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Low carbon CCUS

  Responding to the Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Taskforce’s recommendations to Government on how the UK can become a global leader in CCUS, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:   “This report takes us another step forward towards a diverse, low carbon energy mix needed to meet growing demand. With [...]

Supply chain urged to grab opportunity as Deirdre Michie launches 2018 Share Fair

Share Fair, the flagship business development event aimed at highlighting supply chain opportunities, was launched by Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie, in Great Yarmouth yesterday (July 18).   Speaking during a visit to a new facility and centre of excellence established by the technology service company, Proserv, Deirdre [...]

Blog: Decommissioning: A growing opportunity

Alongside an uptick in production, increase in M&A activity and a successful 30th exploration licensing round, the decommissioning market in the North Sea is now a steady feature of the UKCS landscape. Over the next decade, decommissioning activity in the UKCS is predicted to evolve into a regular £1.5-2.0 billion per annum market, presenting [...]

Oil & Gas UK responds to the OGA’s UKCS Production Efficiency in 2017 report

Commenting on the news that production efficiency on the UKCS has improved for a fifth consecutive year, rising to 74% according to a new report released by the Oil and Gas Authority, Ross Dornan, Oil & Gas UK's Market Intelligence Manager, said: “Preventing production losses and improving efficiency is a vital cog in efforts to maximise economic [...]

New era of exploration for North Sea as 31st Licensing Round opens

Improved access to seismic data, a focus on innovation and a recasting of diverse businesses on the UK Continental Shelf all bode well for the 31st Licensing Round, Oil & Gas UK said today. The Oil and Gas Authority today formally opened the latest licensing round, which focuses on the frontier and underexplored regions in the UK Continental [...]

Industry body welcomes Government measures to improve competitiveness

Oil & Gas UK has commended the UK Government for its continued support for industry, with inclusion of Transferable Tax History (TTH) in its draft Finance Bill published today (Friday 6 July 2018). TTH allows additional investment to be unlocked in the North Sea by enabling more assets to change hands and aids new owners when providing fresh [...]

Industry prepares to lead Piper Alpha tributes

The final preparations have been put in place in the Piper Alpha Memorial Garden in Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Park ahead of a special service today (Friday 6 July) to commemorate the 30th anniversary.   Aberdeen City Council, with the financial support of the Pound for Piper Trust, has installed new benches and refreshed the garden in readiness [...]

Industry restates need for stability and support ahead of UK Government Finance Bill

Oil & Gas UK has called for continued stability and support for the sector ahead of the UK Government’s draft finance bill published tomorrow (6th July).   The industry body has underlined the importance of a stable fiscal regime in attracting fresh investment to the basin, ensuring it remains competitive as it matures.   The [...]

Asset sales present new opportunities to other companies on the UKCS says Oil & Gas UK

Following the news (today) that Chevron is selling its Central North Sea assets after a review of its portfolio, Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “While we cannot comment on the commercial decisions of our members, we commend the contribution Chevron has made and continues to make to the success story of the UK North [...]

Oil & Gas UK response to BP’s announcement that will increase its equity in the Clair field

  Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, said: “Clair Ridge is the largest project currently in development on the UKCS and will be onstream later this year; and is part of the Clair field which is one of the largest resources in the UK sector of the North Sea. By increasing its stake in the field, BP is sending a clear [...]

Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety announce Safety Awards finalists

The finalists for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards are announced today (2 July). The awards – jointly organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety with TOTAL as principal sponsor – celebrate the outstanding individuals and companies going the extra mile to ensure safe operations on the UK Continental Shelf. Les Linklater, Executive [...]

Oil & Gas UK’s response to the OGA Decommissioning Cost Estimate report

Following the publication of the Oil and Gas Authority's Decommissioning Cost Estimate report, Oil & Gas UK's upstream policy director, Mike Tholen, said: "We welcome the positive news that there’s been a 7 percent drop in overall decommissioning costs, reflecting the industry’s increasing ability to decommission offshore assets in a safe, [...]

