A ship’s crew with an impeccable safety record spanning 20 years and a woman whose dedication to her role as an offshore Safety Representative have each earned a spot as a finalist for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards.

18 entries have reached the shortlist across six categories covering Maritime Safety, Safety Representative of the Year, Innovation in Safety, Operational Integrity, Workforce Engagement and Sharing and Learning.

The awards – jointly organised by OGUK 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.

Matt Abraham, Health, Safety and Environment Director with OGUK said:

“Recognising the achievements of those who have gone above and beyond to ensure safe operations is critical in our pursuit to continually improve industry’s safety performance across the North Sea. The calibre of entries we had this year was excellent and all our finalists should feel very proud of their achievements. Across all categories their case studies shine a real example on the good work going on to improve safety in our industry and I’m really looking forward to celebrating their success at the awards ceremony in August.”

Jean-Luc Guiziou, Managing Director TOTAL E&P UK Ltd said: “Total’s core value is safety and we are delighted to be supporting the Offshore Safety Awards this year. Safety is something everyone in the offshore industry in the UK believes in and these awards allow us to celebrate the best examples of how we bring that to life every day.”

The finalists across the six categories are:

Maritime Safety sponsored by Marine Safety Forum
Oleg Krushynin / Solstad &Eric Wiseman Seacroft Marine Consultants
Crews of the VOS supporter ERRV Vroon Offshore Services
Douglas Bain & Crew Nordic American Offshore

Safety Representative of the Year sponsored by Drager
Stephanie Sunley Aramark
Lee Chegwidden Apache
Ian McKnight Wood Plc

Innovation in Safety sponsored by Bureau Veritas
Epic Exploration & Production Company Ltd EPIC
Shell UK Ltd Shell UK Ltd
CNOOC International and DNV GL Limited CNOOC International

Operational Integrity sponsored by Aker Solutions
Material Corrosion and Inspection Simplification Project  Shell UK Ltd
CNOOC International
ABB (energy industries business line -Stuart Young)  ABB

Workforce Engagement sponsored by Peterson
Robert Ferguson Noble Drilling
Neptune Energy UK Ltd Neptune Energy
Shane Gorman Diamond Offshore

Sharing and Learning sponsored by Spirit Energy
QHSE Team with Company RS & Inspection Services CAN Group
ASCO ASCO Group
Brent Decommissioning Project Shell UK Limited

The finalists will attend an interactive awards ceremony at P&J Live, Dyce on Thursday 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:

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.

The search is on for industry’s brightest stars as nominations open for the 2019 OGUK Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K Limited.

The annual awards ceremony, to be held at the new P&J Live venue in Dyce, Aberdeen, celebrates the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals across the North Sea sector.

New to this year’s roster of awards is the Energy Transition category, which recognises a company that is leading the way in how the UK industry approaches and contributes to the move towards a lower carbon future.

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive OGUK, said: “Our awards are a highlight of the industry calendar and an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the amazing people in our pioneering sector.

“I’m particularly pleased that this year, we are introducing an additional award that specifically recognises a company’s efforts to support the UK’s net-zero ambitions.

“Businesses within our sector have enormous capacity, capability and responsibility to promote progress toward a more sustainable future. The engineering and technological expertise of our supply chain companies means that we have the skills and experience to make a net zero future a reality.”

Nominations are open for the following categories:

    • Apprentice of the Year
    • Graduate of the Year
    • Mentor of the Year
    • MER UK Award
    • Excellence in Decommissioning Award
    • Energy Transition
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Workforce Engagement
    • Business Innovation (SME)
    • Business Innovation (Large Enterprise)

Find out more information on the categories and how to nominate here. The deadline for nominations is 9 August 2019.

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.

The announcement by the Scottish Government that £4 million of support will be made available through the Decommissioning Challenge Fund has been welcomed by OGUK. The fund provides support for projects that enhance the decommissioning market and supply chain across Scotland.

Commenting, Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director OGUK, said:

“The Decommissioning Challenge Fund underlines the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to the oil and gas industry as we look to harness decommissioning opportunities at home and indeed, globally.

“Although decommissioning only accounts for eight percent of total spend in the North Sea, it is a growing market in which the UK has first mover advantage. This will not only provide the supply chain with a steady workflow in the UK, but these competitive capabilities are exportable to a global market.

“At the same time, we remain focused on providing security of energy supply through home-produced resources, providing energy sovereignty as recognised recently by the Committee on Climate Change in its Net Zero Report. All of this will ensure that we continue to provide highly skilled jobs, remain a major economic contributor and are best placed to become a key partner in the transition towards a low carbon future.”

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Nils Cohrs, Head of Decommissioning at industry regulator The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) will discuss the findings of the 2019 UKCS Decommissioning Cost Estimate Report at the OGUK London Business Breakfast, taking place on July 2 at White & Case LLP, Old Broad Street.

The annual report, first published in 2017 tracks the progress towards a collective goal by industry, government and regulators to achieve a reduction of overall decommissioning costs by 35%.

Commenting, Nils Cohrs said:

“The UKCS is getting better at decommissioning all the time and I’m looking forward to sharing key insights and perspectives from our latest analysis which will support industry on our journey to reduce costs and secure future opportunities in the global decommissioning market.”

Delegates will also hear from Paul Davies, Chair of the Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Advisory Group, an industry body formed to develop the commercial structure to underpin the rollout of CCUS in the UK, something the Committee on Climate Change has said is critical to achieving a net zero economy.

Finally Joe Leask, Decommissioning Manager at OGUK will consider the need to re-use assets for Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) and other ways to deliver value to the UK economy from decommissioning. The event will conclude with a panel session chaired by Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director at OGUK.

