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Industry offers support to critical workers keeping UK running

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has teamed up with Step Change in Safety, the industry’s recognised safety organisation to offer support to the tens of thousands of workers keeping the UK running with secure and affordable energy during the coronavirus pandemic. A new dedicated online hubs with [...]

OGUK welcomes Government action to support workers and companies in face of triple impact on industry

The UK offshore oil and gas industry which plays a vital role in the security of energy supply for the nation has been severely hit by the triple impact of COVID-19, the oil price crash and the lowest gas prices in the last ten years. With many businesses facing a fight for survival, industry body OGUK, that represents over 400 companies has welcomed [...]

Industry welcomes inclusion on key workers list

OGUK has today welcomed the UK Government’s announcement that oil and gas workers are included on a list of key workers whose children will be prioritised for education provision. Commenting, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “As an industry we are committed to doing everything possible we can to help the country and our businesses [...]

First Efficiency Webinar of 2020 promotes effective project management

Effective project management is the topic under scrutiny at the first Efficiency event of 2020, which OGUK and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) will co-host via a webinar on March 24. Anyone keen to improve project management performance can dial in to a breakfast-time web-based seminar focusing on the ECITB’s recently [...]

OGUK warns industry position is paper thin in face of oil price and coronavirus pressures

The combination of the global economic impact of the continued spread of the coronavirus, the most dramatic fall in oil price in almost 30 years and a halving of gas prices is driving an increasingly fragile outlook for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector. Severe pressures are already building across the sector’s supply chain, with the pressures [...]

COVID-19 Update

OGUK Health, Safety and Environment Director Trevor Stapleton said: “OGUK continues to work with our members to share official advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the relevant bodies to ensure the health of the people in our industry. "This sector is experienced in managing risks associated with complex safety and health matters, with robust [...]

OGUK Business Outlook Breakfasts – update

In light of the developing spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the UK and elsewhere, the team at OGUK has been evaluating the Business Outlook Report launch events planned to take place on Wednesday 18 March and have now taken the decision to cancel the breakfast briefings in both Aberdeen and London. OGUK prides itself in providing excellent market [...]

Update on OGUK events

OGUK has today (Tuesday, March 3) confirmed it has taken the decision to postpone a number of its events this year in light of the developing spread of coronavirus. The below events will be postponed, and new dates will be released in due course: •            Share Fair, March 24th, Aberdeen •            Doctors’ [...]

Just Transition Commission report underlines need for fair, inclusive and sustainable transition

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector, OGUK, has highlighted its plan to ensure the sector can help deliver net zero emissions while providing the secure and affordable energy Scotland needs as it transitions to a low carbon future. It comes in response to an interim report published by the Scottish Government-appointed [...]

OGUK response to Coronavirus

Commenting on the current concerns regarding coronavirus in the UK, Trevor Stapleton, OGUK's HSE director, said: "We’re already working with our members to share official advice on coronavirus (Covid-19) from the relevant bodies and will continue to work across the sector to ensure the health of the people in our industry. This sector is well versed [...]

Early sight of business opportunities at OGUK’s Springtime Share Fair

  Supply chain companies keen to be among the first to learn about business opportunities will benefit from advance information on major oil and gas projects by participating in OGUK’s Share Fair in Aberdeen on March 24. As the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, OGUK’s popular business development [...]

Flagship industry conference to reinforce oil and gas delivery in a net zero context

Efforts by the sector to support decarbonisation, improve business competitiveness and develop skills for the future will be explored at OGUK's annual industry conference in Aberdeen on Wednesday 3 June. Nearly 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference, titled "Getting to Net Zero - Roadmap 2035" and will consider the progress being made [...]

Digitalisation critical to delivery of Roadmap 2035

The need for improved digitalisation across North Sea operations and the critical role of data in delivering Roadmap 2035, the UK oil and gas industry’s blueprint for net zero, will come under the spotlight at OGUK’s Data and Digital Day on Tuesday 25 February 2020 at The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen. The inaugural event, chaired by Dr Daniel Brown, [...]

UK oil and gas industry outlines transition plans

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry today outlined the details of its response to UK and Scottish Government net zero commitments in a keynote speech delivered by OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE. Speaking to an audience of politicians, policymakers and campaign groups in Edinburgh, Deirdre Michie [...]

OGUK responds to OGA energy transition challenge

The Chairman of the Oil and Gas Authority has challenged the UK oil and gas sector to respond to the energy transition. Commenting, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive OGUK said: “We are an industry in action. Roadmap 2035: a blueprint for Net Zero is one of the first major industrial responses to government plans to reduce or offset carbon emissions [...]

Climate change will be solved by solutions not stunts

Commenting on protests outside oil and gas offices in Aberdeen today, OGUK Stakeholder & Communications Director Gareth Wynn said: “Climate change will be solved by practical actions not conspiracy theories and stunts. It’s disappointing that this group is choosing to disrupt the normal working day of people in this industry, causing alarm [...]

Reshaped OGUK announced as industry gears up to deliver net zero blueprint

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has kicked off the new year with ambitious plans to champion the sector as part of a diverse energy mix. Two new directors will join OGUK's leadership team under the continued direction of Chief Executive Officer Deirdre Michie OBE. Katy Heidenreich Trevor Stapleton is [...]

