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Digital Debut for OGUK’s Share Fair

One of the offshore oil and gas industry’s most significant business development events is going digital in July when OGUK launches the first of its series of Share Fair Spotlight webinars featuring the forward work plans of Spirit Energy next week. Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director said: “Transforming Share Fair from a one-day event [...]

Don’t leave energy communities behind in green recovery plans

The leading representative for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed the Committee on Climate Change report to parliament today, calling for energy communities like the North East of Scotland and the East of England to be put at the heart of plans to transition to a lower carbon future. OGUK recently set out industry commitments to [...]

UK offshore oil and gas industry outlines plan to cut emissions as talks on transformational sector deal formally begin

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today (Tuesday 16) committed to halving operational emissions in the next decade, confirming its pathway to becoming a net zero emissions basin by 2050. The sector is one of the first in the UK to commit to industry-wide targets and provide details on how they will be achieved. A report published by industry [...]

BP job losses underline need to deliver fair transition to net zero

Commenting on news BP is to cut 10,000 jobs globally, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: "This shows the very real and personal impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on jobs and livelihoods while companies are stepping up to deliver the net zero agenda. "There is a serious risk the UK loses the skills it needs not only to meet existing energy [...]

Collaborative working to deliver new survey on oil and gas digitalisation

A key piece of research is launched today by OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry together with the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and Opportunity North East (ONE) to assess the pace and extent of digitalisation across the sector. With support from Deloitte, [...]

First virtual D&I event to highlight sector opportunities  

More than 300 people have signed up to attend OGUK’s first-ever D&I webinar to further explore opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion in what remains a challenging landscape for the UK oil and gas industry. The free webinar ‘An opportunity in the disruption’ offers a virtual chance to network and hear first-hand from industry’s [...]

New online tool promotes collaborative approach to problem-solving

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has launched a new online knowledge-sharing network aimed at encouraging companies to work collaboratively to share problems and source solutions to their efficiency challenges. Users can access the Problem-Solving Network via OGUK’s Efficiency Hub, where they can post [...]

OGUK responds to new academic study on future of UK oil and gas industry

Following the publication of a new report published today by Professor Alex Kamp of  the University of Aberdeen, which has modelled the impact of $25, $35 and $45 oil prices, with corresponding gas rates, OGUK's market intelligence manager, Ross Dornan said: “OGUK continues to work with governments and the OGA to understand how we can protect [...]

Offshore oil and gas industry eyes net zero opportunities in recovery plan

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has convened a group of experts to help shape the sector’s recovery as it looks beyond the immediate health and safety issues posed by COVID-19. BP regional president Ariel Flores, Aker Solutions Head of UK and SVP Europe and Africa Sian Lloyd-Rees, Asset Solutions CEO at Wood [...]

New guidelines help operators to make the most of existing North Sea assets

Companies aiming to get the best possible output from existing North Sea assets, while deferring major new offshore projects, can now boost their efforts with new guidelines published by OGUK today aimed at unlocking brownfield resource opportunities. The guidelines aim to help companies understand good practice in how to identify, rank, approve [...]

OGUK response to Chancellor’s announcement to extend furlough scheme

Commenting on the Chancellor's announcement today that that furlough scheme will be extended for four months until October, OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “OGUK welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement today to extend the furlough scheme until October this year. “Across the country, this industry has been deeply impacted by [...]

OGUK’s response to OGA announcement regarding its proposed revised strategy to support Net Zero

Commenting on the OGA’s announcement that it has signalled its intention to refresh its core aim, including a requirement for industry to help the government achieve the target of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – Mike Tholen, OGUK’s sustainability director, said: “The UK oil and gas industry was one of the first industrial [...]

Industry restates call to support recovery framework as it warns net zero role is not a given

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has repeated its calls to accelerate moves to net zero as part of efforts to support the sector’s recovery. Speaking in response to advice issued to governments by the Committee on Climate Change today, and confirmation by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the UK Government [...]

Industry remains relentlessly vigilant in spite of fall in number of suspected Covid19 cases

Passenger movement figures released today by Step change in Safety and OGUK show a decline in suspected coronavirus cases across the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry.   The data tracks the numbers of workers travelling back offshore, with four different categories of transport depending on their status.   The dataset released [...]

