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OGUK’s Efficiency Task Force announces hat-trick of new members

Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force (ETF) has appointed three new members to its steering group which aims to seek out, promote and provide access to best practice across the industry whilst boosting collaboration. Romain Chambault, director of Oilfield Equipment at Baker Hughes GE, Steve Cox, non-operated ventures director (NOV) at Chrysaor, [...]

OGUK breakfast to launch flagship skills report

A report detailing the UK oil and gas sector’s skill requirements up to 2025 will be unveiled at the Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Business Breakfast, sponsored by Deloitte on Thursday 2 May at Aberdeen’s Mercure Ardoe Hotel. The Skills Landscape report, part of the UKCS Workforce Dynamics series produced by industry skills body OPITO in conjunction [...]

Oil & Gas UK welcomes Neptune Energy Seagull project announcement

Following Neptune Energy's announcement of its final investment decision (FID) for the Seagull project, Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director, said: “Neptune’s Seagull project signals the basin’s first FID of 2019 and demonstrates a growing appetite among North Sea players to establish a diversified portfolio making the [...]

New reality could unlock £200bn of future business opportunities

A sustained focus on cost and efficiencies with ongoing uncertainty in commodity markets marks the “new reality” for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector, according to a flagship report into industry performance published today (Wednesday 20 March). Oil & Gas UK’s (OGUK) Business Outlook 2019 finds continued uncertainty in commodity markets [...]

UK offshore industry welcomes Spring Statement

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed the Chancellor’s Spring Statement today. Independent OBR figures published today demonstrate that the industry will contribute £8.5 billion in direct taxes to the Exchequer over the next five years and will continue to provide around half the nation’s oil [...]

Oil & Gas UK’s response to OGA’s forecast that UK oil and gas production has risen

In response to the “Projections of UK Oil and Gas Production and Expenditure Report” published today by the Oil and Gas Authority, which says oil and gas production in the UK increased by more than 4% in 2018, Oil & Gas UK's (OGUK) Upstream Policy Director, Mike Tholen said:   “This demonstrates that the approaches and strategies [...]

IWD 2019: OGUK announces key network to drive industry diversity

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today (Friday, March 8) announced plans to ramp up efforts to maintain and encourage a diverse and inclusive workforce as it marks International Women’s Day. OGUK will launch an industry network to highlight efforts to encourage diversity and inclusion, and identify [...]

OGUK manager to champion UK diversity efforts on international stage

Aberdeen,Friday 2nd November 2018Pictured is ''The Oil Industry's Best Kep Secret'' Event at Spirit Energy, AberdeenPicture by Euan Duff / Abermedia A leading advocate for diversity and inclusion in the offshore oil and gas industry will give a keynote speech on UK efforts at a prestigious international drilling conference later this week. Katy [...]

High-profile speakers to take centre stage at dual industry report launch

High-profile industry figures – including new UK North Sea entrants and prominent voices within the supply chain – are to top the bill at simultaneous breakfast briefings in London and Aberdeen at the launch of a key industry report next month. Phil Kirk, Chief Executive Officer of Chrysaor, and Romain Chambault, European Director of Oilfield [...]

Forties Pipeline System investment is vote of confidence in North Sea future

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed news INEOS is to invest £500m in the Forties Pipeline System as a vote of confidence in the future potential of the industry. INEOS said today that the investment will transform the asset and extend the life of the pipeline by at least twenty years. Commenting, [...]

RockRose Energy’s multi-million pound acquisition of Marathon Oil UK welcomed

Oil & Gas UK today (Monday, February 25) welcomed the news that that RockRose Energy has acquired Marathon Oil’s UK business in a £107million deal. The sale gives RockRose 37-40 per cent operated interests in the Greater Brae Area, a 28 per cent stake in the BP-operated Foinaven field, and 47 per cent of Foinaven East, with output from the [...]

Global transparency initiative confirms UK oil & gas industry net contributor to UK economy

Oil & Gas UK has today welcomed the publication of the 2017 reconciliation report of the UK Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which confirmed the quality and integrity of the industry’s contribution to the UK economy.  EITI is a voluntary global standard, which promotes open and accountable management of natural resources [...]

Oil & Gas UK presents ‘Energy of the Future’, a collaboration with ITN Productions

LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 2019 In a unique communications partnership, Oil & Gas UK and ITN Productions are producing a news and current affairs-style programme exploring the importance and value of the oil and gas industry in the UK. From super majors to large contractor businesses and from independent oil companies to SMEs working in the supply [...]