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The search is on for the people and companies who have gone the extra mile to ensure safety remains at the forefront of North Sea operations for the 2019 OGUK Offshore Safety Awards.

Included in this year’s awards, jointly organised by OGUK and Step Change in Safety with principal sponsor TOTAL, is a new category for Maritime Safety. Sponsored by the Marine Safety Forum, this award recognises a seafarer who demonstrates a passion for safety, leads by example and continually strives for safe operations.

Commenting, Matt Abraham, HSE and Supply Chain Director OGUK said:

“The Offshore Safety Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the excellent work being done to promote safety across our industry. I’m pleased to see that maritime safety has been added to the roster of accolades this year as it plays an integral part in North Sea operations, along with pan industry efforts to help ensure the UKCS remains among the safest operating environments in the world.”

The awards ceremony, to be held on the Thursday 29 August at P&J Live, Aberdeen will use a novel interactive format allowing the audience to participate in the judging.

Steve Rae, Executive Director Step Change in Safety said:

“The Offshore Safety Awards provide us with the opportunity to give positive feedback and recognition to both employees and employers across a broad spectrum of categories within our industry.  Positive feedback and recognition are fundamental ingredients required to develop a strong and sustainable safety culture which provides us with the means to deliver on our goal of making the UKCS the safest O&G region in the world.

Step Change in Safety is honoured to be co-organising this event and looks forward to welcoming everyone to a celebration of stellar performance and outstanding contributions. I encourage you to join us and “play your part” in shaping our Industries Safety Culture””

All entries must be submitted by 26 June. The categories in the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards are:

  • Safety Representative of the Year – for an enthusiastic and committed safety rep that is driving the safety agenda at their worksite.
  • Innovation in Safety – for a company which has put in place a clever process or technique to improve safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite.
  • Workforce Engagement – for an individual or team which has actively embraced engagement with its workers on safety matters, showing how a commitment to worker involvement in safety has contributed to an improvement in safety performance.
  • Operational Integrity – for an individual or team which has delivered increased efficiency or understanding of risk by putting in place sensible and proportionate risk management solution(s).
  • Sharing and Learning – for an individual/team or company 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.
  • Maritime Safety – for a seafarer who demonstrates a passion for safety, leads by example and continually strives for safe operations.

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For further information, please contact: Oil & Gas UK Communications Adviser Lucy Buglass on 020 7802 2404 or lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk  or Step Change in Safety Head of Communications Kirstin Gove on 01224 577345 or Kirstin@stepchangeinsafety.net

Notes to Editors: ​

  1. Applicants are asked to visit the Offshore Safety Awards website for full details of how to apply.

 

About Oil & Gas UK

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

 

About Step Change in Safety (SCiS)

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

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

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

 

Commenting on news that Well Safe has been awarded a contract to decommission up to twenty-one wells on the Schooner and Ketch fields in the UKCS, operated by DNO North Sea (ROGB) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of DNO ASA,  OGUK Decommissioning Manager Joe Leask said:

“OGUK’s Decommissioning Insight 2018 shows there are 1,465 wells to plug in the UK Continental Shelf over the next decade. There’s a number of new companies entering the decommissioning market offering innovative commercial models enabling efficiencies and it’s great to see that Well Safe are realising these opportunities.

“The UK will be the largest market for decommissioning spend over the next decade, and Well Safe’s pioneering approach will further help the UK industry establish an advantage in an emerging global market.”

 

Oil & Gas UK today (Thursday, May 30) welcomed the news that Israel-headquartered firm Delek Group has acquired Chevron’s North Sea assets in a $2billion (£1.5billion) deal.

 

The sale, which will see 10 additional fields added to the firm’s UK portfolio, was agreed through Delek’s wholly-owned subsidiary Ithaca Energy. The deal adds around 235 million boe in proven and probable reserves to Ithaca and adds more than 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) to Ithaca’s existing production.

 

Commenting on the news, Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director, said:

“This $2 billion transaction is a further signal of confidence in the industry – and highlights how the hard work to improve the attractiveness of the UK Continental Shelf is enabling a diverse range of investors to play into the basin, reinvigorating activity.

“Chevron is one of the pioneering companies which began exploration on the UKCS more than 50 years ago and the company has gone on to make a vital contribution to the success of the UK North Sea. That being said, the sale, and indeed purchase of assets, is a natural part of the commercial life of the UKCS and presents new opportunities to maximise recovery.

“As our Business Outlook report showed, £200billion will be needed to be spent to find, develop and operate the reserves of the future and the UKCS is now in a much more competitive position to achieve this. Delek Group’s acquisition demonstrates the potential for growth in the basin – key to achieving Vision 2035.”

The Southern North Sea is well placed to support the energy transition and meet the UK’s dual challenge of increasing energy demands with a lower carbon footprint, the chief executive of OGUK will say at a key industry conference tomorrow.

Deirdre Michie, chief executive for the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry will use the speech to launch the new Our Vision, Our Future campaign in the region.

The campaign aims to promote Vision 2035, industry’s ambition to meet as much of our country’s oil and gas needs from home produced resources, expand opportunities for the UK supply chain across the energy sector at home and abroad and, through the energy transition, support a lower carbon future.

Speaking at SNS2019, Deirdre Michie is expected to say:

“Our sector is key to supporting a diverse energy mix which helps us meet the UK’s dual challenge of satisfying ongoing energy demands with a lower carbon footprint.

“We can do this by the oil and gas sector working to reducing its operation emissions as well as supporting the advancement of low carbon and abatement technology.

“Again – SNS is so well placed to support this as here the energy transition is already happening with its gas production – gas to wire project – decommissioning and carbon capture and storage opportunities along with diverse energy sectors like wind where the SNS with its hundreds of wind turbines is leading the way along with wave, tidal and nuclear.

