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Penguins redevelopment welcomed by trade body

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said:   “This is great news and an exciting start to the new year.   “A global leader like Shell making a commitment on this scale demonstrates the investment potential the UK Continental Shelf still holds. It also shows the importance of the efficiency improvements our industry [...]

Big data revolution boosts offshore production

An award-winning new service which harnesses data to predict downtime and the performance of oil and gas production systems has been touted as a positive example of innovation in the sector. By applying predictive data analysis methods already deployed in alternative industries, including aviation, predictive technology specialists Operational [...]

New guidance aids decommissioning planning

An industry workgroup has issued new guidance that will help companies plan decommissioning more efficiently. Common Data Access (CDA) - the Oil & Gas UK subsidiary that provides shared services for the management of UKCS well and seismic data - has worked with the Shell Brent Decommissioning Project and the School of Law at the University of [...]

Trade body response to Scottish Energy Strategy

Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Energy Strategy, Will Webster, Energy Policy Manager, Oil & Gas UK, said: “We welcome the announcement by Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Strategy Paul Wheelhouse MSP that the UK oil and gas industry will remain the bedrock of Scotland’s future energy system and that building on [...]

2017 M&A activity passes $8bn mark as confidence gradually returns to UKCS

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) has surpassed $8bn this year in a clear sign that confidence is gradually returning to the basin, says Oil & Gas UK’s newly launched Market Insight. The new Insight - which gives the most recent overview of the current business environment as well as operational trends [...]

Award win for CDA

Common Data Access (CDA) is celebrating today after scooping a win at last night’s (December 14) UK Association Awards Ceremony in Manchester. CDA - a subsidiary of Oil & Gas UK - won the Best eLearning/Online Education award for its innovative Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management. The online course - the first of its kind - [...]

New Co Chair for Oil & Gas UK

The head of Nexen in the UK has taken over as Co-Chair of the Board of Oil & Gas UK. Ray Riddoch - Nexen’s UK Managing Director & Senior Vice President, Europe - takes over from the previous Co-Chair, Neil McCulloch, who has left EnQuest. Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “Ray Riddoch brings a huge breadth [...]

Oil and gas industry association shortlisted for two awards

An event celebrating offshore safe practise and a professional qualification for oil and gas data managers have been shortlisted at an awards ceremony taking place tonight (Thursday, 14 December) recognising excellence in membership organisations. The Offshore Safety Awards 2017 - organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety - is shortlisted [...]

Forties Pipeline System – updated statement

In an updated statement regarding the closure for repair of  the Forties Pipeline System, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “We have been in touch with Ineos and are closely monitoring the situation. The shutting down of the Forties pipeline does cause significant issues for our industry, financially, operationally and [...]

Environmental performance of industry captured in key report

North Sea oil and gas production is up but greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 were down against 2015 performance, according to Oil & Gas UK’s Environment Report launched today (Tuesday 12 December). Although carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) rose by 4 per cent between 2014 and 2016, this was against a background [...]

INEOS Forties Pipeline System

Commenting on the announcement from INEOS of a controlled shutdown of the Forties Pipeline System to repair a crack, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: "We have been in touch with Ineos and are closely monitoring the situation and hope this can be resolved safely and as quickly as possible.” Read more

Trade body welcomes launch of Spirit Energy

Commenting on today’s launch of new E&P joint venture Spirit Energy, which combines Centrica plc’s E&P business with Bayerngas Norge AS, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “We welcome the arrival of a new independent operator to the North Sea. The launch of Spirit Energy is another positive sign of the strengthening [...]

Oil and gas innovators encouraged to seize funding opportunity

Oil & Gas UK today welcomed a new initiative to spur innovation in the UK's offshore oil and gas sector. The Oil & Gas Technology Centre today launched TechX - a technology accelerator and incubator which aims to boost the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry through supporting 100 start-ups and 200 SMEs take their product to market faster. Commenting, [...]

Collaboration becoming new reality as oil and gas industry index returns highest score of 7.1

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry is putting the recommendations of the landmark Wood Review into practice, according to the findings of an annual sector survey published by Deloitte and Oil & Gas UK today. The Wood Review identified collaboration as a fundamental behaviour towards securing the successful future of the UK Continental Shelf [...]