Call for three-stage framework to help head off thousands of job losses in oil and gas industry

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has warned that up to 30,000 jobs could be lost in the sector as it called for the transition to net zero to be put at the heart of recovery plans. The stark warning comes as companies in the sector report an increasingly grim outlook as they deal with the fallout from the [...]

Oil and gas industry rolls out protective snood to offshore workforce

OGUK today confirmed it is supporting the roll-out of a special protective face covering designed for workers travelling to offshore installations in the UK Continental Shelf. The covering can be best described as a snood or buff and is better suited for helicopter travel because it is easier to pull away from the mouth if the emergency breathing [...]

Critical role of industry highlighted amid triple whammy of pressures on sector

A new report published today by OGUK shows domestic oil and gas production in 2019 met nearly two thirds of the UK’s oil and gas demands, highlighting the critical role the UK oil and gas sector continues to play in providing the nation with secure, affordable energy.   The report is published amid calls from OGUK, the leading representative [...]

Oil price drop is body blow for industry already creaking under COVID-19 pressure

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has warned the latest oil price developments could fundamentally undermine the ability of the industry to recover and serve the energy transition. It comes as US crude oil prices continued to drop this evening while the international benchmark Brent crude traded at just over [...]

Blog: Pass on the PPE

  As we know, the NHS and care providers across the country are in working in very uncertain times and facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is coupled with the ongoing demand for PPE equipment to protect not only key workers and staff, but hospital patients and care home residents. PPE is widely used across [...]

First-ever Industry Insights webinar to inspire next generation

More than 250 people have signed up to attend OGUK’s first-ever Industry Insights webinar for young professionals as the sector continues to provide a secure and affordable energy supply in the face of economic challenges. The free webinar on April 22 offers a virtual opportunity to network and learn from industry leaders amidst unprecedented times [...]

ABB teams up with Yinson on offshore oil and gas project in Brazil

ABB has signed an agreement with energy solutions provider Yinson for electrical, control and telecommunication equipment and services onboard the FPSO Anna Nery bound for the Marlim 2 oil field in Campos Basin, Brazil. Yinson secured the contract to convert the 2002 Crude Oil Tanker leading operations and maintenance of the FPSO. The vessel is planned [...]

AGR automates end-of-well reporting for exploration company

AGR’s software unit has delivered the first automated end-of-well report for Lundin Energy Norway. The firm’s industry-leading plug-and-play solution, iQx™, was used to generate the detailed well completion report for a well drilled in the Edvard Grieg area by the Leiv Eiriksson rig. Lundin Energy Norway will now use the cloud-based iQx™ [...]

TSG Marine leads the fight against COVID-19 offshore

North east marine engineering specialist TSG Marine is taking new molecular technology offshore in a bid to get the sector back up to speed safely amidst the COVID-19 crisis. TSG Marine is deploying a rapid sanitisation system which not only renders a workplace immediately virus-free but also features a unique molecular layer which, when applied [...]

Centrifuges Un-Limited eyes Norwegian growth

Aberdeen-based service company Centrifuges Un-Limited plans to grow its headcount to 20 by the end of the year, as it presses on with growing its core business and exploring diversification opportunities. Acquired by Linton Investments at the beginning of 2020, more than half of business secured by the company since has been won on the international [...]

Dräger announces ongoing Aberdeen investment

Medical and safety technology company Dräger Marine and Offshore has confirmed a new phase of investment in its Aberdeen office. The investment will focus on significantly expanding the company’s rental fleet of offshore safety equipment, which includes its industry-leading fire and rescue apparatus. The company’s safety products are employed [...]

John Lawrie completes MV Kaami decommissioning at Kishorn

Aberdeen headquartered metal waste recycling and processing firm John Lawrie Metals has confirmed the successful completion of a first-of-its-kind project in partnership with Kishorn Port Limited (KPL). The project involved the downsizing and recycling of the MV Kaami, a general cargo vessel recovered six miles off the north west coast of Skye after [...]

Iqarus expands remote consultations to support workers during COVID-19

Global occupational health services company, Iqarus, is now carrying out 50% of all consultations remotely to protect the health of energy industry workers. This has been fuelled by the impact of COVID-19, soaring from just 2% usage before the pandemic. Iqarus, part of International SOS, has been working around the clock with clients to support those [...]

