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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 welcomes Government action to support workers and companies in face of triple impact on industry

The UK offshore oil and gas industry which plays a vital role in the security of energy supply for the nation has been severely hit by the triple impact of COVID-19, the oil price crash and the lowest gas prices in the last ten years. With many businesses facing a fight for survival, industry body OGUK, that represents over 400 companies has welcomed [...]

Industry welcomes inclusion on key workers list

OGUK has today welcomed the UK Government’s announcement that oil and gas workers are included on a list of key workers whose children will be prioritised for education provision. Commenting, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “As an industry we are committed to doing everything possible we can to help the country and our businesses [...]

First Efficiency Webinar of 2020 promotes effective project management

Effective project management is the topic under scrutiny at the first Efficiency event of 2020, which OGUK and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) will co-host via a webinar on March 24. Anyone keen to improve project management performance can dial in to a breakfast-time web-based seminar focusing on the ECITB’s recently [...]

OGUK warns industry position is paper thin in face of oil price and coronavirus pressures

The combination of the global economic impact of the continued spread of the coronavirus, the most dramatic fall in oil price in almost 30 years and a halving of gas prices is driving an increasingly fragile outlook for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector. Severe pressures are already building across the sector’s supply chain, with the pressures [...]

COVID-19 Update

OGUK Health, Safety and Environment Director Trevor Stapleton said: “OGUK continues to work with our members to share official advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the relevant bodies to ensure the health of the people in our industry. "This sector is experienced in managing risks associated with complex safety and health matters, with robust [...]

OGUK Business Outlook Breakfasts – update

In light of the developing spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the UK and elsewhere, the team at OGUK has been evaluating the Business Outlook Report launch events planned to take place on Wednesday 18 March and have now taken the decision to cancel the breakfast briefings in both Aberdeen and London. OGUK prides itself in providing excellent market [...]

Update on OGUK events

OGUK has today (Tuesday, March 3) confirmed it has taken the decision to postpone a number of its events this year in light of the developing spread of coronavirus. The below events will be postponed, and new dates will be released in due course: •            Share Fair, March 24th, Aberdeen •            Doctors’ [...]

Just Transition Commission report underlines need for fair, inclusive and sustainable transition

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector, OGUK, has highlighted its plan to ensure the sector can help deliver net zero emissions while providing the secure and affordable energy Scotland needs as it transitions to a low carbon future. It comes in response to an interim report published by the Scottish Government-appointed [...]

OGUK response to Coronavirus

Commenting on the current concerns regarding coronavirus in the UK, Trevor Stapleton, OGUK's HSE director, said: "We’re already working with our members to share official advice on coronavirus (Covid-19) from the relevant bodies and will continue to work across the sector to ensure the health of the people in our industry. This sector is well versed [...]

Early sight of business opportunities at OGUK’s Springtime Share Fair

  Supply chain companies keen to be among the first to learn about business opportunities will benefit from advance information on major oil and gas projects by participating in OGUK’s Share Fair in Aberdeen on March 24. As the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, OGUK’s popular business development [...]

Flagship industry conference to reinforce oil and gas delivery in a net zero context

Efforts by the sector to support decarbonisation, improve business competitiveness and develop skills for the future will be explored at OGUK's annual industry conference in Aberdeen on Wednesday 3 June. Nearly 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference, titled "Getting to Net Zero - Roadmap 2035" and will consider the progress being made [...]

Digitalisation critical to delivery of Roadmap 2035

The need for improved digitalisation across North Sea operations and the critical role of data in delivering Roadmap 2035, the UK oil and gas industry’s blueprint for net zero, will come under the spotlight at OGUK’s Data and Digital Day on Tuesday 25 February 2020 at The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen. The inaugural event, chaired by Dr Daniel Brown, [...]

UK oil and gas industry outlines transition plans

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry today outlined the details of its response to UK and Scottish Government net zero commitments in a keynote speech delivered by OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE. Speaking to an audience of politicians, policymakers and campaign groups in Edinburgh, Deirdre Michie [...]