Business breakfast highlights steady growth of decommissioning opportunities

  A panel of industry experts debunked the myths that currently surround the evolving decommissioning market at this morning’s Oil & Gas UK London Business Breakfast. Attendees of ‘Decommissioning the North Sea in a $78 World’, the latest in a series of decommissioning-focused events organised by the industry association, also heard [...]

Remembering Piper Alpha – 30 years on

The names of the 167 men who tragically lost their lives in the Piper Alpha disaster will be read aloud at a special memorial service taking place in Aberdeen next week on the 30th anniversary. Families, friends and representatives from industry will come together for an Act of Remembrance taking place at 7pm on 6 July in the Piper Alpha Memorial [...]

Well decommissioning guidelines capture advances in innovation and efficiency

Ahead of Oil & Gas UK’s decommissioning-themed business breakfast in London tomorrow (June 27), sponsored by White & Case, it is issuing a new edition of Well Decommissioning Guidelines to update the industry on advances in good practice and innovation. Katy Heidenreich, Oil & Gas UK’s operations optimisation manager, said: “Around [...]

Debunking and delivering decommissioning

In parallel with the recent success of the 30th exploration licensing round, the production upturn and the rise in M&A activity, decommissioning is now recognised as a significant stage of a field’s life-cycle - with expenditure on decommissioning-related activities across the UK Continental Shelf approaching £2 billion per year. A Decommissioning [...]

Quest to find champions of excellence begins as award nominations open

Today (June 14) the search begins to find industry’s most inspiring people and companies as Oil & Gas UK invites nominations for its 2018 annual award ceremony, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited. The flagship event takes place on November 1 at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre, providing the opportunity for outstanding performers [...]

Oil and gas industry charters course to deliver Vision 2035

Plans to extend the life of the UK Continental Shelf and double the supply chain's share of global markets will be the focus of an industry event in Aberdeen tomorrow (Tuesday 12 June), sponsored by Deloitte. Vision 2035, developed by Oil & Gas UK in collaboration with the Oil and Gas Authority, outlines the UK offshore oil and industry’s shared [...]

Key industry players join Board of Oil & Gas UK

Industry association Oil & Gas UK welcomes new representatives from Total and BP to its board. Ariel Flores, Regional President for BP North Sea, brings an array of subsurface, operations and business expertise to the board. Having joined BP in 1999 as an operations engineer, Ariel has extensive experience in running large assets and developing [...]

Piper Alpha conference successfully shines light on safety

Safety 30 Highlights from Oil & Gas UK on Vimeo. Post-Piper Timeline 2018, Safety 30 - Oil & Gas UK from Oil & Gas UK on Vimeo. A survivor of the Piper Alpha disaster today (June 6) helped close a major safety conference by challenging everyone in the room to make a conscious choice to do one thing differently to impact positively [...]

Xodus Group appoints new advanced engineering lead

Xodus Group has appointed Dr Tao Zhao as its new advanced engineering lead. Dr Zhao has more than 15 years’ experience in subsea pipeline and riser design and analysis and joins the group from Heerema Marine Contractors. Read more... Read more

BP’s ETAP hub celebrates 20 years of production

The Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) North Sea development, hailed as the “poster child” for its MER UK strategy, celebrates 20 years of production today and is expected to operate into the mid-late 2030s. Read more... Read more

Oil & Gas Innovation Centre signs its 75th project

In supporting this latest project the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGIC) takes its investment total up to £3.8 million, in the last four years. Read more...   Read more

OPITO launches project to develop a new UK oil and gas skills strategy

OPITO’s project to develop a new UK oil and gas skills strategy has been launched following the positive reaction to its UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review. Robert Gordon University’s Oil and Gas Institute will support the development of the strategy over the next six months. Read more... Read more

Premier Oil board approves Tolmount, completes ETS sale

In a 12 July trading and operations update, Premier Oil said its board had approved the Tolmount field development project. A formal sanction by the project partners is scheduled for the third quarter. Premier is targeting first gas in the fourth quarter of 2020. The company also confirmed the completion of the sale of its 30 per cent equity interest [...]

