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Roadmap 2035 on course despite industry challenges

Over eight actions identified by the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry as essential if it is to realise a successful future in a lower carbon future have already been delivered, with a further 20 underway, despite the pressures heaped on the sector by the coronavirus pandemic. Progress against an ambitious industry roadmap was confirmed by representative [...]

Major new report sets baseline to push greater progress in digitalisation

Findings from the first survey of digitalisation in the oil and gas industry reveal there’s a strong appetite to ensure technology is matured to improve the sector’s connectivity, efficiency and sustainability but highlight the need to promote collaborative working if these transformational changes are to become a reality. With support from Deloitte, [...]

OGUK welcomes trio to Board with industry focus on recovery efforts

  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 recovery.   As UK Managing Director of gas-focused exploration and production company, Neptune Energy, Alexandra Thomas represents one of the leading independents [...]

Supply Chain focus boosted as OGUK creates new integrated directorate

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is driving its supply chain agenda forward by appointing Katy Heidenreich, director responsible for leading its supply chain and operations activities. Currently spearheading OGUK’s Recovery Group’s work with industry, Government and regulators to stimulate investment in [...]

OGUK response to OGA’s Decommissioning Cost Estimate report

Commenting on the OGA’s Decommissioning Cost Estimate report published today (Wednesday, August 19), Joe Leask, decommissioning manager at OGUK, said: “The OGA’s report on decommissioning cost trends for the UK industry shows the challenges we face. "While significant progress has been made over the years, new ways of working will be critical [...]

OGUK webinar to highlight progress on sector’s road to recovery

OGUK’s drive to ensure the UK oil and gas sector is taking collective action to stimulate its own recovery comes under focus in a free webinar featuring leading industry figures on Thursday 27 August. Since April 2020, members of OGUK’s Recovery Group have been working across the industry to help shape the sector’s recovery as it looks beyond [...]

OGUK partners with skills body to offer support to redundant oil and gas workers

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has partnered with Skills Development Scotland to signpost support for oil and gas workers impacted by redundancy. The free webinar is open to anyone looking for support and advice on roles within the energy sector and will signpost attendees towards practical support and [...]

OGUK launches new SME forum to support smaller businesses under pressure

A new forum dedicated to helping small and medium-sized businesses navigate the downturn has been launched by OGUK as it continues to help the sector stimulate a recovery. The leading representative body’s Continuous Improvement team is launching a new SME forum this month amid concern that a growing number of smaller companies may not survive [...]

Industry body reveals continued fall in covid-19 offshore cases ahead of upcoming event

  The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector will reflect on lessons learnt from the coronavirus pandemic as it reveals suspected covid-19 cases offshore continue to decrease due to “effective industry-wide measures” to protect the sector. OGUK will host a free webinar ‘Covid-19: A retrospective and look [...]

Share Fair webinar gives suppliers sight of business opportunities ahead

Major contractor Petrofac will be sharing its future project and activity plans with companies seeking new business opportunities at OGUK’s free Share Fair Spotlight webinar on August 4. Part of a series of online business development events, the webinar enables attendees to engage with potential clients, gain insight of future contracts and quiz [...]

OGUK board appoints leading voice as new vice co-chair

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has appointed a new vice co-chair to its board as the sector makes moves to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices. Sian Lloyd Rees, UK country manager and SVP of customer management at Aker Solutions, has been appointed as OGUK’s [...]

Oil and gas industry welcomes job support and underlines need to remain focused on delivering successful transition

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement of support for employers, including the Job Retention Bonus and moves to support more traineeships and jobs for young people. The leading representative body for the sector OGUK said that the UK faces a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver moves to a [...]

Digital Debut for OGUK’s Share Fair

One of the offshore oil and gas industry’s most significant business development events is going digital in July when OGUK launches the first of its series of Share Fair Spotlight webinars featuring the forward work plans of Spirit Energy next week. Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director said: “Transforming Share Fair from a one-day event [...]

Don’t leave energy communities behind in green recovery plans

The leading representative for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed the Committee on Climate Change report to parliament today, calling for energy communities like the North East of Scotland and the East of England to be put at the heart of plans to transition to a lower carbon future. OGUK recently set out industry commitments to [...]

