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Industry bodies strengthen partnership with new agreement

The leading trade body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, Oil & Gas UK, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Aberdeen branch. The agreement formalises the longstanding relationship between the two industry organisations. Signatories Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie [...]

Oil & Gas UK response to the Oil and Gas Authority National Data Repository proposals

Commenting in response to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) consultation published today on the establishment of a United Kingdom National Data Repository (NDR), which would be funded through the OGA levy, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “We will consult with our members on the increase in levy to cover the cost of a National [...]

Oil & Gas UK 2017 award winners announced

A safety-conscious apprentice who showed leadership in maintaining safe operations on an offshore platform, and an industry-leading project which championed collaboration were among those who secured accolades last night (Thursday 2 November) at the Oil & Gas UK Awards 2017. More than 500 people from across the sector gathered to celebrate individual [...]

Business opportunities unveiled at key supply chain event

One of the newest contractors in the UK North Sea was among the companies that set out their stalls to potential suppliers at a major oil and gas industry event in Aberdeen yesterday (Wednesday, November 1). WorleyParsons was one of 11 companies and organisations to present at Share Fair – an Oil & Gas UK event designed to shine a light on [...]

New executive chairman for joint fishing and offshore safety organisation

A lawyer with extensive experience of working with the fishing and oil and gas industries today (November 1) takes over the helm of the U.K. Fisheries Offshore Oil and Gas Legacy Trust Fund Limited or FLTC. Charles Scott, a consultant with Shepherd and Wedderburn, will become part time Executive Chairman, taking over as Executive Chairman from Niall [...]

Oil & Gas UK welcomes multi-billion-pound North Sea deals

Commenting on two major North Sea deals completed within the past 24 hours, Deirdre Michie, chief executive at the industry trade association Oil & Gas UK, said: “These two deals are hugely significant, and point to strengthening confidence in the future of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry. “Chrysaor’s $3.8bn acquisition of Shell [...]

New information gateway to boost supply chain business development

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

Oil & Gas UK pays tribute to Frank Doran

Oil & Gas UK is saddened to learn of the loss of former Aberdeen MP Frank Doran. Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “We are saddened to learn of the death of the former Aberdeen MP Frank Doran.  With his passing we lose a strong defender of the oil and gas industry and its workers. “His was a highly influential [...]

New data be released at 2017 offshore decommissioning conference

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

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

Oil and gas suppliers looking to grow their business are snapping up slots for one-to-one sessions with major purchasers at Oil & Gas UK’s Share Fair event at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 1.   Stephen Marcos Jones, director of business excellence at Oil & Gas UK, said:   “The appointments are [...]

Clean Growth Strategy – Oil & Gas UK response

Commenting on the UK Government's Clean Growth Strategy, Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “Oil & Gas UK welcomes the Government’s publication of the Clean Growth Strategy. The UK offshore oil and gas industry strives to reduce its emissions and CO2 emissions from production have fallen by 30% since 2000 – [...]

Fresh insight into UK oil and gas jobs scene captured in new report

New data providing more insight into the employment picture of the UK offshore oil and gas industry is published today (7 October) by Oil & Gas UK - the sector’s trade body. The people working on offshore installations are a key focus of the Workforce Report which reveals the areas they travel from across the UK to get to their jobs offshore [...]

Statoil announcement welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

Responding to Statoil’s announcement that it has made an oil discovery in the Verbier prospect on the UK Continental Shelf, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: "This is good news from Statoil and partners and we now really hope that the find proves to be commercially appealing and proceeds to development. "It’s also [...]

UK oil and gas experience and expertise shared with Mexico

Mexico’s offshore oil and gas sector will gain insights from the UK Continental Shelf at a key event taking place today (3 October). The British Chamber of Commerce in Mexico is hosting an Energy Day in the country - bringing together around 600 of Mexico’s leading energy professionals to discuss what’s next for the country’s sector. Stephen [...]

Oil & Gas UK welcomes Chancellor’s visit to Aberdeen

Commenting as the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond visits Aberdeen, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “It’s good to see the Chancellor here in Aberdeen. His visit sends a strong message of support for industry and his funding announcement to help stimulate exploration - that has been particularly hard hit by the downturn [...]

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 [...]

Chevron sanctions Captain enhanced oil recovery project

Chevron North Sea Limited (CNSL), operator of the Captain Field, announced it has sanctioned the Final Investment Decision (FID) to proceed with the first phase of the Captain enhanced oil recovery project. The project is expected to increase the overall recovery rate from the field by the application of polymer technology. Read more... Read more

Head of AXIS Network awarded for promoting gender equality in oil and gas

The co-founder of an organisation which aims to boost gender balance in the oil and gas industry will today pick up a prestigious award from the Women’s Business Council at a reception held at the House of Commons. Jenny Junnier, chair of the AXIS Network and a senior manager at Deloitte in Aberdeen, will receive the Women’s Business Council award [...]

Expro announces world’s first proven electromagnetic transmission of reservoir pressure data to surface across an open-hole well section without casing

Expro has successfully accomplished the world’s first proven wireless transmission of reservoir pressure data to surface, from a recently abandoned subsea appraisal well which incorporated a rock-to-rock cement plug. The system was installed in the North Sea and will be used to improve understanding of the reservoir and to optimise future development [...]

