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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 [...]

Webinars to highlight COVID-19 business support available to companies under pressure

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry will host a series of webinars for its member companies to learn more about the business support available to them as they manage and respond to the impact of COVID-19. Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director, said: “Many companies in our industry, especially [...]

OGUK launches survey to understand issues facing supply chain

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has launched a survey in a bid to help find solutions to the problems faced by the supply chain as it deals with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices. A comprehensive set of questions covering offshore activity levels, the financial position of companies, [...]

Archer secures a four-year contract extension with Apache

Oil service company Archer has secured a four-year contract extension with Apache Corporation for the provision of platform drilling operations and maintenance services on Beryl Alpha and Bravo, Forties Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta in the UK North Sea. Based on current and expected future activity, including additional services through its engineering, [...]

Mintra announces NOK 1.3 billion listing on Oslo Stock Exchange

Aberdeen and Norway-based Mintra has announced its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, at a price of NOK 1.3 billion. Mintra provides workforce management systems and online training courses for safety critical industries worldwide. It has seen a surge in demand for virtual and online delivery of courses and training management support during global [...]

Strathclyde backs NSRI commercialisation tool

The University of Strathclyde has endorsed a methodology developed by NSRI (National Subsea Research Institute) to accelerate the commercialisation of technology in support of the green recovery. NSRI, which works with underwater technology companies and academia to collaborate on bringing forward new technology, has developed a way of measuring [...]

Neptune Energy commences subsea construction on Seagull project

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX have announced the beginning of the subsea construction phase of the Seagull tie-back project. TechnipFMC, working under the Neptune Energy Alliance Agreement, has deployed the Apache II pipelay vessel to start the pipe-in-pipe installation, laying approximately 5km of pipe connecting the [...]

Petrofac invests in second freefall lifeboat

Industry training provider Petrofac has taken delivery of its second freefall lifeboat, investing £200,000 in the new model to meet increased demand for its accredited marine training courses. Petrofac is the only company in the UK with a freefall boat for oil and gas industry training, and earlier this year launched its current freefall for the [...]

Xodus Group advises Dutch government on CCUS project

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has delivered a review into tariffs for a landmark Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project in the Netherlands. The review for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy analysed proposed fees for the transport and storage requirements of the Porthos project - a joint venture between the [...]

Neptune extends CHC Helicopters contract

Neptune Energy has extended its contract with CHC Helicopters, covering the Dutch sector of the North Sea, for a further two years. CHC will continue to conduct all helicopter flight transfers for personnel to and from Neptune’s 29 offshore platforms in the Dutch sector. From its base at Den Helder Airport, CHC conducts approximately 3,500 flight [...]

Proserv rolls out two new facilities to boost global service operations

Controls technology provider Proserv Controls has formally unveiled two new cutting-edge facilities in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi and Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, Scotland as it seeks to drive forwards its expanding service support business. Despite the ongoing global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aberdeen-based firm has proactively pursued the establishment [...]

Maersk Training launches training management app

Maersk Training in the UK has announced the launch of its upgraded Training Management Solution (TMS) with the aim of improving training management for companies dealing with reduced headcount and remote working amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The software is divided into two parts - a mobile app aimed at delegates and a web-based application for [...]

Petrofac expands support for Ithaca Energy

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business has been awarded a multi-million-dollar integrated services contract with Ithaca Energy. In a new five-year deal, Petrofac will integrate operations, maintenance, engineering, construction, and onshore and offshore technical support across Ithaca’s North Sea operated asset base. The [...]

Well-Safe Solutions adds jack-up rig to decommissioning fleet

Well-Safe Solutions has announced the acquisition of the West Epsilon jack-up rig from Seadrill, sparking a further job boost for the company. Built in 1993, the asset is a heavy-duty, harsh environment jack-up with an extensive operational history in the North Sea. Well-Safe will start work immediately on the newly renamed ‘Well-Safe Protector’ [...]

Dräger secures wireless gas detection contract

Dräger Marine and Offshore UK has secured a €1 million order for wireless gas detection installation at an onshore terminal. This will be the single largest Dräger installation in the UK and one of its largest wireless gas detection installations globally, and represents a significant step forward in the adoption of wireless technology within the [...]

bp and Aberdeen join forces in drive for net zero

Aberdeen City Council has announced a new partnership with bp to help the Council achieve the goals of the recently approved Net Zero Vision to reduce carbon emissions and become a climate-positive city. Under the agreement, the Council will work together with bp experts in low carbon energy systems, mobility and technology to develop and deliver [...]

Tendeka and TGT create ‘industry-first’ solution for sand control failures

Global completions service company Tendeka and diagnostic specialist TGT have agreed a partnership to mitigate the costly consequences of sand control failure in wells. The remedial sand control collaboration known as ‘Find Fix Confirm’ will see TGT’s Sand Flow product used to accurately identify the locations of sand ingress within the wellbore. [...]

Bethan Customs Consultancy celebrates growth, new staff on milestone birthday

Aberdeenshire’s Bethan Customs Consultancy celebrates its fifth birthday this month, reporting a 69% rise in turnover, a new appointment to their growing team and an expanding client base. Despite the challenging commercial landscape, the company is on track to achieve a six-figure projected turnover for 2019-20 – a 69% increase on the previous [...]

Akselos deploys Digital Twin for Shell’s Bonga FPSO

Akselos has successfully deployed a structural Digital Twin for Shell’s Bonga Main FPSO, located 120km south west of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. The structural Digital Twin, which is based on Akselos’ patented RB-FEA technology, was selected by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Shell’s deepwater company in Nigeria and [...]

International SOS strengthens resilience with new mental health head

International SOS has appointed Carolyn Taylor as head of mental health, resilience and wellbeing to strengthen its expertise in this field, which is an increasing issue for the offshore energy workforce. She brings almost three decades of experience in mental health, resilience and awareness training, as well as psychotherapy. Based at International [...]

Augean acquires EcoCentre drilling waste facility

North Sea waste and decommissioning services provider Augean North Sea Services (ANSS) has acquired the EcoCentre at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. ANSS says the addition of the site compliments and enhances the range of services it offers the market, including the ability to recycle and re-use a wider spectrum of waste materials. ANSS assists the [...]

Maersk Training forms international offshore wind training partnership

Safety and technical training provider for the wind, oil and gas and maritime industries, Maersk Training, has entered a global partnership with Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) in Massachusetts, US. The collaboration is the next step in securing Bristol’s National Offshore Wind Institute as the region’s leader [...]

Neptune Energy and Eserv partner for Cygnus digitisation

Neptune Energy has formed a partnership with 3D technology specialist Eserv as part of the ongoing digitalisation of its assets, including its operated Cygnus gas platform in the UK southern North Sea. Using 3D and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, a digital map of all three bridge-linked jackets was captured, enabling Neptune to detect [...]