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Support for North Sea Transition Deal confirms exciting future for changing industry

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has praised industry and political backing for the North Sea Transition deal published today. OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie this morning attended a roundtable hosted by BEIS Energy Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan, along with senior representatives from industry and the Oil [...]

North Sea Transition Deal to deliver home grown transition towards government net zero targets

The UK government has today announced (Wednesday, 24 March) that it will deliver a transformational deal in partnership with the UK oil and gas industry to tackle climate change and deliver key aspects of their ten-point plan. The deal is the first of its kind by any G7 country, setting an example of how oil and gas producing countries can move fairly towards a [...]

Just Transition Commission Report welcome news for workforce says OGUK

Commenting today on the recommendations published in the Just Transition Commission’s final report which said the Scottish Government should create a “skills guarantee” to help workers make the leap from oil and gas to low-carbon sectors, OGUK’s workforce engagement and skills manager, Dr Alix Thom said: “Oil and gas workers have a key [...]

bp’s hydrogen project a great example of low-carbon energy innovation says OGUK

Following bp’s announcement today (March 18) that it proposes to develop the UK’s largest hydrogen project in Teesside, Mike Tholen, OGUK's Sustainability Director commented: “This is a brilliant example of how OGUK members such as bp are pioneering low-carbon energy innovations which will transform our economy and accelerate the UK’s drive [...]

Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Blueprint a key opportunity for UK supply chain says OGUK

Commenting on the launch of the UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy announced today (17 March) OGUK’s Sustainability Director, Mike Tholen said: “Many of our members are already active in decarbonisation projects and committed to bringing carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and offshore floating wind projects to life across [...]

£3bn lost investment during pandemic could threaten green recovery

The oil and gas industry has said the UK’s energy transition could be under threat unless the government can provide vital support for the sector. OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has stated that securing and sustaining investment in the sector is now critical to help the UK quickly realise a net-zero [...]

OGUK comment in response to possible ban on new exploration licences

In response to a story published today in The Sunday Telegraph which suggests Ministers are considering declaring the beginning of the end for the North Sea oil industry with a ban on new exploration licences. Commenting on the story, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry recognises the urgent [...]

Oil and gas industry welcomes Chancellors’ Budget measures to support green energy transition

The UK oil and gas industry has welcomed some of the measures announced by the Chancellor in today’s Budget, adding that now close cooperation with the sector is essential to maximise its world-leading expertise and assure a successful green energy transition. The leading representative body for the sector OGUK said the combination of taxation [...]

Oil and gas industry welcomes job creation and recognition of its positive role in net zero economy

  The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement that Scottish businesses are set to receive a boost to their green energy transition and further investment to create local jobs in key sectors with a more than £57 million investment in tomorrow’s Budget (Wednesday 3 March). The leading [...]

OGUK Conference to discuss Health, Safety and Environment in a post-pandemic world.

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has announced that tickets are now live for its first-ever wholly digital Health, Safety & Environment Conference. As we follow on from the tumultuous events of 2020, this year‘s conference asks the question, ‘Where next for our industry?’ The event, titled ‘Looking [...]

Shell transformation plans underline value of homegrown transition

Commenting on Shell's pledge made today (11 February) to accelerate the drive for net-zero emissions, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “It is an exciting time for the country’s oil and gas industry as we see companies including Shell demonstrate how our sector is transforming to meet the clean energy challenge, putting their expertise [...]

Equinor Senior Vice-President named Co-chair of OGUK board

5 February 2021 The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry has today announced the appointment of a new co-chair to its board, as the sector focuses on the industry’s recovery whilst meeting net-zero targets for 2021. Arne Gürtner, Senior Vice President UK & Ireland Offshore at Equinor has now assumed this role bringing [...]

OGUK responds to Greenpeace Unearthed report on emissions from flaring and venting

Following the publication today (1 February) of Greenpeace's Unearthed unit's report looking into emissions from venting and flaring on the UKCS, OGUK's emissions improvement manager, Louise O’Hara Murray said: “We know that there is more work to be done and we’re already in action to ramp up our response as an industry. As one of the first [...]

Oil & gas industry needs to ‘reimagine’ its business and models to maximise energy transition opportunities

Enhancing collaborative culture within the offshore oil and gas industry is not only key to maximising the potential of its existing world class supply chain but could also unlock future activity in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and be key to delivering a successful Net-Zero future. Improving commercial models which support cost reduction whilst [...]

