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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 [...]

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 [...]

Petrofac wins Petrogas NEO service contract

Petrofac has been selected by Petrogas NEO UK – a joint venture created by Petrogas E&P UK and NEO Energy, a portfolio company of private equity fund HitecVision – to establish the company's new North Sea operations following its recently announced asset acquisition. In a two-year deal valued in the region of $50 million, Petrofac will integrate [...]

BP agrees sale of Andrew area, Shearwater to Premier Oil

BP has agreed terms to sell its interests in the Andrew area in the central UK North Sea and its non-operating interest in the Shearwater field to Premier Oil, in a $625 million deal. BP operates the Andrew assets – comprising the Andrew platform, the Andrew (62.75%), Arundel (100%), Cyrus (100%), Farragon (67%) and Kinnoull (77.06%) fields and [...]

Serica awarded out-of-round licence for Eigg prospects

Serica Energy (UK) Limited has received an Out of Round award of a 100% interest in the UK petroleum licence P2501, blocks 3/24c and 3/29c. These are located in the area adjacent to the Serica-operated Rhum field. The award contains the HPHT North Eigg and South Eigg prospects. The primary prospect is North Eigg which is estimated to contain 360 [...]

OGA publishes energy integration report

Integrating the UK offshore energy sector, including forging closer links between oil and gas and renewables, can reduce carbon emissions from oil and gas production and support delivery of the UK’s net-zero target, according to a new report published by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA). The report, titled “UKCS Energy Integration: Interim Findings,” [...]

Halliburton and Petrofac join Maersk Drilling exploration programme

Maersk Drilling has signed agreements with Halliburton and Petrofac to collaborate on the exploration programme to be delivered under its master alliance agreement with Seapulse. The Seapulse portfolio spans shallow water and deepwater wells in several regions. Two wells in the UK North Sea have previously been announced as part of the work scope, [...]

Rockrose prepares West Brae development campaign

Rockrose Energy has announced that the Noble Houston Colbert jack-up drilling rig is preparing to drill the first of two planned infill development wells on West Brae. Designated WPGZ and WPOZ, these two wells are designed to access 2P reserves of over 8 million barrels (gross) and to support Brae Complex output by up to 6,000 bopd (gross). WPGZ [...]

READ opens new North America facilities

Cased hole logging specialist READ Cased Hole has reinforced its commitment to the North American oil and gas market by opening new facilities in Houston and Anchorage. The move enhances READ’s capacity to meet increasing demand for well integrity, production logging, reservoir evaluation and data analysis services throughout the region. In Houston, [...]

DEKRA explores how to cultivate the next generation of HSE experts

In a new blog post, DEKRA Organisational Reliability notes how companies that have historically relied on the expertise of foreign nationals to provide leadership, especially around safety, are looking increasingly to their own citizens to fill these positions. Finding experienced, qualified candidates presents challenges where safety legislation [...]

Equinor starts up third UK development in 2019

6 December saw Equinor UK and its partners commence production from Barnacle, the company’s third upstream development in the UK to come onstream in 2019. Barnacle is located in UK waters, just 2km from the UK-Norway maritime border and consists of one extended reach well tied back to the Statfjord B platform. The field is the first in Equinor’s [...]

SSI RM supports Global Marine success

Specialist security risk management company SSI RM successfully accompanied Global Marine across 18 site reconnaissance visits in the Philippines in November. Assessing site suitability for a possible large future cable lay network, SSI RM deployed three travel managers to accompany three Global Marine teams across the countrywide campaign, which [...]

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 [...]