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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 [...]

UK’s offshore oil and gas industry responds to Committee on Climate Change report

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s oil and gas industry has committed to work with governments on the practical response to the Committee on Climate Change report published today (Thursday 2 May). In addition to industry work to reduce operational emissions from offshore production, the sector is well placed to support the advancement [...]

Shift in skills required to adapt to changing industry dynamics unveiled in vital industry report

Leading figures from the North Sea’s oil and gas industry will take centre stage at the launch of a key industry report next month to discuss how changing skills requirements will impact on the industry over the next six years. Mark Cullens, Director of strategic development at OPITO and Paul de Leeuw, Director of the Oil and Gas Institute at the [...]

OGUK’s Efficiency Task Force announces hat-trick of new members

Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force (ETF) has appointed three new members to its steering group which aims to seek out, promote and provide access to best practice across the industry whilst boosting collaboration. Romain Chambault, director of Oilfield Equipment at Baker Hughes GE, Steve Cox, non-operated ventures director (NOV) at Chrysaor, [...]

OGUK breakfast to launch flagship skills report

A report detailing the UK oil and gas sector’s skill requirements up to 2025 will be unveiled at the Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Business Breakfast, sponsored by Deloitte on Thursday 2 May at Aberdeen’s Mercure Ardoe Hotel. The Skills Landscape report, part of the UKCS Workforce Dynamics series produced by industry skills body OPITO in conjunction [...]

Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry

Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry Oil & Gas UK provides evidence-based insights on behalf of our members to a range of stakeholders that includes both the Westminster and Holyrood governments and parliaments, the media and internationally. Through our research, and soundings taken of our membership, we know that the top priorities for the [...]

Oil & Gas UK welcomes Neptune Energy Seagull project announcement

Following Neptune Energy's announcement of its final investment decision (FID) for the Seagull project, Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director, said: “Neptune’s Seagull project signals the basin’s first FID of 2019 and demonstrates a growing appetite among North Sea players to establish a diversified portfolio making the [...]

New reality could unlock £200bn of future business opportunities

A sustained focus on cost and efficiencies with ongoing uncertainty in commodity markets marks the “new reality” for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector, according to a flagship report into industry performance published today (Wednesday 20 March). Oil & Gas UK’s (OGUK) Business Outlook 2019 finds continued uncertainty in commodity markets [...]

UK offshore industry welcomes Spring Statement

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed the Chancellor’s Spring Statement today. Independent OBR figures published today demonstrate that the industry will contribute £8.5 billion in direct taxes to the Exchequer over the next five years and will continue to provide around half the nation’s oil [...]

Oil & Gas UK’s response to OGA’s forecast that UK oil and gas production has risen

In response to the “Projections of UK Oil and Gas Production and Expenditure Report” published today by the Oil and Gas Authority, which says oil and gas production in the UK increased by more than 4% in 2018, Oil & Gas UK's (OGUK) Upstream Policy Director, Mike Tholen said:   “This demonstrates that the approaches and strategies [...]

IWD 2019: OGUK announces key network to drive industry diversity

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today (Friday, March 8) announced plans to ramp up efforts to maintain and encourage a diverse and inclusive workforce as it marks International Women’s Day. OGUK will launch an industry network to highlight efforts to encourage diversity and inclusion, and identify [...]

OGUK manager to champion UK diversity efforts on international stage

Aberdeen,Friday 2nd November 2018Pictured is ''The Oil Industry's Best Kep Secret'' Event at Spirit Energy, AberdeenPicture by Euan Duff / Abermedia A leading advocate for diversity and inclusion in the offshore oil and gas industry will give a keynote speech on UK efforts at a prestigious international drilling conference later this week. Katy [...]

High-profile speakers to take centre stage at dual industry report launch

High-profile industry figures – including new UK North Sea entrants and prominent voices within the supply chain – are to top the bill at simultaneous breakfast briefings in London and Aberdeen at the launch of a key industry report next month. Phil Kirk, Chief Executive Officer of Chrysaor, and Romain Chambault, European Director of Oilfield [...]

