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Collaborative working to deliver new survey on oil and gas digitalisation

A key piece of research is launched today by OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry together with the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and Opportunity North East (ONE) to assess the pace and extent of digitalisation across the sector. With support from Deloitte, the [...]

First virtual D&I event to highlight sector opportunities  

More than 300 people have signed up to attend OGUK’s first-ever D&I webinar to further explore opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion in what remains a challenging landscape for the UK oil and gas industry. The free webinar ‘An opportunity in the disruption’ offers a virtual chance to network and hear first-hand from industry’s [...]

New online tool promotes collaborative approach to problem-solving

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has launched a new online knowledge-sharing network aimed at encouraging companies to work collaboratively to share problems and source solutions to their efficiency challenges. Users can access the Problem-Solving Network via OGUK’s Efficiency Hub, where they can post [...]

OGUK responds to new academic study on future of UK oil and gas industry

Following the publication of a new report published today by Professor Alex Kamp of  the University of Aberdeen, which has modelled the impact of $25, $35 and $45 oil prices, with corresponding gas rates, OGUK's market intelligence manager, Ross Dornan said: “OGUK continues to work with governments and the OGA to understand how we can protect [...]

Offshore oil and gas industry eyes net zero opportunities in recovery plan

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has convened a group of experts to help shape the sector’s recovery as it looks beyond the immediate health and safety issues posed by COVID-19. BP regional president Ariel Flores, Aker Solutions Head of UK and SVP Europe and Africa Sian Lloyd-Rees, Asset Solutions CEO at Wood [...]

New guidelines help operators to make the most of existing North Sea assets

Companies aiming to get the best possible output from existing North Sea assets, while deferring major new offshore projects, can now boost their efforts with new guidelines published by OGUK today aimed at unlocking brownfield resource opportunities. The guidelines aim to help companies understand good practice in how to identify, rank, approve [...]

OGUK response to Chancellor’s announcement to extend furlough scheme

Commenting on the Chancellor's announcement today that that furlough scheme will be extended for four months until October, OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “OGUK welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement today to extend the furlough scheme until October this year. “Across the country, this industry has been deeply impacted by [...]

OGUK’s response to OGA announcement regarding its proposed revised strategy to support Net Zero

Commenting on the OGA’s announcement that it has signalled its intention to refresh its core aim, including a requirement for industry to help the government achieve the target of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – Mike Tholen, OGUK’s sustainability director, said: “The UK oil and gas industry was one of the first industrial [...]

Industry restates call to support recovery framework as it warns net zero role is not a given

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has repeated its calls to accelerate moves to net zero as part of efforts to support the sector’s recovery. Speaking in response to advice issued to governments by the Committee on Climate Change today, and confirmation by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the UK Government [...]

Industry remains relentlessly vigilant in spite of fall in number of suspected Covid19 cases

Passenger movement figures released today by Step change in Safety and OGUK show a decline in suspected coronavirus cases across the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry.   The data tracks the numbers of workers travelling back offshore, with four different categories of transport depending on their status.   The dataset released [...]

Call for three-stage framework to help head off thousands of job losses in oil and gas industry

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has warned that up to 30,000 jobs could be lost in the sector as it called for the transition to net zero to be put at the heart of recovery plans. The stark warning comes as companies in the sector report an increasingly grim outlook as they deal with the fallout from the [...]

Oil and gas industry rolls out protective snood to offshore workforce

OGUK today confirmed it is supporting the roll-out of a special protective face covering designed for workers travelling to offshore installations in the UK Continental Shelf. The covering can be best described as a snood or buff and is better suited for helicopter travel because it is easier to pull away from the mouth if the emergency breathing [...]

Critical role of industry highlighted amid triple whammy of pressures on sector

A new report published today by OGUK shows domestic oil and gas production in 2019 met nearly two thirds of the UK’s oil and gas demands, highlighting the critical role the UK oil and gas sector continues to play in providing the nation with secure, affordable energy.   The report is published amid calls from OGUK, the leading representative [...]