OGUK condemns dangerous and short-sighted stunt

Commenting on news that protestors have boarded a drilling rig in Dundee harbour, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “This is a dangerous and short-sighted stunt which does absolutely nothing to help provide the solutions which will be required to meaningfully deliver net zero emissions by 2045 in Scotland. “Worse than this, we know [...]

Partnership working critical to UK net zero ambitions

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has underlined its commitment to developing the technical solutions required to help meet the UK and Scotland’s net zero ambitions. It comes as two key reports on plans to reduce emissions are published today. Industry regulator the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) today published [...]

OGUK’s response to the General Election

Commenting on the General Election results, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “We look forward to continuing our constructive working with the Prime Minister and the UK Government as we work to ensure a safe and competitive industry which realises a successful future through the energy transition and a Sector Deal. We welcome all the new [...]

Tendeka partners with Wellvene on swellable sealing solution

Global completions service specialist Tendeka has worked with design engineering and manufacturing company Wellvene to create and qualify a new version of its swellable sealing solution, SwellStack. The patented technology provides a cost-effective sealing solution, compatible with all Wellvene and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) insert safety [...]

Iqarus leads JIP to explore life-saving treatment for divers

Ten subsea companies have pledged £65,000 towards a medical research project which aims to determine the best procedure for resuscitation of divers in a diving bell. Led by Philip Bryson, medical director of diving services at Iqarus, the joint industry project (JIP) will find out how resuscitation techniques should be delivered to a casualty in [...]

Chrysaor backs Mocean subsea energy project

Wave energy start-up Mocean Energy has teamed up with Chrysaor, subsea energy storage expert EC-OG and AUV specialist Modus for a project which will examine the use of renewables for subsea power. The project, funded by the partners together with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), will look to use Mocean Energy’s Blue Star wave energy converter [...]

Unique Group strengthens APAC position

Integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has announced the acquisition of Australian-based Western Advance’s Marine Division and the appointment of Chris Forde as its new regional vice-president. Western Advance’s integration with Unique Group ties in with the Group’s strategy to enhance its portfolio of autonomous solutions [...]

Atkins appointed to provide global technical safety and human factors services

Atkins, a member of SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded a five-year framework agreement to provide general and specialist technical safety and human factors engineering services to support Shell’s global projects and assets. Work will be delivered through the capabilities of teams in the US, UK and Australia. The scope of work includes technical [...]

Equinor aims for carbon-neutral operations by 2030

Equinor has launched a new climate roadmap which aims to ensure a competitive business model for the energy transition and one which is in line with the Paris Agreement. Equinor aims to reduce the net carbon intensity of energy produced - from initial production to final consumption - by at least 50% by 2050. It will also grow renewable energy capacity [...]

Subsea controls deals boost Proserv into 2020

Controls technology provider Proserv Controls has recorded several substantial wins for its subsea controls team through Q3 and Q4 2019. The unit was established as one of two distinct global divisions of Aberdeen-headquartered Proserv Group during 2019. The subsea team secured a significant deal with a leading US-based independent to deliver a complete [...]

RockRose acquires Cotton gas field

Independent producer RockRose Energy has signed an agreement to secure a 100% interest in the Cotton gas Field in the southern North Sea, via the acquisition of current licence holder Speedwell Energy. Discovered in 2009, Cotton is estimated to contain recoverable gas resources of 97 billion cubic feet (16.7 million boe) and has the potential to [...]

Ithaca sanctions second phase of Captain EOR

In an operational update ahead of full year results in March, independent producer Ithaca Energy has announced a $250 million North Sea capital expenditure programme in 2020. Around two-thirds of this expenditure relates to activities at the Alba and Captain fields, as well as the Greater Stella Area (GSA). These include the start-up of the Vorlich [...]

BP announces first oil from Alligin field

BP has announced encouraging early production from the Alligin field in the west of Shetland region. Operated by BP (50%) and developed in partnership with Shell (50%), Alligin is part of a series of subsea tieback developments in the North Sea. Located in the Greater Schiehallion Area, it has been developed as a two-well subsea tieback into the [...]

DEKRA explores how to measure safety culture

Companies often assume that measuring safety culture is as simple as reviewing the statistics they keep. If markers like LTI (Lost Time Injury), TRIF (Total Recordable Injury Frequency) or FAC (First Aid Cases) are on the low side, the reasoning goes, the organisation’s safety culture must be good. They may also look to employee feedback through surveys [...]

ASCO appointments reflect leadership aim

Global supply chain company, ASCO, has made two key appointments which it hopes will further its ability to create new standards in materials and logistics management via innovative technology and practice. Focusing on ASCO’s marine gas oil (MGO) business, Peter Hollister has been appointed to the role of Group Head of Fuels and Lubricants. With [...]

Neptune to adopt new digital subsurface technology

Neptune Energy has announced plans for a digital subsurface programme with the aim of discovering hydrocarbons 70% faster. The programme aims to reduce exploration costs and help bring discoveries into production up to three years earlier than current standards permit. Neptune is working with a range of partners and vendors to develop new tools to [...]

Bethan Customs Consultancy’s 2020 vision

OGUK member Bethan Customs Consultancy is celebrating another productive year since its inception four years ago. The Aberdeenshire-based independent firm supports businesses across a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, to navigate the complexities of HMRC Authorisations and customs regimes. In 2019, 19 new clients have joined the firm, [...]

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 [...]