OGUK responds to OGA energy transition challenge

The Chairman of the Oil and Gas Authority has challenged the UK oil and gas sector to respond to the energy transition. Commenting, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive OGUK said: “We are an industry in action. Roadmap 2035: a blueprint for Net Zero is one of the first major industrial responses to government plans to reduce or offset carbon emissions [...]

Climate change will be solved by solutions not stunts

Commenting on protests outside oil and gas offices in Aberdeen today, OGUK Stakeholder & Communications Director Gareth Wynn said: “Climate change will be solved by practical actions not conspiracy theories and stunts. It’s disappointing that this group is choosing to disrupt the normal working day of people in this industry, causing alarm [...]

Reshaped OGUK announced as industry gears up to deliver net zero blueprint

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has kicked off the new year with ambitious plans to champion the sector as part of a diverse energy mix. Two new directors will join OGUK's leadership team under the continued direction of Chief Executive Officer Deirdre Michie OBE. Katy Heidenreich Trevor Stapleton is [...]

OGUK condemns dangerous and short-sighted stunt

Commenting on news that protestors have boarded a drilling rig in Dundee harbour, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “This is a dangerous and short-sighted stunt which does absolutely nothing to help provide the solutions which will be required to meaningfully deliver net zero emissions by 2045 in Scotland. “Worse than this, we know [...]

Partnership working critical to UK net zero ambitions

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has underlined its commitment to developing the technical solutions required to help meet the UK and Scotland’s net zero ambitions. It comes as two key reports on plans to reduce emissions are published today. Industry regulator the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) today published [...]

OGUK’s response to the General Election

Commenting on the General Election results, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “We look forward to continuing our constructive working with the Prime Minister and the UK Government as we work to ensure a safe and competitive industry which realises a successful future through the energy transition and a Sector Deal. We welcome all the new [...]

Teekay wins Foinaven bareboat contract

Teekay Corporation has entered into a new bareboat charter contract with Foinaven operator Britoil Limited (a subsidiary of BP p.l.c.), for the Petrojarl Foinaven floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. Covering up to approximately ten years, the contract will see Teekay receive an upfront payment of approximately $67 million, a [...]

Unique Group signs exclusive agreement with OTAQ Offshore

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has signed an exclusive rental agreement with UK-based OTAQ Offshore to represent OTAQ’s technology and products across the Middle East, APAC and the Americas. Providing underwater leak detection systems, laser measurement and video processing technologies, OTAQ Group supports the offshore energy, [...]

New acquisition strengthens ASCO’s NORM services

Integrated materials and logistics management company ASCO has acquired NORM Solutions, a provider of specialist cleaning, treatment and disposal services for oilfield equipment contaminated with Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM). The acquisition reflects ASCO’s overall strategy to continually strengthen its specialist waste and [...]

Xodus sees growth in cable services

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has recorded a major increase in the provision of services related to subsea power cables over the last twelve months. New assignments grew by more than 50%, resulting in more than 70 active work streams in 2019. This allowed the company to increase its number of specialists in this area, and it now employs more 30 [...]

Neptune Energy confirms discovery at Isabella exploration well

Neptune Energy has announced a hydrocarbon discovery at the Isabella exploration well in the central North Sea. The 30/12d-11 well in UK licence P.1820, was drilled by the Noble Sam Hartley jack-up to a total depth of 5,557 metres in water depths of 80m. Hydrocarbons were encountered in Upper Jurassic and Triassic sandstone reservoirs, with 64m net [...]

Tailwind submits Evelyn Environmental Statement

Tailwind Energy is working towards committing to development of the Evelyn field located in the central North Sea. The first phase of development will consist of a single-well subsea tie-back to the Triton FPSO, with first oil expected by the end of 2022. Prior to a full field development decision, Tailwind has prepared and submitted an Environmental [...]

Rockrose drills at West Brae

Independent oil and gas producer Rockrose Energy has announced that the first of two infill development wells at West Brae has been completed and is delivering in line with expectations. Following completion of this well, the Noble Houston Colbert jack-up drilling rig spudded the second planned well at West Brae on 9 March. Designated WPGZ and WPOZ, [...]

