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Finalists announced for OGUK annual awards following record number of entries

The shortlist for this year’s prestigious OGUK Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, is revealed today. The annual awards ceremony is a highly regarded event within the UK oil and gas industry calendar which celebrates the brightest and best talent from across the North Sea sector. 30 individuals and businesses, selected from a record number [...]

Wood president announced as chair of new industry diversity and inclusion task group

  Craig Shanaghey, President, Operations Services, Europe & Africa at Wood, has been announced as the chair of a new task group set up to champion diversity and inclusion in the oil and gas industry. The Diversity and Inclusion Task Group set up by OGUK will bring industry together to drive action towards recruiting and retaining diverse [...]

Oil and gas industry publish blueprint for net zero

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has outlined its contribution to the UK and Scottish Government net-zero ambitions as part of an ambitious blueprint showing what the sector could look like in future. Roadmap to 2035: A Blueprint for net-zero sets out five key themes requiring industry, government and regulator action to ensure the sector [...]

Offshore Safety Award Winners Announced

Safety champions of the North Sea have been recognised at the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards in Aberdeen today. The annual awards ceremony, jointly organised by OGUK and Step Change in Safety and sponsored by TOTAL, celebrates the outstanding individuals and companies going above and beyond to improve safety across offshore operations on the UK Continental [...]

Timely insight on Brexit and other topical issues at industry legal conference

Brexit, the growing prominence of private equity investors in the North Sea and decommissioning under scrutiny are among key themes at OGUK’s 2019 legal conference taking place on September 12 at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. Offering in-house and private practice lawyers of all levels a deeper awareness of industry’s key issues, the full day [...]

Workforce stabilisation sets foundation for industry’s bright future

Total employment supported by the UK offshore oil and gas sector is now back in line with industry’s long-term trend, according to new research published today by the leading representative body for the industry.   OGUK’s 2019 Workforce Report, which provides insight into the employment landscape across the UK oil and gas sector, anticipates [...]

New industry tool to improve recovery from existing North Sea fields

A new tool aimed at providing operators and licensees with a framework to re-evaluate methods to improve recovery from existing North Sea oil and gas assets is launched today (Aug 21) on the OGUK website. Developed through industry collaboration, the tool provides a detailed process for identifying opportunities to learn from industry-leading practice. An [...]

Mariner start up represents significant achievement for Equinor

Commenting on news that Equinor has today started up production from its Mariner field, OGUK Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen said “First oil from Mariner represents a significant achievement for Equinor and its pioneering development of the field, helping the company to become a major player in the UK sector of the North Sea with a long-lasting, [...]

Green & Black’s co-founder to share career learnings with offshore oil and gas industry

Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green and Black's The co-founder of chocolatier Green & Black’s will address a packed oil and gas industry audience as part of a sell-out event being hosted by OGUK, OGTC and AXIS to spotlight diversity and inclusion across the sector. The event, to be held at Offshore Europe on Thursday September 5, will see the [...]

Resolute industry to set future path at major conference

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has confirmed that it will publish a key roadmap of all the current and future activity being undertaken by industry to deliver a sustainable future in a net zero context, at a major conference taking place in Aberdeen next month. Over 35,000 delegates from across [...]

Industry delivers stable environmental performance alongside increased production

Louise O’Hara Murray, OGUK’s environment manager   The UK offshore oil and gas industry has delivered stable environmental performance whilst the sector has increased production levels, according to a flagship report published today (Wednesday, July 24) by OGUK. The 2019 Environment Report, which analyses and interprets data gathered [...]

Safety Awards finalists unveiled

A ship’s crew with an impeccable safety record spanning 20 years and a woman whose dedication to her role as an offshore Safety Representative have each earned a spot as a finalist for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards. 18 entries have reached the shortlist across six categories covering Maritime Safety, Safety Representative of the Year, Innovation [...]

Champions of industry sought as award nominations open

The search is on for industry’s brightest stars as nominations open for the 2019 OGUK Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K Limited. The annual awards ceremony, to be held at the new P&J Live venue in Dyce, Aberdeen, celebrates the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals across the North Sea sector. New to this year’s roster of [...]

OGUK responds to the launch of the fourth round of Decommissioning Challenge Fund

The announcement by the Scottish Government that £4 million of support will be made available through the Decommissioning Challenge Fund has been welcomed by OGUK. The fund provides support for projects that enhance the decommissioning market and supply chain across Scotland. Commenting, Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director OGUK, said: “The [...]

