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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

OGUK welcomes duo to board as industry addresses energy transition challenge

OGUK has appointed two new members to its board to further bolster the sector’s ongoing efforts to maintain the competitiveness of oil and gas production from the UKCS – whilst also playing a significant role in enabling the UK’s net zero carbon emissions ambition. Bob Drummond, CEO of Hydrasun Group, has been appointed to the organisation’s [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Safety top of the agenda for OGUK’s aviation seminar

Trevor Stapleton, OGUK's health and safety manager Leaders and experts in the oil and gas and aviation industries will come together to discuss helicopter safety at an event hosted by OGUK in Aberdeen next week. The aviation seminar will explore ways in which the sector can build on progress, whilst remaining alert to issues affecting the industry [...]

No winners from Greenpeace stunt

Commenting on reports that Greenpeace has ended its protest in the North Sea, OGUK Stakeholder and Communications Director Gareth Wynn said: Gareth Wynn - Stakeholder and Communications Director “There are no winners as a result of this stunt, which both put safety at risk and failed to produce any solutions to how we can achieve the net zero [...]

UKCS decommissioning costs unveiled in flagship industry report

A key industry report detailing the cost of decommissioning on the UK Continental Shelf and the progress being made by industry, government and regulators to reduce costs by more than 30 per cent will be unveiled at OGUK’s upcoming business breakfast in London. The annual UKCS Decommissioning Cost Estimate Report, published by industry regulator [...]

Industry can be an essential partner to UK climate ambitions

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today reinforced the role the industry can play in supporting the UK to meet its climate change ambitions. Speaking in response to the Prime Minister’s commitment to deliver net zero emissions by 2050, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie set out the role industry can [...]

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 [...]

OGUK welcomes Culzean first gas as good news for UK supply

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed news of first gas from Total’s Culzean field. OGUK said the project, which has been delivered on time and under budget, further reinforces the UK industry as leaders in the safe and efficient production of energy. Commenting on the news, OGUK’s [...]

OGUK Industry Conference: Deirdre Michie speech

Speaking to over 400 delegates at the OGUK Industry Conference in Aberdeen this morning, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: Ladies & gentlemen, good morning and welcome, to OGUK’s conference and exhibition for 2019: An Industry in Transition I’m very pleased that so many of you have joined us here for what I hope will be an [...]

Trio of VIP speakers mark final conference line up

Ministers from the UK and Scottish Governments and a leading strategist on sustainability and climate change are revealed as the final trio of speakers to join an impressive line-up for OGUK’s 2019 Industry Conference taking place this week from 4-5 June. Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson MSP will give a speech to delegates [...]

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 [...]

OGUK spotlights workplace diversity at annual conference

Jennifer Craw, chief executive of ONE, who is chairing the diversity and inclusion session.   Championing the UK oil and gas sector as a diverse and inclusive place to work with a breadth of opportunities now and in the future will form a key part of the agenda at this year’s pivotal OGUK annual conference. The sector’s focus on promoting [...]

Forward-looking industry conference focuses on trio of transition themes

Industry’s focus on improving its competitiveness and playing its part in the move towards a new and lower carbon energy mix forms the core of OGUK’s 2019 annual conference on June 4-5, focusing on ‘An Industry in Transition’. The programme for the event supported by principal sponsor, Total E&P UK Limited, at Aberdeen’s Exhibition [...]

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 [...]

Roadmap to set out industry future

Industry leaders have come together to develop the roadmap which will steer the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector towards achieving Vision 2035. This compelling, national vision is a shared intent by the industry and stakeholders, including government, to ensure industry can deliver as much of the UK’s oil and gas needs, expand supply chain [...]

Industry body to play key role at Houston’s international conference

From left: Matt Abraham, Rebecca Groundwater and Karis Thain The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry will next week head to a major international conference to champion the sector. OGUK’s supply chain director, Matt Abraham, will chair a sell-out business breakfast on May 7 during the Offshore Technology Conference [...]

ST-1 structures ready for decommissioning in Shetland

The Dales Voe decommissioning facility in Shetland has welcomed portions of Spirit Energy’s ST-1 installation, taking the site one step closer towards becoming a Centre of Excellence for the recycling of North Sea offshore structures. With a recycling target of 97%, strategic partners Veolia and Peterson will now work to recover approximately 2,500 [...]

Hurricane spuds Lincoln Crestal well

UK-based Hurricane Energy announced that the 205/26b-B well (known as Lincoln Crestal) was spudded on 12 July 2019 using the Transocean Leader rig. Lincoln Crestal is the second in a three-well programme on Hurricane’s Lincoln and Warwick assets, comprising the Greater Warwick Area. The company says that a further update will be made following [...]

Sodexo Energy & Resources secures £6.5m in new contracts

Sodexo Energy & Resources has been awarded three new facilities management contracts, worth a combined £6.5 million a year, for Total E&P UK, Doosan Babcock and another major energy group. Total E&P UK has appointed Sodexo to provide a range of services to over 1,200 employees at three sites in Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands as part [...]

Subsea 7 wins Equinor installation contract

Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by Equinor for installation and diving operations on the Europipe II, Heimdal and Statfjord (EHS) fields in the Danish and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea. The contract comprises engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of pipeline end manifolds (PLEM), bypass and tie-in spools for the [...]

