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Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement emphasises need for sector deal, OGUK says

The leading UK oil and gas industry body OGUK has today welcomed the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement, which recognises that the critical role the country’s oil and gas industry has to play in realising a hydrogen economy. Commenting, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “The Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy [...]

Support for the supply chain vital throughout Just Transition says OGUK

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Wednesday 14 December) responded to the Scottish Government’s updated Climate Change Plan, which recognises the value the oil and gas industry can make in stepping up the transition to net-zero. Commenting on the updated Climate Change Plan, OGUK Chief Executive [...]

OGUK response to the Government’s Energy White Paper

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Monday 14 December) responded to the UK Government’s Energy White Paper, in which the government reaffirms the value of the sector both now and in the future, and the need for the North Sea Transition Deal. Commenting on the paper, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie [...]

OGUK response to UK Government plans to end funding for overseas oil and gas projects

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Saturday 12 December) commented on the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will end direct government support for the oil and gas projects overseas. Commenting on the announcement,  OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “The UK is taking a global [...]

Industry unites to celebrate best and brightest amid challenging year

The winners of OGUK’s Awards 2020 were honoured in virtual style this evening as industry came together to watch the ceremony digitally for the first time ever. The night was the highlight of industry’s cultural calendar, with hundreds attending the event through YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook live and the prestigious first-time Audience Award [...]

Climate report reinforces need for homegrown transition

  A major independent report which sets out detailed routes for meeting the country’s climate targets has recognised the positive contribution the UK’s changing oil and gas industry can make in the energy transition. The Sixth Carbon Budget published by the Committee on Climate Change today (Wednesday 9 December) outlines an ambitious [...]

Prime Minister’s emissions targets reinforce the need for sector deal

The leading UK oil and gas industry body OGUK has today reinforced the significance of securing a sector deal, in light of new emission targets announced by the Prime Minister today. The government’s plan commits to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions by at least 68% by 2030, based on 1990 levels. These ambitious new targets will see the UK commit [...]

Last call for the industry workforce to voice opinion on D&I in the sector 

Industry body OGUK is urging the oil and gas workforce to rally behind its first ever survey on diversity and inclusion (D&I) with just three weeks to go until submissions close. With a growing focus being placed on the integration of the energy industry, attracting and retaining a diverse range of talent, as well as ensuring inclusive and collaborative [...]

OGUK responds to IPPR’s Net Zero North Sea report

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Thursday 3 December) responded to a report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The Net Zero North Sea report has urged the offshore oil and gas industry to set out a plan for phasing out production and migrating to greener energies. Commenting [...]

The UK can build a homegrown transition towards clean energy future, OGUK’s Economic Report shows

A flagship report published today by the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry finds that the UK’s carbon emissions fell by an estimated 10.3 percent this year, as the economy contracted by 11.3 percent. OGUK today said the figures confirm the scale of the challenge in securing a green recovery, urging governments [...]

Survey is further confirmation of stark conditions faced by industry

OGUK has said a survey of oil and gas companies which finds about a fifth of firms are expecting more redundancies in 2021 is further confirmation of the stark conditions faced by many. The leading representative body for the sector, which is due to publish its flagship Economic Report early next week, said it continues to champion a North Sea Transition [...]

Report confirms no rush to decommission as sector withstands disruptive year

  As the oil and gas sector continues to deal with the effects of COVID-19 and the collapse of commodity prices, OGUK’s 2020 Decommissioning Insight report reveals the decommissioning industry though resilient has not escaped the impact of such unprecedented conditions. Given the major disruptions and challenges of 2020, OGUK conducted [...]

OGUK response: Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for green industrial revolution

Commenting on the 10-point green industrial revolution announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, OGUK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie said today: “We are pleased to see the Government is committed to its ambitious plans for tackling emissions in spite of all the other challenges we face. Our industry is already in action, evolving and contributing. [...]

Conference explores decommissioning in a low carbon future

The contribution decommissioning can make to the low carbon future is a key theme at OGUK’s first ever virtual conference on November 24-25 when Professor Paul de Leeuw director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute chairs a session exploring the skills and job opportunities this shift in focus presents. Joe Leask, OGUK’s decommissioning manager, [...]

