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

North Sea operators and contractors will share their forward activity plans with the supply chain at a major industry event in Aberdeen this November.   Share Fair – organised by Oil & Gas UK – will take place on November 1 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. This year’s event also aims to strengthen the resilience of [...]

Statement on Edinburgh University oil and gas study

Commenting on Edinburgh University’s oil and gas study published today, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “There are up to 20 billion barrels of oil and gas resources still to be recovered on the UK Continental Shelf, based on production forecasts provided by the Oil and Gas Authority. “Production has increased over [...]

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

The quest to find this year’s most outstanding individuals and companies reaches a stage closer as Oil & Gas UK today announces the finalists for its 2017 annual awards.   The judging panel for the industry’s flagship event, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, has selected the finalists from nearly 100 nominations and the winners will [...]

Momentum builds as support for industry efficiency increases

ETF Chairman Walter Thain at Offshore Europe The team behind a pioneering initiative tasked with improving the global competitiveness of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, credits its success to businesses adopting an “open door to change” mindset. The Efficiency Task Force (ETF), which marks its second anniversary this week, today [...]

Investors seeing value in UK North Sea re-inventing itself: Economic Report 2017

  Almost $6 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions have taken place in the UK oil and gas sector in the first half of the year - sending a strong vote of confidence in a basin that has been grappling with the challenges of a major downturn, a new report reveals today (September 6). Assets changing hands and the increasing diversity in [...]

Cyber and terror attacks under spotlight at Offshore Europe

The growing physical and digital threats that the world faces today will be discussed by a panel of experts, including the BBC’s Security Correspondent Frank Gardner, at Offshore Europe on Wednesday (September 6). The broadcast journalist and best-selling author, who was partially paralysed in the legs after being shot six times by terrorists in [...]

Best and brightest of industry championed at Offshore Europe

The leading trade body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has revealed its plans to promote the sector during Offshore Europe. Oil & Gas UK will launch its flagship Economic Report 2017 this week (Wednesday 6 September) at a breakfast briefing event held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. The organisation will host a trade [...]

Industry commitment to collaboration demonstrated in infrastructure access guidance

An update of the Code of Practice on Access to Upstream Oil and Gas Infrastructure on the UK Continental Shelf (known as the ICoP) is published by Oil & Gas UK today (August 30). The intention of the code of practice is to encourage companies to conduct timely and constructive negotiations when seeking new capacity in the extensive production [...]

Subsea 7 Vice President appointed to trade association board

An industry professional with over 20 years’ experience in the subsea pipelines business has been appointed to Oil & Gas UK’s board. Phil Simons, VP North Sea & Canada at Subsea 7, will sit alongside the leading industry representatives responsible for setting Oil & Gas UK policy. Mr Simons began his career in 1992 as an engineer [...]

Safety champions announced at industry awards

The people and companies doing their utmost for offshore safety were today (August 23) recognised for their efforts at a key industry event. The winning entries of six categories were announced at the Offshore Safety Awards, jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor. Our Offshore Safety [...]

Offshore experiences to be shared at ceremony celebrating safety

Feedback from the frontline will be shared by an award-winning offshore safety rep at an industry celebration taking place on Wednesday (Aug 23). Stuart Mann will share some of his North Sea safety experiences at the Offshore Safety Awards organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety and taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference [...]

Still time to recognise industry talent

Organisers of a prestigious industry awards event have said it’s still not too late to recognise industry talent. Nominations for the Oil & Gas UK 2017 annual awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, will close on the afternoon of Friday 11 August. A key event in the upstream industry calendar, Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre [...]

Updated guidelines are prime example of industry collaboration

A suite of updated guidelines published today, which ultimately aim to ensure the safety of offshore wells, underline industry’s commitment to continuously improve, Oil and Gas UK said today. The trade body’s award winning guidelines are written by industry, for industry, and provide a true reflection and balanced perspective on industry good [...]

