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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 [...]

Industry delivers stable environmental performance alongside increased production

Louise O’Hara Murray, OGUK’s environment manager   The UK offshore oil and gas industry has delivered stable environmental performance whilst the sector has increased production levels, according to a flagship report published today (Wednesday, July 24) by OGUK. The 2019 Environment Report, which analyses and interprets data gathered [...]

Safety Awards finalists unveiled

A ship’s crew with an impeccable safety record spanning 20 years and a woman whose dedication to her role as an offshore Safety Representative have each earned a spot as a finalist for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards. 18 entries have reached the shortlist across six categories covering Maritime Safety, Safety Representative of the Year, Innovation [...]

Champions of industry sought as award nominations open

The search is on for industry’s brightest stars as nominations open for the 2019 OGUK Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K Limited. The annual awards ceremony, to be held at the new P&J Live venue in Dyce, Aberdeen, celebrates the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals across the North Sea sector. New to this year’s roster of [...]

OGUK responds to the launch of the fourth round of Decommissioning Challenge Fund

The announcement by the Scottish Government that £4 million of support will be made available through the Decommissioning Challenge Fund has been welcomed by OGUK. The fund provides support for projects that enhance the decommissioning market and supply chain across Scotland. Commenting, Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director OGUK, said: “The [...]

OGUK welcomes duo to board as industry addresses energy transition challenge

OGUK has appointed two new members to its board to further bolster the sector’s ongoing efforts to maintain the competitiveness of oil and gas production from the UKCS – whilst also playing a significant role in enabling the UK’s net zero carbon emissions ambition. Bob Drummond, CEO of Hydrasun Group, has been appointed to the organisation’s [...]

Industry regulator to unveil findings of decommissioning cost report at OGUK Business Breakfast

Nils Cohrs, Head of Decommissioning at industry regulator The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) will discuss the findings of the 2019 UKCS Decommissioning Cost Estimate Report at the OGUK London Business Breakfast, taking place on July 2 at White & Case LLP, Old Broad Street. The annual report, first published in 2017 tracks the progress towards [...]

New award category revealed as nominations open for the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards

The search is on for the people and companies who have gone the extra mile to ensure safety remains at the forefront of North Sea operations for the 2019 OGUK Offshore Safety Awards. Included in this year’s awards, jointly organised by OGUK and Step Change in Safety with principal sponsor TOTAL, is a new category for Maritime Safety. Sponsored [...]

Safety top of the agenda for OGUK’s aviation seminar

Trevor Stapleton, OGUK's health and safety manager Leaders and experts in the oil and gas and aviation industries will come together to discuss helicopter safety at an event hosted by OGUK in Aberdeen next week. The aviation seminar will explore ways in which the sector can build on progress, whilst remaining alert to issues affecting the industry [...]

No winners from Greenpeace stunt

Commenting on reports that Greenpeace has ended its protest in the North Sea, OGUK Stakeholder and Communications Director Gareth Wynn said: Gareth Wynn - Stakeholder and Communications Director “There are no winners as a result of this stunt, which both put safety at risk and failed to produce any solutions to how we can achieve the net zero [...]

UKCS decommissioning costs unveiled in flagship industry report

A key industry report detailing the cost of decommissioning on the UK Continental Shelf and the progress being made by industry, government and regulators to reduce costs by more than 30 per cent will be unveiled at OGUK’s upcoming business breakfast in London. The annual UKCS Decommissioning Cost Estimate Report, published by industry regulator [...]

Industry can be an essential partner to UK climate ambitions

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today reinforced the role the industry can play in supporting the UK to meet its climate change ambitions. Speaking in response to the Prime Minister’s commitment to deliver net zero emissions by 2050, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie set out the role industry can [...]

OGUK reaction to Well Safe announcement

Commenting on news that Well Safe has been awarded a contract to decommission up to twenty-one wells on the Schooner and Ketch fields in the UKCS, operated by DNO North Sea (ROGB) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of DNO ASA,  OGUK Decommissioning Manager Joe Leask said: “OGUK’s Decommissioning Insight 2018 shows there are 1,465 wells to plug [...]

OGUK welcomes Culzean first gas as good news for UK supply

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed news of first gas from Total’s Culzean field. OGUK said the project, which has been delivered on time and under budget, further reinforces the UK industry as leaders in the safe and efficient production of energy. Commenting on the news, OGUK’s [...]