“Indeed –if we are going to deliver the Climate Change Committee net zero target by 2050 – all energies will be needed.

“But how do we ensure we work together in support of the energy transition and industry 4.0 – which must go hand in hand.

“It’s why we launched the Our Vision, Our Future campaign, in which we want to raise awareness and get people engaged and having discussions and getting excited about what the future could and should look like.

“We are asking everyone literally to join a conversation and be part of the journey and outcome by signing up on line and for companies to support us by holding roadshows to encourage discussion and contribution.

“And I’m delighted that EEEGR has given its full support too.

Simon Gray, EEEGR’s CEO, said:

“EEEGR is pleased that Deirdre Michie is one of our keynote speakers and we look forward to her insight into Vision 2035 and her views on how this will impact the Southern North Sea (SNS). SNS2019 will be hosting NorEX 2019 – the first exploration event in the region for over a decade.  As England’s energy basin, the SNS has over 50 years of gas production, is home to over 50% of the nation’s offshore wind capacity and has the potential for new build nuclear at Sizewell and Bradwell. This energy mix is key to the nation’s energy transition and we welcome Deirdre’s perceptive insights into the industry.”

Ms Michie added: “Later this year we’ll publish a roadmap which considers all the feedback we get and provides an overview of how we can successfully deliver the Vision.

“And so, I ask you all today to join the conversation because this isn’t a binary choice, it’s not about black oil or green renewables,

“It’s about ensuring a diverse energy mix which meets the needs of society and provides a managed transition for our energy hubs and communities, just like Norwich and Great Yarmouth and others, serving the Southern North Sea.”

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OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s oil and gas industry has committed to work with governments on the practical response to the Committee on Climate Change report published today (Thursday 2 May).

In addition to industry work to reduce operational emissions from offshore production, the sector is well placed to support the advancement of low carbon technology, in particular carbon capture usage and storage and extending the production and use of hydrogen.

Speaking in response to the report, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“This report provides a balanced and thoughtful blueprint towards a lower carbon future, with our industry at the heart of a managed transition.

“The recommendations are rooted in practical choices that need to be made and recognise that achieving such reductions are challenging and have a cost.

“We stand ready to work constructively with governments, regulators and other industries in their response to the recommendations of the CCC report so that together we can deliver solutions that achieve the reductions required, without sacrificing security and affordability of energy supply for consumers and which do not disadvantage UK industries against their international competitors.”

The report also confirms the role of home-produced oil and gas in enhancing the UK’s energy sovereignty and the level of production anticipated by the report is consistent with the industry’s own projections.

Deirdre Michie added:

“At the same time, we recognise the serious challenge to our industry to reduce our operational emissions for offshore production in the coming years and to contribute positively to the decarbonisation pathways outlined in this report.

“As the report notes, the UK’s oil and gas industry is uniquely placed to help lead the world in the development and deployment of CCUS and other lower carbon technologies at scale, building on the re-use of offshore infrastructure, our geological expertise, and skills and knowledge of our supply chain.”

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Leading figures from the North Sea’s oil and gas industry will take centre stage at the launch of a key industry report next month to discuss how changing skills requirements will impact on the industry over the next six years.

Mark Cullens, Director of strategic development at OPITO and Paul de Leeuw, Director of the Oil and Gas Institute at the Robert Gordon University will present the findings of OPITO’s The Skills Landscape 2019 – 2025 report at the Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Business Breakfast, sponsored by Deloitte, at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel on Thursday 2 May.

They will be joined by a panel of distinguished industry leaders including Ariel Flores, BP’s North Sea Regional President and Lesley Birse, President of People & Organisation for Wood’s Asset Solutions business in the Eastern Hemisphere to discuss the opportunities and challenges for the sector as presented in the report. Joining them on the panel will be Sophie Ewen, an apprentice at Chevron, who will give her view on how she and other young people working in the sector will shape the industry’s future.

This vital piece of research follows on from OPITO’s 2018 UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review and looks at the sector’s skill requirements up to 2025 and what action is needed to support industry’s Vision 2035 and the wider energy diversification ambition. It will provide context for employers, the workforce, governments, agencies, universities, vocational institutes and training providers and outline actions to help secure the skills and competencies required.

Mark Cullens, Director of strategic development at OPITO said: “Advances in technology, internationalisation and energy transition will see new ways of working and the introduction of roles that don’t currently exist. The findings demonstrate that the oil and gas skills landscape will look very different by 2025 and we need to work together as an industry to support the existing workforce with training opportunities and plan for competing with other industries for future talent.”

Graham Hollis, Aberdeen office senior partner for event sponsor Deloitte, said: “The timing of OPITO’s report reinforces the need for the industry to start shaping strategies and investing in people development to address the change of skills required for the energy transition, while also taking into account factors such as the increased use of artificial intelligence to ensure a fit-for-purpose workforce.

“While attracting the next generation to the industry is absolutely key, it’s also important that it doesn’t overlook the valuable pool of experience amongst its existing workforce, many of whom will want to pass on their skills and expertise. Their know-how, much of which is transferable, would leave a lasting legacy for the next generation of talent to help optimise the undoubted opportunities that lie ahead.”

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A report detailing the UK oil and gas sector’s skill requirements up to 2025 will be unveiled at the Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Business Breakfast, sponsored by Deloitte on Thursday 2 May at Aberdeen’s Mercure Ardoe Hotel.

The Skills Landscape report, part of the UKCS Workforce Dynamics series produced by industry skills body OPITO in conjunction with the Robert Gordon University Oil and Gas Institute, will provide context for employers, governments, agencies, universities, vocational institutes and training providers to develop the necessary skills and capabilities to support the sector going forward, and will outline a number of actions needed to prepare the workforce for the future.

