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Support for North Sea Transition Deal confirms exciting future for changing industry

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has praised industry and political backing for the North Sea Transition deal published today. OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie this morning attended a roundtable hosted by BEIS Energy Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan, along with senior representatives from industry and the Oil [...]

North Sea Transition Deal to deliver home grown transition towards government net zero targets

The UK government has today announced (Wednesday, 24 March) that it will deliver a transformational deal in partnership with the UK oil and gas industry to tackle climate change and deliver key aspects of their ten-point plan. The deal is the first of its kind by any G7 country, setting an example of how oil and gas producing countries can move fairly towards a [...]

Just Transition Commission Report welcome news for workforce says OGUK

Commenting today on the recommendations published in the Just Transition Commission’s final report which said the Scottish Government should create a “skills guarantee” to help workers make the leap from oil and gas to low-carbon sectors, OGUK’s workforce engagement and skills manager, Dr Alix Thom said: “Oil and gas workers have a key [...]

bp’s hydrogen project a great example of low-carbon energy innovation says OGUK

Following bp’s announcement today (March 18) that it proposes to develop the UK’s largest hydrogen project in Teesside, Mike Tholen, OGUK's Sustainability Director commented: “This is a brilliant example of how OGUK members such as bp are pioneering low-carbon energy innovations which will transform our economy and accelerate the UK’s drive [...]

Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Blueprint a key opportunity for UK supply chain says OGUK

Commenting on the launch of the UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy announced today (17 March) OGUK’s Sustainability Director, Mike Tholen said: “Many of our members are already active in decarbonisation projects and committed to bringing carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and offshore floating wind projects to life across [...]

£3bn lost investment during pandemic could threaten green recovery

The oil and gas industry has said the UK’s energy transition could be under threat unless the government can provide vital support for the sector. OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has stated that securing and sustaining investment in the sector is now critical to help the UK quickly realise a net-zero [...]

OGUK comment in response to possible ban on new exploration licences

In response to a story published today in The Sunday Telegraph which suggests Ministers are considering declaring the beginning of the end for the North Sea oil industry with a ban on new exploration licences. Commenting on the story, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry recognises the urgent [...]

Oil and gas industry welcomes Chancellors’ Budget measures to support green energy transition

The UK oil and gas industry has welcomed some of the measures announced by the Chancellor in today’s Budget, adding that now close cooperation with the sector is essential to maximise its world-leading expertise and assure a successful green energy transition. The leading representative body for the sector OGUK said the combination of taxation [...]

Oil and gas industry welcomes job creation and recognition of its positive role in net zero economy

  The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement that Scottish businesses are set to receive a boost to their green energy transition and further investment to create local jobs in key sectors with a more than £57 million investment in tomorrow’s Budget (Wednesday 3 March). The leading [...]

OGUK Conference to discuss Health, Safety and Environment in a post-pandemic world.

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has announced that tickets are now live for its first-ever wholly digital Health, Safety & Environment Conference. As we follow on from the tumultuous events of 2020, this year‘s conference asks the question, ‘Where next for our industry?’ The event, titled ‘Looking [...]

Shell transformation plans underline value of homegrown transition

Commenting on Shell's pledge made today (11 February) to accelerate the drive for net-zero emissions, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “It is an exciting time for the country’s oil and gas industry as we see companies including Shell demonstrate how our sector is transforming to meet the clean energy challenge, putting their expertise [...]

Equinor Senior Vice-President named Co-chair of OGUK board

5 February 2021 The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry has today announced the appointment of a new co-chair to its board, as the sector focuses on the industry’s recovery whilst meeting net-zero targets for 2021. Arne Gürtner, Senior Vice President UK & Ireland Offshore at Equinor has now assumed this role bringing [...]

OGUK responds to Greenpeace Unearthed report on emissions from flaring and venting

Following the publication today (1 February) of Greenpeace's Unearthed unit's report looking into emissions from venting and flaring on the UKCS, OGUK's emissions improvement manager, Louise O’Hara Murray said: “We know that there is more work to be done and we’re already in action to ramp up our response as an industry. As one of the first [...]

Oil & gas industry needs to ‘reimagine’ its business and models to maximise energy transition opportunities

Enhancing collaborative culture within the offshore oil and gas industry is not only key to maximising the potential of its existing world class supply chain but could also unlock future activity in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and be key to delivering a successful Net-Zero future. Improving commercial models which support cost reduction whilst [...]

