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New starts urged to drive industry future

The next generation of the UK’s oil and gas industry are being called upon to make their voices heard on key issues including the energy transition and climate change at a new event being held in Aberdeen on Thursday 24 October.   Leading representative body for the sector OGUK today announced a second industry insight event aimed at graduates, [...]

Industry conference expands frontiers to drive new direction in decommissioning mindset

“Expanding Frontiers” is the theme for the tenth Offshore Decommissioning Conference, co-hosted by OGUK and Decom North Sea on November 25-27. The event will explore how by achieving step changes in its current mindset, the sector can make the most of potential business opportunities in the UK and global decommissioning markets. With Forth and [...]

OGUK comments on Spirit Energy’s £140 million investment in Chestnut Field

Following the new that Spirit Energy and partner Dana Petroleum have announced plans to drill a new well at Chestnut, around 125miles north-east of Aberdeen, which could keep it producing as far into the future as 2023, OGUK’s supply chain director, Matt Abraham, said “This continued commitment is a strong vote of confidence in the UKCS basin [...]

New HSE Conference sets sights on solving future industry challenges

Solving future challenges and driving improvements in health, safety and environmental practice across the UK oil and gas industry will be discussed at a major one-day conference to take place in Aberdeen next month. As a first for OGUK, this combined HSE Conference will explore how industry is taking health, safety and environment forward into [...]

Shell’s Pierce field FID

Responding to the announcement of the Final Investment Decision for the Pierce field gas project, Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director OGUK said: “This is good news and will help to meet more of the UK’s energy needs from domestic production. That Shell and Ithaca Energy have agreed the Final Investment Decision on Pierce underlines that the [...]

Finalists announced for OGUK annual awards following record number of entries

The shortlist for this year’s prestigious OGUK Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, is revealed today. The annual awards ceremony is a highly regarded event within the UK oil and gas industry calendar which celebrates the brightest and best talent from across the North Sea sector. 30 individuals and businesses, selected from a record number [...]

Wood president announced as chair of new industry diversity and inclusion task group

  Craig Shanaghey, President, Operations Services, Europe & Africa at Wood, has been announced as the chair of a new task group set up to champion diversity and inclusion in the oil and gas industry. The Diversity and Inclusion Task Group set up by OGUK will bring industry together to drive action towards recruiting and retaining diverse [...]

Oil and gas industry publish blueprint for net zero

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has outlined its contribution to the UK and Scottish Government net-zero ambitions as part of an ambitious blueprint showing what the sector could look like in future. Roadmap to 2035: A Blueprint for net-zero sets out five key themes requiring industry, government and regulator action to ensure the sector [...]

Offshore Safety Award Winners Announced

Safety champions of the North Sea have been recognised at the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards in Aberdeen today. The annual awards ceremony, jointly organised by OGUK and Step Change in Safety and sponsored by TOTAL, celebrates the outstanding individuals and companies going above and beyond to improve safety across offshore operations on the UK Continental [...]

Timely insight on Brexit and other topical issues at industry legal conference

Brexit, the growing prominence of private equity investors in the North Sea and decommissioning under scrutiny are among key themes at OGUK’s 2019 legal conference taking place on September 12 at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. Offering in-house and private practice lawyers of all levels a deeper awareness of industry’s key issues, the full day [...]

Workforce stabilisation sets foundation for industry’s bright future

Total employment supported by the UK offshore oil and gas sector is now back in line with industry’s long-term trend, according to new research published today by the leading representative body for the industry.   OGUK’s 2019 Workforce Report, which provides insight into the employment landscape across the UK oil and gas sector, anticipates [...]

New industry tool to improve recovery from existing North Sea fields

A new tool aimed at providing operators and licensees with a framework to re-evaluate methods to improve recovery from existing North Sea oil and gas assets is launched today (Aug 21) on the OGUK website. Developed through industry collaboration, the tool provides a detailed process for identifying opportunities to learn from industry-leading practice. An [...]

Mariner start up represents significant achievement for Equinor

Commenting on news that Equinor has today started up production from its Mariner field, OGUK Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen said “First oil from Mariner represents a significant achievement for Equinor and its pioneering development of the field, helping the company to become a major player in the UK sector of the North Sea with a long-lasting, [...]

Green & Black’s co-founder to share career learnings with offshore oil and gas industry

Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green and Black's The co-founder of chocolatier Green & Black’s will address a packed oil and gas industry audience as part of a sell-out event being hosted by OGUK, OGTC and AXIS to spotlight diversity and inclusion across the sector. The event, to be held at Offshore Europe on Thursday September 5, will see the [...]

Resolute industry to set future path at major conference

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has confirmed that it will publish a key roadmap of all the current and future activity being undertaken by industry to deliver a sustainable future in a net zero context, at a major conference taking place in Aberdeen next month. Over 35,000 delegates from across [...]

Industry delivers stable environmental performance alongside increased production

Louise O’Hara Murray, OGUK’s environment manager   The UK offshore oil and gas industry has delivered stable environmental performance whilst the sector has increased production levels, according to a flagship report published today (Wednesday, July 24) by OGUK. The 2019 Environment Report, which analyses and interprets data gathered [...]

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 [...]

Aker Solutions outlines low-carbon strategy

Aker Solutions will aim to generate nearly half its revenue from renewable or low-carbon solutions by 2030, according to its newly outlined '20/25/30 strategy'. This would see the company derive 20% of its revenue from renewable energy and 25% from distinct low-carbon solutions by the year 2030. The renewable energy solutions will primarily come [...]

Development plan submitted for Platypus gas project

UK and Netherlands-focused energy group Parkmead has announced the filing of a draft Field Development Plan (FDP) and Environmental Statement (ES) for the Platypus gas project. The two documents were submitted to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) by Dana Petroleum (59%), [...]