Commenting, Matt Abraham, Supply Chain and HSE Director Oil & Gas UK, said:

“OGUK is delighted to be working with OPITO to launch this vital report at our next Business Breakfast. This report will build on the research from last year by assessing the skills we will need to enable us to deliver on the industry’s Vision 2035 and equip us for the future.

“Oil and gas skills requirements are changing and its crucial we take action now to ensure we have the right skills for the future including equipping our industry for the accelerating energy transition in which we have a key role to play.

“As the champions of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry we look forward to hosting a panel of industry professionals who will set out the findings from OPITO’s report, but more importantly, will discuss the actions and next steps the industry needs to take in response.

Speakers will be announced shortly. For full event information and to purchase tickets please visit the OGUK website here.

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Notes to Editors

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

 

Following Neptune Energy’s announcement of its final investment decision (FID) for the Seagull project, Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director, said: “Neptune’s Seagull project signals the basin’s first FID of 2019 and demonstrates a growing appetite among North Sea players to establish a diversified portfolio making the most of the variety of opportunities the basin offers.

“The UK Continental Shelf continues to reinforce its position as an attractive investment opportunity. Fresh investment in the basin is key if we are to maximise the estimated 10-20 billion barrels of oil remaining, in line with Vision 2035.

“This project also highlights the importance of the UK’s existing infrastructure network in making the basin an attractive place to invest. It is estimated that there are more than 3 billion barrels of oil and gas contained in marginal fields on the UKCS and being able to tie back to existing infrastructure will be key to unlocking this potential, helping to ensure the industry’s bright future for many decades to come.”

 

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LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 2019

In a unique communications partnership, Oil & Gas UK and ITN Productions are producing a news and current affairs-style programme exploring the importance and value of the oil and gas industry in the UK.

From super majors to large contractor businesses and from independent oil companies to SMEs working in the supply chain, ‘Energy of the Future’ will bring to life the importance of the oil and gas industry, not only to the UK economy but local communities, wider society and jobs. With the oil and gas industries underpinning modern society, this programme will provide those within the sector the opportunity to  tell their story and share their vision for the future.

‘Energy of the Future’ will also explore how the industry is addressing big challenges of the 21st century such as energy security, sustainability and moves to a low carbon economy. The programme will speak to the next generation of workers, apprentices and leaders who will tackle these challenges to build an even more globally competitive oil and gas industry in the UK.

Drawing upon ITN’s 60-year heritage and expertise in storytelling, the news-style piece will be anchored by Natasha Kaplinsky to combine key interviews and reports with sponsored editorial profiles from leading organisations.

Premiered in September and trailed at Oil & Gas UK’s conference in June, the programme will form part of an extensive communications campaign featuring Oil & Gas UK members, industry leaders, government partners, as well as relevant journalists, writers and bloggers.

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK said: ”As the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, we are proud to champion our vital sector to key industry stakeholders.

“In changing times, this partnership with ITN Productions is a fresh and exciting opportunity to tell our story, benefitting from their extensive broadcasting heritage. This will prove to be a valuable communications tool in our efforts secure a competitive sector for many decades to come.”

Vicki Clubley, Head of Industry News, ITN Productions, said: We’re delighted to be partnering with Oil & Gas UK to produce a programme exploring the vital oil and gas sector in the UK. We want to bring to life the challenges and opportunities the sector presents and what is being implemented to create a globally competitive oil and gas industry in the UK.’

For more information, or to participate in the programme, please contact James Linden, Head Programme Director at ITN Productions, on 0207 430 4228 or james.linden@itn.co.uk.

ITN Productions Industry News produces bespoke creative and commercial content for broadcasters, businesses, brands, rights holders and digital channels. Industry News forms part of this offering and is a communications tool for leading industry bodies and national associations produced in a broadcast news-style programme format, including interviews, news items and sponsored editorial profiles.

For more information, or to participate in the programme, please contact James Linden, Head Programme Director at ITN Productions Industry News , on 0207 430 4228 or james.linden@itnproductions.com

The crucial role of Vision 2035 in driving the continued competitiveness of the North Sea will come under the spotlight at Oil & Gas UK’s (OGUK) 2019 Industry Conference.

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry today revealed the conference theme, “Industry in Transition’, for the flagship event held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 4-5 June next year.

Delegates will hear industry leaders and keynote speakers reflect on the people, business processes and diversification opportunities needed to unlock growth as the sector continues to emerge from one of the toughest downturns in its history.

The conference will also discuss industry’s key role in a lower carbon economy and reinforce the critical role Vision 2035 will play in achieving the balance between delivering the UK’s climate change targets and ensuring security of energy supply.

Commenting, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“At the heart of the agenda is industry’s shared ambition for the future – Vision 2035 – which looks to add a generation of productive life to the UK Continental Shelf and expand supply chain opportunities at home, abroad and into other sectors.

“As the leading champion of this industry we provide market intelligence and quality networking opportunities with our highly valued events programme.

“2019 will be another significant year for the UK offshore oil and gas industry and this conference will look in depth at several key issues facing including how we can continue to drive our competitiveness and how we can position our sector and our people for the future.

“With over 500 people anticipated to attend this event offers delegates an opportunity to hear from some of industry’s biggest names and network with leading figures from across industry, government, the regulators, academia and other trade associations.”

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.”

Safety Awards finalists unveiled

A ship’s crew with an impeccable safety record spanning 20 years and a woman whose dedication to her role as an offshore Safety Representative have each earned a spot as a finalist for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards.

18 entries have reached the shortlist across six categories covering Maritime Safety, Safety Representative of the Year, Innovation in Safety, Operational Integrity, Workforce Engagement and Sharing and Learning.

The awards – jointly organised by OGUK 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.