Stork secures asset integrity contract with Chrysaor

Stork has been awarded a one-year contract plus two options of one-year each by Chrysaor. The contract will see Stork continue to deliver an integrated portfolio of specialist asset integrity support services to the Armada, Everest and Lomond offshore production platforms located in the Central North Sea. Read more… Read more

Chevron Sanctions Stage 1 Captain Enhanced Oil Recovery Project

Chevron North Sea Limited (CNSL), operator of the Captain Field, announced today it has sanctioned the Final Investment Decision (FID) to proceed with the first phase of the Captain Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project. Read more… Read more

TechnipFMC reaches an agreement to acquire Plexus’ exploration wellhead business

TechnipFMC announces that an agreement has been reached with Plexus Holding plc to acquire Plexus’s Wellhead exploration equipment and services business for jack up applications. In conjunction with TechnipFMC’s global footprint and market presence, this portfolio expansion in the mudline and high pressure high temperature (HPHT) arena enables TechnipFMC [...]

Petrofac and NHS to address emergency preparedness

Petrofac’s Training Services business has partnered with NHS Grampian to deliver the UK’s first training course for appointed Hospital Liaison Representatives. The half-day course is specifically created for oil and gas company representatives who play a vital role in the event of a colleague being injured at work and then hospitalised. Read more… [...]

Emerson agrees to acquire Paradigm

Emerson has agreed to acquire Paradigm®, a leading provider of software solutions for the oil and gas industry, for a purchase price of $510 million, reflecting a multiple of 13 times expected 2017 EBITDA. Paradigm, joined with Emerson’s existing Roxar software business, creates a best-in-class, end-to-end Exploration & Production (E&P) software [...]

Local Aberdeen business becomes part of DEKRA

In July 2015, DEKRA acquired local Aberdeen business, Optimus Seventh Generation Ltd., into its occupational safety consulting portfolio. In July 2017, Optimus Seventh Generation Ltd. and Behavioral Science Technology International, Inc. have joined forces to create the new entity DEKRA Organisational Reliability Ltd. The entity formation was marked [...]

NEL makes further investment in high capacity wet gas test facility

NEL has invested £200,000 in further development of its Glasgow-based Wet Gas Flow Testing Facility, as part of a continual programme to deliver industry-leading test facilities. Read more… Read more

Statoil oil discovery in Verbier sidetrack on UK continental shelf

Statoil and partners have made an oil discovery in the Verbier sidetrack well in the outer Moray Firth on the UK Continental Shelf, proving a minimum of 25 million recoverable barrels of oil in the immediate vicinity of the wellbore. The preliminary results suggest the discovery could range anywhere between 25 and 130 million barrels of oil. Read more… [...]

Ampelmann provides increased operational efficiencies with E100 development

Ampelmann, the global leader in offshore access solutions, has enhanced its existing E1000 gangway transfer system to speed up conversion of its gangway from personnel to cargo mode from at least ten minutes to less than one minute, providing greater operational efficiencies. Read more… Read more

Petrofac secures North Sea contract extension

Petrofac has secured a contract extension from Chevron North Sea Limited (Chevron) for the provision of engineering services; an agreement it has held since 2014. The 12-month agreement, which comes into effect this month, will involve the continued provision of engineering support to Chevron’s key North Sea assets. Read more… Read more

Exceed creates 20 jobs with major North Sea contract

Aberdeen-headquartered Exceed has announced it will create 20 jobs, having been awarded a contract by Alpha Petroleum Resources Limited for its forthcoming Cheviot Field development campaign. Alpha Petroleum is an upstream oil and gas operator focused on the UK sector of the North Sea and backed by private equity firm Petroleum Equity. Read more… [...]

Global Energy Group invest in industry first technology system

Global Energy Group has further strengthened its leading position in the sector by investing in the latest technology for carrying out dimensional control surveys. Last month, the UK’s first commercially available Lieca BLK360 arrived at Global Energy Group’s Aberdeen office and has since been piloted on a number of projects where its efficiencies [...]

Scotoil Services Ltd secures £2.5m of contracts for decommissioning services

Scotoil Services Ltd, a specialist oil and gas service company in the UK has been awarded a number of contracts worth over £2.5 million for onshore waste management services. The Aberdeen based company will provide the transportation, dismantling, recycling and disposal of over 5000 tonnes of subsea infrastructure recovered from decommissioning campaigns [...]

Texo Drone Survey and Inspection deploys world’s first UT integrated UAV system

Texo Drone Survey and Inspection (UKCS), the dedicated Oil & Gas services division of Texo DSI - owner-operator of the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles is pleased to announce the deployment of the world’s first UT (Ultrasonic Thickness Testing) integrated UAV system. Read more… Read more

Bibby Offshore continues North Sea success with triple contract win

Bibby Offshore has successfully completed three further contracts from global oil and gas operator, Apache North Sea. The multimillion pound contracts utilised Bibby Offshore’s diving support vessels, Bibby Polaris and Bibby Topaz, and its construction support vessel, Olympic Ares. Read more… Read more

Petrofac awarded training contract for major North Sea development

Petrofac has secured a training management services contract from Maersk Oil in relation to the North Sea High Pressure High Temperature development, Culzean. The two-year agreement, with a further one year option to extend, was awarded following competitive tender. Under the contract, Petrofac will deliver training across a wide range of subjects, [...]

Interocean completes subsea LBL positioning and metrology campaign

Interocean’s Survey and Positioning Division recently completed a subsea LBL based positioning and metrology campaign for Marteam and Noble Energy. An essay on the project has now been published in the Journal of Ocean Technology. Read more… Read more

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