OGUK responds to Scottish Government proposal to halt backing of oversea oil and gas activity

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s proposal to end all overseas trade backing and promotion activities focused on fossil fuel goods and services by COP26, OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie OBE said: “We are requesting an urgent meeting with Scottish Ministers so that we can highlight the effect this policy may have on members, particularly [...]

OGUK CEO says Energy White Paper must be opportunity for jobs and communities

OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie OBE has today appeared before the House of Commons Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee to give evidence on the Energy White Paper (EWP), published in December. The recently published paper provides a critical opportunity for a transformational North Sea Transition Deal (NSTD) to deliver [...]

OGUK responds to Brexit deal outcome as EU Future Relationship bill voted through

The UK offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed the deal outcome between the EU and the UK as the EU (Future Relationship) bill is voted on in parliament today. The leading representative body for the sector said that as the detail of the agreement is worked through, it is important that any friction and red tape is kept to a minimum whist ensuring [...]

OGUK appoints two directors to drive forward stakeholder and communications agenda

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is appointing two directors to lead its newly created External Relations and Communications directorates aimed at supporting the current and evolving needs of OGUK’s members as the sector transitions towards a low carbon future. Natalie Coupar takes up the role of Communications [...]

Revised regulator strategy confirms alignment on industry future

The UK is set to lead the way in demonstrating how oil and gas producing countries can successfully and fairly transition towards a net zero future, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE has said in a message to members today. In an end of year message to over 400 member organisations based across  the UK, Deirdre Michie said the stage is now [...]

Trio of board appointments as OGUK looks ahead to 2021 ambitions

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has appointed three major business leaders to its board as the sector sharpens its focus on the industry’s recovery and meeting net zero targets as it looks ahead to the new year. Jose Luis Muñoz is CEO of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited. José Luis joined Repsol in 2005 [...]

Xodus Group to conduct US offshore wind supply chain research

The Hampton Roads Alliance has partnered with Xodus Group and BW Research to conduct a major offshore wind supply chain study for the Hampton Roads area in Virginia. The project will be used to build out the US offshore wind industry in Hampton Roads and identify key opportunities for economic expansion. The partnership will deliver an in-depth offshore [...]

Archer, Asystom co-operate on predictive maintenance technology

Archer and Asystom have signed a dedicated agreement for providing Asystom’s predictive maintenance technology to drilling facilities in the oil and gas market. Asystom has developed an easy-to-install, universal solution for predictive maintenance, using machine learning with multi-sensors for accurate prediction. Archer and Asystom will co-operate [...]

Ancala Midstream secures multi-million pound gas transportation and processing contracts

Ancala Midstream Acquisitions has secured a life-of-field contract to transport and process gas from the Solveig field located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The field is operated by Lundin Energy Norway, one of Europe's leading independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. First gas is expected in Q3 2021 and will be processed [...]

Mintra recognised as a digital learning Core Leader

Digital learning and human capital management software specialist Mintra has been identified as a leader in its field in an independent industry benchmarking report. The rating in the Fosway 9-Grid™ for Digital Learning 2021 sees Mintra named as a Core Leader within the sector – increasing the ranking of Strong Performer that it achieved last year. The [...]

Neptune Energy, EDF undertake methane emissions measurement pilot

Neptune Energy and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will collaborate to test a first-of-its-kind approach for measuring oil and gas methane emissions from offshore oil and gas facilities. EDF will coordinate a team of international researchers that includes Scientific Aviation, a provider of airborne emissions sensing, and Texo DSI, a UK-based [...]

New managing director at Maersk Training UK

Maersk Training UK (MTUK) has appointed a new managing director as the company looks to expand its offering to the North Sea energy sector. Leonardo Machado joins MTUK having previously been managing director of the company’s operations in Brazil for six years. Mr Machado played a key role in developing training for the wind and production industries, [...]

Sparrows Group and RelyOn Nutec combine global training capabilities

Safety, training and competency organisation, RelyOn Nutec, and engineering and maintenance services provider Sparrows Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to roll out specialist training across the world. The global strategic partnership paves the way for RelyOn Nutec to launch Sparrows’ 100+ crane and lifting operation training [...]