Matt Abraham, Health, Safety and Environment Director with OGUK said:

“Recognising the achievements of those who have gone above and beyond to ensure safe operations is critical in our pursuit to continually improve industry’s safety performance across the North Sea. The calibre of entries we had this year was excellent and all our finalists should feel very proud of their achievements. Across all categories their case studies shine a real example on the good work going on to improve safety in our industry and I’m really looking forward to celebrating their success at the awards ceremony in August.”

Jean-Luc Guiziou, Managing Director TOTAL E&P UK Ltd said: “Total’s core value is safety and we are delighted to be supporting the Offshore Safety Awards this year. Safety is something everyone in the offshore industry in the UK believes in and these awards allow us to celebrate the best examples of how we bring that to life every day.”

The finalists across the six categories are:

Maritime Safety sponsored by Marine Safety Forum
Oleg Krushynin / Solstad &Eric Wiseman Seacroft Marine Consultants
Crews of the VOS supporter ERRV Vroon Offshore Services
Douglas Bain & Crew Nordic American Offshore

Safety Representative of the Year sponsored by Drager
Stephanie Sunley Aramark
Lee Chegwidden Apache
Ian McKnight Wood Plc

Innovation in Safety sponsored by Bureau Veritas
Epic Exploration & Production Company Ltd EPIC
Shell UK Ltd Shell UK Ltd
CNOOC International and DNV GL Limited CNOOC International

Operational Integrity sponsored by Aker Solutions
Material Corrosion and Inspection Simplification Project  Shell UK Ltd
CNOOC International
ABB (energy industries business line -Stuart Young)  ABB

Workforce Engagement sponsored by Peterson
Robert Ferguson Noble Drilling
Neptune Energy UK Ltd Neptune Energy
Shane Gorman Diamond Offshore

Sharing and Learning sponsored by Spirit Energy
QHSE Team with Company RS & Inspection Services CAN Group
ASCO ASCO Group
Brent Decommissioning Project Shell UK Limited

The finalists will attend an interactive awards ceremony at P&J Live, Dyce on Thursday 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:

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.

Champions of industry sought as award nominations open

The search is on for industry’s brightest stars as nominations open for the 2019 OGUK Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K Limited.

The annual awards ceremony, to be held at the new P&J Live venue in Dyce, Aberdeen, celebrates the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals across the North Sea sector.

New to this year’s roster of awards is the Energy Transition category, which recognises a company that is leading the way in how the UK industry approaches and contributes to the move towards a lower carbon future.

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive OGUK, said: “Our awards are a highlight of the industry calendar and an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the amazing people in our pioneering sector.

“I’m particularly pleased that this year, we are introducing an additional award that specifically recognises a company’s efforts to support the UK’s net-zero ambitions.

“Businesses within our sector have enormous capacity, capability and responsibility to promote progress toward a more sustainable future. The engineering and technological expertise of our supply chain companies means that we have the skills and experience to make a net zero future a reality.”

Nominations are open for the following categories:

    • Apprentice of the Year
    • Graduate of the Year
    • Mentor of the Year
    • MER UK Award
    • Excellence in Decommissioning Award
    • Energy Transition
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Workforce Engagement
    • Business Innovation (SME)
    • Business Innovation (Large Enterprise)

Find out more information on the categories and how to nominate here. The deadline for nominations is 9 August 2019.

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.

OGUK responds to the launch of the fourth round of Decommissioning Challenge Fund

The announcement by the Scottish Government that £4 million of support will be made available through the Decommissioning Challenge Fund has been welcomed by OGUK. The fund provides support for projects that enhance the decommissioning market and supply chain across Scotland.

Commenting, Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director OGUK, said:

“The Decommissioning Challenge Fund underlines the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to the oil and gas industry as we look to harness decommissioning opportunities at home and indeed, globally.

“Although decommissioning only accounts for eight percent of total spend in the North Sea, it is a growing market in which the UK has first mover advantage. This will not only provide the supply chain with a steady workflow in the UK, but these competitive capabilities are exportable to a global market.

“At the same time, we remain focused on providing security of energy supply through home-produced resources, providing energy sovereignty as recognised recently by the Committee on Climate Change in its Net Zero Report. All of this will ensure that we continue to provide highly skilled jobs, remain a major economic contributor and are best placed to become a key partner in the transition towards a low carbon future.”

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Industry regulator to unveil findings of decommissioning cost report at OGUK Business Breakfast

Nils Cohrs, Head of Decommissioning at industry regulator The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) will discuss the findings of the 2019 UKCS Decommissioning Cost Estimate Report at the OGUK London Business Breakfast, taking place on July 2 at White & Case LLP, Old Broad Street.

The annual report, first published in 2017 tracks the progress towards a collective goal by industry, government and regulators to achieve a reduction of overall decommissioning costs by 35%.

Commenting, Nils Cohrs said:

“The UKCS is getting better at decommissioning all the time and I’m looking forward to sharing key insights and perspectives from our latest analysis which will support industry on our journey to reduce costs and secure future opportunities in the global decommissioning market.”

Delegates will also hear from Paul Davies, Chair of the Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Advisory Group, an industry body formed to develop the commercial structure to underpin the rollout of CCUS in the UK, something the Committee on Climate Change has said is critical to achieving a net zero economy.

Finally Joe Leask, Decommissioning Manager at OGUK will consider the need to re-use assets for Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) and other ways to deliver value to the UK economy from decommissioning. The event will conclude with a panel session chaired by Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director at OGUK.

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New award category revealed as nominations open for the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards

The search is on for the people and companies who have gone the extra mile to ensure safety remains at the forefront of North Sea operations for the 2019 OGUK Offshore Safety Awards.