OGUK responds to Scottish Government proposal to halt backing of oversea oil and gas activity

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s proposal to end all overseas trade backing and promotion activities focused on fossil fuel goods and services by COP26, OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie OBE said: “We are requesting an urgent meeting with Scottish Ministers so that we can highlight the effect this policy may have on members, particularly [...]

OGUK CEO says Energy White Paper must be opportunity for jobs and communities

OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie OBE has today appeared before the House of Commons Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee to give evidence on the Energy White Paper (EWP), published in December. The recently published paper provides a critical opportunity for a transformational North Sea Transition Deal (NSTD) to deliver [...]

OGUK responds to Brexit deal outcome as EU Future Relationship bill voted through

The UK offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed the deal outcome between the EU and the UK as the EU (Future Relationship) bill is voted on in parliament today. The leading representative body for the sector said that as the detail of the agreement is worked through, it is important that any friction and red tape is kept to a minimum whist ensuring [...]

OGUK appoints two directors to drive forward stakeholder and communications agenda

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

Revised regulator strategy confirms alignment on industry future

The UK is set to lead the way in demonstrating how oil and gas producing countries can successfully and fairly transition towards a net zero future, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE has said in a message to members today. In an end of year message to over 400 member organisations based across  the UK, Deirdre Michie said the stage is now [...]

Trio of board appointments as OGUK looks ahead to 2021 ambitions

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has appointed three major business leaders to its board as the sector sharpens its focus on the industry’s recovery and meeting net zero targets as it looks ahead to the new year. Jose Luis Muñoz is CEO of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited. José Luis joined Repsol in 2005 [...]

3t Energy Group appoints expert to lead new consultancy division

3t Energy Group is leveraging its extensive expertise in the global energy sector by establishing a new consultancy division headed up by industry professional, Alan Sharp. The new division, called ‘3t Training Solutions,’ will provide a wide selection of specialist consultancy services ranging from helping companies gain new industry accreditations [...]

Shell joins operators driving innovation in emissions monitoring offshore

Energy major Shell is the latest company to join a multi-operator group driving innovation to tackle the challenge of offshore methane emissions monitoring. Leading this innovation is unmanned aviation business Flylogix, who alongside US gas sensor technology experts SeekOps and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), are developing the accurate [...]

DEKRA hosts free HAZOP, coaching webinars

Safety and certification group DEKRA UK is hosting a series of webinars covering remote HAZOPs and remote behavioural coaching. Held on 20 April, the first session titled “Remote HAZOPS: The Do’s and Don'ts”, will see DEKRA experts explore and discuss the HAZOP technique and its methodology for evaluating risk, as well as answering questions [...]

Well-Safe welcomes D300 diving system to Scotland

Tuesday 12 April saw the long-awaited arrival of Well-Safe Solutions’ D300 Diving System to Scottish shores. The journey from Singapore has taken six weeks and the hard work and dedication of the team has ensured the unit’s safe arrival. Operations have been managed from the UK by Well-Safe Solutions along with the support of Orca Oceanic Systems. [...]

Petrofac extends integrated services for Neo Energy

International service provider Petrofac has been awarded an early one-year extension to its integrated services contract with NEO Energy. The extension, awarded eight months ahead of the renewal date, takes Petrofac’s contract for operations, maintenance, engineering and construction support for NEO Energy’s UK activities, through to December [...]

IOG begins Phase 1 development campaign at Elgood

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has announced the spudding of the Elgood development well, 48/22c-H1, the first of first of five planned development wells in its Phase 1 project. The well is expected to take approximately three months to drill and complete, after which the rig will move on to Blythe in early Q3. The Noble Hans Deul jack-up rig mobilised [...]

Altrad appoints industry stalwart to support its upstream growth agenda

Altrad has announced the appointment of John Welsh, Client Services Director, to accelerate its upstream growth strategy for the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). John Welsh returns back to his roots to join the enlarged Altrad business, some nine years after leaving Cape plc, a company that was acquired by Altrad back in 2017, wherein he grew the business [...]

ChampionX awarded contracts to deploy next-generation corrosion protection

ChampionX has secured two contracts worth a combined £2.8 million ($3.9 USD), to deliver its next generation, non-toxic chemicals to two major North Sea operators. The company’s environmentally acceptable corrosion inhibitor product line has been developed to enable E&P organisations to economically extend the life of their assets in a sustainable [...]