Oil price drop is body blow for industry already creaking under COVID-19 pressure

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has warned the latest oil price developments could fundamentally undermine the ability of the industry to recover and serve the energy transition. It comes as US crude oil prices continued to drop this evening while the international benchmark Brent crude traded at just over [...]

Blog: Pass on the PPE

  As we know, the NHS and care providers across the country are in working in very uncertain times and facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is coupled with the ongoing demand for PPE equipment to protect not only key workers and staff, but hospital patients and care home residents. PPE is widely used across [...]

First-ever Industry Insights webinar to inspire next generation

More than 250 people have signed up to attend OGUK’s first-ever Industry Insights webinar for young professionals as the sector continues to provide a secure and affordable energy supply in the face of economic challenges. The free webinar on April 22 offers a virtual opportunity to network and learn from industry leaders amidst unprecedented times [...]

Webinars to highlight COVID-19 business support available to companies under pressure

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry will host a series of webinars for its member companies to learn more about the business support available to them as they manage and respond to the impact of COVID-19. Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director, said: “Many companies in our industry, especially [...]

OGUK launches survey to understand issues facing supply chain

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has launched a survey in a bid to help find solutions to the problems faced by the supply chain as it deals with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices. A comprehensive set of questions covering offshore activity levels, the financial position of companies, [...]

Industry films address offshore travel concerns

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry and Step Change in Safety, the industry’s recognised safety organisation, have co-produced a series of films to address the concerns of thousands of workers travelling offshore during the coronavirus pandemic. There are currently two films available to view with [...]

Industry offers support to critical workers keeping UK running

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has teamed up with Step Change in Safety, the industry’s recognised safety organisation to offer support to the tens of thousands of workers keeping the UK running with secure and affordable energy during the coronavirus pandemic. A new dedicated online hubs with [...]

OGUK Mentor of the Year examines post-COVID energy landscape

Shell Fife NGL Plant Manager and OGUK Mentor of the Year 2019 Teresa Waddington has produced a great video highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on oil and gas, and the important role of our industry through challenging times. You can also view the full video here.   Read more

Petrofac awarded IOG well management contract

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has awarded the well management contract for its Core Project Phase 1 to Petrofac. Phase 1 comprises the development and production of the Southwark, Blythe and Elgood fields through a total of five wells. The contract scope covers the planning, execution and close-out phases of the Phase 1 drilling programme, with Petrofac [...]

Norwell EDGE launches virtual wellsite training

A new immersive scenario game that puts oil and gas worker’s skills to the test has been launched by specialist energy e-learning company Norwell EDGE. Players are transported to virtual rigs where they can explore the layout, equipment and systems needed to drill wells before being put through their paces with a range of tasks. Each task is aligned [...]

Archer awarded Cormorant Alpha derrick removal contract

Archer’s UK engineering team has been awarded a contract by TAQA for the provision of derrick equipment set (DES) and derrick removal services on Cormorant Alpha. The scope of services includes the engineering design and preparation activities, derrick dismantlement in modular sections by specialist rope access teams followed by the de-construction [...]

Restrata supports emergency response from home

Safety and emergency response technology provider Restrata has developed a suite of fully remote emergency response tools, supported by digital solutions and facilities within its Global Operations Control Centre (GOCC). Whilst the energy sector is considered key to keeping the nation’s lights on, the response plans of last week may not work this [...]

ADC launches COVID-19 resilience audit to support offshore industry

Specialist rig inspection company Aberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC) has launched a resilience audit to help the oil and gas industry maintain safe operations by protecting against the spread of COVID-19 on offshore installations. ADC has combined guidance from the world’s leading advisory, regulatory and legislative bodies, including the Health [...]

PD&MS secures three-year contract with Spirit Energy

International engineering and design specialist PD&MS Group has been awarded a new three-year contract with Spirit Energy, with options for a further three-year extension. The deal, worth an undisclosed multimillion-pound sum, will see the Aberdeen-headquartered firm deliver complex modifications for the E&P business. The engineering, procurement, [...]

