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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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Independent Oil and Gas confirms new gas discovery in Southern North Sea

  Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has confirmed a gas discovery at its Harvey appraisal well in the Southern North Sea. Initial analysis of data demonstrates the presence of a 49ft gas column at the top of the Permian Leman Sandstone reservoir. The IOG has started the analysis required to reach a definitive view on resource range, reservoir [...]

BP introduces continuous methane measurement for new projects

  BP will implement drones and surveillance cameras to continuously monitor methane emissions at every new project. Some existing facilities will also be retrofitted with fixed detection gear as part of a wider initiative by BP to reduce its impact on the environment. The methane sensor uses technology originally designed by Nasa for its [...]

Ashstead acquires Underwater Cutting Solutions

Ashtead Technology has expanded its inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) and decommissioning capabilities with the acquisition of Underwater Cutting Solutions (UCS) for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2004, UCS provides mechanical cutting, dredging and coating removal equipment and services to the North Sea. It has developed and deployed a suite [...]

Bureau Veritas offers vision of the future with HoloLens

Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, is using cutting-edge technology to reduce costs for clients, while increasing safety for engineers. Using Microsoft HoloLens equipment, BV can provide an augmented reality system enabling inspection experts to view parts, understand inspection requirements and digitally [...]

Ancala Midstream secures gas-processing contract with Zennor

Ancala Midstream Acquisitions has secured a life-of-field contract to process the gas sourced from the Finlaggan field, owned by Zennor Pathway. The gas will be processed through Ancala Midstream’s Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) terminal in St. Fergus, north east Scotland. Ancala says that the multi-million-pound contract will help ensure [...]

Serica Energy digitises safety with Restrata Platform

Serica Energy has become the first operator to digitise safety in the North Sea after signing a deal to adopt the Restrata Platform – technology which enables real-time monitoring of people and assets around the world. The Restrata Platform allows operators to safeguard the operational safety of their employees and to quickly locate them in an [...]

TWMA secures £20m of North Sea contracts

Drilling waste management company TWMA has secured new contracts worth £20 million in the North Sea during the first eight months of 2019. The contracts, with major North Sea operators, will see TWMA provide offshore processing of drilling waste using its innovative TCC RotoMill® technology, which allows drill cuttings to be recycled back into [...]

Craig International launches sustainable procurement service

Procurement specialist Craig International is launching a sustainable approach to sourcing and supplying oilfield products and services with the aim of reducing the industry’s carbon footprint. Ecobuy, launched at Offshore Europe 2019, will offer customers the option to buy more environmentally friendly and less wasteful products, as well as limiting [...]

READ launches new brand for ANSA Analytics

READ Cased Hole’s ANSA Data Analytics business has unveiled its new brand identity during the 2019 SPE Offshore Europe Conference & Exhibition in Aberdeen. Over the last 30 years, ANSA has been delivering data analysis services covering well integrity, production logging and reservoir evaluation to oil and gas customers all around the world. [...]