OGUK welcomes duo to board as industry addresses energy transition challenge

OGUK has appointed two new members to its board to further bolster the sector’s ongoing efforts to maintain the competitiveness of oil and gas production from the UKCS – whilst also playing a significant role in enabling the UK’s net zero carbon emissions ambition. Bob Drummond, CEO of Hydrasun Group, has been appointed to the organisation’s [...]

Industry regulator to unveil findings of decommissioning cost report at OGUK Business Breakfast

Nils Cohrs, Head of Decommissioning at industry regulator The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) will discuss the findings of the 2019 UKCS Decommissioning Cost Estimate Report at the OGUK London Business Breakfast, taking place on July 2 at White & Case LLP, Old Broad Street. The annual report, first published in 2017 tracks the progress towards [...]

New award category revealed as nominations open for the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards

The search is on for the people and companies who have gone the extra mile to ensure safety remains at the forefront of North Sea operations for the 2019 OGUK Offshore Safety Awards. Included in this year’s awards, jointly organised by OGUK and Step Change in Safety with principal sponsor TOTAL, is a new category for Maritime Safety. Sponsored [...]

Safety top of the agenda for OGUK’s aviation seminar

Trevor Stapleton, OGUK's health and safety manager Leaders and experts in the oil and gas and aviation industries will come together to discuss helicopter safety at an event hosted by OGUK in Aberdeen next week. The aviation seminar will explore ways in which the sector can build on progress, whilst remaining alert to issues affecting the industry [...]

No winners from Greenpeace stunt

Commenting on reports that Greenpeace has ended its protest in the North Sea, OGUK Stakeholder and Communications Director Gareth Wynn said: Gareth Wynn - Stakeholder and Communications Director “There are no winners as a result of this stunt, which both put safety at risk and failed to produce any solutions to how we can achieve the net zero [...]

UKCS decommissioning costs unveiled in flagship industry report

A key industry report detailing the cost of decommissioning on the UK Continental Shelf and the progress being made by industry, government and regulators to reduce costs by more than 30 per cent will be unveiled at OGUK’s upcoming business breakfast in London. The annual UKCS Decommissioning Cost Estimate Report, published by industry regulator [...]

Equinor extends production at two North Sea fields

  Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has approved Equinor’s proposals for long-term field-life extensions in the North Sea. Equinor now has consent to continue operating the Tordis and Vigdis field until the end of 2036 and 2040 respectively. Read more... Read more

Crondall Energy heads study for innovative pilot field development

  Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialist, has been awarded a contract by Pharis Energy to deliver a Concept Select study for the operator’s Pilot Field development in the Central North Sea. The study will development approaches for the Pilot field, including the facilities, marine and subsea scope of [...]

DNV GL release latest Energy Transition Outlook

  DNV GL released it's Energy Transition Outlook 2019 this week. The report provides an independent forecast of developments in the world energy mix to 2050. DNV GL is a leading provider of risk management and quality assurance services to the industries including oil and gas. Read more... Read more

CNOOC begins drilling at Howick prospect

  Howick prospect, owned by CNOOC, was drilled at the site on August 31 by the Island Innovator semi-submersible rig. Drilling is expected to last 49 days. The discovery, located west of Shetland, is operated by CNOOC with a 70% stake, while the remaining 30% is held by Ineos. Read more... Read more

Independent Oil and Gas confirms new gas discovery in Southern North Sea

  Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has confirmed a gas discovery at its Harvey appraisal well in the Southern North Sea. Initial analysis of data demonstrates the presence of a 49ft gas column at the top of the Permian Leman Sandstone reservoir. The IOG has started the analysis required to reach a definitive view on resource range, reservoir [...]

BP introduces continuous methane measurement for new projects

  BP will implement drones and surveillance cameras to continuously monitor methane emissions at every new project. Some existing facilities will also be retrofitted with fixed detection gear as part of a wider initiative by BP to reduce its impact on the environment. The methane sensor uses technology originally designed by Nasa for its [...]

Ashstead acquires Underwater Cutting Solutions

Ashtead Technology has expanded its inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) and decommissioning capabilities with the acquisition of Underwater Cutting Solutions (UCS) for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2004, UCS provides mechanical cutting, dredging and coating removal equipment and services to the North Sea. It has developed and deployed a suite [...]