Expro donates £1.5k to kids’ tech club

Expro has partnered up with an Aberdeenshire primary school to donate £1,500 of interactive learning technology to its Coding Club, which focuses on building the knowledge and skills of coding in order to deliver the next generation of digital creators. Read more... Read more

Hunting launches TEK-HUB

Hunting Energy Service has recently launched the TEK-HUB with the plan to attract new companies and develop technological partnerships. The Hunting TEK-HUB is based on a collaborative model, working closely with third party intellectual property to bring new equipment designs and innovative technologies to market under licence. Read more... Read more

BP Ventures invests £1.5 million in energy monitor company

BP Ventures has invested £1.5 million in Voltaware, whose innovative energy monitor offers businesses the ability to track their energy demand in detail, down to individual appliances. Read more... Read more

Lerwick Harbour’s latest involvement in the offshore industry has been a success

Lerwick Harbour's latest involvement in the offshore industry has been successfully completed with the departure of a turret buoy mooring system for Hurricane Energy's pioneering Lancaster development, west of Shetland. Read more... Read more

Subsea 7 celebrates build milestone and announces vessel name

The keel laying ceremony for Subsea 7’s new reel-lay vessel took place at Royal IHC in The Netherlands on 5 July. At the ceremony Subsea 7 also announced the vessel will be named Seven Vega, which is the winning suggestion of an employee vessel naming competition. Read more...   Read more

BP to increase share in Clair field

BP has entered into an agreement to purchase a 16.5 per cent interest in the Clair field, west of Shetland. This is achieved by buying a ConocoPhillips subsidiary that will hold this interest in the field. As a result, BP will hold a 45.1 per cent interest in Clair and ConocoPhillips will retain a 7.5 per cent interest. Read more...   Read more

Serica Energy submits Columbus development plan

Serica Energy has submitted a Field Development Plan for the Columbus Development, located in Blocks 23/16f and 23/21a Columbus Subarea in the UKCS Central North Sea. The plan provides for the supply of up to 40 million cubic feet of gas per day at peak to the UK gas market and 1,150 barrels per day of condensate and natural gas liquids. Start-up [...]

KCA Deutag wins drilling contract with Total

KCA Deutag’s offshore business unit has been re-awarded a new drilling contract on the North Alwyn and Dunbar platforms by Total E&P UK. The contract is for the provision of platform drilling services and has an initial term of 3 years, with an option to extend by a further two years. Read more… Read more

Shell announces FID for Fram field in North Sea

Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) has announced a final investment decision (FID) for the Fram gas and condensate field in the UK North Sea. At peak production, the Fram field is expected to produce around 41 million standard cubic feet per day of gas and 5,300 barrels per day of condensate, which combined equates to 12,400 barrels of oil equivalent per [...]

Atkins awarded global wells contract with BP

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded a 5-year framework contract by BP global wells organisation for global riser analysis services. The framework covers four main scopes of work: marine riser and wellhead systems analysis, analysis for wellhead fatigue monitoring, completion landing string analysis, and open water work-over [...]

Bilfinger awarded contract from Teekay Offshore

The new three-year contract, with the option of two one-year extensions, continues a successful relationship between the companies, which began in 2014. Read more…  Read more

Emerson launches new diagnostics software

Emerson has launched the latest version of its Smart Meter Verification software, the new software allow users to fine tune and adjust their engineering processes to ensure top performance in the oil and gas and other process industries. Read more...  Read more

Spirit Energy trials new decommissioning technology

A new decommissioning technology which could cut hundreds of millions of pounds from the decommissioning bill for both the taxpayer and the oil and gas industry has been successfully tested by Spirit Energy. Read more…  Read more

Azinor Catalyst farms-out Agar Plantain to Cairn Energy

Azinor Catalyst Limited is pleased to announce that a subsidiary of Cairn Energy PLC has farmed-into Agar Plantain and the P1763 Licence on the UK Continental Shelf. Azinor Catalyst also announces that it has signed a contract to secure the Transocean Leader to drill the well on Agar Plantain in Q3 2018. Read more... Read more

Scottish Enterprise initiative launches new businesses

The Grey Matters initiative, from Scottish Enterprise and Elevator, has led to the creation of six new businesses. Grey Matters aims to drive the future of energy in Scotland, by bringing together experienced oil and gas executives, who have been made redundant, to create a high-growth business. Read more...  Read more