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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 [...]

Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement emphasises need for sector deal, OGUK says

The leading UK oil and gas industry body OGUK has today welcomed the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement, which recognises that the critical role the country’s oil and gas industry has to play in realising a hydrogen economy. Commenting, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “The Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy [...]

Support for the supply chain vital throughout Just Transition says OGUK

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Wednesday 14 December) responded to the Scottish Government’s updated Climate Change Plan, which recognises the value the oil and gas industry can make in stepping up the transition to net-zero. Commenting on the updated Climate Change Plan, OGUK Chief Executive [...]

OGUK response to the Government’s Energy White Paper

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Monday 14 December) responded to the UK Government’s Energy White Paper, in which the government reaffirms the value of the sector both now and in the future, and the need for the North Sea Transition Deal. Commenting on the paper, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie [...]

OGUK response to UK Government plans to end funding for overseas oil and gas projects

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Saturday 12 December) commented on the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will end direct government support for the oil and gas projects overseas. Commenting on the announcement,  OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “The UK is taking a global [...]

Industry unites to celebrate best and brightest amid challenging year

The winners of OGUK’s Awards 2020 were honoured in virtual style this evening as industry came together to watch the ceremony digitally for the first time ever. The night was the highlight of industry’s cultural calendar, with hundreds attending the event through YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook live and the prestigious first-time Audience Award [...]

Climate report reinforces need for homegrown transition

  A major independent report which sets out detailed routes for meeting the country’s climate targets has recognised the positive contribution the UK’s changing oil and gas industry can make in the energy transition. The Sixth Carbon Budget published by the Committee on Climate Change today (Wednesday 9 December) outlines an ambitious [...]

Prime Minister’s emissions targets reinforce the need for sector deal

The leading UK oil and gas industry body OGUK has today reinforced the significance of securing a sector deal, in light of new emission targets announced by the Prime Minister today. The government’s plan commits to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions by at least 68% by 2030, based on 1990 levels. These ambitious new targets will see the UK commit [...]

Last call for the industry workforce to voice opinion on D&I in the sector 

Industry body OGUK is urging the oil and gas workforce to rally behind its first ever survey on diversity and inclusion (D&I) with just three weeks to go until submissions close. With a growing focus being placed on the integration of the energy industry, attracting and retaining a diverse range of talent, as well as ensuring inclusive and collaborative [...]

OGUK responds to IPPR’s Net Zero North Sea report

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Thursday 3 December) responded to a report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The Net Zero North Sea report has urged the offshore oil and gas industry to set out a plan for phasing out production and migrating to greener energies. Commenting [...]

The UK can build a homegrown transition towards clean energy future, OGUK’s Economic Report shows

A flagship report published today by the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry finds that the UK’s carbon emissions fell by an estimated 10.3 percent this year, as the economy contracted by 11.3 percent. OGUK today said the figures confirm the scale of the challenge in securing a green recovery, urging governments [...]

Survey is further confirmation of stark conditions faced by industry

OGUK has said a survey of oil and gas companies which finds about a fifth of firms are expecting more redundancies in 2021 is further confirmation of the stark conditions faced by many. The leading representative body for the sector, which is due to publish its flagship Economic Report early next week, said it continues to champion a North Sea Transition [...]

Report confirms no rush to decommission as sector withstands disruptive year

  As the oil and gas sector continues to deal with the effects of COVID-19 and the collapse of commodity prices, OGUK’s 2020 Decommissioning Insight report reveals the decommissioning industry though resilient has not escaped the impact of such unprecedented conditions. Given the major disruptions and challenges of 2020, OGUK conducted [...]

OGUK response: Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for green industrial revolution

Commenting on the 10-point green industrial revolution announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, OGUK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie said today: “We are pleased to see the Government is committed to its ambitious plans for tackling emissions in spite of all the other challenges we face. Our industry is already in action, evolving and contributing. [...]

Conference explores decommissioning in a low carbon future

The contribution decommissioning can make to the low carbon future is a key theme at OGUK’s first ever virtual conference on November 24-25 when Professor Paul de Leeuw director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute chairs a session exploring the skills and job opportunities this shift in focus presents. Joe Leask, OGUK’s decommissioning manager, [...]

Transition deal critical for sector as report warns recovery could take years

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, OGUK, has today (Wednesday, November 11) warned that it could take up to three years to restart many of the projects lost due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and commodity price downturn. The warning comes in its Autumn Snapshot published today, which provides a business [...]

DEKRA helps identify ICS cyber security risks

Industrial control systems (ICS) are prone to cyber-attacks, DEKRA experts have warned. Cyber defense measures usually focus on computers, IT networks and data highway, but process control and ICS is often a little-noticed gateway for attacks. If these control systems are not secure, the process industry in particular could face huge losses. DEKRA experts [...]

AMS Global Group welcomes significant contract as it invests in growth

Marine consulting and safety specialist AMS Global Group has secured a five-year contract with major North Sea independent E&P company, Premier Oil. The deal comes as AMS confirms it has doubled revenues in its most recent financial year. AMS Global Group has recently recruited five new employees to meet demand across all its divisions, bringing [...]

ASCO awarded two-year extension from Equinor

Integrated materials and logistics management company, ASCO, has been granted a two-year extension by Equinor for terminal and warehousing services in Sandnessjøen. The contract with ASCO’s Norwegian unit, which commences in July 2021, secures activities and jobs in Sandnessjøen until 2023. The award is part of a larger round of contracts for [...]