Inquiry findings on oil and gas future confirm value of sector

Commenting on the findings of the Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into the future of oil and gas, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “This was a considered inquiry into the future of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry and we welcome the rounded support provided by the Scottish Affairs Committee in its final report today. It confirms [...]

Oil & Gas UK welcomes Glengorm discovery as a major find

Commenting on CNOOC’s announcement regarding a new gas discovery on the Glengorm prospect, Oil & Gas UK’s market intelligence manager, Ross Dornan, said: “This is a major find and a great example of partner companies, CNOOC International, Total E&P and Edison working together to explore and unlock the potential of the UK Continental [...]

Report notes significant increase in industry confidence

Commenting on the DNV GL Industry Outlook report released today (Tuesday, January 22), which states that confidence in the outlook of the UK oil and gas sector has risen significantly over the last two years, Ross Dornan, Oil & Gas UK’s Market Intelligence Manager, said: “This report builds on our analysis showing the positive future ahead [...]

Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry

Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry Oil & Gas UK provides evidence-based insights on behalf of our members to a range of stakeholders that includes both the Westminster and Holyrood governments and parliaments, the media and internationally. Through our research, and soundings taken of our membership, we know that the top priorities for the [...]

Offshore survival suit revamp is excellent showcase of pioneering industry

Mhairi Begg, OGIC project manager, Simon Lamont, founder of Iron Ocean, and David Bucknall from Heriot Watt University, pictured with the Centurion 3 offshore survival garments. Oil & Gas UK has said the latest development in offshore survival technology from the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) is an excellent showcase of a pioneering [...]

Statement on Brexit

Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “A deal outcome is in the best interests of this industry, which is critical for security of energy supply and supports hundreds of thousands of skilled jobs right across the UK. “We will continue to work with all parties and governments to inform the debate and encourage a constructive [...]

Launch of National Decommissioning Centre welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

The National Decommissioning Centre (NDC), a global technology R&D hub, was opened today by Lord Duncan, UK Government Minister for Scotland and Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scottish Energy Minister in Newburgh in Aberdeenshire. Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie, said: “The launch of the National Decommissioning Centre makes clear [...]

Chrysaor will acquire all of ConocoPhillips’ UK assets

Chrysaor has reached a deal to acquire ConocoPhillips’ UK oil and gas business for $2.675 billion. Chrysaor is a private company established in 2007 focussing on generating superior equity returns by developing and commercialising oil and gas incremental resources. This acquisition supports Chrysaor’s goal of becoming 'one of Europe’s leading [...]

Hurricane Energy spuds Warwick Deep well

Hurricane Energy, the UK-based explorer focused on naturally fractured basement reservoirs, has announced that its 205/26b-C well - also known as Warwick Deep - was spudded on 16 April 2019 using the Transocean Leader rig. Warwick Deep is the first in a three-well programme on Hurricane’s Lincoln and Warwick assets in the Greater Warwick Area. [...]

Rever Offshore adds subsea expert to board

Subsea services provider Rever Offshore has announced the appointment of Bob Bryce to the newly created role of operations director. Bryce joins the executive team to oversee operations, assets & services and QHSE functions, and brings experience from a 40-year career in the oil and gas industry. He joins as the company announces a board re-structure, [...]

Ensco and Rowan complete merger

Drilling contractors Ensco and Rowan have confirmed the completion of their previously announced merger. The newly formed EnscoRowan will maintain its headquarters in London, UK, and a significant presence in Houston, Texas. The company says it now operates the world’s largest offshore drilling fleet, with executives stating that the merger offers [...]

Tendeka’s North Sea projects experience major growth

Tendeka, a global specialist in advanced completions and production solutions for the oil and gas industry, has more than doubled its work in the UK offshore sector over the past year. This growth has led the company to make a substantial capital investment in manufacturing facilities, expanding their use of local supply chain and in-house capabilities. Read [...]

Kongsberg debuts new GeoPulse USV

Kongsberg Maritime has launched its latest unmanned surface vehicle (USV) at an event in Southhampton. The GeoPulse USV includes the company’s latest lightweight sub-bottom profiler, allowing the vehicle to map environments beyond the limits of conventional platforms – either autonomously or remote-controlled – up to a range of 2km. The GeoPulse [...]

