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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 [...]

Industry can be an essential partner to UK climate ambitions

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today reinforced the role the industry can play in supporting the UK to meet its climate change ambitions. Speaking in response to the Prime Minister’s commitment to deliver net zero emissions by 2050, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie set out the role industry can [...]

OGUK reaction to Well Safe announcement

Commenting on news that Well Safe has been awarded a contract to decommission up to twenty-one wells on the Schooner and Ketch fields in the UKCS, operated by DNO North Sea (ROGB) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of DNO ASA,  OGUK Decommissioning Manager Joe Leask said: “OGUK’s Decommissioning Insight 2018 shows there are 1,465 wells to plug [...]

OGUK welcomes Culzean first gas as good news for UK supply

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed news of first gas from Total’s Culzean field. OGUK said the project, which has been delivered on time and under budget, further reinforces the UK industry as leaders in the safe and efficient production of energy. Commenting on the news, OGUK’s [...]

OGUK Industry Conference: Deirdre Michie speech

Speaking to over 400 delegates at the OGUK Industry Conference in Aberdeen this morning, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: Ladies & gentlemen, good morning and welcome, to OGUK’s conference and exhibition for 2019: An Industry in Transition I’m very pleased that so many of you have joined us here for what I hope will be an [...]

Trio of VIP speakers mark final conference line up

Ministers from the UK and Scottish Governments and a leading strategist on sustainability and climate change are revealed as the final trio of speakers to join an impressive line-up for OGUK’s 2019 Industry Conference taking place this week from 4-5 June. Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson MSP will give a speech to delegates [...]

OGUK welcomes news of Chevron acquisition

Oil & Gas UK today (Thursday, May 30) welcomed the news that Israel-headquartered firm Delek Group has acquired Chevron’s North Sea assets in a $2billion (£1.5billion) deal.   The sale, which will see 10 additional fields added to the firm’s UK portfolio, was agreed through Delek’s wholly-owned subsidiary Ithaca Energy. The deal [...]

Neptune awards drilling services contracts for Seagull

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX have awarded new drilling services contracts for the Seagull project in the UK North Sea. All contracts have been awarded under a three-year agreement, with two one-year options to extend. M I Drilling Fluids will provide mud, drilling fluids and well-bore clean-up services; Halliburton Manufacturing [...]

Unique Group wins COOEC saturation dive system contract

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract by China Offshore Oil Engineering Co. (COOEC), for the design and manufacture of a classed saturation diving system. The system will be installed on a COOEC vessel, with additional services including technical support during and post-installation. [...]

Rever Offshore announces Topaz charter extension

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Rever Offshore has announced a three-year extension to the charter of its dive support vessel Rever Topaz. The contract will see Rever secure exclusive access to this asset from long-term partner Volstad Maritime until December 2022, with flexible options to extend again to the end of 2025. Rever says the vessel [...]

Ampelmann designs new crew and cargo transfer system

Dutch offshore access provider Ampelmann is developing a new full motion compensation system, with the ability to transfer personnel as well as cargo up to 5,000kg in rough waters offshore. The E5000 is the latest development by the company and builds on the proven technology of the E1000, released in 2016. The new system will be able to operate [...]

Starn Group increases reach with Dynamic Air Shelters acquisition

Starn Group, owner of the Safehouse Habitats and Sabre Safety Services businesses headquartered in Dundee, has successfully completed its acquisition of Canada-based Dynamic Air Shelters for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition extends the group’s reach, adding bespoke, blast-resistant and environmental protection air-supported shelters to its range [...]

Antin sells Kellas Midstream to Blackrock And GIC

Private equity group Antin Infrastructure Partners has sold Kellas Midstream to a joint venture of BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Funds (GEPIF III) and GIC. Kellas owns and operates key gas infrastructure in the UK, including the Central Area Transmission System (CATS), the Esmond Transportation System (ETS), and the Humber [...]

Costain’s Energy business secures over £4m in contracts

Infrastructure solutions company Costain has secured some £4 million worth of design, engineering and consultancy contracts for the energy market which will see the Group shaping the future for sustainable operations and improved efficiencies at several UK onshore gas terminals. The awards being delivered by the Aberdeen-based team include topside [...]