Neptune Energy awards Cygnus remote monitoring contract to Fugro

Neptune Energy has awarded a subsea inspection contract to geo-data specialist, Fugro, for the surveying of subsea structures at the Cygnus gas field in the UK’s southern North Sea. Fugro’s will use state-of-the-art remote monitoring technology to inspect subsea infrastructure including pipelines and umbilicals, spools and communication cables, [...]

Carjon-NRG supports delivery of online technology platform

Aberdeen headquartered technology deployment service company Carjon-NRG is linking with TechnologyCatalogue.com, to deliver a UK Energy Technology Platform. This platform will connect technology operators, developers and end-users in the UK oil, gas and renewable energy sectors and support rapid technology deployment. End-users can quickly get an [...]

Rever Offshore completes multi-million IRM contract

Subsea project delivery and execution provider Rever Offshore has announced the completion of a two-phase contract with energy major Total E&P UK. Beginning in late March, Rever undertook an onshore project management and engineering campaign, accompanied by an initial 41-day offshore operation and subsequent 10-day campaign, to conduct essential [...]

OGTC Board welcomes Tendeka’s Gillian King

Tendeka’s VP for Europe, Russia, CIS & Africa, Gillian King, has joined the Board of The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC). Gillian has worked in the oil and gas industry for almost 20 years and is passionate about new technology. Throughout her time at Tendeka, she has played a key role in the commercialisation of swellable packers and [...]

Exceed increases global footprint, establishes Exceed Norge

Aberdeen-headquartered well management and performance improvement specialist Exceed has announced the establishment of Exceed Norge. The new unit reflects its parent company’s ongoing strategy to strengthen and diversify its profile, in terms of both geographic footprint and services offered. The Stavanger-based subsidiary is headed up by managing [...]

Brodies launches Oil & Gas Academy webinars

Brodies LLP is re-launching its Oil & Gas Academy series, now in an online format. Aimed at in-house lawyers and commercial managers in the sector, the seminars provide delegates with the opportunity to extend their depth of knowledge, breadth of skills and range of contacts. The firm will hold three one-hour sessions over the coming months, [...]

Cyberhawk secures five-year software contract with Shell

Drone-based inspection and asset visualisation expert Cyberhawk has secured a five-year, multimillion-dollar software contract with Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell). The company’s iHawk platform will become Shell’s next generation visualisation software platform for all onshore, offshore and subsea assets, as well as all global construction projects. Cyberhawk, [...]

Fraser Well Management secures first production well operatorship appointment

Well engineering and project management specialist Fraser Well Management (FWM) has assumed the production well operatorship of six southern North Sea development wells, marking the launch of a new product line. The work centres on NEO Energy’s Babbage platform, and includes five gas production wells and one suspended well. The scope of work covers [...]

Add Energy launches AssetVoice smart solution

Add Energy’s Asset and Integrity Management (AIM) division has developed a new integrated solution to monitor, track and analyse components of fixed assets in real-time. The award-winning technology, AssetVoice™, combines features from asset management, change management and real-time location systems, and offers a single source of data for an [...]

Altrad secures construction, hook-up and commissioning contract for Tolmount

Services group Altrad has secured a contract for the provision of temporary access, engineering design, insulation, corrosion and fire protection, rigging and LOLER support to enable the hook-up and commissioning of the Tolmount offshore gas platform. The contract, which commences immediately, will encompass Altrad mobilising resources to Ravenna [...]

Akselos selected as World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer

Swiss headquartered start-up Akselos has been selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. The company is deploying its real-time digital twin technology to support a systems-level transformation of the energy sector to lower the cost of renewable energy and support asset sustainability. The [...]

NHV extends offshore contract with Ithaca Energy

Helicopter services provider NHV Group has signed a five-year contract extension with Ithaca Energy (UK), providing aviation services to the Group’s operated FPF-1 installation, Alba, Captain and Erskine fields in the North Sea. The extension covers seven-day-a-week coverage and will start in January 2021. NHV will provide two H175 (primary and [...]

Bethan Customs advises on UK Global Tariff system

HMRC has recently published the new UK Global Tariff (UKGT) regime, which will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff (EU CET) at the end of the Transition Period on 1 January 2021. The UKGT has been tailored to the needs of the UK economy, making it easier and cheaper for businesses here to import goods from overseas. As well as a lower tax regime, [...]