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Lord Cullen to give keynote speech at Safety 30

The Scottish judge who chaired the public inquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster will deliver the opening keynote address at a major offshore safety conference taking place in Aberdeen next month (June 5 and 6). Lord Cullen will tell Safety 30 - organised by Oil & Gas UK and the International Regulators’ Forum with Step Change in Safety as principal [...]

Remembering Piper Alpha – three decades on

Families, friends and industry representatives are to gather to remember the 167 men who lost their lives in the Piper Alpha disaster. Thirty years on from the world’s worst offshore disaster, an Act of Remembrance - organised by the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy and Aberdeen City Council - will be held at the Piper Alpha Memorial Garden in Aberdeen. The [...]

Last chance to get nominations in for 2018 Offshore Safety Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Offshore Safety Awards are closing soon. Companies and individuals who go the extra mile to improve offshore safety have been encouraged to submit award entries by 18 May to be in with a chance of being crowned an industry safety champion. The awards – organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with TOTAL [...]

Workforce Dynamics report: Oil & Gas UK response

Commenting on the launch today of the UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review by global energy skills body OPITO, in partnership with Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:  “This insightful report shows while overall direct employment is likely to fall, we will need over 40,000 [...]

Industry to benefit from simplified standard contract template

Companies focused on improving efficiency when drafting, executing and negotiating commercial contracts stand to benefit from using a new edition of the ‘Standard Contract for General Conditions of Contract for Purchase of Goods’, which is available from LOGIC (Leading Oil & Gas Industry Competitiveness) a not-for-profit organisation and subsidiary [...]

Protecting people, plant and process at Safety 30 Sweeping changes made to offshore safety over the years will be discussed at a major conference taking place in Aberdeen three decades on from the Piper Alpha disaster. Views on how things were, how they are now and how they might change in the future will be shared by a former offshore installation manager, a union [...]

Oil & Gas UK welcomes industry commitment to transparency

  Today’s publication of the third UK Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (UK EITI) report by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, showcases the UK oil & gas industry’s determined commitment to transparency for the extractive industries. The report is available to view on the UK EITI website here. Mike [...]

Oil & Gas UK response to HSE letter on hydrocarbon releases

In response to a letter issued by the Health and Safety Executive regarding hydrocarbon releases from offshore oil and gas installations, Oil & Gas UK's chief executive, Deirdre Michie said:   “As the HSE recognises in the letter sent to our members, our industry has delivered 'a substantial and welcome downward trend in the total [...]

New board members add further expertise to Oil & Gas UK

  Three key leaders in the upstream industry have joined the board of Oil & Gas UK bringing further expertise in oilfield services, drilling and exploration activities. David Clark, Aker Solution’s Executive Vice President (Services), will represent major contractor companies supplying services and products to the global oil and gas [...]

Offshore safety three decades on from Piper Alpha

It’s 30 years since the world looked on in horror as the terrible events of Piper Alpha unfolded. Lessons learned from that tragedy have ensured that the health and safety regime in the North Sea is entirely different now. How the legacy of Piper Alpha has shaped current offshore operations, and the ongoing effort to create an even safer [...]

BP development of two new fields demonstrates remaining potential of UKCS

Welcoming the announcement that BP will develop its Alligin and Vorlich fields, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said:   “This is another exciting announcement from BP following its recent exploration success in its Capercaillie and Achmelvich wells along with Quad 204 coming on stream in 2017 and production due to [...]

Wanted: North Sea safety champions

  The hunt is underway once again for the men, women and companies going all out for offshore safety. Nominations have just opened for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards - organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, with TOTAL as principal sponsor - which celebrate the people and companies doing all they can to make the UK [...]

Updated guidance on offshore fire and explosion design

Updated information setting out good practice in designing against fire and explosions on offshore installations is published by Oil & Gas UK today (Thursday 29 March). Revisions to the document, developed by industry experts, will provide companies in the UK Continental Shelf with the most up to date good practice and guidance. Oil & [...]

Resilient and reshaping but greater activity needed to fully reboot industry

 More new investment expected in 2018 than the last 3 years combined 2018 production set to increase 5% making it 20% higher than 5 years ago Unit Operating Costs halved since 2014 and post-tax cash flow highest in 7 years. Supply chain still under pressure but revenues to stabilise in 2018, cash-flow and profitability remain a challenge [...]

Collaboration in action as Global Energy Group opens doors to industry

The chair of the UK offshore oil and gas industry’s Efficiency Task Force has praised efforts by the sector to work together to maximise economic recovery from the North Sea. Phil Simons today welcomed news that Global Energy Group is extending an invitation to its Efficiency Task Force roadshow to companies working across the sector. The company [...]

New entrants and supply chain to take centre stage at key industry report launch

The chief executive of a new entrant which recently expanded its footprint in the UK North Sea, and a leading voice for the oil and gas industry’s supply chain are to top the bill at the launch of a key industry report in Aberdeen next month (Tuesday 20 March). Chief Executive Officer of Neptune Energy, Jim House, and Neil Sims, Vice President [...]

Oil & Gas UK issues renewed guidelines for industry’s emergency preparedness and response plans

 The most up to date information aimed at helping operators ensure they have the required financial measurements in place to meet the cost of clean-up for an oil release is in guidelines Oil & Gas UK is publishing today. The Liability Provision Guidelines for Offshore Petroleum Operations aim to assist licensees in demonstrating they can cover [...]

Neptune transaction highlights UK oil and gas opportunities

Welcoming completion of the Neptune, Engie transaction Deirdre Michie, CEO of Oil & Gas UK said: “Having an enterprising company like Neptune growing with the North Sea at the heart of its business is also good news for the future of the UK oil and gas industry. “This transaction highlights that the UK oil and gas sector continues to offer [...]

