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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 [...]

Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement emphasises need for sector deal, OGUK says

The leading UK oil and gas industry body OGUK has today welcomed the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement, which recognises that the critical role the country’s oil and gas industry has to play in realising a hydrogen economy. Commenting, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “The Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy [...]

Support for the supply chain vital throughout Just Transition says OGUK

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Wednesday 14 December) responded to the Scottish Government’s updated Climate Change Plan, which recognises the value the oil and gas industry can make in stepping up the transition to net-zero. Commenting on the updated Climate Change Plan, OGUK Chief Executive [...]

OGUK response to the Government’s Energy White Paper

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Monday 14 December) responded to the UK Government’s Energy White Paper, in which the government reaffirms the value of the sector both now and in the future, and the need for the North Sea Transition Deal. Commenting on the paper, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie [...]

OGUK response to UK Government plans to end funding for overseas oil and gas projects

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Saturday 12 December) commented on the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will end direct government support for the oil and gas projects overseas. Commenting on the announcement,  OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “The UK is taking a global [...]

Industry unites to celebrate best and brightest amid challenging year

The winners of OGUK’s Awards 2020 were honoured in virtual style this evening as industry came together to watch the ceremony digitally for the first time ever. The night was the highlight of industry’s cultural calendar, with hundreds attending the event through YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook live and the prestigious first-time Audience Award [...]

Climate report reinforces need for homegrown transition

  A major independent report which sets out detailed routes for meeting the country’s climate targets has recognised the positive contribution the UK’s changing oil and gas industry can make in the energy transition. The Sixth Carbon Budget published by the Committee on Climate Change today (Wednesday 9 December) outlines an ambitious [...]

Prime Minister’s emissions targets reinforce the need for sector deal

The leading UK oil and gas industry body OGUK has today reinforced the significance of securing a sector deal, in light of new emission targets announced by the Prime Minister today. The government’s plan commits to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions by at least 68% by 2030, based on 1990 levels. These ambitious new targets will see the UK commit [...]

Last call for the industry workforce to voice opinion on D&I in the sector 

Industry body OGUK is urging the oil and gas workforce to rally behind its first ever survey on diversity and inclusion (D&I) with just three weeks to go until submissions close. With a growing focus being placed on the integration of the energy industry, attracting and retaining a diverse range of talent, as well as ensuring inclusive and collaborative [...]

OGUK responds to IPPR’s Net Zero North Sea report

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Thursday 3 December) responded to a report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The Net Zero North Sea report has urged the offshore oil and gas industry to set out a plan for phasing out production and migrating to greener energies. Commenting [...]

The UK can build a homegrown transition towards clean energy future, OGUK’s Economic Report shows

A flagship report published today by the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry finds that the UK’s carbon emissions fell by an estimated 10.3 percent this year, as the economy contracted by 11.3 percent. OGUK today said the figures confirm the scale of the challenge in securing a green recovery, urging governments [...]

Survey is further confirmation of stark conditions faced by industry

OGUK has said a survey of oil and gas companies which finds about a fifth of firms are expecting more redundancies in 2021 is further confirmation of the stark conditions faced by many. The leading representative body for the sector, which is due to publish its flagship Economic Report early next week, said it continues to champion a North Sea Transition [...]

Report confirms no rush to decommission as sector withstands disruptive year

  As the oil and gas sector continues to deal with the effects of COVID-19 and the collapse of commodity prices, OGUK’s 2020 Decommissioning Insight report reveals the decommissioning industry though resilient has not escaped the impact of such unprecedented conditions. Given the major disruptions and challenges of 2020, OGUK conducted [...]

OGUK response: Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for green industrial revolution

Commenting on the 10-point green industrial revolution announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, OGUK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie said today: “We are pleased to see the Government is committed to its ambitious plans for tackling emissions in spite of all the other challenges we face. Our industry is already in action, evolving and contributing. [...]

Conference explores decommissioning in a low carbon future

The contribution decommissioning can make to the low carbon future is a key theme at OGUK’s first ever virtual conference on November 24-25 when Professor Paul de Leeuw director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute chairs a session exploring the skills and job opportunities this shift in focus presents. Joe Leask, OGUK’s decommissioning manager, [...]

Transition deal critical for sector as report warns recovery could take years

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, OGUK, has today (Wednesday, November 11) warned that it could take up to three years to restart many of the projects lost due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and commodity price downturn. The warning comes in its Autumn Snapshot published today, which provides a business [...]

Proserv division Gilmore appoints CEO to lead expansion plans

Flow control solutions provider Gilmore, a Proserv company, has appointed 25-year energy industry veteran David Nemetz as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Gilmore, a long-established Houston based business and an integral component of Aberdeen-headquartered Proserv’s global portfolio, has been providing cutting-edge flow control solutions, [...]

Asset55 secures further 3-year global deal with BP

Flange management and construction solutions technology house, asset55, has secured a further 3-year contract term to provide global flange management assurance to BP. Having originally delivered flange management software and services on the HUC phase of the Glen Lyon FPSO in the North Sea through 2015, shortly after BP commissioned asset55 to carry [...]

AREG and European Space Agency sign MOI to support renewables sector

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) to analyse, develop and implement space-enabled technology and services to support the renewable energy sector. The organisations will work together to foster the development of space-utilising applications to support technical and [...]