UK offshore oil and gas industry outlines plan to cut emissions as talks on transformational sector deal formally begin

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today (Tuesday 16) committed to halving operational emissions in the next decade, confirming its pathway to becoming a net zero emissions basin by 2050. The sector is one of the first in the UK to commit to industry-wide targets and provide details on how they will be achieved. A report published by industry [...]

BP job losses underline need to deliver fair transition to net zero

Commenting on news BP is to cut 10,000 jobs globally, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: "This shows the very real and personal impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on jobs and livelihoods while companies are stepping up to deliver the net zero agenda. "There is a serious risk the UK loses the skills it needs not only to meet existing energy [...]

Collaborative working to deliver new survey on oil and gas digitalisation

A key piece of research is launched today by OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry together with the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and Opportunity North East (ONE) to assess the pace and extent of digitalisation across the sector. With support from Deloitte, [...]

First virtual D&I event to highlight sector opportunities  

More than 300 people have signed up to attend OGUK’s first-ever D&I webinar to further explore opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion in what remains a challenging landscape for the UK oil and gas industry. The free webinar ‘An opportunity in the disruption’ offers a virtual chance to network and hear first-hand from industry’s [...]

New online tool promotes collaborative approach to problem-solving

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has launched a new online knowledge-sharing network aimed at encouraging companies to work collaboratively to share problems and source solutions to their efficiency challenges. Users can access the Problem-Solving Network via OGUK’s Efficiency Hub, where they can post [...]

OGUK responds to new academic study on future of UK oil and gas industry

Following the publication of a new report published today by Professor Alex Kamp of  the University of Aberdeen, which has modelled the impact of $25, $35 and $45 oil prices, with corresponding gas rates, OGUK's market intelligence manager, Ross Dornan said: “OGUK continues to work with governments and the OGA to understand how we can protect [...]

Proserv division Gilmore appoints CEO to lead expansion plans

Flow control solutions provider Gilmore, a Proserv company, has appointed 25-year energy industry veteran David Nemetz as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Gilmore, a long-established Houston based business and an integral component of Aberdeen-headquartered Proserv’s global portfolio, has been providing cutting-edge flow control solutions, [...]

Asset55 secures further 3-year global deal with BP

Flange management and construction solutions technology house, asset55, has secured a further 3-year contract term to provide global flange management assurance to BP. Having originally delivered flange management software and services on the HUC phase of the Glen Lyon FPSO in the North Sea through 2015, shortly after BP commissioned asset55 to carry [...]

AREG and European Space Agency sign MOI to support renewables sector

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) to analyse, develop and implement space-enabled technology and services to support the renewable energy sector. The organisations will work together to foster the development of space-utilising applications to support technical and [...]

Survivex gains IWCF approval for well intervention training

Training provider Survivex has received approval from the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) to run well intervention courses from its Well Control Training Centre of Excellence in Aberdeen. Well intervention is essential training for those working in critical well intervention positions and Survivex has been approved to offer the full range [...]

Helicopter operators create mental health support network for UK offshore pilots

Bristow Helicopters, CHC, NHV and Babcock have joined forces to lead a collaborative peer assistance network to support the mental health of offshore pilots in the UK. Upcoming changes to regulations set out by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) require all UK operators to have an effective peer assistance network in place by February [...]

Wood to deliver late-life solutions for Morecambe Bay gas fields

Wood has entered into a new agreement with Spirit Energy to partner on the delivery of late-life solutions for the Morecambe Bay gas fields, one of the UK’s largest gas accumulations. The five-year consolidated services contract, valued at $130 million, will see Wood leverage its experience and capability in late-life asset optimisation and management [...]

Safe Influx granted patent for novel automated well control technology

Safe Influx Ltd, a provider of automated well control solutions, has been granted a patent by the United Kingdom Patent Office covering its automated well control technology. This patent recognises the ability of the automated well control to detect the presence of a fluid influx condition in a wellbore, make a decision against criteria to shut-in, [...]

