic.

The Award for Sharing and Learning 2018 (sponsored by Spirit Energy Limited) recognises the outstanding steps taken by an individual or team that can demonstrate a learning and sharing culture either within their organisation, or who has made a significant contribution to health and safety through active participation in, or engagement with Oil & Gas UK or Step Change in Safety.

The winners, Alan Dickson and Fiona Fleming, BP North Sea Health Team, were rewarded for their role in developing and implementing a coaching and training programme for building resilience and improving psychological health and wellbeing among BP’s 1,500 employees and contractors across the Region.

Matt Abraham, Health, Safety and Environment and Supply Chain Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “Every year this event highlights why a relentless focus on safety makes such a crucial difference to our sector. As an industry we have a passion for safety and continually seek to build and expand our safety knowledge and expertise.

“The Offshore Safety Awards provides a key opportunity for motivated people to share their innovative ideas and have positive, constructive conversations, all of which help ensure that the UKCS remains one of the safest provinces to do business in the global oil and gas industry.”

Les Linklater, Executive Director of Step Change in Safety, said: “This event offers a great opportunity to drive forward conversations around safety. Although it’s important to recognise the contribution our winners have made to improving safety in our industry, its equally important we take the ideas generated today and make them part of how we work day to day, ensuring conversations around safety remain an informative and engaging exercise.

“On behalf of Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety I’d like to extend my congratulations to all our winners today and thank them for their remarkable contributions to improving safety in our industry.”

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Notes to Editors:

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Buglass, Communications Adviser on lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk / 07976 850996

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

Step Change in Safety is the not-for-profit, member-led organisation which aims to make the UKCS the safest place to work in the global oil and gas industry.  With collaboration at its core, Step Change in Safety brings together operators and contractors, trade unions, regulators and the onshore and offshore workforce to raise safety standards, share good practice and communicate facts so that no-one becomes complacent about staying safe.

For more information, contact Kirstin Gove, Head of Communications e:kirstin@stepchangeinsafety t: +44 7817 667091

Oil and gas professionals experienced in petroleum data management are to feature in a series of videos aimed at highlighting the diversity of the discipline.

 

Petroleum data managers play a crucial role in the industry, supporting cost effective exploration, development, production, and decommissioning of oilfield infrastructure through effective management of data.

 

The videos are part of a campaign led by Common Data Access Limited (CDA), the wholly owned subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK, and supported by industry and academic partners to establish Petroleum Data Management as a recognised professional discipline.

 

Daniel Brown, Manager, CDA Projects, said: “These videos connect us to people in Petroleum Data Management roles and describe the opportunities available in this rapidly developing discipline.

 

“Petroleum Data Management is vital to exploration and production success, increasingly so as organisations create more data than ever and look to new techniques to derive the best value from their data assets. Skilled petroleum data managers have an exciting opportunity to contribute to this process by ensuring that data is accurate, accessible, and of assured technical and legal integrity

 

“We are grateful to the volunteers who participated and are delighted to be launching this series of short videos with the support of our academic and industry partners.”

 

Kerry Blinston, New Business Development Director with CGG Smart Data Solutions and part of the team CDA works with to support education programmes in Petroleum Data Management, said: “With digitalisation increasingly delivering value to oil and gas companies, data management has never been more important.  Creating academic routes into the profession and supporting staff in their career development is critically important to both CGG and our customers.”

 

 

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The videos are now available on CDA’s website: https://cdal.com/index.php/our-services/pdm/careers/

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Buglass Communications Adviser Lucy Buglass on 020 7802 2404/ lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk

 

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

Responding to the Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Taskforce’s recommendations to Government on how the UK can become a global leader in CCUS, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

 

“This report takes us another step forward towards a diverse, low carbon energy mix needed to meet growing demand. With established infrastructure, an experienced workforce with relevant skills, and existing support for the work of the task force, the UK’s indigenous oil and gas industry is well placed to support the development of carbon capture usage and storage.

 

“It’s another example of how, at every stage of the UK’s energy journey, our pioneering industry continues to support the future of the sector.”

 

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Alongside an uptick in production, increase in M&A activity and a successful 30th exploration licensing round, the decommissioning market in the North Sea is now a steady feature of the UKCS landscape.

Over the next decade, decommissioning activity in the UKCS is predicted to evolve into a regular £1.5-2.0 billion per annum market, presenting the UK supply chain with a major opportunity to develop world-class decommissioning capabilities.

Last month’s London Business Breakfast, the latest in a series of decommissioning focused events organised by Oil & Gas UK, provided an opportunity to further discuss how the market is evolving.

As Alan Burke, Partner in the White & Case Global Oil & Gas Group, host of the event, said: “The discussions among the panel members further highlighted the opportunities a growing decommissioning sector in the North Sea presents to the UK supply chain.

“It’s exciting to see how the market is evolving with specialists coming in to seize the decommissioning opportunity. However, it’s important to remember that the industry remains focused on maximising economic recovery of the basin. Companies are becoming more efficient in the decommissioning process, are better able to manage costs and, in some cases, are divesting parts of their portfolio to new owners defering decommissioning, which will all help to maximise the recovery of the estimated 10-20 billion barrels of oil that remain in the North Sea.”

“The innovation in technical and operational matters is being accompanied by increasingly sophisticated approaches to the ways in which deals are done.  Traditional approaches to liabilities, security and operations are being revised so as to allow the separation and allocation of different elements to the parties over time, with compensating financial arrangements as part of the overall deal.  The government is also joining in with its initiatives towards fiscal revision in the form of new regulations permitting the transfer of tax histories within asset transactions.  As decommissioning is becoming part of the life-cycle of the North Sea, so the practices of deal-doing in the North Sea are adapting to reflect this.  We are pleased to have been in the vanguard of many of these moves.”

By Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK

 

Oil & Gas UK has called for continued stability and support for the sector ahead of the UK Government’s draft finance bill published tomorrow (6th July).

 

The industry body has underlined the importance of a stable fiscal regime in attracting fresh investment to the basin, ensuring it remains competitive as it matures.

 

The industry has been successful in improving competitiveness throughout the downturn. Unit operating costs in the basin are down by 50 percent while production is up 16 percent compared to 2014.

 

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

 

“Stability and continued collaboration with government is crucial if we want to continue to attract fresh investment to the North Sea.

 

“It has served us well and will be key to maximise the future recovery of the estimated 10-20 billion barrels that remain on the UKCS. The oil and gas industry contributes billions to the economy, supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and helps ensure security of energy supply.