Total divests east North Sea assets to Petrogas

Total has signed an agreement to divest several UK non-core assets to Petrogas NEO UK, the exploration and production arm of the Oman-based conglomerate MB Holding. Petrogas has also partnered with Norway-based private equity investor HitecVision. Formerly owned by Maersk Oil, the assets are located in the eastern North Sea and include the Dumbarton, [...]

Neptune Energy selected to pilot first offshore hydrogen plant

OGUK member Neptune Energy announced it has been selected to participate in a pioneering pilot project to create the first offshore hydrogen plant in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. A megawatt electrolyser will be installed on Neptune’s Q13a platform: the first fully electrified offshore oil platform in the Dutch North Sea which saves approximately [...]

Sparrows wins rigging maintenance contract in Qatar

Sparrows Group has been awarded its first contract for the provision of rigging loft maintenance services in Qatar. The four-year contract includes the provision of services for the refurbishment, repair, load test and re-certification of rigging lofts and contents. In order to service the work, the company has established a new rigging loft management [...]

Rever completes three contracts for Total

Rever Offshore has announced the successful completion of three standalone contracts for energy major Total E&P UK. The contracts involved Rever Offshore’s multi-purpose dive support and offshore construction vessel Rever Polaris, as well as the ROV support vessel Rever Sapphire. Operating over 100 days across North Sea assets during 2018, [...]

Rockrose completes Marathon Oil acquisition

Independent producer RockRose has announced the completion of its acquisition of Marathon Oil UK (MOUK) and Marathon Oil West of Shetland Limited (MOWOS). MOUK holds interests in the Greater Brae Area, while MOWOS holds a 28% interest in the BP-operated Foinaven field, as well as interests in the Foinaven East, T25, and T35 satellite accumulations. [...]

Expro enters new market with technology acquisition

Oilfield services company Expro has acquired 100% of the equity of technology company Quality Intervention AS (QI). The Norway-based company was founded in 2008 and provides a portfolio of innovative products and services, including coiled tubing technology (CoilHose), annular integrity technology (Well Spring) and in-situ wellhead remediation tooling [...]

i3 Energy awards drilling contracts to BHGE

Independent oil and gas company i3 Energy has awarded Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), contracts for its 2019 summer drilling programme at Liberator and Serenity, as well as the 2020 Phase I development of Liberator. The award covers directional drilling, drilling fluids, mudlogging, formation evaluation operations and wellheads and covers. BHGE [...]

Energy sector supports Celebrate Aberdeen

Aberdeen’s oil and gas sector is coming together to back the city’s third sector, with a number of companies signing up as main sponsors for Celebrate Aberdeen 2019. CNOOC International is this year’s platinum sponsor with Wood, CNR International and Chrysaor confirmed as gold sponsors. Further industry representatives, along with businesses [...]

Well-Safe to open new Aberdeen HQ

Well-Safe Solutions is to move headquarters, following a landmark contract win and the acquisition of its first asset. The company has invested several million pounds in new premises at C4 Gateway Business Park, Cove, Aberdeen, having outgrown its current offices at Hill of Rubislaw. The facility has the capability to house more than 200 people over [...]

Wood awarded two new Equinor contracts

Global services group Wood has secured two new contracts from Equinor for onshore and offshore facilities in Norway. The first contract covers delivery of FEED services for brownfield modifications to the Grane offshore facility, including all topsides modifications required on the facility to prepare for the subsea tie-back from the GRAND (Grane [...]

BHGE opens subsea Centre of Excellence

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has opened its transformed subsea Centre of Excellence (CoE) facility in Montrose. The upgraded and expanded campus represents a £31 million investment by BHGE, supported by a £4.9 million grant from the Scottish government through Scottish Enterprise. The new campus will benefit from advanced manufacturing tools [...]

Exceed acquires managed pressure drilling capabilities

Aberdeen-headquartered well management and performance improvement specialist Exceed has acquired Lowestoft-based Managed Pressure Resources (MPR), adding managed pressure drilling engineering and supervisory services to the company’s portfolio. Currently representing operators, drilling contractors and service companies of varying size and capacity, [...]

Brent Bravo topsides removed by Pioneering Spirit

The Allseas heavy lift and pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit has safely completed the single-piece removal of the 25,000-tonne Brent Bravo topsides from the North Sea. Completed in the early morning of 18 June, the operation took approximately four hours – though the actual “fast lift” of the topsides took only nine seconds. Brent Bravo is the [...]

Global Energy and 3rd Momentum create new Rig Surveys Group

Global Energy Group has secured a deal with 3rd Momentum that will see the two combine their inspection, wire rope and hydraulic hose businesses to create a new global services group. The newly formed “Rig Surveys Group” will be jointly owned by the two companies, and will combine 3rd Momentum’s rig surveys, Evolution Ropes and Evolution Hose [...]

Bethan Customs doubles team in 2019

Aberdeen-based Bethan Customs Consultancy has doubled the size of its team since the start of the year, with several key appointments. The company, which provides practical advice as well as training and support to UK businesses in relation to customs compliance and supply chain requirements, recently appointed former HMRC higher officer George Laing [...]

Bender UK enhances offshore training and surveys

In response to recent growth in the oil and gas sector, Bender UK has enhanced its offshore survey and training capabilities. Insulation monitoring provides an accurate assessment of the overall ‘health’ of critical electrical systems such as control, safety, and fire and gas systems. Bender insulation monitors make it easier to manage the integrity [...]