New faces at Oil & Gas UK

Two new faces are among three key appointments announced today (Monday 12 February) by Oil & Gas UK as it adapts and evolves to fully meet its members’ needs. Gareth Wynn has taken on the post of Director of the Stakeholder and Communications Team which includes external affairs, media relations, editorial and design, events and membership. [...]

Industry efficiency chair hosts first roadshow of 2018

The chair of industry’s Efficiency Task Force has kicked off 2018 with a rallying call to his own employees Phil Simons, ETF Chair   Phil Simons, VP North Sea and Canada at Subsea 7 and head of the industry-led efficiency initiative, urged his employees to “challenge the status quo” at an ETF roadshow held at his company’s Westhill [...]

Proserv cheif exec to step down following restructuring deal

The chief executive of  Proserv, David Lamont, is stepping down following the completion of a restructuring deal which will see the firm taken over by its two largest lenders. Read more...  Read more

OPITO urges industry to support new skills strategy

The oil and gas industry urged to support new skills strategy to safeguard jobs and up-skill for digital transformation in the new UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review, by  OPITO in partnership with Robert Gordon University. Read more...  Read more

Bibby Offshore secures contract with Spirit Energy.

Following on from a previous five-year agreement, the two-year a fixed term framework agreement will see Bibby Offshore carry out inspection repair and maintenance (IRM) works, ROV inspection and subsea survey operations across a number of North Sea structures and pipelines. Read more... Read more

Clyde Training Solutions win Dunbartonshire Chamber Business of the Year award

Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) received the award of Chamber Business of the Year at the West Dunbartonshire Working4Business Awards 2018. Read more... Read more

Siccar Point Energy confirms Cambo well spud and completion of Shell deal

Siccar Point Energy has started drilling a final appraisal well on the Cambo field, north-west of Shetland, with results expected this summer. It has also announced Shells acquisition of a 30% non-operated working interest in UKCS licences, incorporating the Cambo discovery, and a 22.5% non-operated working interest in a licence, including the Blackrock [...]

Stork awarded three-year contract by Shell

The contract is to provide technical support for a range of Shell’s UK-based ONEgas assets in the Southern North Sea, as well as onshore facilities, offshore installations, and vessels. Read more…  Read more

Verus Petroleum closes significant North Sea deals

Verus Petroleum has secured a 17 per cent interest in the Alba oil field in the central North Sea from Statoil and has acquired Premier Oil’s interests in the Babbage Area. Read more... Read more

Statoil sells interest in Alba field

Statoil has sold its 17 per cent interest in the Alba oil field in the central North Sea to Verus Petroleum. As part of the deal Statoil will retain a share of the decommissioning liabilities. Read more... Read more

Chrysaor signs service partnership deal with Baker Hughes

The contract is expected to run for approximately three years and covers the drilling, completion and subsea tie-in of development wells on Chrysaor's operated assets, with BHGE supplying well services and equipment from its full stream portfolio. Read more... Read more

Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited appoint new CEO

Following a 44-year career, Robert J Cooper is to retire from his post as CEO Harland and Wolff Group PLC and Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Limited. Robert has been CEO since 2003 and makes way for the current Director of Business Development and Improvement, Jonathan Guest, to step in to his shoes. Read more... Read more

Aker Solutions opens its upgraded Aberdeen services facility

The £8 million upgrade will enable Aker Solutions to extend its services offering beyond subsea controls to include subsea trees and tooling equipment. It includes installation of new equipment, a reorganization of the space and implementation of lean processing and methodologies, helping to improve efficiency at the site. Read more... Read more

Marine Technical Limits expands services

Marine Technical Limits (MTL), has expanded its service offering by appointing a new Lead Naval Architect, Ian Stewart. His appointment will see the expansion of its service offering to include Marine Warranty Surveying (MWS). Read more... Read more

BP publishes its latest Sustainability Report

The report answers questions such as: What happens to old oil platforms? How much do BP staff donate to good causes? What’s BP’s gender balance? Why is BP helping to count turtles in Angola? Read more... Read more

Attollo Offshore has signed multi-million pound jack up contracts within the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors

The contracts will see the Aberdeen-based company provide propelled and non-propelled accommodation jack up rigs to operators until the end of 2018. Read more... Read more

Strategic partnership announced between Texo Drone Survey & Inspection (UKCS) and SFF services limited.

Texo DSI (UKCS has announced a strategic joint venture with SFF Services Limited (SFFSL), commercial division of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF). This unique joint venture will see Texo DSI (UKCS) incorporate specific and innovative UAV inspection applications into SFFSL’s portfolio of vessel services to offshore industries. Read more... Read more

Bibby Offshore first to deploy pioneering diving safety system in the North Sea

Bibby has provided its divers with the innovative Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus (COBRA), during a recent contract with BP North Sea. Read more... Read more

Total’s UK North Sea boss to retire

Total has announced that its UK North Sea boss, Elisabeth Proust, is soon to retire after three years in the role. The new managing director of Total E&P UK will be revealed by the end of April. Read more... Read more

BP commits to a low carbon future

BP has published a new report setting out its commitment to a low carbon future and to helping meet the challenge of providing the increasing energy the world demands while working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more... Read more

Maersk announces creation of a dedicated decommissioning company

Maersk estimates that decommissioning projects worth up to up to $56billion (£39.4billion) is up for grabs in the North Sea until 2026, with over 400 fields set to cease production. Read more... Read more

BP commits to new North Sea developments

Alligin and Vorlich are due to come onstream in 2020 and are expected to produce 30,000 boe/d at peak production. Read more... Read more