 

“Long-term investor confidence is a pre-requisite to realising Vision 2035, industry’s shared ambition to add a generation of life to the sector. With UK Government figures showing oil and gas is set to provide more than two thirds of energy supply by this time, it is clear we have a significant role to play in supporting the UK’s its energy transition towards a lower carbon economy”

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Buglass, Communications Adviser on lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk

 

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

 

 

 

 

The finalists for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards are announced today (2 July).

The awards – jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with TOTAL as principal sponsor – celebrate the outstanding individuals and companies going the extra mile to ensure safe operations on the UK Continental Shelf.

Les Linklater, Executive Director with Step Change in Safety said: “We had an overwhelming response to our call for entries which is a fantastic reflection of our industry’s continued focus on maintaining safe operations. Our judging panel had a strong field to choose from and I’d like to extend my congratulations to all our finalists for being shortlisted, a fantastic achievement.”

Matt Abraham, Health, Safety and Environment Director with Oil & Gas UK: “In the 30th year since the Piper Alpha disaster, discussions around safety come with a particular poignancy. These awards are an important part of ensuring we never lose focus on improving safety in the UKCS and we never become complacent. Well done to all our finalists and we look forward to celebrating their achievements in August.”

The finalists and the six categories are:

 

Safety Rep

Martin Barnes WorleyParsons
William Davidson Nexen
Paul Parkes Wood

 

Safety Leadership

James Ellerton WorleyParsons
Brian Miller Shell
Carolyn Smith Sodexo

 

Workforce Engagement

ETAP Safety Reps BP
Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal Team ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited
Buzzard Offshore Team Nexen

 

Innovation in Safety

Ampelmann
ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited
RigDeluge

 

Sharing & Learning

Jim Brand Total E&P UK Limited
Alan Dickson and Fiona Fleming BP
Process Safety Barrier Team ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited

 

Operational Integrity

Marcin Nazaruk BP
Wayne Fletcher ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited
TAQA

 

The finalists will attend an interactive awards ceremony like no other at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) on Wednesday 29 August where they will pitch their safety initiative directly to attendees, who will get the chance to cast their vote and ultimately decide on the winners of this year’s awards.

 

To book your place at the event visit: Offshore Safety Awards.

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Issued by the Oil & Gas UK Communications Team. Contact Communications Adviser Lucy Buglass 020 7802 2404 / lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk

About Oil & Gas UK

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

About Step Change in Safety (SCiS)

Launched in 1997, Step Change in Safety was created to continue post-Piper Alpha safety improvements and drive sustained safety performance improvement and workforce engagement.

As a tripartite member-led safety body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, the membership and leadership of Step Change in Safety is made up of oil and gas operators, contractor companies, the Health and Safety Executive, and the Trades Unions.

 

 

Following the publication of the Oil and Gas Authority’s Decommissioning Cost Estimate report, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, Mike Tholen, said:

“We welcome the positive news that there’s been a 7 percent drop in overall decommissioning costs, reflecting the industry’s increasing ability to decommission offshore assets in a safe, environmentally responsible and more cost-effective manner. Improvements in efficiency are accelerating as companies share learnings and drive continuous improvement sector-wide.“

 

 

A panel of industry experts debunked the myths that currently surround the evolving decommissioning market at this morning’s Oil & Gas UK London Business Breakfast.

Attendees of ‘Decommissioning the North Sea in a $78 World’, the latest in a series of decommissioning-focused events organised by the industry association, also heard from industry leaders who highlighted the opportunities a growing decommissioning sector in the North Sea presents to the UK supply chain.

Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director at Oil & Gas UK and Chair of this morning’s event said: “It’s exciting to see how the market is evolving with specialists coming in to seize the decommissioning opportunity. That being said, there is no rush to the door. As the OGA demonstrates in its latest report, companies are becoming more proficient on how to manage decommissioning, costs are coming down and lessons are being shared; as a result companies will better able to maximise recovery.

“It’s important to remember that decommissioning is a natural part of an oil and gas province’s lifecycle and exists alongside exploration and production activity on the UK continental shelf. Decommissioning of the North Sea oil and gas assets will take place over the next 30 years and more, with new field developments extending this time-line for decades to come.

Alan Burke, Partner in the White & Case Global Oil & Gas Group said: “It was a pleasure to be able to host such an excellent event and to continue our relationship with Oil & Gas UK.  The flow of decommissioning deals from last year may have slowed but the development of new business models, the growing incentives for the movement of the right assets to the right hands, and regulatory initiatives such as transferable tax histories all suggest a sound basis for activity as decommissioning looks to move towards becoming an industry in its own right.”

The event was chaired by Oil & Gas UK Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen and featured the speakers:

  • Nils Cohrs, Oil & Gas Authority 
  • Graeme Fergusson, Decom Energy
  • Richard Heard, Oil & Gas UK 

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

Today (June 14) the search begins to find industry’s most inspiring people and companies as Oil & Gas UK invites nominations for its 2018 annual award ceremony, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited.

The flagship event takes place on November 1 at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre, providing the opportunity for outstanding performers to be recognised by their peers for their unique, positive and notable contribution to the sector.

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “There’s always a great sense of anticipation as we approach the annual awards but this year we’re beginning to see the significant impact of all the collective hard work being done to safely increase efficiency and improve our global competitiveness.

“It is thanks to the inspiring leadership of industry champions as well as the collaborative mindset of many companies working together that we are adapting effectively to demanding business conditions and the awards in November are an ideal opportunity to celebrate these achievements. “

Nominations are open for the following categories:

    • Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OPITO
    • Graduate of the Year – sponsored by ECITB
    • Workforce Engagement – sponsored by Fairfield
    • MER UK Award – sponsored by Oil and Gas Authority
    • Mentor of the Year – sponsorship package available
    • Diversity and Inclusiveness – sponsorship package available
    • Business Innovation (SME and Large Enterprise) – sponsorship package available
    • Excellence in Decommissioning Award – sponsorship package available

Find out more information on the categories and how to nominate here. The deadline for nominations is August 3.

Sponsorship opportunities are available here

 

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Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Buglass on 020 7802 2404 or lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk.

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

Industry association Oil & Gas UK welcomes new representatives from Total and BP to its board.

Ariel Flores, Regional President for BP North Sea, brings an array of subsurface, operations and business expertise to the board. Having joined BP in 1999 as an operations engineer, Ariel has extensive experience in running large assets and developing reservoirs in major hydrocarbon basins around the world, including the US, Russia, UK, the Middle East, Azerbaijan and Angola.

Commenting on his appointment, Ariel Flores, said: “Oil & Gas UK plays a vital role in our industry and provides a strong voice for its members and the wider sector. They have also helped us steer a course through some challenging times. I am delighted to be joining the Board and am very much looking forward to making a positive contribution alongside my fellow Board members and the leadership team at Oil & Gas UK.”