Survivex awarded technology-led training contract for BP

Aberdeen-based offshore training provider, Survivex, has started work on a contract with BP to develop and deliver a bespoke four-week training programme for the operational personnel on the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim development project. The contract will see Survivex, part of the 3T Energy Group, train BP personnel in safety-critical operating procedures [...]

Bethan Customs explores deferred Customs entries

As of 1 January 2021, HMRC is allowing businesses to defer entry of their Customs declarations on goods imported or exported for up to six months. In essence this will maintain the security of the supply chain during what promises to be a period of upheaval for businesses which trade with EU partners. When considering this, the most important consideration [...]

Digital courses launched to improve industry safety standards

A new collaboration that brings two major operators together with a leading energy e-learning firm is aiming to raise standards and improve training levels across the UK and wider North Sea oil and gas sector. The joint venture between Spirit Energy, Neptune Energy, and Norwell EDGE will deliver a digital well integrity training programme based around [...]

Xodus Group expands emissions team to support Net Zero

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its emissions team to support clients and the wider energy industry in achieving its Net Zero goals. Xodus has added experienced atmospherics expert Natasha Howlett to lead an in-house emissions management division, which will support clients’ emissions reduction initiatives around the world. This new [...]

Tendeka appoints new Production Enhancement Manager

Global completions service company Tendeka has appointed a new product line manager to drive its production enhancement offering around the world. Dr Li Jiang will be responsible for bringing new products to market to bolster Tendeka’s Production Enhancement portfolio, generating revenue through fluid technologies that complement the company’s [...]

Proserv, Intelligent Plant sign strategic agreement to drive digital evolution

Controls technology company Proserv Controls has penned an innovative strategic alliance with Intelligent Plant, an award-winning software engineering firm. The aim of the tie-up is to combine the two firms’ respective expertise in control systems and data analysis to provide operators with digital solutions tailored to their needs. This would [...]

Costain gains Kitemark certification for innovation in industry

Smart infrastructure solutions company Costain is one of the first to achieve the BSI Kitemark for innovation. Costain worked in partnership with BSI, the business improvement company, to help design and pilot the new global certification scheme for innovation. Designed to help organisations improve their innovation management performance and demonstrate [...]

Petrofac partners with Intoware to drive digital deployment

Petrofac has signed a three-year partnership with Intoware, a provider of workflow automation software for mobile applications, to develop and deploy automation software specifically tailored to the requirements of the oil and gas industry. The development of ‘WorkfloPlus Oil and Gas’ will further optimise the efficiencies that Petrofac has gained [...]

bp, Ithaca start up Vorlich field

bp’s head of North Sea has praised the resilience and determination of the team which has brought the 30-million-barrel Vorlich field online safely – despite the challenges of COVID-19. Vorlich is the second North Sea fast-paced, high-return subsea tieback to come onstream in as many years, following the successful start-up of Alligin, west of [...]

Bethan Customs explores business implications of Free Trade Agreement

As the end of the Brexit transition period looms ever closer, many businesses are waiting to find out whether the UK government and their EU counterparts can reach a Free Trade Agreement. Any such agreement would allow ‘free’ trade between the EU and the UK. It would mean that, if we have a full Free Trade Agreement covering all the relevant [...]

TÜV SÜD to build UK-first mobile hydrogen testing facility

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has secured Government funding to build the UK’s first mobile primary standard facility for testing hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) to ensure they deliver the correct amount of fuel. Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through the National Measurement System [...]

Safety start-up Salus launches pioneering risk-assessment software

Aberdeenshire-headquartered start up Salus Technical has launched a new software solution aimed at enhancing and streamlining the risk assessment process across the energy industry and beyond. Bowtie Master has been developed with the intention of helping organisations to understand and manage the risks of major accident hazards, thereby reducing [...]

Craig International offers Space Bands to aid social distancing

Since the coronavirus pandemic erupted in early 2020, energy companies have introduced various worksite measures to ensure social distancing – and keep tabs on contacts – all with varying levels of success. In response, Craig International has secured exclusive access to an out-of-the-box wearable tech solution to help address this issue. A Space [...]