Forties Pipeline System investment is vote of confidence in North Sea future

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed news INEOS is to invest £500m in the Forties Pipeline System as a vote of confidence in the future potential of the industry. INEOS said today that the investment will transform the asset and extend the life of the pipeline by at least twenty years. Commenting, [...]

RockRose Energy’s multi-million pound acquisition of Marathon Oil UK welcomed

Oil & Gas UK today (Monday, February 25) welcomed the news that that RockRose Energy has acquired Marathon Oil’s UK business in a £107million deal. The sale gives RockRose 37-40 per cent operated interests in the Greater Brae Area, a 28 per cent stake in the BP-operated Foinaven field, and 47 per cent of Foinaven East, with output from the [...]

Global transparency initiative confirms UK oil & gas industry net contributor to UK economy

Oil & Gas UK has today welcomed the publication of the 2017 reconciliation report of the UK Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which confirmed the quality and integrity of the industry’s contribution to the UK economy.  EITI is a voluntary global standard, which promotes open and accountable management of natural resources [...]

Oil & Gas UK presents ‘Energy of the Future’, a collaboration with ITN Productions

LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 2019 In a unique communications partnership, Oil & Gas UK and ITN Productions are producing a news and current affairs-style programme exploring the importance and value of the oil and gas industry in the UK. From super majors to large contractor businesses and from independent oil companies to SMEs working in the supply [...]

Inquiry findings on oil and gas future confirm value of sector

Commenting on the findings of the Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into the future of oil and gas, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “This was a considered inquiry into the future of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry and we welcome the rounded support provided by the Scottish Affairs Committee in its final report today. It confirms [...]

Sword and Phusion form strategic partnership

Phusion IM has established a partnership with global IT solutions specialist, Sword, to deliver services enabling the energy and engineering sectors to better use data to drive safety and efficiencies. The collaboration will see the deployment of a cloud-based Master Data Model - a single data model to structure and store critical information – [...]

Zennor completes drilling and testing at Finlaggan

Zennor Petroleum has reported the successful completion of drilling and testing operations at its Finlaggan development, where it is targeting 30 million boe of gas condensate reserves from two subsea production wells. Production wells F1 and F2 each flowed more than 12,000 boepd, and at significantly higher than flowing well head pressures. The [...]

DEKRA develops cultural change for international services company

DEKRA Organisational Reliability has published a case study on how it succeeded in developing company cultural change through leadership training at an international energy and services company. DEKRA was brought in to undertake a Culture of Care Diagnostic to develop leadership at the company’s sites and raise performance on the Culture of Care [...]

Major players unite to form new decommissioning platform

Three leaders in oil and gas decommissioning have launched a new company – Fairfield Decom – which aims to combine operator knowledge with the expertise and capabilities of major offshore decommissioning contractors. Leveraging the expertise and assets of Decom Energy, Heerema Marine Contractors and AF Offshore Decom, the group will form a unique [...]

New TechX Pioneers to accelerate low-carbon technology in oil and gas

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and Deep Science Ventures (DSV) have selected two pioneering start-up companies – Eltera and Optic Earth – to join the TechX Pioneers technology accelerator programme. 2019 TechX Pioneers include ten start-ups from across the oil and gas and clean-tech industries. Eltera’s technology converts wasted [...]

Xodus adds renewables advisory team

International energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its renewables capabilities with the addition of a dedicated advisory unit. The team will support lenders, developers and the wider supply chain to identify and capitalise on renewable energy opportunities and mitigate against risk. Xodus has a wealth of advisory experience in the oil and [...]

Siccar Point announces Blackrock well results

Siccar Point Energy has completed drilling the Blackrock exploration well 204/5b-2 in the West of Shetland. The well was drilled with the Diamond Ocean GreatWhite semi-submersible on Licence P1830, 10km north of the Siccar Point-operated Cambo field. The well encountered a 34m gross package of intra-volcanic siliciclastic sediments which contained [...]

Rever Offshore fleet fully deployed in North Sea

Subsea services provider Rever Offshore has announced the deployment of all four of its vessels since the start of April 2019. The Rever fleet, which includes the saturation dive support vessels Rever Topaz, Rever Sapphire and Rever Polaris, along with the heavy construction support vessel Normand Clipper, was fully employed for several key clients [...]