Brodies LLP considers legal impacts of COVID-19

As the oil and gas industry deals with the impact of COVID-19 and the fall in oil prices, businesses operating in the UKCS will face similar challenges to those following the 2014 downturn, albeit with new dimensions, including complications presented by associated limitations on storage capacity. In a blog post, law firm Brodies LLP considers the [...]

ODE achieves duty holder milestone on Babbage installation

ODE Asset Management Ltd (ODE) has secured a contract from NEO Energy for the Babbage Field in the Southern North Sea, in its first appointment as duty holder on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). ODE is no stranger to the Babbage asset. The company has acted as operations and maintenance provider since the project phase and successfully transitioned [...]

OPEX Group launches emissions reduction service

Data science and predictive technology service provider, OPEX Group, has launched a new emissions reduction service in response to demand from the oil and gas industry, as operators seek to cut costs and achieve ambitious net-zero targets. X-PAS™ Emissions is a new data science service which enables operators to reduce CO2 intensity and emissions [...]

Bethan Customs advises on Consignor/Consignee status

With so many uncertainties still surrounding post-Brexit trading regulations, it’s good to know there are measures available to UK businesses that will streamline the cross-border transport of goods beyond 31 December 2020. Regardless of the eventual outcome of the EU exit negotiations, the UK will remain a member of the Common Transit Convention [...]

Petrofac secures BP maintenance and metering contracts

Petrofac is set to build on its provision of digitally enhanced services for BP, following the award of a three-year extension to its existing maintenance contract and a new four-year metering contract. The metering services contract includes on- and offshore consulting and support services. Under the agreement, Petrofac will continue to harness [...]

Maersk Training offers new virtual courses

Maersk Training has successfully completed the pilot for the first ever virtual well control certification, the IADC WellSharp® Live. For the first time, all professionals attending the course were at home, in accordance with shelter-in-place regulations. Maersk Training is the first training provider to be audited and to pass for the virtual training [...]

Bureau Veritas sees 900% rise in demand for remote inspection of offshore rigs

Testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas has reported a 900% rise in demand for the remote inspection of offshore assets and equipment since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bureau Veritas says requests for its remote inspection, certification, examination and verification services has escalated from a ‘want’ [...]

SSI Energy partners with CHC to offer COVID-19 solutions for the offshore industry

Medical and technical personnel provider SSI Energy has partnered with helicopter service group CHC to respond to the energy industry’s requirements during the COVID-19 crisis. The partnership offers operators a collaborative turnkey solution to mitigate the risk posed by the virus. Screening centres, employing specialist SSI Energy medics, have [...]

Kishorn dry dock opens for first time in 25 years

For the first time in over 25 years the dry dock facility at Kishorn Port near Lochcarron in Wester Ross has been fully opened to the sea to allow a shipping vessel into the dock. This marks the start of a new chapter in the life of the dry dock, one of the largest in Europe. In the early hours of Tuesday 5 May 2020, one of the 13,000-tonne dry dock [...]

Petrofac secures UK renewals totalling $100m

Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services business (EPS) has been awarded two three-year renewals in the UK, worth a combined total of more than US$100 million. Both awards come with options to extend beyond the initial term. The awards, gained under a competitive tender process with an international oil company, involve the provision of [...]

Subsea 7 awarded IOG SURF contract

Independent Oil and Gas has awarded a sizeable Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract to Subsea 7, covering the Subsea, Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines (SURF) work on Phase 1 of its Core Project the UK Southern North Sea (SNS). Phase 1 comprises the development and production of the Southwark, Blythe and Elgood fields [...]

DEKRA examines strategies for leadership and mental health

DEKRA Organisational Reliability has released a new white paper exploring how organisations can help build resilient and mentally fit teams. DEKRA offers remote tools designed for the demands of social distancing to support both leaders and the workforce at large during the pandemic and in the aftermath. Its assessments cross a number of key areas [...]

New appointment to drive Xodus’ subsea and pipelines business

Global energy consultancy Xodus Group has appointed a new manager to head up the company’s London subsea and pipelines division. Nigel Underwood will oversee Xodus’ international subsea and pipelines work, from concept through to detailed design and delivery. Mr Underwood joins Xodus from Petrofac, where he was consultancy manager. He has worked [...]