Transition deal critical for sector as report warns recovery could take years

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, OGUK, has today (Wednesday, November 11) warned that it could take up to three years to restart many of the projects lost due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and commodity price downturn. The warning comes in its Autumn Snapshot published today, which provides a business [...]

OGUK response to Scottish Conservative leader’s speech to oil & gas workers

Commenting today on the speech to oil and gas workers by Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, that protecting oil and gas jobs must be a priority and the North Sea sector can thrive alongside a growing renewables sector, OGUK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie said: “We welcome recognition of the vital role of the offshore oil and gas industry [...]

Virtual Remembrance

Every year on the first Saturday in November the UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy conducts a Service of Remembrance to allow families, friends and the offshore community to pause and remember all who have died while working offshore in the UK’s Oil and Gas Industry. The names of those who have died in the last year are added to the Book of Remembrance [...]

OGUK responds to extension of furlough scheme

Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement today that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of March 2021, OGUK’s workforce engagement and skills manager, Dr Alix Thom said:   “We welcome the support the Chancellor is providing today as it may provide a vital lifeline to many of our members enabling them to retain hundreds [...]

OGUK launches first-of-its-kind D&I survey to drive sector change  

  OGUK has launched a first-of-its-kind survey that will deliver a baseline for diversity and inclusion (D&I) demographic and sentiment within the sector, and act as an essential catalyst for progress and change. As the energy mix becomes increasingly integrated, differences of perspective and background will be the key to harnessing [...]

OGUK flagship report shows industry maintains focus on improving HSE performance in challenging times

  A flagship report released today (Wednesday, November 4) outlines the UK offshore oil and gas industry's health, safety and environmental performance in 2019, and highlights future plans for further improvement. The latest findings were revealed by leading representative body OGUK, which today published its first combined report into health, [...]

Altrad appoints industry stalwart to support its upstream growth agenda

Altrad has announced the appointment of John Welsh, Client Services Director, to accelerate its upstream growth strategy for the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). John Welsh returns back to his roots to join the enlarged Altrad business, some nine years after leaving Cape plc, a company that was acquired by Altrad back in 2017, wherein he grew the business [...]

ChampionX awarded contracts to deploy next-generation corrosion protection

ChampionX has secured two contracts worth a combined £2.8 million ($3.9 USD), to deliver its next generation, non-toxic chemicals to two major North Sea operators. The company’s environmentally acceptable corrosion inhibitor product line has been developed to enable E&P organisations to economically extend the life of their assets in a sustainable [...]

Continued growth prompts team expansion for Salus Technical

Aberdeenshire-headquartered process safety firm Salus Technical has grown its team with the appointment of Andrea Ferdinands as a process safety engineer. Andrea’s role will encompass managing customer accounts, supporting the consulting arm of the business, hosting webinars and contributing to the creation of resources for the firm’s online [...]

Wood extends long-standing relationship with TAQA in UK North Sea

Global consulting and engineering company Wood will build upon its 12-year relationship with TAQA following the award of a new contract to provide integrated facility services across the company’s North Sea assets. With the award of a five-year Integrated Facilities Services agreement, Wood will focus on supporting TAQA’s operations across the [...]

3t-China installs next-generation simulators for CNOOC

China’s leading centre for well control training, CNOOC Well Control Centre (CWCC), is investing £1.1 million in state-of-the-art simulator technology to support the oil and gas industry across the region. CWCC has developed new classrooms and installed several MultiSIMs, DrillSIM:5s and DrillSIM:Educators at its training centre in Tianjin, delivered [...]

Mintra and ITB Competence Assurance agree partnership

A partnership agreement aimed at helping high-risk industries create safe and competent workforces has been signed between digital learning specialists Mintra and competence framework experts ITB Competence Assurance Ltd. The move brings together Mintra’s market-leading learning and competence management system, Trainingportal, with ITB’s expertise [...]

Deltic, Shell make investment decision for Pensacola

Deltic Energy has confirmed that it and joint venture partner Shell U.K. Limited have made a positive well investment decision to drill the high-impact Pensacola Prospect on Licence P2252 in the UK Southern North Sea. Shell and Deltic have subsequently confirmed to the Oil and Gas Authority that the contingent well commitment is now firm. The drilling [...]