Event heralded as opportunity for oil and gas supply chain

Supply chain firms supporting the oil and gas sector have been urged to grab an opportunity for growth and innovation as leading trade organisation Oil & Gas UK launched its 2017 Share Fair. The high profile one-day event will be hosted at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 1. Its distinctive format attracted over 650 delegates [...]

Brexit cities report – Oil & Gas UK response

The trade body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has given its response to the Brexit, trade and the economic impacts on UK Cities report from the Centre for Economic Performance and Centre for Cities at the London School of Economics. Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “We have yet to see details of this report but [...]

Key report shows safety further improving in UK offshore oil and gas

The latest annual health and safety data published for the UK offshore oil and gas industry signals a continued trend of improving performance despite 2016 being a challenging year, says Oil & Gas UK. The sector’s trade body today (July 27) publishes its Health & Safety Report 2017 - capturing the significant trends, issues and themes of [...]

30th Licensing Round welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

  Oil & Gas UK has today welcomed the announcement by the Oil and Gas Authority that it has launched its 30th Offshore Licensing Round focusing on mature areas of the UKCS. Oil & Gas UK's upstream policy director, Mike Tholen, said: “The launch of the 30th Offshore Licensing Round offers companies the exciting opportunity to [...]

New guidelines launched in effort to boost production efficiency

Highly anticipated industry guidelines designed to boost production efficiency in the UK Continental Shelf have been published by Oil & Gas UK. Between 2004 and 2012 the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) faced the significant challenge of a sustained decline in levels of production efficiency (PE), falling from 80 per cent to 60 per cent.   [...]

Pioneering petroleum data management course celebrates inaugural graduates

A pioneering university course, aimed at helping companies extract greater value from subsurface data and support efforts to maximise exploration and production success, celebrates its inaugural graduates today (Wednesday 12 July). Fourteen students from across the globe, including Brazil, Ghana and the Netherlands, will be the first to be awarded [...]

Statement in response to CAA announcement on lifting of restrictions on Super Puma helicopters

Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: "We note the Civil Aviation Authority's announcement of plans to lift the restrictions in place on the H225LP and AS332L2 Airbus helicopters. This announcement does not mean an immediate return to service of these helicopters in the UK and it will be for individual oil and gas companies [...]

Total in talks with Google as energy sector turns to AI

Total is in talks with tech giants Google and Microsoft to help develop bespoke artificial intelligence (AI) in the energy sector’s race to tap digital technologies. Engineers at Total are currently working alongside top software developers to explore how complex algorithms could be applied to its work in oil and gas. Read more... Read more

ABB introduces new MID/OIML R117 certified coriolis flowmeter for custody transfer applications in oil & gas

‎ The CoriolisMaster series offer some unique and practical advantages to customers in the oil and gas industry. Their compact design saves unnecessary on-site handling and installation costs and the easy to use Human Machine Interface (HMI) ensures savings on training and commissioning costs. Read more... Read more

Apollo takes off in new markets with opening of office in Doha, Qatar

Apollo continues to grow in 2017 with the opening of a new office in Doha, Qatar.  Having already outgrown and subsequently expanded office space in Aberdeen, the new Middle East office has opened to leverage on the already successful work carried out in the region. Read more... Read more

Matt Corbin joins Sparrows Group as director of European operations

Sparrows Group has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Matt Corbin as its regional operations director for the UK and Europe to support the company’s continued growth in the oil and gas, renewables and industrial sectors. Read more... Read more

Interocean secures contract for rig move, mooring and positioning services

Interocean Marine Services Limited of the UK has been awarded a contract by Azinor Catalyst to provide an integrated package of Rig Move, Mooring and Positioning Services and is currently supporting a drilling programme on board Ocean Guardian in the North Sea. Read more... Read more

Hurricane Energy move towards first oil

Hurricane Energy have confirmed its had final investment decision (FID) on its early production system (EPS) for the Lancaster field. Read more... Read more