Included in this year’s awards, jointly organised by OGUK and Step Change in Safety with principal sponsor TOTAL, is a new category for Maritime Safety. Sponsored by the Marine Safety Forum, this award recognises a seafarer who demonstrates a passion for safety, leads by example and continually strives for safe operations.

Commenting, Matt Abraham, HSE and Supply Chain Director OGUK said:

“The Offshore Safety Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the excellent work being done to promote safety across our industry. I’m pleased to see that maritime safety has been added to the roster of accolades this year as it plays an integral part in North Sea operations, along with pan industry efforts to help ensure the UKCS remains among the safest operating environments in the world.”

The awards ceremony, to be held on the Thursday 29 August at P&J Live, Aberdeen will use a novel interactive format allowing the audience to participate in the judging.

Steve Rae, Executive Director Step Change in Safety said:

“The Offshore Safety Awards provide us with the opportunity to give positive feedback and recognition to both employees and employers across a broad spectrum of categories within our industry.  Positive feedback and recognition are fundamental ingredients required to develop a strong and sustainable safety culture which provides us with the means to deliver on our goal of making the UKCS the safest O&G region in the world.

Step Change in Safety is honoured to be co-organising this event and looks forward to welcoming everyone to a celebration of stellar performance and outstanding contributions. I encourage you to join us and “play your part” in shaping our Industries Safety Culture””

All entries must be submitted by 26 June. The categories in the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards are:

  • Safety Representative of the Year – for an enthusiastic and committed safety rep that is driving the safety agenda at their worksite.
  • Innovation in Safety – for a company which has put in place a clever process or technique to improve safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite.
  • Workforce Engagement – for an individual or team which has actively embraced engagement with its workers on safety matters, showing how a commitment to worker involvement in safety has contributed to an improvement in safety performance.
  • Operational Integrity – for an individual or team which has delivered increased efficiency or understanding of risk by putting in place sensible and proportionate risk management solution(s).
  • Sharing and Learning – for an individual/team or company 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.
  • Maritime Safety – for a seafarer who demonstrates a passion for safety, leads by example and continually strives for safe operations.

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For further information, please contact: Oil & Gas UK Communications Adviser Lucy Buglass on 020 7802 2404 or lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk  or Step Change in Safety Head of Communications Kirstin Gove on 01224 577345 or Kirstin@stepchangeinsafety.net

Notes to Editors: ​

  1. Applicants are asked to visit the Offshore Safety Awards website for full details of how to apply.

 

About Oil & Gas UK

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

 

About Step Change in Safety (SCiS)

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

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

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

 

OGUK reaction to Well Safe announcement

Commenting on news that Well Safe has been awarded a contract to decommission up to twenty-one wells on the Schooner and Ketch fields in the UKCS, operated by DNO North Sea (ROGB) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of DNO ASA,  OGUK Decommissioning Manager Joe Leask said:

“OGUK’s Decommissioning Insight 2018 shows there are 1,465 wells to plug in the UK Continental Shelf over the next decade. There’s a number of new companies entering the decommissioning market offering innovative commercial models enabling efficiencies and it’s great to see that Well Safe are realising these opportunities.

“The UK will be the largest market for decommissioning spend over the next decade, and Well Safe’s pioneering approach will further help the UK industry establish an advantage in an emerging global market.”

 

OGUK welcomes news of Chevron acquisition

Oil & Gas UK today (Thursday, May 30) welcomed the news that Israel-headquartered firm Delek Group has acquired Chevron’s North Sea assets in a $2billion (£1.5billion) deal.

 

The sale, which will see 10 additional fields added to the firm’s UK portfolio, was agreed through Delek’s wholly-owned subsidiary Ithaca Energy. The deal adds around 235 million boe in proven and probable reserves to Ithaca and adds more than 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) to Ithaca’s existing production.

 

Commenting on the news, Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director, said:

“This $2 billion transaction is a further signal of confidence in the industry – and highlights how the hard work to improve the attractiveness of the UK Continental Shelf is enabling a diverse range of investors to play into the basin, reinvigorating activity.

“Chevron is one of the pioneering companies which began exploration on the UKCS more than 50 years ago and the company has gone on to make a vital contribution to the success of the UK North Sea. That being said, the sale, and indeed purchase of assets, is a natural part of the commercial life of the UKCS and presents new opportunities to maximise recovery.

“As our Business Outlook report showed, £200billion will be needed to be spent to find, develop and operate the reserves of the future and the UKCS is now in a much more competitive position to achieve this. Delek Group’s acquisition demonstrates the potential for growth in the basin – key to achieving Vision 2035.”

Southern North Sea well positioned to support energy transition

The Southern North Sea is well placed to support the energy transition and meet the UK’s dual challenge of increasing energy demands with a lower carbon footprint, the chief executive of OGUK will say at a key industry conference tomorrow.

Deirdre Michie, chief executive for the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry will use the speech to launch the new Our Vision, Our Future campaign in the region.

The campaign aims to promote Vision 2035, industry’s ambition to meet as much of our country’s oil and gas needs from home produced resources, expand opportunities for the UK supply chain across the energy sector at home and abroad and, through the energy transition, support a lower carbon future.

Speaking at SNS2019, Deirdre Michie is expected to say:

“Our sector is key to supporting a diverse energy mix which helps us meet the UK’s dual challenge of satisfying ongoing energy demands with a lower carbon footprint.

“We can do this by the oil and gas sector working to reducing its operation emissions as well as supporting the advancement of low carbon and abatement technology.

“Again – SNS is so well placed to support this as here the energy transition is already happening with its gas production – gas to wire project – decommissioning and carbon capture and storage opportunities along with diverse energy sectors like wind where the SNS with its hundreds of wind turbines is leading the way along with wave, tidal and nuclear.