Jean-Luc Guiziou Managing Director of Total E&P, has worked for Total throughout his career.  A geophysicist by training, he has worked throughout the world in exploration and production roles as well as in corporate finance roles at Total’s headquarter.  He has held a number of senior roles as Managing Director of Total E&P Canada, President of Total United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi and more recently as Senior Vice-President, Subsidiaries Financial Operations at Total’s Corporate Finance.

Mr Guiziou said, “Oil & Gas UK does an excellent job supporting the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry and it is an honour to represent Total on its board. I look forward to working with Deirdre Michie, her team and the other board members in helping our industry maintain the UKCS basin’s competitiveness and providing the energy the UK requires.”

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive Oil & Gas UK, said: “Ariel and Jean-Luc bring an incredibly broad cross-section of experience to the Board. Challenging economic conditions continue to put real pressure on our industry’s businesses but we are leaner and fitter than we could have imagined just a few years ago. Our Board’s collective knowledge and skills will help drive further improvements in maximising recovery from the UK North Sea, sustain high-value jobs and enable us to continue making a significant contribution to the country’s economy.”

 

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Notes to Editors:

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Adviser, Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331 /07891 769 9113/ lgordon@oilandgasuk.co.uk

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

Biographies:

  • Ariel Flores joined the North Sea as Regional President in April 2018, after previously holding the role of General Manager for the Rumaila field and Head of Country for Iraq. He served as Vice-President for BP and was a member of the Middle East Regional Leadership Team. He joined BP in Houston, Texas. Since then, he has held a variety of technical and business roles in the US, Russia, UK, the Middle East, Azerbaijan and Angola. He has spent time in the BP and TNK-BP executive offices working with executives to establish technical and functional ways of working to improve safety, efficiency and delivery.

 

  • Jean-Luc Guiziou became Managing Director of Total E&P in the UK in May 2018. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie de Nancy and Stanford University. He joined TOTAL in 1988 as a Research & Development project manager in geophysics. In the 1990s he worked for Total Austral (Argentina) as a Senior Geophysicist and then at Total’s Corporate Finance in Paris, before becoming Vice-President, Americas, as a coordinator for Total’s exploration & production activities in the Southern Cone. Since 2002, he has held a number of leadership roles for Total in Canada, Paris and Abu Dhabi, and most recently served as Senior Vice-President, Subsidiaries Operations at Total’s Corporate Finance.

Blog: The implications on evolving transportation and mobility on the oil and gas industry

Justine Bornstein, Senior Manager, Insights, Deloitte provides her perspectives on the implications of evolving transportation and mobility on the oil and gas industry.

The way we consume energy is changing. As this transition gathers pace, it will affect more and more industries and aspects of everyday life. One of the sectors likely to undergo a dramatic change in the years ahead is transport.

Electric vehicles are set to displace petrol and diesel vehicles over the next 20 years, driven by policy choices that dissuade people from using petrol or diesel cars, and the need for cleaner technologies that make vehicles less polluting – an imperative as the world’s population increasingly chooses to live in urban areas.

What will this move away from petrol and diesel vehicles mean for the oil and gas industry? One might think that the emergence of electric vehicles could only be bad news for the sector. The obvious answer seems to be to repurpose petrol stations as charging stations for electric vehicles. That’s fine if you have the necessary infrastructure in place. But are there other options for oil and gas companies?

Our relationship with the road is likely to look vastly different in the future thanks to the growth of technology-enabled “smart” mobility, the use of data to analyse traffic flows, and the expected benefits from shared mobility, which includes everything from ride-hailing, car-pooling and higher use of public modes such as trains and buses.

But with this rapid change comes opportunity. There is a clear need for significant additions to the UK’s road infrastructure to make it fit for purpose in the new mobility ecosystem. As well as adding to our public road infrastructure, there is going to be increased demand for power to charge these vehicles. The Grid will need to be reinforced, and this will present a chance for energy providers in oil and gas, and other sectors, to innovate and help to meet this demand.

The new transport ecosystem that emerges will open opportunities across a range of new business areas, and disruptive changes in old ones, meaning many sectors, including oil and gas, have a chance to play a role. A need for lighter weight materials for use in vehicles will drive demand for those producing petrochemicals, for example.

At present no individual sector has the means and capabilities to do it all, but by understanding how mobility is evolving, what capabilities your firm can leverage and where best to deploy them, energy companies can find a niche and plug in—in some cases, quite literally!

Deloitte is proud to sponsor Oil & Gas UK’s Aberdeen Breakfast Briefings.

Report unveils industry’s key role in future energy mix

 

The UK oil and gas industry’s rich history of innovation will be critical to efforts to build a lower carbon economy, a new report will reveal today.

The Energy Transition Outlook report, published by leading industry body Oil & Gas UK, will consider the issues and opportunities for the offshore oil and gas sector from the changing energy landscape.

Drawing on existing research carried out by its member organisations and independent consultants and agencies, the 20-page report provides an overview of the key political, economic, technological and social drivers that are influencing the energy mix. It also highlights the critical importance of industry’s drive to maximise production from the UK Continental Shelf to provide security of supply while moving towards achieving climate change ambitions.

It concludes by setting out a policy road map that utilises the UK’s world leading expertise in offshore technology to deliver the next phase of the energy transition.

The findings of the report will be presented by Will Webster, Energy Policy Manager and report author at an Oil & Gas UK Business Breakfast event, sponsored by Deloitte.

Speaking ahead of the event, Will Webster said:

“This report demonstrates industry’s key role in the energy transition and reinforces that Vision 2035, industry’s ambition to add a generation of production to the UK North Sea and double the export opportunity for the supply chain, is critical in achieving the balance between delivering our climate change targets and ensuring security of energy supply.

“As the report shows, despite the rapid advances in lower carbon technologies there is ongoing demand for oil and gas in several key areas including transport and domestic heating. A total of 80% of the UK’s 27 million homes are heated by gas, demonstrating the long-term importance of our industry in ensuring security of energy supply.

“A lower carbon future will still require large scale energy distribution networks, undersea engineering and the mass movement and storage of gases and liquids. The role for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCUS) and the development of hydrogen on an industrial scale will also feature in the future as these will be essential elements of any lower carbon environment.

“Clear evidence for this was in the action plan recently published by the Government to deliver the UK’s first carbon capture usage and storage projects by the mid-2020s. The industry’s expertise and use of pioneering technology means we are ready to play a central role in delivering cost effective, competently engineered solutions for CCUS.”

The Energy Transition Outlook 2018 is available here.