Hurricane close to first oil at Lancaster

Hurricane Energy has said the start-up phase of the Early Production System at the Lancaster field (Lancaster EPS) has now commenced. On 11 May hydrocarbons were introduced into the Aoka Mizu FPSO's process system. During this phase, each of the two production wells will be individually tested and shut-in for data gathering purposes. The start-up [...]

Worley INTECSEA partners with OGTC on pseudo dry gas liquid removal technology

Worley’s INTECSEA consultancy has partnered with the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) to fund prototype testing of its Pseudo Dry Gas (PDG) liquid removal system. The technology has been developed to help make long distance subsea tiebacks commercially viable, and could also enable small pools development. By reducing back pressure in the [...]

Anasuria reports Cook Water Injection Project on track

Anasuria Hibiscus UK has reported a positive update on the progress of the Cook Water Injection Project from operator Ithaca Energy. According to a recent announcement, the water injection well was drilled to a total depth of 13,045 feet on 2 May 2019. Following completion of the water injection well to increase reservoir pressure, a subsea pipeline [...]

Emerson awarded support contract for Clair Ridge

Emerson has been awarded a five-year contract with BP to provide predictive maintenance and operational support services for the Clair Ridge platform and Glen Lyon FPSO vessel. Ongoing support for Clair Ridge and Glen Lyon will rely on Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem technologies, software and services which equip plant personnel with relevant, [...]

Exceed awarded Serica Energy well operations contract

Exceed (XCD), a well management and performance improvement specialist based in Aberdeen, has secured a two-year contract to support Serica Energy (UK) Limited with its future well operations. Serica Energy (UK) Limited is a British independent upstream oil and gas company with operations focused on the UK North Sea, where its assets span the full cycle [...]

Craig International secures new BP contract in the UK

Craig International has secured a contract with BP in the UK worth around £20 million. Craig International will provide third-party procurement services including equipment for repair, maintenance and operations to all of BP’s assets in the UK Continental Shelf. BP currently operates six assets in the North Sea including the Clair Ridge, Andrew and [...]

Azinor Catalyst agrees farm-outs ahead of drilling campaign

Azinor Catalyst has committed to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to the drilling of two wells in 2020, as part of a planned three-well campaign. Catalyst has signed farm-out agreements with Seapulse Limited for the drilling of the Boaz and Hinson wells, while negotiations for the Goose well farm-out are progressing, with an announcement expected [...]

Craig International secures contract with Spirit Energy

Oilfield procurement specialist Craig International has secured a contract with Spirit Energy potentially worth £21 million over seven years. The agreement covers a five-year contract, with a two-year extension option, to source and supply products for maintenance, repair and operations at Spirit Energy’s onshore and offshore sites in the UK. Craig [...]

Shell farms into Cluff North Sea licence

Shell U.K. Limited has confirmed it will exercise an exclusive option to farm into Cluff Natural Resources’ Licence P2437, which contains the 90 million boe Selene prospect. Shell will pay $600,000 for a 50% working interest in the licence. On completion of the deal, it has also indicated its intention to drill an exploration well on Selene at [...]

TUV SUD NEL launches oil-in-water measurement JIP

Flow measurement R&D specialist TUV SUD NEL has launched a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to fill a significant knowledge gap in the oil and gas industry’s use of online oil-in-water analysers to help optimise recovery. The JIP will deliver a new set of regulatory requirements for subsea produced water discharges, as well as guidance for the [...]

Oil & Gas Innovation Centre supports 100th project

The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) has signed its 100th project, taking the total it has invested in oil and gas technology to £6 million over the last five years. The latest project will see OGIC support Targe Environmental Consulting with the development of a decommissioning materials management platform. Using AI, the technology will [...]

Marine Technical Limits hires senior naval architect

Specialist FPSO integrity and repair management company Marine Technical Limits (MTL) has welcomed a senior naval architect to its team. Paul Allan, who has more than ten years’ experience in delivering naval architecture and marine warranty surveying (MWS) to the oil and gas industry, has been appointed to the position of Senior Naval Architect [...]