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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 [...]

OGUK spotlights workplace diversity at annual conference

Jennifer Craw, chief executive of ONE, who is chairing the diversity and inclusion session.   Championing the UK oil and gas sector as a diverse and inclusive place to work with a breadth of opportunities now and in the future will form a key part of the agenda at this year’s pivotal OGUK annual conference. The sector’s focus on promoting [...]

Forward-looking industry conference focuses on trio of transition themes

Industry’s focus on improving its competitiveness and playing its part in the move towards a new and lower carbon energy mix forms the core of OGUK’s 2019 annual conference on June 4-5, focusing on ‘An Industry in Transition’. The programme for the event supported by principal sponsor, Total E&P UK Limited, at Aberdeen’s Exhibition [...]

Southern North Sea well positioned to support energy transition

The Southern North Sea is well placed to support the energy transition and meet the UK’s dual challenge of increasing energy demands with a lower carbon footprint, the chief executive of OGUK will say at a key industry conference tomorrow. Deirdre Michie, chief executive for the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry [...]

Roadmap to set out industry future

Industry leaders have come together to develop the roadmap which will steer the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector towards achieving Vision 2035. This compelling, national vision is a shared intent by the industry and stakeholders, including government, to ensure industry can deliver as much of the UK’s oil and gas needs, expand supply chain [...]

Industry body to play key role at Houston’s international conference

From left: Matt Abraham, Rebecca Groundwater and Karis Thain The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry will next week head to a major international conference to champion the sector. OGUK’s supply chain director, Matt Abraham, will chair a sell-out business breakfast on May 7 during the Offshore Technology Conference [...]

UK’s offshore oil and gas industry responds to Committee on Climate Change report

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s oil and gas industry has committed to work with governments on the practical response to the Committee on Climate Change report published today (Thursday 2 May). In addition to industry work to reduce operational emissions from offshore production, the sector is well placed to support the advancement [...]

Shift in skills required to adapt to changing industry dynamics unveiled in vital industry report

Leading figures from the North Sea’s oil and gas industry will take centre stage at the launch of a key industry report next month to discuss how changing skills requirements will impact on the industry over the next six years. Mark Cullens, Director of strategic development at OPITO and Paul de Leeuw, Director of the Oil and Gas Institute at the [...]

OGUK’s Efficiency Task Force announces hat-trick of new members

Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force (ETF) has appointed three new members to its steering group which aims to seek out, promote and provide access to best practice across the industry whilst boosting collaboration. Romain Chambault, director of Oilfield Equipment at Baker Hughes GE, Steve Cox, non-operated ventures director (NOV) at Chrysaor, [...]

OGUK breakfast to launch flagship skills report

A report detailing the UK oil and gas sector’s skill requirements up to 2025 will be unveiled at the Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Business Breakfast, sponsored by Deloitte on Thursday 2 May at Aberdeen’s Mercure Ardoe Hotel. The Skills Landscape report, part of the UKCS Workforce Dynamics series produced by industry skills body OPITO in conjunction [...]

Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry

Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry Oil & Gas UK provides evidence-based insights on behalf of our members to a range of stakeholders that includes both the Westminster and Holyrood governments and parliaments, the media and internationally. Through our research, and soundings taken of our membership, we know that the top priorities for the [...]

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 [...]

Survitec adds to Shearwater lifeboat capacity

Survitec has delivered a unique turnkey lifeboat project for Shell UK to increase lifeboat capacity on the Shearwater gas hub by more than 22%. The project was driven by an anticipated upturn in activity offshore, including a major offshore turnaround planned for 2020, which made provision of additional offshore bedding capacity a priority to allow [...]

Chrysaor completes ConocoPhillips acquisition

Chrysaor Holdings has confirmed the completion of its acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ UK oil and gas business for $2.68 billion. The assets acquired produced approximately 72,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in the first six months of 2019. Combined with Chrysaor’s existing portfolio, this represents average first-half 2019 production [...]