Neptune Energy appoints Alexandra Thomas as MD for UK

Neptune Energy has announced that Alexandra Thomas has joined the company as UK managing director, based in Aberdeen. Alexandra joins Neptune from Tullow Oil, where she most recently held the position of Head of Exploration, Development and Commercial for Ghana. With 18 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, she has held a number of senior [...]

OPEX Group and Wood Mackenzie launch Operations DataHub

OPEX Group has joined forces with global research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie to launch a new data service for the oil and gas industry. Developed in partnership between the two companies, the Operations DataHub™ enables operators to securely pool and gain insight from operations data from multiple assets across the UKCS basin, with the [...]

Babcock wins major new North Sea helicopter contract

Babcock’s Offshore business has secured a new five-year shared contract with three oil and gas operators for helicopter transport in the northern North Sea. The contract will initially see Babcock operate over 100 helicopter flights each month from Sumburgh in Shetland, on behalf of CNR International, EnQuest and TAQA. Flights are expected to begin [...]

Montrose Port Authority announces new COO

Montrose Port Authority has recently appointed Graeme Nimmo, former Ship’s Agency Manager for Seletar Shipping, as its new Chief Operating Officer. Supporting CEO Tom Hutchison, Graeme brings a wealth of experience to his role overseeing the daily operations across the 59-acre port site, which includes the arrival of over 600 vessels each year, [...]

Welaptega, STAT-Marine partnership delivers Nigerian FPSO contract

Underwater inspection provider Welaptega has delivered on contracts to support two energy supermajors in West Africa, after establishing a strategic partnership with engineering and training organisation STAT-Marine Nigeria Ltd. The awards saw the Ashtead Technology-owned business inspect the mooring systems on two floating production storage and [...]

Xodus Group reveals new global gas analysis

International energy consultancy Xodus Group has published new analysis on the future of gas in the context of rising global energy demand. In contrast to some future energy scenarios, Xodus believes worldwide energy consumption will continue to increase, driven by economic growth in developing countries, and that approximately half of that demand [...]

Codex Integrity expands following successful 2019

Asset integrity, operational support and engineering services provider Codex Integrity has moved to larger offices in Aberdeen’s Queen’s Gardens following growing demand and contract wins in excess of £1 million. As Codex celebrates its 10-year anniversary, the company continues to provide support to UK and global oil and gas operators. Services [...]

James Fisher AIS strengthens R2S advisory team

Digital twin solutions provider R2S will benefit from the experience of Joe Little joining its senior advisory team, supporting continued growth and new sector diversification. Joe joins James Fisher AIS as an advisor with a focus on the R2S digital twin solution.  This follows 30 years working directly with BP and other leading FTSE 100 organisations, [...]

ASCO starts new decade with North Sea contract extension

Global materials and logistics manager ASCO has been awarded a five-year contract extension by CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited to support all the operator’s North Sea assets. The contract, worth in excess of £100 million, will see ASCO continue to provide a fully managed and integrated, logistics, materials management, waste and marine gas oil [...]

OPEX Group invests in new staff, R&D

A busy 2020 has seen data science company OPEX Group secure several new agreements for its X-PAS predictive analytics service and bolster its team with 10 new members of staff. Responding to increased demand for its services, the roles are spread across the business, from data analysts and data scientists, to software developers and oil and gas domain [...]

ODE appoints managing director for asset management

Independent operations and engineering services company ODE has appointed Sandy Reid as managing director of asset management. Based in the company’s Aberdeen office, opened in late 2019, Mr Reid will oversee the asset management division of the company as it increases its presence in the city following a series of contract wins worth £20 million. Bringing [...]

Marine Technical Limits announces investment, new employees

FPSO and marine vessel integrity and repair management company, Marine Technical Limits (MTL), has announced the appointment of six new recruits as part of a £400,000 investment in the organisation. The Kintore-based company, which specialises in a whole scope approach to the risk-based integrity management of FPSO and marine vessels, has taken [...]

Ashstead Technology supports Northern Lights CCS

Subsea equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has completed subsea installation monitoring work to support the Northern Lights Carbon Capture and Storage project (CCS) in the Norwegian North Sea. Developed by Equinor in partnership with Shell and Total, the Northern Lights project is the first of its kind in the region. The project aims [...]