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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, [...]

OGUK reveals 2020 finalists for annual awards following challenging year for industry

The shortlist for this year’s prestigious OGUK Awards has been revealed today. The annual awards ceremony celebrates the brightest and best talent from across the country’s offshore oil and gas industry and finalists represent the hard work, innovation, and collaboration the industry has adopted throughout 2020. The judging panel, which [...]

OGUK responds to the OGA’s Thematic review report

Commenting on the publication of the Oil and Gas Authority's 'Thematic Review into Industry Compliance with Regulatory Obligations', which stresses the key role of licence management in maximising economic recovery, OGUK Operations Director Katy Heidenreich said: “Thematic reviews are an established method of performance improvement which has [...]

OGUK report offers first insight into impact of pandemic on offshore jobs

The number of workers on offshore oil and gas installations decreased by around 4,000 as the UK went into lockdown in March this year, official figures published by industry body OGUK confirm today. Average weekly personnel on board decreased from around 11,000 on the 8 March to just over 7,000 one month later, with drilling and engineering construction [...]

Digital Decommissioning Conference aims for international connectivity

Decommissioning takes on a new global dimension as OGUK launches its first ever virtual conference to provide delegates with a dynamic, international and interactive online experience. Taking place from November 24-25, the event goes beyond the confines of traditional conferences to provide a digital platform with potentially global reach enabling [...]

OGUK comments on the merger of Chrysaor with Premier Oil

Following the news of the merger of Chrysaor with Premier Oil today, OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie, said: “Chrysaor and Premier Oil are great stewards, contributors and champions of this industry so this investment is encouraging news for the UK Continental Shelf.  "With companies increasingly looking to see how they can work together [...]

Energy revolution must go hand in hand with skills and supply chain evolution

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s wind power plan today as a positive shot to the arm for its struggling supply chain. The plan will include £160 million of funding made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure in critical energy communities including Teesside [...]

Industry urges campaign groups to meaningfully engage with sector

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today repeated calls to campaign groups to meaningfully engage with the sector to ensure a fair and positive transition for energy communities. The call comes after a report by published Friends of the Earth Scotland, Greenpeace and Platform failed to note the progress [...]

Hydrogen project adds to growing buzz around industry’s essential expertise

Exciting news that Aberdeen has been selected as the home for the world’s first offshore floating hydrogen facility to produce hydrogen from wind power confirms the benefits of the oil and gas industry’s expertise, sector leaders said today. The leading representative body for the sector OGUK today welcomed news that developer Environmental Resources [...]

Experts gather to support SMEs in OGUK Tendering webinar

OGUK’s commitment to ensuring the recovery of the UK’s hard-pressed oil and gas supply chain continues with a webinar aimed at providing small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with top tips for successful tendering. Taking place online on Wednesday 30 September, the free event aims to help SMEs wishing to improve how they bid to supply goods or services [...]

Job support scheme provides certainty but focus on green recovery must continue

The leading representative for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today initially welcomed the winter economy plans announced by the Chancellor, noting it will seek further information on the details of the proposals in the coming days. Plans announced by the Chancellor today include wage top-ups targeted at small and medium businesses [...]

Nominations opportunity to highlight true North Sea spirit

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has hailed the grit and resilience of the thousands of people working for the critical sector as it opened nominations for its annual awards. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, key workers both on and offshore continued to safely operate installations around the UK Continental [...]

OGUK Industry Insights webinar inspires next generation on route to net zero

More than 200 people joined OGUK’s Industry Insights webinar for young professionals today (Thursday, September 17) to hear how the sector is working to advance new technologies on the route to net zero.  The free event, sponsored by Halliburton, centred around the skills required for the future in reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in [...]

OGUK’s response to Climate Assembly UK report

OGUK has welcomed the final report released by Climate Assembly UK today (Thursday, September 10), which states that the country’s path to net zero must be underpinned by education, choice, fairness and political consensus. OGUK is already discussing a transformational North Sea Transition Deal with the UK Government, which will also set out how [...]

OGUK responds to UK’s 32nd Offshore Licensing Round Awards announced by OGA

Commenting on the OGA’s announcement of the award offers in the 32nd Licensing Round Katy Heidenreich, OGUK’s supply chain and operations director said: “At a time when companies face huge pressures it is encouraging that our basin continues to demonstrate its attractiveness to a wide range of companies. This is a crucial element in unlocking [...]

Government licensing review is opportunity to shine a light on changing industry

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has embraced a UK government review into future licensing rounds as an opportunity to shine a light on how the sector is changing to support the country’s climate ambitions while still ensuring it contributes to the UK’s ongoing security of energy supply. Speaking in [...]

Proserv division Gilmore appoints CEO to lead expansion plans

Flow control solutions provider Gilmore, a Proserv company, has appointed 25-year energy industry veteran David Nemetz as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Gilmore, a long-established Houston based business and an integral component of Aberdeen-headquartered Proserv’s global portfolio, has been providing cutting-edge flow control solutions, [...]

Asset55 secures further 3-year global deal with BP

Flange management and construction solutions technology house, asset55, has secured a further 3-year contract term to provide global flange management assurance to BP. Having originally delivered flange management software and services on the HUC phase of the Glen Lyon FPSO in the North Sea through 2015, shortly after BP commissioned asset55 to carry [...]

AREG and European Space Agency sign MOI to support renewables sector

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) to analyse, develop and implement space-enabled technology and services to support the renewable energy sector. The organisations will work together to foster the development of space-utilising applications to support technical and [...]