Blog post: Climate change litigation – a new class of action

Ahead of Oil & Gas UK’s business breakfast “Energy Transition: Upholding our Licence to Operate” on Tuesday 13th November, Mark Clarke and Tallat Hussain from event sponsor White & Case LLP provide an overview of current considerations in climate change litigation.

The transition to a lower global carbon economy has been entrenched in international commitments. Since the Paris Agreement came into force in 2016, climate change is now firmly on the global agenda, prompting action by political and business leaders around the world. The impacts of extreme weather conditions, climate-related damage and the need for climate-resilient infrastructure are shifting attention away from policy commitments and focusing on causation and accountability. Pressure is mounting as the courts are becoming the forum of choice to encourage action, whether by governments, companies or individuals. It is estimated that over 1,000 climate change-related cases have been filed to date around the world, covering 25 countries and a variety of issues, claimants and defendants.

Experience gained in environmental  and consumer protection cases from the past, coupled with social media that facilitates the broad dissemination of information and improvements in climate science have all made litigation more accessible as a means to achieve remedy for potential adverse effects of climate change and to target accountability. Even where global temperature increases or greenhouse gas emissions are not the central theme of the case, but arise peripherally in it, judges are being asked to deal with arguments and facts related to climate change and climate science that were previously not presented before courts. Climate-related cases are arising in the context of constitutional and administrative law, human rights, shareholder activism and consumer protection. As the scope of this new class of action continues to develop, the pressure created by litigation, independent of its success or failure, may also affect the regulatory and operating environment for companies.

Key drivers for climate change litigation are:

  • Compensation for the costs of adaptation to climate change
  • Challenging climate change-related legislation and policies, or their application
  • Preventing future emissions and contributions to climate change
  • Requiring governments or regulators to take action to meet national or international commitments
  • Raising awareness and exerting pressure on corporate actors, regulators or investors

The global impact of climate justice is pushing boundaries, prompting policy and behavioural change, and creating a growing body of jurisprudence around the world. Claimants are bringing novel and creative legal arguments, and, in some cases, courts are demonstrating a willingness to take novel and creative approaches to these issues.

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Industry scholarships awarded for Petroleum Data Management courses

Four petroleum data management students have been awarded scholarships funded by Common Data Access (CDA), a subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK which provides data management services to the UK oil and gas industry.

Wonuola Scott from Aberdeen and Nora Ribera from Argentina will study the Graduate Certificate course at Robert Gordon University while Patrick Kaczmarek from Canada and Jennifer Butler-Madden from Aberdeen will study the MSc course at the University of Aberdeen.

Data management is of strategic importance to industry as it looks to maximise economic recovery on the UK Continental Shelf. The availability of recognised academic qualifications in this discipline gives employers confidence they are recruiting individuals with the skills and proficiency in managing vital data assets.

Jennifer, who has worked in the oil and gas industry for 15 years, is planning a return to the sector after taking a career break.

Jennifer said: “The CDA scholarship is a fabulous opportunity. I have been out of the industry after starting a family, and the MSc Petroleum Data Management will help reignite my career. When I was awarded the scholarship I felt very privileged – it is an amazing feeling to know there are organisations willing to provide this kind of support to students.”

CDA, with the support of its member companies, has been instrumental in the creation of the award-winning Graduate Certificate course at Robert Gordon University, now in its third intake online, and the MSc course at the University of Aberdeen, welcoming its first intake of students both on campus and online this year.

Supporting the development of education in petroleum data management and providing opportunities to study the subject is at the heart of CDA’s work to professionalise the discipline.

Malcolm Fleming, Chief Executive of CDA, said:

“This year we have awarded four scholarships in total – two at each of Aberdeen’s universities. This marks significant further progress towards professionalising the discipline and provides a benchmark for professional development and recruitment. We’re delighted with the calibre of applicants from around the world and look forward to their progress in this rapidly advancing profession.

“The quality of almost all investment decisions taken by exploration and production companies depends on the availability of sufficient and reliable subsurface data. The role of data, and those experienced in assuring and enhancing its value plays an increasingly important role in improving exploration success. This is key to extending asset life, maximising oil and gas production and assuring the future of the sector.”

 

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New decommissioning team unveiled

 

Oil & Gas UK has appointed a team of decommissioning experts in a move that underlines the industry body’s strengthened capacity to serve the growing decommissioning needs of its members and key stakeholders.

The decommissioning market in the North Sea is forecast to grow steadily and is likely to be worth £1.8 billion per annum on average over the next decade (£2 billion in 2017).

The Aberdeen-based trio, comprising Richard Heard, Decommissioning Consultant, Sam George, Decommissioning Business Adviser and led by Decommissioning Manager Joe Leask, will focus on providing insight into the shifting decommissioning landscape and the opportunities it presents to the industry’s world class supply chain.

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

“Decommissioning of North Sea oil and gas assets will take place over the next 30 years and more, with new field developments extending this time-line. The appointment of this new team bolsters Oil & Gas UK’s already well-established presence in the decommissioning sector and I look forward to the team’s valuable contributions to our calendar of decommissioning activity including our annual Decommissioning Insight Report and Decommissioning Conference.”

Oil & Gas UK Decommissioning Manager, Joe Leask, added:

“I’m looking forward to building on the extensive work already undertaken by Richard, who has many years of experience in this area. The team will be working closely with regulators and the UK and Scottish Governments to develop an efficient, cost-effective decommissioning capability, sharing best practice and promoting our decommissioning expertise at home and abroad.

“As decommissioning activity is predicted to grow in the maturing North Sea, the UK supply chain has a major opportunity to develop world-class decommissioning capabilities. I’m looking forward to this team playing an integral role in helping our members capitalise on that.”

Jaibo Palmer, Head of Decommissioning at Oil & Gas UK member company Augean North Sea Services, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Oil & Gas UK’s new decommissioning team to our newly expanded Dundee Decommissioning and NORM Decontamination facility.

“Augean North Sea Services are an established leader in providing complete waste management services to the oil and gas industry. In addition to our Dundee facility, we have Permitted sites in Lerwick, Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth, which are further supported by six additional waste treatment sites across the UK.

“This means we are uniquely positioned in both Scotland and England to support the growing decommissioning sector, which is set to benefit the industry’s supply chain across the length and breadth of the UK.”

 

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BP’s Vorlich development approval bolsters confidence in region

Commenting on BP’s Vorlich development approval, Oil & Gas UK Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen said:

“The Vorlich development gives us a view into the future of the UK Continental Shelf and news of its FDP approval will further bolster confidence in the region. BP’s focus on efficiency, innovation and collaboration confirms its commitment to maximising recovery from the basin.