Sword acquires Dataco Ltd

Data services provider DataCo Ltd has been acquired by Sword Group. Focused primarily on the oil and gas industry, DataCo provides information management solutions and support, helping customers reduce costs and increase efficiency through effective data management. With offices in the UK (Aberdeen), Netherlands (The Hague), Australia (Perth) and [...]

Aramark recognised for exemplary standards

The Aramark team for the BP North Sea HQ (NSHQ) has successfully gained full HSEQ ISO accreditation across three prestigious ISO standards: ISO14001, ISO9001 and ISO45001. ISO14001 is the international standard for designing and implementing an effective environmental management system, while ISO9001 is the international standard for a quality management [...]

Stork wins EnQuest crew service contract

Stork, part of Fluor’s Diversified Services segment, has been awarded a five-year contract by EnQuest to provide multi-skilled deck crew services for its northern and central North Sea assets. Stork’s crew will provide services for the Heather, Thistle and Magnus platforms in the northern North Sea, and FPSO vessels in the northern and central North [...]

IOG completes farm-out and FID

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has completed its farm-out transaction with CalEnergy Resources and made final investment decision on Phase 1 of its Core Project. This comprises 410 bcf of 2P+2C reserves and resources across six discovered UK southern North Sea gas fields. IOG and CalEnergy have said they will shortly be submitting confirmation of [...]

Well-Safe Solutions secures major investment

Well-Safe Solutions has secured over £66 million in new investment to fund its next phase of growth as a tier one well decommissioning company. MW&L Capital Partners led the investment round, bringing together a consortium of private investors to acquire a major stake in the business. Launched in 2017 to provide a ground-breaking approach to [...]

Peterson wins Premier Oil contract renewal

Peterson has strengthened its relationship with independent E&P group Premier Oil after it renewed a long-term contract worth over £20 million. Peterson has worked with Premier since 2010 providing integrated logistics services to support its North Sea activity. The contract will see Peterson provide support for up to a decade, with the first [...]

OGTC launches next round of TechX

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has launched the third year of its accelerator programme, TechX, with the announcement of new industry partner Equinor. The TechX Pioneer Programme helps ambitious start-ups take their solutions to the energy market faster. 21 companies have so far graduated from the award-winning programme, supporting the [...]

Aker Solutions outlines low-carbon strategy

Aker Solutions will aim to generate nearly half its revenue from renewable or low-carbon solutions by 2030, according to its newly outlined '20/25/30 strategy'. This would see the company derive 20% of its revenue from renewable energy and 25% from distinct low-carbon solutions by the year 2030. The renewable energy solutions will primarily come [...]

Development plan submitted for Platypus gas project

UK and Netherlands-focused energy group Parkmead has announced the filing of a draft Field Development Plan (FDP) and Environmental Statement (ES) for the Platypus gas project. The two documents were submitted to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) by Dana Petroleum (59%), [...]

Neptune to acquire Edison assets from Energean

Neptune Energy has entered into a conditional agreement with Energean Oil and Gas to acquire Edison E&P’s UK and Norwegian producing, development and exploration assets for $250 million. Pending Energean’s completion of its proposed acquisition of Edison, the portfolio will give Neptune an estimated 30 million barrels of oil equivalent of [...]

TÜV SÜD opens £16m Advanced Multiphase Facility

Flow measurement R&D specialist, TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, has opened its £16million Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) which it says will help global oil and gas operators to ensure that production remains economically viable. In terms of testing operating pressures, temperatures, flowrates and metrology, the AMF’s capabilities [...]

Subsea 7 awarded Pierce contract by Shell

Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by Shell for the Pierce depressurisation project, located approximately 160 miles offshore Aberdeen. The contract scope involves the engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and installation (EPCI and T&I) of a 30km gas export pipeline, a gas export riser and associated subsea infrastructure, [...]

ODE appointed installation operator for Tolmount Platform

ODE Asset Management (ODE AM), a unit of international engineering and operations support services contractor ODE Group, has been appointed as installation operator (duty holder) of the normally unattended installation (NUI) Tolmount platform. The Tolmount platform and associated gas export pipeline comprise the Humber Gathering System, which is [...]