3t Energy Group wins training contract with Chrysaor

3t Energy Group has secured a contract with the UK’s largest oil and gas operating company, Chrysaor, to manage the training of its entire UK workforce using the latest innovative digital learning technologies. The contract will run for an initial three years with an option to extend for a further two. It will provide a complete workforce management [...]

Bristow becomes first UK helicopter operator to achieve major international safety standard

Bristow Group is the first helicopter operator in the UK to achieve a new mandatory international aviation safety standard designed to ensure the airworthiness of its aircraft, underscoring the company’s commitment to safety and industry leadership. Bristow was notified it officially achieved the certification – Continued Airworthiness Management [...]

ASCO wins INEOS Oil & Gas contract in Norway 

ASCO Norge has been awarded the contract as the preferred base supplier for INEOS Oil & Gas Norway’s first drilling operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. ASCO will be responsible for the delivery of base services for INEOS’ drilling operation of the Fat Canyon out of Kristiansund, where work is expected to begin in July. The scope [...]

Neptune awards Borr Drilling contract for Dutch, UK campaigns

Neptune Energy has awarded a $21.4 million contract to Borr Drilling, consolidating development, exploration and well decommissioning activities in the Dutch and UK sectors of the North Sea, and reducing costs and operational emissions. The activities will be carried out by Borr Drilling’s new Prospector 1 jack-up rig which is equipped with technologies [...]

TÜV SÜD NEL launches UK’s first domestic hydrogen meter calibration facility

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has launched the UK’s first traceable hydrogen flow calibration facility for domestic gas meters. The new facility will help meter manufacturers determine if existing meter stock, and new technologies under development, are correctly measuring hydrogen flow rates. This is a crucial step to ensure that hydrogen [...]

Altera Infrastructure contract bolsters Bilfinger’s growth strategy

Operations, maintenance and asset integrity contractor Bilfinger Salamis UK has secured a three-year global support contract to provide offshore execution services, including inspection and enactment services, to Altera Infrastructure Production. The multi-million-pound contract award comes on the back of a successful period of growth for Bilfinger’s [...]

AGR’s iQx software to assist CODA’s well decommissioning cost target

Following the recent establishment of the Centre of Decommissioning Australia (CODA), energy consultancy AGR is expanding its Well Management support to client decommissioning projects as a response to increased activity within the field. CODA reports that there is over $50 billion of decommissioning work in Australia over the next 50 years, over half [...]

Accenture, Ripjar help Shell in applying AI across global supply chain

Accenture and Ripjar, a UK-based data intelligence company, are collaborating with Royal Dutch Shell to further enhance risk screening within its global supply chain using artificial intelligence (AI). Shell is leveraging Accenture’s industry experience and risk expertise to configure Ripjar’s AI technology for analysis of its supply chain. The [...]

Re-Gen Robotics announces investment in advanced tank localisation mapping system

Leading tank cleaning company Re-Gen Robotics will be adding a cutting-edge, tank localisation mapping system to its service offering later this year. The new addition follows the introduction of a range of ancillary tools last year that have proven to further reduce tank downtime during cleans. Managing director Fintan Duffy advises that the system [...]

Former EY leader joins 3t Energy Group

Training and technology company 3t Energy Group has appointed a new finance director for its training division to help drive ambitious global growth plans. Chris Durling comes to 3t Energy Group from EY, where he led the Aberdeen transactions business and EY’s focus on energy services in the UK. Chris will be responsible for the financial management [...]

Serica spuds Columbus development well

Serica Energy has confirmed the spudding of the Columbus 23/16f-CDev1 development well in the UK Central North Sea. The well will be drilled to a total depth of 17,600ft and will include a 5,600ft horizontal section. The well is being drilled with the Maersk Resilient Heavy Duty Jack Up rig and is expected to take around 70 days. The Columbus development [...]

New funding for HyNet North West project

Eni has announced that the HyNet North West integrated project, aimed at decarbonising the important industrial district in the North-West of England, has received £33 million in funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The funding, issued through the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC) fund, covers around 50% of the investment necessary [...]

Geographic expansion and key appointments strengthen Unique Group’s Survey division

Following its successful expansion into Australia, subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has expanded its survey operations in the Netherlands, whilst making three new senior appointments to its global survey team. The move is in line with the company’s strategy to provide autonomous survey solutions and technologically advanced survey [...]