Emerson launches industry-first controller designed for automation versatility and IIoT-enabled operations

Emerson is launching the DeltaV™ PK Controller, making the advanced automation of its DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) available to fast-growth industries traditionally less reliant on large-scale automation. DeltaV™ PK Controller simplifies capital projects, readies organisations for operational benefits of IIoT. Read more... Read more

Sparrows Group strikes gold at prestigious awards

Sparrows Group is celebrating after winning the Apprentice Award at the prestigious 2017 Press and Journal Gold Awards. Read more... Read more

Apollo and Oil & Gas Technology Centre partner on data management project

Apollo, the Aberdeen headquartered, engineering and project service provider, has been backed by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre to introduce technology that will help unlock the potential of the North Sea.  Read more… Read more

ABB releases new safety case decommissioning guidance

A joint industry collaboration, led by ABB, has developed a safety case guidance targeting the decommissioning and dismantling of platforms. Technical exchanges during the JIP allowed offshore operators to share ideas and learn from each other as they prepare to decommission their platforms. The resulting document offers guidance to duty holders in [...]

Babcock secures oil and gas decommissioning contract

Babcock is working with Centrica Storage Limited to plan for decommissioning of the Rough 47/8A platforms and infrastructure in the southern North Sea.  Read more... Read more

Large-scale dust explosion research underway by DNV GL and Gexcon

Dust explosion incidents are immediate releases of small particles (i.e. chemicals, metal dusts) in large volumes. Such incidents can have devastating effects both in terms of harm to people and the facilities involved. DNV GL and Gexcon have therefore joined together to seek partners in a collaborative project to investigate dust explosions at a larger [...]

Industry collaboration delivers recommended practice on how to fight cyber threats

DNV GL is launching a globally applicable recommended practice, Cyber security in the oil and gas industry based on IEC 62443, addressing how oil and gas operators, together with system integrators and vendors, can manage the emerging cyber threat. The recommended practice is the result of a nearly two-year-long joint industry project together with [...]

Petrofac set to help industry tackle the ‘known unknowns’

Petrofac is set to showcase how its approach to performance consulting helps companies take a holistic approach to tackling factors affecting the performance and integrity of oil and gas facilities. Read more... Read more

NEL starts build of £16million subsea development centre

NEL has commenced the build of its £16million Centre of Excellence (CoE) for subsea development. The new high pressure multiphase flow test facility will have the largest test range in the world, positioning Scotland as a world leader in multiphase flow measurement. Read more... Read more

Expro secures multi-million dollar well services contract with Repsol Sinopec

Expro has secured a five-year master services agreement with Repsol Sinopec for well services across its UK North Sea assets.The contract is valued at $8million/£5million for the first calendar year, which will be reviewed on an annual basis - including options to extend beyond the initial term. Read more... Read more

Bibby Offshore bolsters North Sea presence with multiple contract wins

Bibby Offshore continues to strengthen its North Sea presence through successful completion of two further contracts with oil and gas majors, Perenco and Endeavour Energy UK. Read more... Read more

Petrofac celebrates duty holder milestone

This month marks 20 years since Petrofac pioneered its outsourced Duty Holder model – a milestone which will be celebrated the SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen (5-8 September 2017). Read more... Read more

New opportunities for the oil industry at Lerwick Harbour

epresentatives of the offshore oil and gas industry, government agencies, port users and stakeholders will be given an on-the-spot insight into operations and opportunities at the expanded deep-water Dales Voe Base at Lerwick, Shetland on Tuesday 29 August. Speakers will include Gunther Newcombe, Director of Operations, Oil and Gas Authority, Audrey [...]

InterMoor wins contract on Mad Dog Phase 2 project

InterMoor has been awarded a service contract with Subsea 7 to provide mooring and tow services for BP’s new Mad Dog 2 project. Read more... Read more

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