Neptune Energy announces start-up of Gjøa P1 development

Operator Neptune Energy and its partners Wintershall Dea, Petoro and OKEA have announced that production has started from the Gjøa P1 development in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Gjøa P1 has been developed via a new subsea template, tied back to existing infrastructure on the Gjøa field. It is a two-well development with one oil and one [...]

Salus Technical helps to bridge gap between academia and industry

Aberdeenshire-headquartered process safety firm, Salus Technical, has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh to provide the next generation of engineers the opportunity to work with real-life industry software. Salus Technical MD and founder, David Jamieson, offered the company’s new risk assessment software solution – Bowtie Master - free-of-charge [...]

DNV GL secures three-year services contract for Total’s UK assets

Independent energy expert and assurance provider DNV GL has been awarded a three-year contract by Total E&P UK Ltd to provide multiple services across the full portfolio of the international operator’s oil and gas assets in the UK North Sea. DNV GL will provide core services such as verification, classification and flag, risk advisory services [...]

3t Energy Group acquires Petrofac’s UK training business

3t Energy Group has exchanged contracts with Petrofac on a major transformational acquisition for the purchase of its UK training centres. The purchase includes Petrofac’s Survival and Marine, Health and Safety, Fire, and Major Emergency Management capability and facilities in Scotland. The value of the acquisition is undisclosed. The purchase [...]

Repsol Sinopec forms industry alliance to maximise recovery

Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited has formed an innovative partnership with energy service providers TechnipFMC and Petrofac, creating an industry alliance which seeks to maximise the recovery of oil and gas from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The partnership will offer the owners of oil and gas discoveries near Repsol Sinopec’s existing North [...]

TÜV SÜD launches new oil and gas data analytics service

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has launched a data analytics service to help oil and gas operators minimise flow meter downtime and maintenance, significantly lowering operating costs. The total cost of calibrating an offshore flow meter is estimated to be in the region of US$50,000 or more, once all costs incurred are accounted for. Traditionally, [...]

Apollo and Asystom form technology alliance

Apollo, a front end and through-life engineering and technology consultancy and Asystom, a specialist in universal smart monitoring for predictive maintenance, have announced a formal alliance to provide customers with an integrated asset management solution. Apollo KnowHow is an industry-agnostic data management solution that helps clients manage [...]

ASCO secures West Africa contract wins

Global integrated materials and logistics management company, ASCO, has started 2021 with the announcement of two vessel monitoring contracts in West Africa, worth in the region of US$3.5 million. Contracts include provision of ASCO’s fully managed vessel monitoring service for collision risk management, along with an entire field monitoring solution [...]

OPEX Group consolidates data analytics partnership with Dana Petroleum

An Aberdeen-based provider of data analytics and predictive technology solutions has entered into a long-term collaboration with North-Sea oil and gas operator, Dana Petroleum. Having worked with OPEX Group previously, Dana has now entered into a three-year contract with two one-year options. As Dana’s data-analytics partner, OPEX Group will be [...]

EnQuest to acquire equity interest in the Golden Eagle development

Independent oil and gas production and development company EnQuest has signed an agreement with Suncor Energy UK Limited to purchase Suncor’s entire 26.69% non-operated equity interest in the Golden Eagle area, for an initial consideration of US$325 million. The area comprises the producing Golden Eagle, Peregrine and Solitaire fields, and will [...]

UK Government opens latest £11 million Energy Entrepreneurs Fund

Talented energy entrepreneurs have the chance to benefit from a share of £11 million government funding to turn their ideas into real products and services whilst eliminating carbon emissions. Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced the latest round of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF), which seeks to drive forward new clean technologies [...]

ChampionX appoints its first general manager for Saudi Arabia

Oilfield technology group ChampionX has appointed Mohammed Al-Khalifa to the newly created role of general manager of Saudi Arabia to spearhead the region for further growth in 2021. Mr Al-Khalifa brings more than 18 years’ oil and gas experience to the business, most recently holding the title of director business development & commercial [...]

Flylogix announces strategic partnership with Oil Spill Response

Full-service unmanned aviation company, Flylogix, has entered into a strategic partnership with Oil Spill Response Ltd, to develop enhanced response techniques using long-range unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The two-year development agreement will explore the benefits of using long-range UAS – operating beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) – for [...]