Bureau Veritas offers vision of the future with HoloLens

Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, is using cutting-edge technology to reduce costs for clients, while increasing safety for engineers. Using Microsoft HoloLens equipment, BV can provide an augmented reality system enabling inspection experts to view parts, understand inspection requirements and digitally [...]

Ancala Midstream secures gas-processing contract with Zennor

Ancala Midstream Acquisitions has secured a life-of-field contract to process the gas sourced from the Finlaggan field, owned by Zennor Pathway. The gas will be processed through Ancala Midstream’s Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) terminal in St. Fergus, north east Scotland. Ancala says that the multi-million-pound contract will help ensure [...]

Serica Energy digitises safety with Restrata Platform

Serica Energy has become the first operator to digitise safety in the North Sea after signing a deal to adopt the Restrata Platform – technology which enables real-time monitoring of people and assets around the world. The Restrata Platform allows operators to safeguard the operational safety of their employees and to quickly locate them in an [...]

TWMA secures £20m of North Sea contracts

Drilling waste management company TWMA has secured new contracts worth £20 million in the North Sea during the first eight months of 2019. The contracts, with major North Sea operators, will see TWMA provide offshore processing of drilling waste using its innovative TCC RotoMill® technology, which allows drill cuttings to be recycled back into [...]

Craig International launches sustainable procurement service

Procurement specialist Craig International is launching a sustainable approach to sourcing and supplying oilfield products and services with the aim of reducing the industry’s carbon footprint. Ecobuy, launched at Offshore Europe 2019, will offer customers the option to buy more environmentally friendly and less wasteful products, as well as limiting [...]

READ launches new brand for ANSA Analytics

READ Cased Hole’s ANSA Data Analytics business has unveiled its new brand identity during the 2019 SPE Offshore Europe Conference & Exhibition in Aberdeen. Over the last 30 years, ANSA has been delivering data analysis services covering well integrity, production logging and reservoir evaluation to oil and gas customers all around the world. [...]

NHV wins Petrofac heli service contract

NHV Group has secured a new long-term contract to provide helicopter services for oilfield services group Petrofac. Under the new four-year agreement, four crew change flights per week will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the FPF1 floating production facility using Airbus Super Medium type H175 helicopters. NHV began operating out of Aberdeen [...]

Safehouse introduce new ATEX and IECEx certified habitat system

Safehouse, world leaders in the provision of technology-led products and services engineered to protect people working in hazardous environments, announce the introduction of its new SAFEHOUSE Habitat System. The new system is the successor to Safehouse's Gas Sensing Module (GSM) and ancillary equipment. It has been designed from the ground up and [...]

Siccar Point awards Cambo FEED contract to Sembcorp Marine

Siccar Point Energy has awarded an exclusive Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract to Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters for the design of a Sevan cylindrical FPSO for its Cambo field development. Located 125km northwest of the Shetland Islands and in a water depth of 1,100m, the Cambo field was discovered in 2002 and a final successful [...]

ASCO builds materials management solution for Equinor

Aberdeen-headquartered logistics and materials management company ASCO has completed a collaboration with Equinor, providing a unique digital solution for materials management practice. Developed in collaboration with Equinor, ASCO's ‘iLMS Track and Trace’ solution will facilitate a move away from the traditional energy supply chain model in [...]

RelyOn Nutec secures training agreement with Rever

Safety training and competence management group RelyOn Nutec has secured a three-year training management service agreement with subsea solutions firm Rever Offshore. RelyOn Nutec’s Training Management Service (TMS) will manage the training matrix and associated resources for Rever, with an option to increase the agreement for a further two years [...]

Petrofac wins central North Sea decommissioning contract

Petrofac has been awarded a well decommissioning contract with Hess Limited for well operator and well engineering services at four wells in the Rubie and Renee fields. The wells, located 200 km north east of Aberdeen, were previously shut-in as part of an earlier phase of work but will now be fully decommissioned. Petrofac will be responsible for [...]

Valaris announces new contract wins

Rig operator Valaris has announced new contracts and contract extensions, covering operations in Mexico, Norway, Trinidad and the North Sea. Amongst the agreements reported in the 26 August trading update is a contract extension for the VALARIS JU-247 (Rowan Gorilla V) in the North Sea, which Total has extended by eight months from March 2020 to [...]