Neptune to acquire Edison assets from Energean

Neptune Energy has entered into a conditional agreement with Energean Oil and Gas to acquire Edison E&P’s UK and Norwegian producing, development and exploration assets for $250 million. Pending Energean’s completion of its proposed acquisition of Edison, the portfolio will give Neptune an estimated 30 million barrels of oil equivalent of [...]

TÜV SÜD opens £16m Advanced Multiphase Facility

Flow measurement R&D specialist, TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, has opened its £16million Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) which it says will help global oil and gas operators to ensure that production remains economically viable. In terms of testing operating pressures, temperatures, flowrates and metrology, the AMF’s capabilities [...]

Subsea 7 awarded Pierce contract by Shell

Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by Shell for the Pierce depressurisation project, located approximately 160 miles offshore Aberdeen. The contract scope involves the engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and installation (EPCI and T&I) of a 30km gas export pipeline, a gas export riser and associated subsea infrastructure, [...]

ODE appointed installation operator for Tolmount Platform

ODE Asset Management (ODE AM), a unit of international engineering and operations support services contractor ODE Group, has been appointed as installation operator (duty holder) of the normally unattended installation (NUI) Tolmount platform. The Tolmount platform and associated gas export pipeline comprise the Humber Gathering System, which is [...]

Survitec adds to Shearwater lifeboat capacity

Survitec has delivered a unique turnkey lifeboat project for Shell UK to increase lifeboat capacity on the Shearwater gas hub by more than 22%. The project was driven by an anticipated upturn in activity offshore, including a major offshore turnaround planned for 2020, which made provision of additional offshore bedding capacity a priority to allow [...]

Chrysaor completes ConocoPhillips acquisition

Chrysaor Holdings has confirmed the completion of its acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ UK oil and gas business for $2.68 billion. The assets acquired produced approximately 72,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in the first six months of 2019. Combined with Chrysaor’s existing portfolio, this represents average first-half 2019 production [...]

Neptune awards Seagull drilling contract

Neptune Energy, alongside joint venture partners BP and JAPEX, have awarded Valaris a contract to provide a heavy-duty jack-up drilling rig for the Seagull oil development. Valaris will provide the Rowan Gorilla VI to drill four firm wells for the project, located in the central North Sea. The approximately 18-month drilling campaign is scheduled [...]

Global E&C wins life-of-field contract with Apache

Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Global E&C has won a life-of-field contract for brownfield services with Apache’s North Sea subsidiaries. Global E&C forms part of Inverness-based Global Energy Group, and the award represents the largest in the Group’s history. Aberdeen-headquartered, Global E&C was formed [...]

DEKRA whitepaper examines behaviour-based safety

For 30 years, employee-driven safety systems – sometimes known as behaviour-based safety (BBS) – have been widely implemented, although it can be difficult to gauge how effective such approaches have been. Recently, a new research whitepaper on DEKRA’s Behavioural Accident Prevention Process (BAPP) approach from the University of Cambridge [...]

RDS wins Pharis Energy conceptual study contract

RDS, a unit of KCA Deutag which provides engineering and design solutions to the oil and gas, renewable and alternative energy sectors, has announced a new contract to carry out a conceptual study for Pharis Energy. Pharis aims to initiate the world’s first major offshore steam flood project and is exploring innovative ways to maximise oil recovery [...]

Craig International secures new contract with Petrofac

Craig International has been awarded its first contract with Petrofac in the UK following a competitive tender process. It follows £50 million of new contracts awarded to the procurement specialist in the first half of 2019, including two major agreements with Spirit Energy and BP. Under the Petrofac contract, Craig International will provide third-party [...]

Hurricane Energy spuds Warwick West

Hurricane Energy has confirmed that the 204/30b-A ("Warwick West") well was spudded on 24 September using the Transocean Leader rig. Warwick West is the third and final well of the 2019 Greater Warwick Area drilling programme on Hurricane's Lincoln and Warwick assets. The company will issue a further update following completion of drilling and testing [...]

Welaptega completes mooring inspection campaign for BP in Angola

Underwater inspection provider Welaptega has used its pioneering optical chain measurement system (CMS), alongside new automated edge tracking software, to execute a mooring inspection campaign for BP offshore Angola. The project saw Welaptega use its new edge tracking data system and its patented CMS technology to inspect the mooring system of BP’s [...]

Schlumberger announce collaboration to develop digital technologies

  Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology for reservoir characterisation, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. This week, it announced a collaboration with Chevron and Microsoft to develop innovative petrotechnical and digital technologies. The three companies will work together to build Azure-native [...]

Zennor plot new projects tied to Finlaggan field

  Surrey-based operator Zennor Petroleum Ltd plans for two more central North Sea projects which would follow on from the firm’s Finlaggan development. The Finlaggan field, situated in the Central North Sea, will produce via two subsea production wells tied back 12 miles to the Britannia field. Read more... Read more

Equinor extends production at two North Sea fields

  Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has approved Equinor’s proposals for long-term field-life extensions in the North Sea. Equinor now has consent to continue operating the Tordis and Vigdis field until the end of 2036 and 2040 respectively. Read more... Read more

Crondall Energy heads study for innovative pilot field development

  Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialist, has been awarded a contract by Pharis Energy to deliver a Concept Select study for the operator’s Pilot Field development in the Central North Sea. The study will development approaches for the Pilot field, including the facilities, marine and subsea scope of [...]

DNV GL release latest Energy Transition Outlook

  DNV GL released it's Energy Transition Outlook 2019 this week. The report provides an independent forecast of developments in the world energy mix to 2050. DNV GL is a leading provider of risk management and quality assurance services to the industries including oil and gas. Read more... Read more