“The use of existing infrastructure will be increasingly important as industry looks to unlock small pools.  Oil & Gas UK’s recent Economic Report showed that these behaviours have the potential to add a generation of productive life to the basin. However, as our report warned, a continued supply chain squeeze could risk industry’s ability to go after this prize, and focus must remain on bringing more major projects to delivery.”

Oil & Gas UK comments on Total’s Glendronach discovery

Commenting on the news that Total has made a significant gas discovery West of Shetland, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie, said:

“This is a major discovery by Total which demonstrates the exciting potential the West of Shetland frontier region holds. The focus on quick commercialisation of this find, made viable by the UKCS’ existing infrastructure, provides motivation for investors as well as industry.

“As our Economic Report recently highlighted, an increase in drilling activity is key to unlocking the remaining potential of the UKCS. This significant discovery demonstrates that the improved competitiveness of the basin is having positive results. This is thanks to the hard work undertaken by industry since the downturn.

“It also highlights what can be achieved when companies maximise the potential yield from their existing blocks. This increased activity is critical as we look to maximise economic recovery from the UK Continental Shelf and realise Vision 2035.”

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Countdown begins to industry legal conference

Decommissioning, dispute management and global issues surrounding corruption will be considered at Oil & Gas’s UK fifth annual legal conference being held in the Granite City later this month (Thursday 20 September).

The event will bring together over 130 in-house and private practice lawyers of all levels and specialist contractors to take part in a range of talks, question time events and networking opportunities.

This year’s agenda will also include sessions on tax and regulatory changes within decommissioning, a commercial and investment outlook, and the opportunity to refresh knowledge in areas of so-called black letter law – looking at well-established legal principles.

Speaking ahead of the event, Oil & Gas UK’s Legal Manager Tracey Keith said:

“The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry presents an ever-evolving and complex landscape for the legal community to navigate – covering a wide range of areas from health and safety to decommissioning to tax.

“Our conference is an opportunity to bring the sector’s legal community together to network, share experiences and learn more about the key issues facing the sector.

“We’re grateful for the support from our principal sponsor Clyde & Co and supporting sponsor CMS, which ensures we can continue to offer delegates an exciting and engaging one day event as the sector’s leading legal conference.”

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Industry prepares to welcome over 100 apprentices

The UK’s offshore industry apprenticeship scheme is gearing up to welcome over 100 apprentices to its ranks, almost double the number who joined the scheme in 2016.

105 students will join the industry in September through the Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP). The scheme, managed by industry skills body OPITO and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), has brought almost 2,000 young people into the industry since it was set up in 1998.

This comes after Oil & Gas UK’s 2018 Workforce Report confirmed that industry has continued to successfully recruit young talent throughout the downturn, with the number of offshore workers under the age of 30 up by 20 percent since 2016. However, with women representing just three percent of the offshore workforce, and 23 percent for the industry overall, the industry must retain its focus on improving diversity and inclusion across the sector. Applications for next year’s intake are therefore particularly welcome from female and ethnic minority applicants.

2018 apprentice Jess Logan, who is 17 and will be relocating to Aberdeen from Portsmouth said: “My cousin, who is a mechanic in the oil industry, did the OGTAP programme a few years ago and told me how amazing it was. The more I learned about it the more it seemed like the best way to pursue my dream career of becoming an electrician.

“I’ve always loved learning how things work and I grew up doing electrical work with my dad. I find it so satisfying, especially the work I’ve done on new build houses. To think that the electrics in those homes that people use and rely on every single day have been fitted by me is amazing. I love being able to see the impact I’ve had!

“I’m hoping the apprenticeship scheme will develop my love and understanding of electrics and the opportunity to work in the oil industry will give me an insight into a different way of life as well as the chance to meet new people. I’m also excited at the prospect of getting a helicopter to work!”

Paul Atkinson, Chief Executive of the Offshore Contractors Association and a member of the steering group that oversees the scheme, said: “This apprenticeship scheme is a key part of industry’s ongoing efforts to encourage young people into the industry, which offers exciting opportunities for a fulfilling career.

“This year’s intake of 105 apprentices, up from 55 two years ago, demonstrates that we have successfully continued to recruit young talent into the industry throughout the downturn, a positive sign for sector as it continues to recover from the most severe and prolonged global oil downturn in history.”

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of leading representative body Oil & Gas UK, said: “The industry’s Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme is recognised as one of the most successful apprentice schemes of its kind, providing young people with the theoretical and practical experience needed for a rewarding career in oil and gas.

“I’m delighted to see so many young people preparing to join the industry in this year’s intake, however we still have a way to go if we want to bring increased diversity to our workforce. As part of the industry’s drive to address the gender balance, OGTAP has established a diversity group to explore ways to attract more female applicants to the industry apprentice scheme.  I would encourage more girls to follow Jess’s example and apply for the scheme next year.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our apprentices and wish them all the best for a long and fulfilling career in the oil and gas industry.”

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UK offshore talent on show as finalists revealed

Efforts to find this year’s outstanding individuals and companies in the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry have moved a step closer today as Oil & Gas UK announced the finalists for the Oil & Gas UK Awards 2018.

28 finalists have been listed in consideration for nine awards, including a new Excellence in Decommissioning Award.

The judging panel for the prestigious event within the oil and gas industry calendar, sponsored by Shell U.K Limited, has selected finalists from scores of nominations. The winners will be announced at a black-tie event on Thursday 1 November at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

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

“Now in its 18th year, the Oil & Gas UK Awards continue to reflect the very best of our pioneering industry.

“Reflecting the changing landscape, we are delighted to introduce a new Excellence in Decommissioning Award. With 28 finalists up for nine awards, our judging panel faced a difficult decision selecting a shortlist from an outstanding calibre of entrants.

“We’d like to wish our finalists the best of luck and thank those who entered. The awards are an exciting showcase of the talent the UK offshore industry has to offer the world.”