“Indeed –if we are going to deliver the Climate Change Committee net zero target by 2050 – all energies will be needed.

“But how do we ensure we work together in support of the energy transition and industry 4.0 – which must go hand in hand.

“It’s why we launched the Our Vision, Our Future campaign, in which we want to raise awareness and get people engaged and having discussions and getting excited about what the future could and should look like.

“We are asking everyone literally to join a conversation and be part of the journey and outcome by signing up on line and for companies to support us by holding roadshows to encourage discussion and contribution.

“And I’m delighted that EEEGR has given its full support too.

Simon Gray, EEEGR’s CEO, said:

“EEEGR is pleased that Deirdre Michie is one of our keynote speakers and we look forward to her insight into Vision 2035 and her views on how this will impact the Southern North Sea (SNS). SNS2019 will be hosting NorEX 2019 – the first exploration event in the region for over a decade.  As England’s energy basin, the SNS has over 50 years of gas production, is home to over 50% of the nation’s offshore wind capacity and has the potential for new build nuclear at Sizewell and Bradwell. This energy mix is key to the nation’s energy transition and we welcome Deirdre’s perceptive insights into the industry.”

Ms Michie added: “Later this year we’ll publish a roadmap which considers all the feedback we get and provides an overview of how we can successfully deliver the Vision.

“And so, I ask you all today to join the conversation because this isn’t a binary choice, it’s not about black oil or green renewables,

“It’s about ensuring a diverse energy mix which meets the needs of society and provides a managed transition for our energy hubs and communities, just like Norwich and Great Yarmouth and others, serving the Southern North Sea.”

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UK’s offshore oil and gas industry responds to Committee on Climate Change report

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s oil and gas industry has committed to work with governments on the practical response to the Committee on Climate Change report published today (Thursday 2 May).

In addition to industry work to reduce operational emissions from offshore production, the sector is well placed to support the advancement of low carbon technology, in particular carbon capture usage and storage and extending the production and use of hydrogen.

Speaking in response to the report, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“This report provides a balanced and thoughtful blueprint towards a lower carbon future, with our industry at the heart of a managed transition.

“The recommendations are rooted in practical choices that need to be made and recognise that achieving such reductions are challenging and have a cost.

“We stand ready to work constructively with governments, regulators and other industries in their response to the recommendations of the CCC report so that together we can deliver solutions that achieve the reductions required, without sacrificing security and affordability of energy supply for consumers and which do not disadvantage UK industries against their international competitors.”

The report also confirms the role of home-produced oil and gas in enhancing the UK’s energy sovereignty and the level of production anticipated by the report is consistent with the industry’s own projections.

Deirdre Michie added:

“At the same time, we recognise the serious challenge to our industry to reduce our operational emissions for offshore production in the coming years and to contribute positively to the decarbonisation pathways outlined in this report.

“As the report notes, the UK’s oil and gas industry is uniquely placed to help lead the world in the development and deployment of CCUS and other lower carbon technologies at scale, building on the re-use of offshore infrastructure, our geological expertise, and skills and knowledge of our supply chain.”

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Shift in skills required to adapt to changing industry dynamics unveiled in vital industry report

Leading figures from the North Sea’s oil and gas industry will take centre stage at the launch of a key industry report next month to discuss how changing skills requirements will impact on the industry over the next six years.

Mark Cullens, Director of strategic development at OPITO and Paul de Leeuw, Director of the Oil and Gas Institute at the Robert Gordon University will present the findings of OPITO’s The Skills Landscape 2019 – 2025 report at the Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Business Breakfast, sponsored by Deloitte, at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel on Thursday 2 May.

They will be joined by a panel of distinguished industry leaders including Ariel Flores, BP’s North Sea Regional President and Lesley Birse, President of People & Organisation for Wood’s Asset Solutions business in the Eastern Hemisphere to discuss the opportunities and challenges for the sector as presented in the report. Joining them on the panel will be Sophie Ewen, an apprentice at Chevron, who will give her view on how she and other young people working in the sector will shape the industry’s future.

This vital piece of research follows on from OPITO’s 2018 UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review and looks at the sector’s skill requirements up to 2025 and what action is needed to support industry’s Vision 2035 and the wider energy diversification ambition. It will provide context for employers, the workforce, governments, agencies, universities, vocational institutes and training providers and outline actions to help secure the skills and competencies required.

Mark Cullens, Director of strategic development at OPITO said: “Advances in technology, internationalisation and energy transition will see new ways of working and the introduction of roles that don’t currently exist. The findings demonstrate that the oil and gas skills landscape will look very different by 2025 and we need to work together as an industry to support the existing workforce with training opportunities and plan for competing with other industries for future talent.”

Graham Hollis, Aberdeen office senior partner for event sponsor Deloitte, said: “The timing of OPITO’s report reinforces the need for the industry to start shaping strategies and investing in people development to address the change of skills required for the energy transition, while also taking into account factors such as the increased use of artificial intelligence to ensure a fit-for-purpose workforce.

“While attracting the next generation to the industry is absolutely key, it’s also important that it doesn’t overlook the valuable pool of experience amongst its existing workforce, many of whom will want to pass on their skills and expertise. Their know-how, much of which is transferable, would leave a lasting legacy for the next generation of talent to help optimise the undoubted opportunities that lie ahead.”

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OGUK breakfast to launch flagship skills report

A report detailing the UK oil and gas sector’s skill requirements up to 2025 will be unveiled at the Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Business Breakfast, sponsored by Deloitte on Thursday 2 May at Aberdeen’s Mercure Ardoe Hotel.

