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Industry report calls for urgent action to progress UK carbon capture and storage

A comprehensive report into the changing energy landscape has called for urgent action to progress low carbon technologies critical to the UK and Scottish Government’s net zero ambitions. It says government and industry must work together to progress to the next stage five key projects across the UK which look to capture, transport and store carbon [...]

Reinvention of the UK oil and gas industry key to delivering energy transition

Prominent figures from across the North Sea’s oil and gas industry will come together on 3 December to launch a vital piece of industry research and to discuss practical steps that are being taken by industry to help deliver the energy transition. Will Webster, report author and energy policy manager OGUK, will present the findings of OGUK’s [...]

Report shows rise in UK’s decommissioning competitiveness

The UK’s decommissioning sector’s growing competitiveness is revealed in the 2019 Decommissioning Insight report launched by OGUK today at the Offshore Decommissioning Conference held jointly with Decom North Sea. Now in its tenth year of publication, the report forecasts the UK’s decommissioning activity and expenditure over the next decade, [...]

Industry body asks nation to test its energy knowledge

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is challenging the nation to put its energy know-how to the test as part of a new educational campaign. OGUK’s ‘Know Your Energy’ aims to increase awareness of where energy comes from, the emissions resulting from its use and how oil and gas powers the nation’s everyday [...]

Success for future industry leader and innovative technology venture at annual awards

A fledgling industry star who unlocked £20 million of additional value for her company and a business that is using pioneering 3D printing to champion improved safety and environmental performance were among those to be crowned winners last night at the OGUK Awards 2019, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited. Over 550 guests gathered at the P&J Live [...]

New guidelines to drive systematic project delivery improvements

New guidelines promoting good practice in robust project delivery published by OGUK today provide companies with a systematic framework for ensuring oil and gas projects are on time and within budget. Industry experts including operators, contractor companies and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) have contributed to the [...]

Industry conference looks to future on health, safety and environment

In a speech opening OGUK’s inaugural HSE Conference in Aberdeen this morning, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: Good morning ladies and gentlemen and a warm welcome to our very first OGUK HSE Conference, Health, safety and the environment are at the core of everything we do, both as a major hazard industry and as an industry with people at [...]

Aberdeen can position itself as global net zero energy capital

The chief executive of the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today urged Aberdeen to grab the £1trillion of business opportunities presented by moves to net zero. Speaking at the State of the Cities Conference today in Aberdeen, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said “Indeed, as the excellent Climate [...]

Industry grasps digital opportunities

The increasing importance of digitalisation was put under the spotlight today at a breakfast briefing event, sponsored by Deloitte, held by the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, OGUK. An audience of over 150 industry professionals heard about the benefits that could be realised in safety, efficiency and financial [...]

New starts urged to drive industry future

The next generation of the UK’s oil and gas industry are being called upon to make their voices heard on key issues including the energy transition and climate change at a new event being held in Aberdeen on Thursday 24 October.   Leading representative body for the sector OGUK today announced a second industry insight event aimed at graduates, [...]

Industry conference expands frontiers to drive new direction in decommissioning mindset

“Expanding Frontiers” is the theme for the tenth Offshore Decommissioning Conference, co-hosted by OGUK and Decom North Sea on November 25-27. The event will explore how by achieving step changes in its current mindset, the sector can make the most of potential business opportunities in the UK and global decommissioning markets. With Forth and [...]

OGUK comments on Spirit Energy’s £140 million investment in Chestnut Field

Following the new that Spirit Energy and partner Dana Petroleum have announced plans to drill a new well at Chestnut, around 125miles north-east of Aberdeen, which could keep it producing as far into the future as 2023, OGUK’s supply chain director, Matt Abraham, said “This continued commitment is a strong vote of confidence in the UKCS basin [...]

New HSE Conference sets sights on solving future industry challenges

Solving future challenges and driving improvements in health, safety and environmental practice across the UK oil and gas industry will be discussed at a major one-day conference to take place in Aberdeen next month. As a first for OGUK, this combined HSE Conference will explore how industry is taking health, safety and environment forward into [...]

Shell’s Pierce field FID

Responding to the announcement of the Final Investment Decision for the Pierce field gas project, Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director OGUK said: “This is good news and will help to meet more of the UK’s energy needs from domestic production. That Shell and Ithaca Energy have agreed the Final Investment Decision on Pierce underlines that the [...]