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

The finalists for the Oil & Gas UK Awards 2018 are:

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OPITO

  • Ryan Fernando, Aker Solutions
  • Harry Houghton, Spirit Energy
  • Lois Preece, Spirit Energy

Graduate of the Year – sponsored by ECITB

  • Eilidh Macleod, Atkins
  • Gareth McQueen, Shell U.K. Ltd
  • Adam Zalewski, BP

Mentor of the Year

  • Shona Campbell, Total E&P UK Limited
  • Victoria Lamont, Shell U.K. Limited
  • Giuseppe Tizzano, BP

Workforce Engagement – sponsored by Fairfield Energy Limited

  • Apollo
  • Shell U.K. Limited
  • Wood

Business Innovation and Efficiency – SME

  • AIS Training
  • Apollo
  • Subsea Technologies Ltd

Business Innovation and Efficiency – Large Enterprise

  • Chevron North Sea Limited
  • Shell
  • Stork

Diversity and Inclusion – sponsored by Spirit Energy

  • Atkins (Member of the SNC Lavalin Group)
  • BP
  • Sodexo

Excellence in Decommissioning

  • CNR International (UK) Ltd
  • Fairfield Energy Limited / Decom Energy Limited
  • Saipem / Petrofac

MER UK Award – sponsored by OGA

  • Buzzard Phase II Integrated Project Team
  • CML, Dana Petroleum & Premier Oil
  • CNR International
  • Spirit Energy & OGTC

Reservations for the celebratory awards night are now being taken at the Oil & Gas UK awards website here .

 

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Safety Awards Winners Announced

Safety champions of the North Sea have been recognised at the 2018 Offshore Safety Awards in Aberdeen today.

The annual awards ceremony, jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety and sponsored by TOTAL, celebrate the individuals and companies going above and beyond to improve safety across offshore operations on the UK Continental Shelf.

Finalists were considered for six awards spanning categories including Safety Leadership, Innovation in Safety and Workforce Engagement.

The event, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, heard from Jean-Luc Guiziou, Managing Director of Total E&P UK as well as workforce speaker Tommy Timms, an Offshore Technician with Wood who was recognised as Safety Representative of the Year at the awards in 2017.

The event’s interactive format saw attendees vote for the winner in each category after hearing pitches from each of the finalists.

The winners are:

The Award for Safety Leadership (Sponsored by Chevron North Sea Limited) was won by James Ellerton, Contract Manager, WorleyParsons, earned recognition from his colleagues for the high level of motivation and engagement he brings to the workforce, ensuring that safety is a priority for the whole team. James’ energy and focus for prioritising the importance of safety in the workplace means that safety engagement within each contract is a mainstay of delivery.

Safety Representative of the Year (Sponsored by Draeger Safety UK Ltd) was won by William Davidson, Instrument Technician at Nexen, in recognition of his outstanding commitment to all Nexen’s safety initiatives. His efforts have contributed to Golden Eagle’s excellent safety record of having been in operation since October 2014 without a Lost Time Incident.

RigDeluge won the Award for Innovation in Safety 2018 (Sponsored by Bureau Veritas UK Limited) for its achievements in innovating products which allow for drastically-improved performance of deluge systems, whilst reducing the requirement for hazardous service and maintenance of fire-fighting systems.

The Award Workforce Engagement 2018 (Sponsored by Equinor) recognises the individual or team which has actively embraced engagement with its workforce on safety matters, showing how a commitment to worker involvement in safety has contributed to an improvement in safety performance.

It was awarded to Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal Team, Conoco Phillips (U.K.) Limited, for achieving 10 years of operations without a single recordable injury last September.  This remarkable achievement is testament to the strong safety culture and close community at the site.  The terminal will cease production next month and the team developed a workforce engagement plan, focused on safety, to ensure everyone was kept in the loop on progress towards cessation of production.

The Award for Operational Integrity 2018 (Sponsored by Aker Solutions) awards an individual or team which has delivered increased efficiency or understanding of risk by putting in place sensible and proportionate risk management solutions.

The winner was Marcin Nazaruk, Human Performance Team Lead, BP, for his innovative work to bring psychology and organisational science into practice to help improve the safety and efficiency of BP’s operations. Marcin has personally spearheaded the development of the first comprehensive e-learning module on human performance in BP to help build a common understanding of the topic.

The Award for Sharing and Learning 2018 (sponsored by Spirit Energy Limited) recognises the outstanding steps taken by an individual or team that can demonstrate a learning and sharing culture either within their organisation, or who has made a significant contribution to health and safety through active participation in, or engagement with Oil & Gas UK or Step Change in Safety.

The winners, Alan Dickson and Fiona Fleming, BP North Sea Health Team, were rewarded for their role in developing and implementing a coaching and training programme for building resilience and improving psychological health and wellbeing among BP’s 1,500 employees and contractors across the Region.

Matt Abraham, Health, Safety and Environment and Supply Chain Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “Every year this event highlights why a relentless focus on safety makes such a crucial difference to our sector. As an industry we have a passion for safety and continually seek to build and expand our safety knowledge and expertise.

“The Offshore Safety Awards provides a key opportunity for motivated people to share their innovative ideas and have positive, constructive conversations, all of which help ensure that the UKCS remains one of the safest provinces to do business in the global oil and gas industry.”

Les Linklater, Executive Director of Step Change in Safety, said: “This event offers a great opportunity to drive forward conversations around safety. Although it’s important to recognise the contribution our winners have made to improving safety in our industry, its equally important we take the ideas generated today and make them part of how we work day to day, ensuring conversations around safety remain an informative and engaging exercise.

“On behalf of Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety I’d like to extend my congratulations to all our winners today and thank them for their remarkable contributions to improving safety in our industry.”

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Notes to Editors:

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Buglass, Communications Adviser on lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk / 07976 850996

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

Step Change in Safety is the not-for-profit, member-led organisation which aims to make the UKCS the safest place to work in the global oil and gas industry.  With collaboration at its core, Step Change in Safety brings together operators and contractors, trade unions, regulators and the onshore and offshore workforce to raise safety standards, share good practice and communicate facts so that no-one becomes complacent about staying safe.

For more information, contact Kirstin Gove, Head of Communications e:kirstin@stepchangeinsafety t: +44 7817 667091

Videos capture attraction of career in Petroleum Data Management

Oil and gas professionals experienced in petroleum data management are to feature in a series of videos aimed at highlighting the diversity of the discipline.

 

Petroleum data managers play a crucial role in the industry, supporting cost effective exploration, development, production, and decommissioning of oilfield infrastructure through effective management of data.

 

The videos are part of a campaign led by Common Data Access Limited (CDA), the wholly owned subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK, and supported by industry and academic partners to establish Petroleum Data Management as a recognised professional discipline.

 

Daniel Brown, Manager, CDA Projects, said: “These videos connect us to people in Petroleum Data Management roles and describe the opportunities available in this rapidly developing discipline.

 

“Petroleum Data Management is vital to exploration and production success, increasingly so as organisations create more data than ever and look to new techniques to derive the best value from their data assets. Skilled petroleum data managers have an exciting opportunity to contribute to this process by ensuring that data is accurate, accessible, and of assured technical and legal integrity

 

“We are grateful to the volunteers who participated and are delighted to be launching this series of short videos with the support of our academic and industry partners.”