Survivex gains IWCF approval for well intervention training

Training provider Survivex has received approval from the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) to run well intervention courses from its Well Control Training Centre of Excellence in Aberdeen. Well intervention is essential training for those working in critical well intervention positions and Survivex has been approved to offer the full range [...]

Helicopter operators create mental health support network for UK offshore pilots

Bristow Helicopters, CHC, NHV and Babcock have joined forces to lead a collaborative peer assistance network to support the mental health of offshore pilots in the UK. Upcoming changes to regulations set out by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) require all UK operators to have an effective peer assistance network in place by February [...]

Wood to deliver late-life solutions for Morecambe Bay gas fields

Wood has entered into a new agreement with Spirit Energy to partner on the delivery of late-life solutions for the Morecambe Bay gas fields, one of the UK’s largest gas accumulations. The five-year consolidated services contract, valued at $130 million, will see Wood leverage its experience and capability in late-life asset optimisation and management [...]

Safe Influx granted patent for novel automated well control technology

Safe Influx Ltd, a provider of automated well control solutions, has been granted a patent by the United Kingdom Patent Office covering its automated well control technology. This patent recognises the ability of the automated well control to detect the presence of a fluid influx condition in a wellbore, make a decision against criteria to shut-in, [...]

Survivex awarded technology-led training contract for BP

Aberdeen-based offshore training provider, Survivex, has started work on a contract with BP to develop and deliver a bespoke four-week training programme for the operational personnel on the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim development project. The contract will see Survivex, part of the 3T Energy Group, train BP personnel in safety-critical operating procedures [...]

Bethan Customs explores deferred Customs entries

As of 1 January 2021, HMRC is allowing businesses to defer entry of their Customs declarations on goods imported or exported for up to six months. In essence this will maintain the security of the supply chain during what promises to be a period of upheaval for businesses which trade with EU partners. When considering this, the most important consideration [...]

Digital courses launched to improve industry safety standards

A new collaboration that brings two major operators together with a leading energy e-learning firm is aiming to raise standards and improve training levels across the UK and wider North Sea oil and gas sector. The joint venture between Spirit Energy, Neptune Energy, and Norwell EDGE will deliver a digital well integrity training programme based around [...]

Xodus Group expands emissions team to support Net Zero

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its emissions team to support clients and the wider energy industry in achieving its Net Zero goals. Xodus has added experienced atmospherics expert Natasha Howlett to lead an in-house emissions management division, which will support clients’ emissions reduction initiatives around the world. This new [...]

Tendeka appoints new Production Enhancement Manager

Global completions service company Tendeka has appointed a new product line manager to drive its production enhancement offering around the world. Dr Li Jiang will be responsible for bringing new products to market to bolster Tendeka’s Production Enhancement portfolio, generating revenue through fluid technologies that complement the company’s [...]

Proserv, Intelligent Plant sign strategic agreement to drive digital evolution

Controls technology company Proserv Controls has penned an innovative strategic alliance with Intelligent Plant, an award-winning software engineering firm. The aim of the tie-up is to combine the two firms’ respective expertise in control systems and data analysis to provide operators with digital solutions tailored to their needs. This would [...]

Costain gains Kitemark certification for innovation in industry

Smart infrastructure solutions company Costain is one of the first to achieve the BSI Kitemark for innovation. Costain worked in partnership with BSI, the business improvement company, to help design and pilot the new global certification scheme for innovation. Designed to help organisations improve their innovation management performance and demonstrate [...]

Petrofac partners with Intoware to drive digital deployment

Petrofac has signed a three-year partnership with Intoware, a provider of workflow automation software for mobile applications, to develop and deploy automation software specifically tailored to the requirements of the oil and gas industry. The development of ‘WorkfloPlus Oil and Gas’ will further optimise the efficiencies that Petrofac has gained [...]

bp, Ithaca start up Vorlich field

bp’s head of North Sea has praised the resilience and determination of the team which has brought the 30-million-barrel Vorlich field online safely – despite the challenges of COVID-19. Vorlich is the second North Sea fast-paced, high-return subsea tieback to come onstream in as many years, following the successful start-up of Alligin, west of [...]

Bethan Customs explores business implications of Free Trade Agreement

As the end of the Brexit transition period looms ever closer, many businesses are waiting to find out whether the UK government and their EU counterparts can reach a Free Trade Agreement. Any such agreement would allow ‘free’ trade between the EU and the UK. It would mean that, if we have a full Free Trade Agreement covering all the relevant [...]

TÜV SÜD to build UK-first mobile hydrogen testing facility

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has secured Government funding to build the UK’s first mobile primary standard facility for testing hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) to ensure they deliver the correct amount of fuel. Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through the National Measurement System [...]

Safety start-up Salus launches pioneering risk-assessment software

Aberdeenshire-headquartered start up Salus Technical has launched a new software solution aimed at enhancing and streamlining the risk assessment process across the energy industry and beyond. Bowtie Master has been developed with the intention of helping organisations to understand and manage the risks of major accident hazards, thereby reducing [...]

Craig International offers Space Bands to aid social distancing

Since the coronavirus pandemic erupted in early 2020, energy companies have introduced various worksite measures to ensure social distancing – and keep tabs on contacts – all with varying levels of success. In response, Craig International has secured exclusive access to an out-of-the-box wearable tech solution to help address this issue. A Space [...]