27th oil and gas survey reinforces confidence returning to UK Continental Shelf

Commenting on the findings of the 27th Oil and Gas survey, conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Fraser of Allander Institute and KPMG, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “It’s heartening to see another report indicating confidence is returning to the UK Continental Shelf – [...]

Industry leaders top the bill at wells learning event

Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie and Oil and Gas Authority Chief Executive Andy Samuel delivered a joint keynote speech at an event to improve competitiveness of wells in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The high profile backing further underlines the importance of securing safe and efficient drilling operations in efforts to maximise [...]

Two new reports to boost decommissioning intelligence

An insight into how the North Sea decommissioning market will take shape over the next nine years is one of two key guides launched today (Tuesday, 28 November) at a major decommissioning conference organised by Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea. An up-to-date overview of the decommissioning of offshore structures, known as steel piled jackets, [...]

New efficiency chair commends oil and gas industry progress

The newly-appointed chair of Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force has praised the work of over 100 industry champions in improving the global competitiveness of the UK Continental Shelf.   At a recognition networking evening held in Aberdeen on Wednesday 22 November, ETF Chair Phil Simons outlined the ambitions of the pioneering [...]

Trade body welcomes Budget green light to tax change that will unlock investment

The Chancellor today announced a tax measure that will unlock further investment in the UK North Sea by enabling more assets to change hands and allow new owners to provide fresh investment in many mature oil and gas fields. Oil & Gas UK has been working constructively with HM Treasury for a number of years on measures to help further unlock [...]

30th Offshore License Round reflects industry’s growing optimism

Following news from the Oil and Gas Authority that it has received 96 applications for 239 blocks in the 30th offshore oil and gas exploration licence round, Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director Mike Tholen said: “With 68 companies bidding, many of which we know to be new entrants, this response can be viewed as a vote of confidence in [...]

Global Energy Group’s multi-client contract showcases UK-based engineering talent to achieve first oil for Catcher

Global Energy Group (GEG) has played a key role, together with local businesses, in supporting Premier Oil reach first oil on the Catcher field in the North Sea.  This was safely achieved on 23 December 2017. GEG’s multi-faceted scope of work began in 2014 and is worth in excess of USD $40 million to date. This included extensive fabrication work [...]

TWMA secures contract with Total

TWMA, provider of specialised drilling waste management services, has been awarded a three year contract with Total to provide drilling waste management services on the UK Continental Shelf. The project, which commenced in October 2017, will see TWMA provide a tailored drill cuttings management package utilising the company’s proprietary TCC RotoMill® [...]

Sparrows Group awarded five-year contract from Premier Oil

Sparrows Group has secured a new five-year contract with Premier Oil for the provision of crane operations and maintenance across two of its North Sea assets. The contract encompasses all cranes and associated mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and instrumentation on the fields. Sparrows will also be responsible for all inspection, condition monitoring, [...]

Atlas Knowledge announces the launch of its accredited Core4 Safety at Work campaign

In direct response to recently released safety statistics, Atlas Knowledge, a leading provider of digital learning solutions, today (Monday 27th November) announces the launch of its accredited Core4 Safety at Work campaign to champion safe working practices across safety critical industries. Read more... Read more

Stork LTD has strengthened its senior management team

Stork LTD  has strengthened it’s senior management team with the appointment of Donald Brown to the role of Asset Integrity Director for UK, Middle East and Africa. Based in Aberdeen, Donald will be key in delivering Stork’s strategy of becoming the industry reference in Asset Integrity and will strengthen and support Stork’s operational delivery [...]

Expro, has been awarded a five year contract extension for surface well testing services across several assets for an operator in the UK North Sea

The £3million contract includes the clean-up of existing wells and the testing of a series of newly drilled wells and is due to commence later this year. Read more... Read more

Well-Safe Solutions Secures its First Contract

The specialist well abandonment company has secured a three-year framework agreement with TAQA Bratani Limited for the provision of intervention management services for all their North Sea assets. Under this call-off arrangement, Well-Safe will provide people and engineering services to support TAQA with well plug and abandonment (P&A) planning. [...]