Finalists announced for OGUK annual awards following record number of entries

The shortlist for this year’s prestigious OGUK Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, is revealed today. The annual awards ceremony is a highly regarded event within the UK oil and gas industry calendar which celebrates the brightest and best talent from across the North Sea sector. 30 individuals and businesses, selected from a record number [...]

Wood president announced as chair of new industry diversity and inclusion task group

  Craig Shanaghey, President, Operations Services, Europe & Africa at Wood, has been announced as the chair of a new task group set up to champion diversity and inclusion in the oil and gas industry. The Diversity and Inclusion Task Group set up by OGUK will bring industry together to drive action towards recruiting and retaining diverse [...]

Oil and gas industry publish blueprint for net zero

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has outlined its contribution to the UK and Scottish Government net-zero ambitions as part of an ambitious blueprint showing what the sector could look like in future. Roadmap to 2035: A Blueprint for net-zero sets out five key themes requiring industry, government and regulator action to ensure the sector [...]

Offshore Safety Award Winners Announced

Safety champions of the North Sea have been recognised at the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards in Aberdeen today. The annual awards ceremony, jointly organised by OGUK and Step Change in Safety and sponsored by TOTAL, celebrates the outstanding individuals and companies going above and beyond to improve safety across offshore operations on the UK Continental [...]

Timely insight on Brexit and other topical issues at industry legal conference

Brexit, the growing prominence of private equity investors in the North Sea and decommissioning under scrutiny are among key themes at OGUK’s 2019 legal conference taking place on September 12 at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. Offering in-house and private practice lawyers of all levels a deeper awareness of industry’s key issues, the full day [...]

Workforce stabilisation sets foundation for industry’s bright future

Total employment supported by the UK offshore oil and gas sector is now back in line with industry’s long-term trend, according to new research published today by the leading representative body for the industry.   OGUK’s 2019 Workforce Report, which provides insight into the employment landscape across the UK oil and gas sector, anticipates [...]

Teekay wins Foinaven bareboat contract

Teekay Corporation has entered into a new bareboat charter contract with Foinaven operator Britoil Limited (a subsidiary of BP p.l.c.), for the Petrojarl Foinaven floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. Covering up to approximately ten years, the contract will see Teekay receive an upfront payment of approximately $67 million, a [...]

Unique Group signs exclusive agreement with OTAQ Offshore

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has signed an exclusive rental agreement with UK-based OTAQ Offshore to represent OTAQ’s technology and products across the Middle East, APAC and the Americas. Providing underwater leak detection systems, laser measurement and video processing technologies, OTAQ Group supports the offshore energy, [...]

New acquisition strengthens ASCO’s NORM services

Integrated materials and logistics management company ASCO has acquired NORM Solutions, a provider of specialist cleaning, treatment and disposal services for oilfield equipment contaminated with Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM). The acquisition reflects ASCO’s overall strategy to continually strengthen its specialist waste and [...]

Xodus sees growth in cable services

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has recorded a major increase in the provision of services related to subsea power cables over the last twelve months. New assignments grew by more than 50%, resulting in more than 70 active work streams in 2019. This allowed the company to increase its number of specialists in this area, and it now employs more 30 [...]

Neptune Energy confirms discovery at Isabella exploration well

Neptune Energy has announced a hydrocarbon discovery at the Isabella exploration well in the central North Sea. The 30/12d-11 well in UK licence P.1820, was drilled by the Noble Sam Hartley jack-up to a total depth of 5,557 metres in water depths of 80m. Hydrocarbons were encountered in Upper Jurassic and Triassic sandstone reservoirs, with 64m net [...]

Tailwind submits Evelyn Environmental Statement

Tailwind Energy is working towards committing to development of the Evelyn field located in the central North Sea. The first phase of development will consist of a single-well subsea tie-back to the Triton FPSO, with first oil expected by the end of 2022. Prior to a full field development decision, Tailwind has prepared and submitted an Environmental [...]

Rockrose drills at West Brae

Independent oil and gas producer Rockrose Energy has announced that the first of two infill development wells at West Brae has been completed and is delivering in line with expectations. Following completion of this well, the Noble Houston Colbert jack-up drilling rig spudded the second planned well at West Brae on 9 March. Designated WPGZ and WPOZ, [...]