AGR begins decommissioning operations offshore Ireland

AGR has begun decommissioning operations at Ireland’s first indigenous gas wells, on behalf of PSE Kinsale Energy. PSE Kinsale Energy Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of PETRONAS, is decommissioning its gas fields in the Kinsale Area in the Celtic Sea, approximately 50 km off the south coast of Cork, Ireland. AGR’s Aberdeen-based team is overseeing [...]

Sky-Futures signs Flock as drone insurance partner

Drone inspection and survey service provider Sky-Futures, an ICR company, has appointed connected insurance provider Flock as its drone insurance partner. The partnership will enable Sky-Futures to seamlessly scale its drone insurance in line with its global expansion plans. The company has now conducted hundreds of large-scale projects in over 33 [...]

Swire rebrands with commitment to energy transition

Global offshore services provider Swire Oilfield Services has unveiled a new corporate brand, as the business continues to embrace the current energy transition. The company has changed its name to Swire Energy Services after more than 40 years’ operating in the oil and gas industry. The move follows a period of diversification for Swire, which [...]

Global Energy Group appoints new director of renewables business

Global Energy Group has appointed Iain Sinclair to the newly created role of Executive Director of Renewables and Energy Transition with plans to launch a new operation in Edinburgh. The former professional rugby player, who has over 18 years’ experience in senior energy and infrastructure roles, previously held managing director positions at Forth [...]

Total chooses Apollo for consultancy engineering services

Aberdeen-based engineering and technology company, Apollo, has been awarded a consultancy engineering services contract with Total E&P UK. The contract, which runs for an initial period of three years, covers seven work packages including: safety engineering, environmental engineering, development engineering, process and flow assurance, facilities [...]

Chrysaor submits licence application for CO2 storage

North Sea oil and gas independent Chrysaor has submitted a Licence Application for the purpose of storing CO2, and will, in parallel, seek agreement for a Storage Lease with The Crown Estate for the storage of CO2 in a depleted southern North Sea gas reservoir. These applications are in support of the V Net Zero Project, which aims to store and transport [...]

Bethan Customs offers Brexit planning advice for ports

The end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 will have significant implications for port authorities in relation to the customs procedures and documentation required for goods being imported and exported. Previously, free circulation goods were allowed to move within the EU with no tax or duties payable. However, all EU states will [...]

Deltic Energy issues update on Pensacola Prospect

Deltic Energy has issued an update on activity relating to Licence P2252, which contains the Pensacola Prospect. The company reports that Shell, in its capacity as operator of the Licence, has reiterated to Deltic and the UK Oil and Gas Authority, its plan to drill the high-impact, play opening Pensacola Prospect on Licence P2252 and that it remains [...]

IOG awards Phase 1 rig contract to Noble

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has awarded the rig contract for its Core Project Phase 1 to a subsidiary of Noble Corporation. This follows a competitive selection process by IOG’s drilling and contracting teams, assisted by well management contractor Petrofac, involving extensive technical and commercial evaluation across several drilling contractors. Noble’s [...]

Well-Safe Solutions secures major investment

Following the recent acquisition of its second asset, Well-Safe Solutions has secured a significant £26 million investment to fund the next phase of its growth plan. The further investment into the decommissioning company was led by MW&L Capital Partners, following the group's initial investment of £66 million in Well-Safe in October 2019. Well-Safe [...]

Wood extends training contract with 3t Energy Group

Global engineering and consultancy group Wood has renewed its training management service (TMS) contract with 3t Energy Group for a further three years, until 2023. 3t Energy Group, which includes AIS Training, Survivex, Drilling Systems, and Transform, has been contracted to deliver support for Wood’s onshore and site-based training and competency [...]

Drive for renewables sees AREG membership grow

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) has grown its membership over the past 12 months, with sign-ups coming from leading companies within the renewables sector, renowned industry bodies and energy companies who are placing an increased focus on clean energy. Among the 40 new sign-ups are Montrose Port Authority, a leading service hub for the North [...]

Archer wins two-year contract extension in the UK North Sea

Archer has secured a two-year contract extension with a major North Sea operator for the provision of platform drilling operations and maintenance services on seven UK North Sea installations. The extension will commence 1 November 2020 in direct continuation of the current contract. Over the next two years Archer will continue to deliver platform [...]

Costain supports hydrogen feasibility project Smart infrastructure solutions company Costain, in collaboration with UK gas networks, has produced a feasibility study that will contribute to the ongoing assessments of the ability to use the existing UK gas transmission and distribution networks to transport hydrogen. The project is the first to [...]

Petrofac first to secure OPITO renewables standard approval

Energy industry training provider, Petrofac, has become the first company globally to be approved by OPITO to deliver its ‘Emergency Coordinator for Renewable Energy (Wind Sector)’ course. The move comes after energy industry skills body OPITO announced the launch of a new suite of safety and technical training standards, and qualifications, [...]

Neptune Energy adopts Halliburton cloud applications for drilling and wells

Neptune Energy is to adopt Halliburton’s DecisionSpace 365 well construction suite of cloud applications to consolidate all global drilling and wells activities, improve efficiency and reduce non-productive time. The three-year agreement – part of Neptune’s digital subsurface programme – will create a platform for Neptune’s digital well [...]

Xodus supports Massachusetts offshore wind consultation

Xodus Group and BW Research Partnership will conduct a research project to assess the local and regional supply chain in support of the growing offshore wind industry in and around Massachusetts, USA. Working on behalf of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), Xodus and BW Research, in coordination with Greentree Consulting and the Massachusetts [...]