Survivex gains IWCF approval for well intervention training

Training provider Survivex has received approval from the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) to run well intervention courses from its Well Control Training Centre of Excellence in Aberdeen. Well intervention is essential training for those working in critical well intervention positions and Survivex has been approved to offer the full range [...]

Helicopter operators create mental health support network for UK offshore pilots

Bristow Helicopters, CHC, NHV and Babcock have joined forces to lead a collaborative peer assistance network to support the mental health of offshore pilots in the UK. Upcoming changes to regulations set out by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) require all UK operators to have an effective peer assistance network in place by February [...]

Wood to deliver late-life solutions for Morecambe Bay gas fields

Wood has entered into a new agreement with Spirit Energy to partner on the delivery of late-life solutions for the Morecambe Bay gas fields, one of the UK’s largest gas accumulations. The five-year consolidated services contract, valued at $130 million, will see Wood leverage its experience and capability in late-life asset optimisation and management [...]

Safe Influx granted patent for novel automated well control technology

Safe Influx Ltd, a provider of automated well control solutions, has been granted a patent by the United Kingdom Patent Office covering its automated well control technology. This patent recognises the ability of the automated well control to detect the presence of a fluid influx condition in a wellbore, make a decision against criteria to shut-in, [...]

Survivex awarded technology-led training contract for BP

Aberdeen-based offshore training provider, Survivex, has started work on a contract with BP to develop and deliver a bespoke four-week training programme for the operational personnel on the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim development project. The contract will see Survivex, part of the 3T Energy Group, train BP personnel in safety-critical operating procedures [...]

Bethan Customs explores deferred Customs entries

As of 1 January 2021, HMRC is allowing businesses to defer entry of their Customs declarations on goods imported or exported for up to six months. In essence this will maintain the security of the supply chain during what promises to be a period of upheaval for businesses which trade with EU partners. When considering this, the most important consideration [...]

Digital courses launched to improve industry safety standards

A new collaboration that brings two major operators together with a leading energy e-learning firm is aiming to raise standards and improve training levels across the UK and wider North Sea oil and gas sector. The joint venture between Spirit Energy, Neptune Energy, and Norwell EDGE will deliver a digital well integrity training programme based around [...]

Xodus Group expands emissions team to support Net Zero

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its emissions team to support clients and the wider energy industry in achieving its Net Zero goals. Xodus has added experienced atmospherics expert Natasha Howlett to lead an in-house emissions management division, which will support clients’ emissions reduction initiatives around the world. This new [...]

Tendeka appoints new Production Enhancement Manager

Global completions service company Tendeka has appointed a new product line manager to drive its production enhancement offering around the world. Dr Li Jiang will be responsible for bringing new products to market to bolster Tendeka’s Production Enhancement portfolio, generating revenue through fluid technologies that complement the company’s [...]

Proserv, Intelligent Plant sign strategic agreement to drive digital evolution

Controls technology company Proserv Controls has penned an innovative strategic alliance with Intelligent Plant, an award-winning software engineering firm. The aim of the tie-up is to combine the two firms’ respective expertise in control systems and data analysis to provide operators with digital solutions tailored to their needs. This would [...]

Costain gains Kitemark certification for innovation in industry

Smart infrastructure solutions company Costain is one of the first to achieve the BSI Kitemark for innovation. Costain worked in partnership with BSI, the business improvement company, to help design and pilot the new global certification scheme for innovation. Designed to help organisations improve their innovation management performance and demonstrate [...]

Petrofac partners with Intoware to drive digital deployment

Petrofac has signed a three-year partnership with Intoware, a provider of workflow automation software for mobile applications, to develop and deploy automation software specifically tailored to the requirements of the oil and gas industry. The development of ‘WorkfloPlus Oil and Gas’ will further optimise the efficiencies that Petrofac has gained [...]

bp, Ithaca start up Vorlich field

bp’s head of North Sea has praised the resilience and determination of the team which has brought the 30-million-barrel Vorlich field online safely – despite the challenges of COVID-19. Vorlich is the second North Sea fast-paced, high-return subsea tieback to come onstream in as many years, following the successful start-up of Alligin, west of [...]

Bethan Customs explores business implications of Free Trade Agreement

As the end of the Brexit transition period looms ever closer, many businesses are waiting to find out whether the UK government and their EU counterparts can reach a Free Trade Agreement. Any such agreement would allow ‘free’ trade between the EU and the UK. It would mean that, if we have a full Free Trade Agreement covering all the relevant [...]

TÜV SÜD to build UK-first mobile hydrogen testing facility

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has secured Government funding to build the UK’s first mobile primary standard facility for testing hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) to ensure they deliver the correct amount of fuel. Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through the National Measurement System [...]

Safety start-up Salus launches pioneering risk-assessment software

Aberdeenshire-headquartered start up Salus Technical has launched a new software solution aimed at enhancing and streamlining the risk assessment process across the energy industry and beyond. Bowtie Master has been developed with the intention of helping organisations to understand and manage the risks of major accident hazards, thereby reducing [...]

Craig International offers Space Bands to aid social distancing

Since the coronavirus pandemic erupted in early 2020, energy companies have introduced various worksite measures to ensure social distancing – and keep tabs on contacts – all with varying levels of success. In response, Craig International has secured exclusive access to an out-of-the-box wearable tech solution to help address this issue. A Space [...]