Neptune Energy appoints Alexandra Thomas as MD for UK

Neptune Energy has announced that Alexandra Thomas has joined the company as UK managing director, based in Aberdeen. Alexandra joins Neptune from Tullow Oil, where she most recently held the position of Head of Exploration, Development and Commercial for Ghana. With 18 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, she has held a number of senior [...]

OPEX Group and Wood Mackenzie launch Operations DataHub

OPEX Group has joined forces with global research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie to launch a new data service for the oil and gas industry. Developed in partnership between the two companies, the Operations DataHub™ enables operators to securely pool and gain insight from operations data from multiple assets across the UKCS basin, with the [...]

Babcock wins major new North Sea helicopter contract

Babcock’s Offshore business has secured a new five-year shared contract with three oil and gas operators for helicopter transport in the northern North Sea. The contract will initially see Babcock operate over 100 helicopter flights each month from Sumburgh in Shetland, on behalf of CNR International, EnQuest and TAQA. Flights are expected to begin [...]

Montrose Port Authority announces new COO

Montrose Port Authority has recently appointed Graeme Nimmo, former Ship’s Agency Manager for Seletar Shipping, as its new Chief Operating Officer. Supporting CEO Tom Hutchison, Graeme brings a wealth of experience to his role overseeing the daily operations across the 59-acre port site, which includes the arrival of over 600 vessels each year, [...]

Welaptega, STAT-Marine partnership delivers Nigerian FPSO contract

Underwater inspection provider Welaptega has delivered on contracts to support two energy supermajors in West Africa, after establishing a strategic partnership with engineering and training organisation STAT-Marine Nigeria Ltd. The awards saw the Ashtead Technology-owned business inspect the mooring systems on two floating production storage and [...]

Xodus Group reveals new global gas analysis

International energy consultancy Xodus Group has published new analysis on the future of gas in the context of rising global energy demand. In contrast to some future energy scenarios, Xodus believes worldwide energy consumption will continue to increase, driven by economic growth in developing countries, and that approximately half of that demand [...]

Codex Integrity expands following successful 2019

Asset integrity, operational support and engineering services provider Codex Integrity has moved to larger offices in Aberdeen’s Queen’s Gardens following growing demand and contract wins in excess of £1 million. As Codex celebrates its 10-year anniversary, the company continues to provide support to UK and global oil and gas operators. Services [...]

James Fisher AIS strengthens R2S advisory team

Digital twin solutions provider R2S will benefit from the experience of Joe Little joining its senior advisory team, supporting continued growth and new sector diversification. Joe joins James Fisher AIS as an advisor with a focus on the R2S digital twin solution.  This follows 30 years working directly with BP and other leading FTSE 100 organisations, [...]

ASCO starts new decade with North Sea contract extension

Global materials and logistics manager ASCO has been awarded a five-year contract extension by CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited to support all the operator’s North Sea assets. The contract, worth in excess of £100 million, will see ASCO continue to provide a fully managed and integrated, logistics, materials management, waste and marine gas oil [...]

OPEX Group invests in new staff, R&D

A busy 2020 has seen data science company OPEX Group secure several new agreements for its X-PAS predictive analytics service and bolster its team with 10 new members of staff. Responding to increased demand for its services, the roles are spread across the business, from data analysts and data scientists, to software developers and oil and gas domain [...]

ODE appoints managing director for asset management

Independent operations and engineering services company ODE has appointed Sandy Reid as managing director of asset management. Based in the company’s Aberdeen office, opened in late 2019, Mr Reid will oversee the asset management division of the company as it increases its presence in the city following a series of contract wins worth £20 million. Bringing [...]

Marine Technical Limits announces investment, new employees

FPSO and marine vessel integrity and repair management company, Marine Technical Limits (MTL), has announced the appointment of six new recruits as part of a £400,000 investment in the organisation. The Kintore-based company, which specialises in a whole scope approach to the risk-based integrity management of FPSO and marine vessels, has taken [...]

Ashstead Technology supports Northern Lights CCS

Subsea equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has completed subsea installation monitoring work to support the Northern Lights Carbon Capture and Storage project (CCS) in the Norwegian North Sea. Developed by Equinor in partnership with Shell and Total, the Northern Lights project is the first of its kind in the region. The project aims [...]