New CEO and President appointments for TWMA

TWMA is expecting its growth strategy to accelerate, with a target turnover of £200 million and headcount to reach 1,500 following investment from Buckthorn Partners earlier this year. To support the strategy implementation, Tony Branch will expand his current Director role within TWMA, taking over from Ronnie Garrick as CEO. Mr Garrick expands his [...]

Emerson and Fluenta improve flare gas efficiency and compliance

Emerson and Fluenta are collaborating to provide ultrasonic flare gas measurement solutions for the oil and gas and chemical industries to improve energy efficiency and comply with increasing regulations across the globe to measure, monitor, and report flare gas emissions. Read more… Read more

LUX Assure develops next generation in corrosion detection

LUX Assure has re-developed its successful CoMic™ technology to create the world’s first operator-deployable corrosion inhibitor micelle detection tool. The development of CoMic was inspired by technologies being used in the life sciences and was first deployed in 2012. It works to maintain asset integrity through delivering effective corrosion [...]

LUX Assure marks a successful year with new appointments

LUX Assure has strengthened its team with two important new appointments. Tony Evans joins LUX as the newest member of the global business development team for its corrosion inhibitor monitoring product, CoMic™. Harry Grover joins the company’s technical team having graduated from the University of Sheffield with a master’s in Chemistry. Read [...]

Attollo Offshore joins London Stock Exchange Group’s ELITE

Attollo Offshore, announced it has joined London Stock Exchange Group’s (LSEG) international business support and capital raising ecosystem, for high growth companies, ELITE. The Aberdeen-based company, renowned for its superior management of assets required for late field life, rig-less well intervention, plug and abandonment and offshore wind projects [...]

Blaze manufacturing now a member of ELITE

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) welcomes Blaze Manufacturing Solution to its unique business support and capital raising programme, ELITE,  bringing the total number of Scottish firms to 16. Read more... Read more

Expro secures well testing contract with INEOS Breagh in the Southern North Sea

Leading international oilfield services company, Expro, has been awarded a two year contract to provide well testing services for INEOS, a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, speciality chemicals and oil products. The contract will see Expro provide testing services for at least three wells, including two new drills and one re-entry, at the Breagh [...]

Sodexo wins Bibby contract

UK-based Bibby Marine Services Ltd has awarded Sodexo, the world leader in Quality of Life services, a two year contract to provide catering, housekeeping and laundry services for the new custom-designed Bibby Wavemaster 1 vessel, with the option to extend this to other vessels after a year. Read more

Chrysaor has awarded Sparrows Group a three-year crane management services contract

Chrysaor has awarded Sparrows Group a three-year crane management services contract for the three operating assets it took ownership of from Shell in November The scope of work will see Sparrows operate and maintain seven cranes across the Armada, Everest and Lomond gas platforms located 233 to 250 km east of Aberdeen in the UK Continental Shelf [...]

Sparrows secures three-year contract with Chrysaor for Central North Sea assets

Chrysaor has awarded Sparrows Group a three-year crane management services contract for the three operating assets it took ownership of from Shell in November. The scope of work will see Sparrows operate and maintain seven cranes across the Armada, Everest and Lomond gas platforms located 233 to 250 km east of Aberdeen in the UK Continental Shelf. Read [...]

Chevron sanctions Captain enhanced oil recovery project

Chevron North Sea Limited (CNSL), operator of the Captain Field, announced it has sanctioned the Final Investment Decision (FID) to proceed with the first phase of the Captain enhanced oil recovery project. The project is expected to increase the overall recovery rate from the field by the application of polymer technology. Read more... Read more

Head of AXIS Network awarded for promoting gender equality in oil and gas

The co-founder of an organisation which aims to boost gender balance in the oil and gas industry will today pick up a prestigious award from the Women’s Business Council at a reception held at the House of Commons. Jenny Junnier, chair of the AXIS Network and a senior manager at Deloitte in Aberdeen, will receive the Women’s Business Council award [...]

Xodus and Subcon offer economic and ecological solution for offshore decommissioning

Xodus Group is pleased to announce their new collaboration with stabilisation and artificial reef specialist Subcon International which will deliver IR2RTM decommissioning solutions globally. This partnership combines Xodus’ decommissioning capabilities with Subcon’s extensive track record in the design and construction of purpose-built marine habitats. [...]