 

Kerry Blinston, New Business Development Director with CGG Smart Data Solutions and part of the team CDA works with to support education programmes in Petroleum Data Management, said: “With digitalisation increasingly delivering value to oil and gas companies, data management has never been more important.  Creating academic routes into the profession and supporting staff in their career development is critically important to both CGG and our customers.”

 

 

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The videos are now available on CDA’s website: https://cdal.com/index.php/our-services/pdm/careers/

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Buglass Communications Adviser Lucy Buglass on 020 7802 2404/ lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk

 

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

Low carbon CCUS

Responding to the Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Taskforce’s recommendations to Government on how the UK can become a global leader in CCUS, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

 

“This report takes us another step forward towards a diverse, low carbon energy mix needed to meet growing demand. With established infrastructure, an experienced workforce with relevant skills, and existing support for the work of the task force, the UK’s indigenous oil and gas industry is well placed to support the development of carbon capture usage and storage.

 

“It’s another example of how, at every stage of the UK’s energy journey, our pioneering industry continues to support the future of the sector.”

 

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Blog: Decommissioning: A growing opportunity

Alongside an uptick in production, increase in M&A activity and a successful 30th exploration licensing round, the decommissioning market in the North Sea is now a steady feature of the UKCS landscape.

Over the next decade, decommissioning activity in the UKCS is predicted to evolve into a regular £1.5-2.0 billion per annum market, presenting the UK supply chain with a major opportunity to develop world-class decommissioning capabilities.

Last month’s London Business Breakfast, the latest in a series of decommissioning focused events organised by Oil & Gas UK, provided an opportunity to further discuss how the market is evolving.

As Alan Burke, Partner in the White & Case Global Oil & Gas Group, host of the event, said: “The discussions among the panel members further highlighted the opportunities a growing decommissioning sector in the North Sea presents to the UK supply chain.

“It’s exciting to see how the market is evolving with specialists coming in to seize the decommissioning opportunity. However, it’s important to remember that the industry remains focused on maximising economic recovery of the basin. Companies are becoming more efficient in the decommissioning process, are better able to manage costs and, in some cases, are divesting parts of their portfolio to new owners defering decommissioning, which will all help to maximise the recovery of the estimated 10-20 billion barrels of oil that remain in the North Sea.”

“The innovation in technical and operational matters is being accompanied by increasingly sophisticated approaches to the ways in which deals are done.  Traditional approaches to liabilities, security and operations are being revised so as to allow the separation and allocation of different elements to the parties over time, with compensating financial arrangements as part of the overall deal.  The government is also joining in with its initiatives towards fiscal revision in the form of new regulations permitting the transfer of tax histories within asset transactions.  As decommissioning is becoming part of the life-cycle of the North Sea, so the practices of deal-doing in the North Sea are adapting to reflect this.  We are pleased to have been in the vanguard of many of these moves.”

By Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director, Oil & Gas UK

 

Industry restates need for stability and support ahead of UK Government Finance Bill

Oil & Gas UK has called for continued stability and support for the sector ahead of the UK Government’s draft finance bill published tomorrow (6th July).

 

The industry body has underlined the importance of a stable fiscal regime in attracting fresh investment to the basin, ensuring it remains competitive as it matures.

 

The industry has been successful in improving competitiveness throughout the downturn. Unit operating costs in the basin are down by 50 percent while production is up 16 percent compared to 2014.

 

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

 

“Stability and continued collaboration with government is crucial if we want to continue to attract fresh investment to the North Sea.

 

“It has served us well and will be key to maximise the future recovery of the estimated 10-20 billion barrels that remain on the UKCS. The oil and gas industry contributes billions to the economy, supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and helps ensure security of energy supply.

 

“Long-term investor confidence is a pre-requisite to realising Vision 2035, industry’s shared ambition to add a generation of life to the sector. With UK Government figures showing oil and gas is set to provide more than two thirds of energy supply by this time, it is clear we have a significant role to play in supporting the UK’s its energy transition towards a lower carbon economy”

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Buglass, Communications Adviser on lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk

 

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

 

 

 

 

Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety announce Safety Awards finalists

The finalists for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards are announced today (2 July).

The awards – jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with TOTAL as principal sponsor – celebrate the outstanding individuals and companies going the extra mile to ensure safe operations on the UK Continental Shelf.

Les Linklater, Executive Director with Step Change in Safety said: “We had an overwhelming response to our call for entries which is a fantastic reflection of our industry’s continued focus on maintaining safe operations. Our judging panel had a strong field to choose from and I’d like to extend my congratulations to all our finalists for being shortlisted, a fantastic achievement.”

Matt Abraham, Health, Safety and Environment Director with Oil & Gas UK: “In the 30th year since the Piper Alpha disaster, discussions around safety come with a particular poignancy. These awards are an important part of ensuring we never lose focus on improving safety in the UKCS and we never become complacent. Well done to all our finalists and we look forward to celebrating their achievements in August.”

The finalists and the six categories are:

 

Safety Rep

Martin Barnes WorleyParsons
William Davidson Nexen
Paul Parkes Wood

 

Safety Leadership

James Ellerton WorleyParsons
Brian Miller Shell
Carolyn Smith Sodexo

 

Workforce Engagement

ETAP Safety Reps BP
Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal Team ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited
Buzzard Offshore Team Nexen

 

Innovation in Safety

Ampelmann
ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited
RigDeluge

 

Sharing & Learning

Jim Brand Total E&P UK Limited
Alan Dickson and Fiona Fleming BP
Process Safety Barrier Team ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited

 

Operational Integrity

Marcin Nazaruk BP
Wayne Fletcher ConocoPhillips (U.K.) Limited
TAQA

 

The finalists will attend an interactive awards ceremony like no other at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) on Wednesday 29 August where they will pitch their safety initiative directly to attendees, who will get the chance to cast their vote and ultimately decide on the winners of this year’s awards.

 

To book your place at the event visit: Offshore Safety Awards.

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Notes to Editors: ​

Issued by the Oil & Gas UK Communications Team. Contact Communications Adviser Lucy Buglass 020 7802 2404 / lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk

About Oil & Gas UK

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

About Step Change in Safety (SCiS)

Launched in 1997, Step Change in Safety was created to continue post-Piper Alpha safety improvements and drive sustained safety performance improvement and workforce engagement.

As a tripartite member-led safety body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, the membership and leadership of Step Change in Safety is made up of oil and gas operators, contractor companies, the Health and Safety Executive, and the Trades Unions.