Well-Safe buys dedicated P&A asset

Well-Safe Solutions has agreed to acquire the Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling rig from current owner Diamond Offshore, with a view to converting the asset into a bespoke plug and abandonment (P&A) unit. Upon delivery, Well-Safe intends to begin work immediately to upgrade the rig, renaming it the ‘Well-Safe Guardian’. This will see [...]

Decipher delivers first oil from Orlando Field

North Sea-focused development and production operator, Decipher Production, has announced the commencement of production from the Orlando Field. Drilled and completed in June 2018, Orlando development well 3/3b-13Y showed good porosity and excellent oil saturation, and was able to deliver anticipated peak production rates of over 10,000 barrels of [...]

Kishorn Port secures Waste Management Licence and further investment

Kishorn Port Ltd (KPL) has secured a Waste Management Licence (WML) from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas assets at Kishorn Yard and dry dock. KPL recently completed a further programme of investment on the site, assisted by a grant from the latest round of the Scottish Government’s [...]

Dräger secures £1 million of North Sea safety contracts

Dräger Marine & Offshore will supply equipment which detects and protects workers from hazardous gases to 23 platforms across the North Sea, under three new contracts worth more than £1 million. The deals involve provision of portable gas detection equipment to three major operators over five years, including more than 1,700 personal gas monitors [...]

NHV awarded offshore contract by Premier Oil

Helicopter operator NHV Group has secured a new long-term contract with Premier Oil to provide helicopter services to its North Sea assets. Daily flights with the H175 will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen for a period of five years. NHV will add also add another new H175 to its Aberdeen fleet. The Airbus Helicopter Super Medium type is specifically [...]

DEKRA case study explores safer teamwork

DEKRA Organisational Reliability has published a case study on how it aided the implementation of safer teamwork by delivering behavioural coaching and training workshops at the KLPG site in Grangemouth. The project involved on-site coaching services to address issues from improving leadership visibility and top-down relationships, to tackling compliance [...]

TUV SUD NEL invests £1.45m in large-capacity test separator

Flow measurement R&D specialist TUV SUD NEL has invested £1.45 million in one of the world’s largest gravity test separators, as part of the build programme for its new Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF). The 270-tonne separator will test both multiphase and wet gas flows (oil, water and gas) at pressures up to 150 bar, and will ensure sufficient [...]

Ampelmann reaches double transfer milestone

Offshore service provider Ampelmann has announced that, as of 2 April, it has enabled the safe transfer of five million people and ten million kg of cargo worldwide. The company says that this double milestone is proof of its continuous commitment to setting the industry standard in offshore safety and efficiency. Safe transfer number five million [...]

Petrofac awarded Tullow decommissioning contract

Petrofac has been appointed well operator by Tullow Oil for the next phase of its Thames Decommissioning Project, as part of a contract worth around $16 million. Petrofac will be responsible for the execution of well decommissioning operations on three of Tullow Oil’s subsea wells in the southern North Sea. This will include detailed planning, [...]

Xodus study reveals £59m potential field decommissioning saving

A concept study and front-end engineering design (FEED) project carried out by Xodus Group has determined that a North Sea operator will save up to £59 million by adopting a not normally attended (NNA) model ahead of decommissioning a field. Well decommissioning programmes were completed for two platforms at the field, but work at a third platform [...]

Neptune Energy confirms final investment decision for Seagull project

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and Japex have announced the agreement of a final investment decision (FID) for the Seagull oil project in the UK North Sea. Seagull is expected to initially produce around 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (80 per cent oil) across its ten-year design life, while proved plus probable gross reserves [...]

Cyberhawk secures new investors as part of global expansion plan

Cyberhawk Innovations (Cyberhawk), a provider of drone inspections and asset visualisation software for energy infrastructure, has been acquired by funds advised by Magnesium Capital. Having flown more than 30,000 commercial missions in more than 30 countries around the world, the company is recognised internationally as a pioneer in the unmanned [...]

BP creates $100m emissions reduction fund

BP has established a $100 million Upstream Carbon Fund to support projects that will deliver greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in its upstream oil and gas operations. Funding will be made available over the next three years, and businesses and employees throughout BP’s Upstream operating businesses are being invited to present ideas and propose [...]

KCA Deutag wins rig contracts worth $54 million

UK-headquartered drilling contractor KCA Deutag has been awarded a raft of new contracts on the back of strong tendering activity in its land drilling business. Representing a combined value of approximately $54 million, these contracts cover drilling operations across the Middle East, Russia, Europe and Africa, including campaigns in Iraq, Algeria [...]