Neptune awards Seagull drilling contract

Neptune Energy, alongside joint venture partners BP and JAPEX, have awarded Valaris a contract to provide a heavy-duty jack-up drilling rig for the Seagull oil development. Valaris will provide the Rowan Gorilla VI to drill four firm wells for the project, located in the central North Sea. The approximately 18-month drilling campaign is scheduled [...]

Global E&C wins life-of-field contract with Apache

Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Global E&C has won a life-of-field contract for brownfield services with Apache’s North Sea subsidiaries. Global E&C forms part of Inverness-based Global Energy Group, and the award represents the largest in the Group’s history. Aberdeen-headquartered, Global E&C was formed [...]

DEKRA whitepaper examines behaviour-based safety

For 30 years, employee-driven safety systems – sometimes known as behaviour-based safety (BBS) – have been widely implemented, although it can be difficult to gauge how effective such approaches have been. Recently, a new research whitepaper on DEKRA’s Behavioural Accident Prevention Process (BAPP) approach from the University of Cambridge [...]

RDS wins Pharis Energy conceptual study contract

RDS, a unit of KCA Deutag which provides engineering and design solutions to the oil and gas, renewable and alternative energy sectors, has announced a new contract to carry out a conceptual study for Pharis Energy. Pharis aims to initiate the world’s first major offshore steam flood project and is exploring innovative ways to maximise oil recovery [...]

Craig International secures new contract with Petrofac

Craig International has been awarded its first contract with Petrofac in the UK following a competitive tender process. It follows £50 million of new contracts awarded to the procurement specialist in the first half of 2019, including two major agreements with Spirit Energy and BP. Under the Petrofac contract, Craig International will provide third-party [...]

Hurricane Energy spuds Warwick West

Hurricane Energy has confirmed that the 204/30b-A ("Warwick West") well was spudded on 24 September using the Transocean Leader rig. Warwick West is the third and final well of the 2019 Greater Warwick Area drilling programme on Hurricane's Lincoln and Warwick assets. The company will issue a further update following completion of drilling and testing [...]

Welaptega completes mooring inspection campaign for BP in Angola

Underwater inspection provider Welaptega has used its pioneering optical chain measurement system (CMS), alongside new automated edge tracking software, to execute a mooring inspection campaign for BP offshore Angola. The project saw Welaptega use its new edge tracking data system and its patented CMS technology to inspect the mooring system of BP’s [...]

Schlumberger announce collaboration to develop digital technologies

  Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology for reservoir characterisation, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. This week, it announced a collaboration with Chevron and Microsoft to develop innovative petrotechnical and digital technologies. The three companies will work together to build Azure-native [...]

Zennor plot new projects tied to Finlaggan field

  Surrey-based operator Zennor Petroleum Ltd plans for two more central North Sea projects which would follow on from the firm’s Finlaggan development. The Finlaggan field, situated in the Central North Sea, will produce via two subsea production wells tied back 12 miles to the Britannia field. Read more... Read more

Equinor extends production at two North Sea fields

  Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has approved Equinor’s proposals for long-term field-life extensions in the North Sea. Equinor now has consent to continue operating the Tordis and Vigdis field until the end of 2036 and 2040 respectively. Read more... Read more

Crondall Energy heads study for innovative pilot field development

  Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialist, has been awarded a contract by Pharis Energy to deliver a Concept Select study for the operator’s Pilot Field development in the Central North Sea. The study will development approaches for the Pilot field, including the facilities, marine and subsea scope of [...]

DNV GL release latest Energy Transition Outlook

  DNV GL released it's Energy Transition Outlook 2019 this week. The report provides an independent forecast of developments in the world energy mix to 2050. DNV GL is a leading provider of risk management and quality assurance services to the industries including oil and gas. Read more... Read more

CNOOC begins drilling at Howick prospect

  Howick prospect, owned by CNOOC, was drilled at the site on August 31 by the Island Innovator semi-submersible rig. Drilling is expected to last 49 days. The discovery, located west of Shetland, is operated by CNOOC with a 70% stake, while the remaining 30% is held by Ineos. Read more... Read more