 

 

Oil & Gas UK’s response to the OGA Decommissioning Cost Estimate report

Following the publication of the Oil and Gas Authority’s Decommissioning Cost Estimate report, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, Mike Tholen, said:

“We welcome the positive news that there’s been a 7 percent drop in overall decommissioning costs, reflecting the industry’s increasing ability to decommission offshore assets in a safe, environmentally responsible and more cost-effective manner. Improvements in efficiency are accelerating as companies share learnings and drive continuous improvement sector-wide.“

 

Business breakfast highlights steady growth of decommissioning opportunities

 

A panel of industry experts debunked the myths that currently surround the evolving decommissioning market at this morning’s Oil & Gas UK London Business Breakfast.

Attendees of ‘Decommissioning the North Sea in a $78 World’, the latest in a series of decommissioning-focused events organised by the industry association, also heard from industry leaders who highlighted the opportunities a growing decommissioning sector in the North Sea presents to the UK supply chain.

Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director at Oil & Gas UK and Chair of this morning’s event said: “It’s exciting to see how the market is evolving with specialists coming in to seize the decommissioning opportunity. That being said, there is no rush to the door. As the OGA demonstrates in its latest report, companies are becoming more proficient on how to manage decommissioning, costs are coming down and lessons are being shared; as a result companies will better able to maximise recovery.

“It’s important to remember that decommissioning is a natural part of an oil and gas province’s lifecycle and exists alongside exploration and production activity on the UK continental shelf. Decommissioning of the North Sea oil and gas assets will take place over the next 30 years and more, with new field developments extending this time-line for decades to come.

Alan Burke, Partner in the White & Case Global Oil & Gas Group said: “It was a pleasure to be able to host such an excellent event and to continue our relationship with Oil & Gas UK.  The flow of decommissioning deals from last year may have slowed but the development of new business models, the growing incentives for the movement of the right assets to the right hands, and regulatory initiatives such as transferable tax histories all suggest a sound basis for activity as decommissioning looks to move towards becoming an industry in its own right.”

The event was chaired by Oil & Gas UK Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen and featured the speakers:

  • Nils Cohrs, Oil & Gas Authority 
  • Graeme Fergusson, Decom Energy
  • Richard Heard, Oil & Gas UK 

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

Quest to find champions of excellence begins as award nominations open

Today (June 14) the search begins to find industry’s most inspiring people and companies as Oil & Gas UK invites nominations for its 2018 annual award ceremony, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited.

The flagship event takes place on November 1 at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre, providing the opportunity for outstanding performers to be recognised by their peers for their unique, positive and notable contribution to the sector.

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “There’s always a great sense of anticipation as we approach the annual awards but this year we’re beginning to see the significant impact of all the collective hard work being done to safely increase efficiency and improve our global competitiveness.

“It is thanks to the inspiring leadership of industry champions as well as the collaborative mindset of many companies working together that we are adapting effectively to demanding business conditions and the awards in November are an ideal opportunity to celebrate these achievements. “

Nominations are open for the following categories:

    • Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OPITO
    • Graduate of the Year – sponsored by ECITB
    • Workforce Engagement – sponsored by Fairfield
    • MER UK Award – sponsored by Oil and Gas Authority
    • Mentor of the Year – sponsorship package available
    • Diversity and Inclusiveness – sponsorship package available
    • Business Innovation (SME and Large Enterprise) – sponsorship package available
    • Excellence in Decommissioning Award – sponsorship package available

Find out more information on the categories and how to nominate here. The deadline for nominations is August 3.

Sponsorship opportunities are available here

 

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Lucy Buglass on 020 7802 2404 or lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk.

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

Key industry players join Board of Oil & Gas UK

Industry association Oil & Gas UK welcomes new representatives from Total and BP to its board.

Ariel Flores, Regional President for BP North Sea, brings an array of subsurface, operations and business expertise to the board. Having joined BP in 1999 as an operations engineer, Ariel has extensive experience in running large assets and developing reservoirs in major hydrocarbon basins around the world, including the US, Russia, UK, the Middle East, Azerbaijan and Angola.

Commenting on his appointment, Ariel Flores, said: “Oil & Gas UK plays a vital role in our industry and provides a strong voice for its members and the wider sector. They have also helped us steer a course through some challenging times. I am delighted to be joining the Board and am very much looking forward to making a positive contribution alongside my fellow Board members and the leadership team at Oil & Gas UK.”

Jean-Luc Guiziou Managing Director of Total E&P, has worked for Total throughout his career.  A geophysicist by training, he has worked throughout the world in exploration and production roles as well as in corporate finance roles at Total’s headquarter.  He has held a number of senior roles as Managing Director of Total E&P Canada, President of Total United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi and more recently as Senior Vice-President, Subsidiaries Financial Operations at Total’s Corporate Finance.

Mr Guiziou said, “Oil & Gas UK does an excellent job supporting the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry and it is an honour to represent Total on its board. I look forward to working with Deirdre Michie, her team and the other board members in helping our industry maintain the UKCS basin’s competitiveness and providing the energy the UK requires.”

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive Oil & Gas UK, said: “Ariel and Jean-Luc bring an incredibly broad cross-section of experience to the Board. Challenging economic conditions continue to put real pressure on our industry’s businesses but we are leaner and fitter than we could have imagined just a few years ago. Our Board’s collective knowledge and skills will help drive further improvements in maximising recovery from the UK North Sea, sustain high-value jobs and enable us to continue making a significant contribution to the country’s economy.”

 

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Notes to Editors:

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Communications Adviser, Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331 /07891 769 9113/ lgordon@oilandgasuk.co.uk

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

Biographies:

  • Ariel Flores joined the North Sea as Regional President in April 2018, after previously holding the role of General Manager for the Rumaila field and Head of Country for Iraq. He served as Vice-President for BP and was a member of the Middle East Regional Leadership Team. He joined BP in Houston, Texas. Since then, he has held a variety of technical and business roles in the US, Russia, UK, the Middle East, Azerbaijan and Angola. He has spent time in the BP and TNK-BP executive offices working with executives to establish technical and functional ways of working to improve safety, efficiency and delivery.

 

  • Jean-Luc Guiziou became Managing Director of Total E&P in the UK in May 2018. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie de Nancy and Stanford University. He joined TOTAL in 1988 as a Research & Development project manager in geophysics. In the 1990s he worked for Total Austral (Argentina) as a Senior Geophysicist and then at Total’s Corporate Finance in Paris, before becoming Vice-President, Americas, as a coordinator for Total’s exploration & production activities in the Southern Cone. Since 2002, he has held a number of leadership roles for Total in Canada, Paris and Abu Dhabi, and most recently served as Senior Vice-President, Subsidiaries Operations at Total’s Corporate Finance.