The Skills Landscape report, part of the UKCS Workforce Dynamics series produced by industry skills body OPITO in conjunction with the Robert Gordon University Oil and Gas Institute, will provide context for employers, governments, agencies, universities, vocational institutes and training providers to develop the necessary skills and capabilities to support the sector going forward, and will outline a number of actions needed to prepare the workforce for the future.

Commenting, Matt Abraham, Supply Chain and HSE Director Oil & Gas UK, said:

“OGUK is delighted to be working with OPITO to launch this vital report at our next Business Breakfast. This report will build on the research from last year by assessing the skills we will need to enable us to deliver on the industry’s Vision 2035 and equip us for the future.

“Oil and gas skills requirements are changing and its crucial we take action now to ensure we have the right skills for the future including equipping our industry for the accelerating energy transition in which we have a key role to play.

“As the champions of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry we look forward to hosting a panel of industry professionals who will set out the findings from OPITO’s report, but more importantly, will discuss the actions and next steps the industry needs to take in response.

Speakers will be announced shortly. For full event information and to purchase tickets please visit the OGUK website here.

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Notes to Editors

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

 

Oil & Gas UK welcomes Neptune Energy Seagull project announcement

Following Neptune Energy’s announcement of its final investment decision (FID) for the Seagull project, Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director, said: “Neptune’s Seagull project signals the basin’s first FID of 2019 and demonstrates a growing appetite among North Sea players to establish a diversified portfolio making the most of the variety of opportunities the basin offers.

“The UK Continental Shelf continues to reinforce its position as an attractive investment opportunity. Fresh investment in the basin is key if we are to maximise the estimated 10-20 billion barrels of oil remaining, in line with Vision 2035.

“This project also highlights the importance of the UK’s existing infrastructure network in making the basin an attractive place to invest. It is estimated that there are more than 3 billion barrels of oil and gas contained in marginal fields on the UKCS and being able to tie back to existing infrastructure will be key to unlocking this potential, helping to ensure the industry’s bright future for many decades to come.”

 

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Oil & Gas UK presents ‘Energy of the Future’, a collaboration with ITN Productions

LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 2019

In a unique communications partnership, Oil & Gas UK and ITN Productions are producing a news and current affairs-style programme exploring the importance and value of the oil and gas industry in the UK.

From super majors to large contractor businesses and from independent oil companies to SMEs working in the supply chain, ‘Energy of the Future’ will bring to life the importance of the oil and gas industry, not only to the UK economy but local communities, wider society and jobs. With the oil and gas industries underpinning modern society, this programme will provide those within the sector the opportunity to  tell their story and share their vision for the future.

‘Energy of the Future’ will also explore how the industry is addressing big challenges of the 21st century such as energy security, sustainability and moves to a low carbon economy. The programme will speak to the next generation of workers, apprentices and leaders who will tackle these challenges to build an even more globally competitive oil and gas industry in the UK.

Drawing upon ITN’s 60-year heritage and expertise in storytelling, the news-style piece will be anchored by Natasha Kaplinsky to combine key interviews and reports with sponsored editorial profiles from leading organisations.

Premiered in September and trailed at Oil & Gas UK’s conference in June, the programme will form part of an extensive communications campaign featuring Oil & Gas UK members, industry leaders, government partners, as well as relevant journalists, writers and bloggers.

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK said: ”As the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, we are proud to champion our vital sector to key industry stakeholders.

“In changing times, this partnership with ITN Productions is a fresh and exciting opportunity to tell our story, benefitting from their extensive broadcasting heritage. This will prove to be a valuable communications tool in our efforts secure a competitive sector for many decades to come.”

Vicki Clubley, Head of Industry News, ITN Productions, said: We’re delighted to be partnering with Oil & Gas UK to produce a programme exploring the vital oil and gas sector in the UK. We want to bring to life the challenges and opportunities the sector presents and what is being implemented to create a globally competitive oil and gas industry in the UK.’

For more information, or to participate in the programme, please contact James Linden, Head Programme Director at ITN Productions, on 0207 430 4228 or james.linden@itn.co.uk.

ITN Productions Industry News produces bespoke creative and commercial content for broadcasters, businesses, brands, rights holders and digital channels. Industry News forms part of this offering and is a communications tool for leading industry bodies and national associations produced in a broadcast news-style programme format, including interviews, news items and sponsored editorial profiles.

For more information, or to participate in the programme, please contact James Linden, Head Programme Director at ITN Productions Industry News , on 0207 430 4228 or james.linden@itnproductions.com

OGUK to shine spotlight on industry future at 2019 conference

The crucial role of Vision 2035 in driving the continued competitiveness of the North Sea will come under the spotlight at Oil & Gas UK’s (OGUK) 2019 Industry Conference.

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry today revealed the conference theme, “Industry in Transition’, for the flagship event held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 4-5 June next year.

Delegates will hear industry leaders and keynote speakers reflect on the people, business processes and diversification opportunities needed to unlock growth as the sector continues to emerge from one of the toughest downturns in its history.

The conference will also discuss industry’s key role in a lower carbon economy and reinforce the critical role Vision 2035 will play in achieving the balance between delivering the UK’s climate change targets and ensuring security of energy supply.

Commenting, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“At the heart of the agenda is industry’s shared ambition for the future – Vision 2035 – which looks to add a generation of productive life to the UK Continental Shelf and expand supply chain opportunities at home, abroad and into other sectors.

“As the leading champion of this industry we provide market intelligence and quality networking opportunities with our highly valued events programme.

“2019 will be another significant year for the UK offshore oil and gas industry and this conference will look in depth at several key issues facing including how we can continue to drive our competitiveness and how we can position our sector and our people for the future.

“With over 500 people anticipated to attend this event offers delegates an opportunity to hear from some of industry’s biggest names and network with leading figures from across industry, government, the regulators, academia and other trade associations.”

Blog: The implications of 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.”