Continued growth prompts team expansion for Salus Technical

Aberdeenshire-headquartered process safety firm Salus Technical has grown its team with the appointment of Andrea Ferdinands as a process safety engineer. Andrea’s role will encompass managing customer accounts, supporting the consulting arm of the business, hosting webinars and contributing to the creation of resources for the firm’s online [...]

Wood extends long-standing relationship with TAQA in UK North Sea

Global consulting and engineering company Wood will build upon its 12-year relationship with TAQA following the award of a new contract to provide integrated facility services across the company’s North Sea assets. With the award of a five-year Integrated Facilities Services agreement, Wood will focus on supporting TAQA’s operations across the [...]

3t-China installs next-generation simulators for CNOOC

China’s leading centre for well control training, CNOOC Well Control Centre (CWCC), is investing £1.1 million in state-of-the-art simulator technology to support the oil and gas industry across the region. CWCC has developed new classrooms and installed several MultiSIMs, DrillSIM:5s and DrillSIM:Educators at its training centre in Tianjin, delivered [...]

Mintra and ITB Competence Assurance agree partnership

A partnership agreement aimed at helping high-risk industries create safe and competent workforces has been signed between digital learning specialists Mintra and competence framework experts ITB Competence Assurance Ltd. The move brings together Mintra’s market-leading learning and competence management system, Trainingportal, with ITB’s expertise [...]

Deltic, Shell make investment decision for Pensacola

Deltic Energy has confirmed that it and joint venture partner Shell U.K. Limited have made a positive well investment decision to drill the high-impact Pensacola Prospect on Licence P2252 in the UK Southern North Sea. Shell and Deltic have subsequently confirmed to the Oil and Gas Authority that the contingent well commitment is now firm. The drilling [...]

3t Energy Group wins training contract with Chrysaor

3t Energy Group has secured a contract with the UK’s largest oil and gas operating company, Chrysaor, to manage the training of its entire UK workforce using the latest innovative digital learning technologies. The contract will run for an initial three years with an option to extend for a further two. It will provide a complete workforce management [...]

Bristow becomes first UK helicopter operator to achieve major international safety standard

Bristow Group is the first helicopter operator in the UK to achieve a new mandatory international aviation safety standard designed to ensure the airworthiness of its aircraft, underscoring the company’s commitment to safety and industry leadership. Bristow was notified it officially achieved the certification – Continued Airworthiness Management [...]

ASCO wins INEOS Oil & Gas contract in Norway 

ASCO Norge has been awarded the contract as the preferred base supplier for INEOS Oil & Gas Norway’s first drilling operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. ASCO will be responsible for the delivery of base services for INEOS’ drilling operation of the Fat Canyon out of Kristiansund, where work is expected to begin in July. The scope [...]

Neptune awards Borr Drilling contract for Dutch, UK campaigns

Neptune Energy has awarded a $21.4 million contract to Borr Drilling, consolidating development, exploration and well decommissioning activities in the Dutch and UK sectors of the North Sea, and reducing costs and operational emissions. The activities will be carried out by Borr Drilling’s new Prospector 1 jack-up rig which is equipped with technologies [...]

TÜV SÜD NEL launches UK’s first domestic hydrogen meter calibration facility

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has launched the UK’s first traceable hydrogen flow calibration facility for domestic gas meters. The new facility will help meter manufacturers determine if existing meter stock, and new technologies under development, are correctly measuring hydrogen flow rates. This is a crucial step to ensure that hydrogen [...]

Altera Infrastructure contract bolsters Bilfinger’s growth strategy

Operations, maintenance and asset integrity contractor Bilfinger Salamis UK has secured a three-year global support contract to provide offshore execution services, including inspection and enactment services, to Altera Infrastructure Production. The multi-million-pound contract award comes on the back of a successful period of growth for Bilfinger’s [...]

AGR’s iQx software to assist CODA’s well decommissioning cost target

Following the recent establishment of the Centre of Decommissioning Australia (CODA), energy consultancy AGR is expanding its Well Management support to client decommissioning projects as a response to increased activity within the field. CODA reports that there is over $50 billion of decommissioning work in Australia over the next 50 years, over half [...]