OGUK Industry Conference: Deirdre Michie speech

Speaking to over 400 delegates at the OGUK Industry Conference in Aberdeen this morning, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: Ladies & gentlemen, good morning and welcome, to OGUK’s conference and exhibition for 2019: An Industry in Transition I’m very pleased that so many of you have joined us here for what I hope will be an [...]

Trio of VIP speakers mark final conference line up

Ministers from the UK and Scottish Governments and a leading strategist on sustainability and climate change are revealed as the final trio of speakers to join an impressive line-up for OGUK’s 2019 Industry Conference taking place this week from 4-5 June. Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson MSP will give a speech to delegates [...]

OGUK welcomes news of Chevron acquisition

Oil & Gas UK today (Thursday, May 30) welcomed the news that Israel-headquartered firm Delek Group has acquired Chevron’s North Sea assets in a $2billion (£1.5billion) deal.   The sale, which will see 10 additional fields added to the firm’s UK portfolio, was agreed through Delek’s wholly-owned subsidiary Ithaca Energy. The deal [...]

Teekay wins Foinaven bareboat contract

Teekay Corporation has entered into a new bareboat charter contract with Foinaven operator Britoil Limited (a subsidiary of BP p.l.c.), for the Petrojarl Foinaven floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. Covering up to approximately ten years, the contract will see Teekay receive an upfront payment of approximately $67 million, a [...]

Unique Group signs exclusive agreement with OTAQ Offshore

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has signed an exclusive rental agreement with UK-based OTAQ Offshore to represent OTAQ’s technology and products across the Middle East, APAC and the Americas. Providing underwater leak detection systems, laser measurement and video processing technologies, OTAQ Group supports the offshore energy, [...]

New acquisition strengthens ASCO’s NORM services

Integrated materials and logistics management company ASCO has acquired NORM Solutions, a provider of specialist cleaning, treatment and disposal services for oilfield equipment contaminated with Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM). The acquisition reflects ASCO’s overall strategy to continually strengthen its specialist waste and [...]

Xodus sees growth in cable services

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has recorded a major increase in the provision of services related to subsea power cables over the last twelve months. New assignments grew by more than 50%, resulting in more than 70 active work streams in 2019. This allowed the company to increase its number of specialists in this area, and it now employs more 30 [...]

Neptune Energy confirms discovery at Isabella exploration well

Neptune Energy has announced a hydrocarbon discovery at the Isabella exploration well in the central North Sea. The 30/12d-11 well in UK licence P.1820, was drilled by the Noble Sam Hartley jack-up to a total depth of 5,557 metres in water depths of 80m. Hydrocarbons were encountered in Upper Jurassic and Triassic sandstone reservoirs, with 64m net [...]

Tailwind submits Evelyn Environmental Statement

Tailwind Energy is working towards committing to development of the Evelyn field located in the central North Sea. The first phase of development will consist of a single-well subsea tie-back to the Triton FPSO, with first oil expected by the end of 2022. Prior to a full field development decision, Tailwind has prepared and submitted an Environmental [...]

Rockrose drills at West Brae

Independent oil and gas producer Rockrose Energy has announced that the first of two infill development wells at West Brae has been completed and is delivering in line with expectations. Following completion of this well, the Noble Houston Colbert jack-up drilling rig spudded the second planned well at West Brae on 9 March. Designated WPGZ and WPOZ, [...]

Neptune Energy appoints Alexandra Thomas as MD for UK

Neptune Energy has announced that Alexandra Thomas has joined the company as UK managing director, based in Aberdeen. Alexandra joins Neptune from Tullow Oil, where she most recently held the position of Head of Exploration, Development and Commercial for Ghana. With 18 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, she has held a number of senior [...]

OPEX Group and Wood Mackenzie launch Operations DataHub

OPEX Group has joined forces with global research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie to launch a new data service for the oil and gas industry. Developed in partnership between the two companies, the Operations DataHub™ enables operators to securely pool and gain insight from operations data from multiple assets across the UKCS basin, with the [...]

Babcock wins major new North Sea helicopter contract

Babcock’s Offshore business has secured a new five-year shared contract with three oil and gas operators for helicopter transport in the northern North Sea. The contract will initially see Babcock operate over 100 helicopter flights each month from Sumburgh in Shetland, on behalf of CNR International, EnQuest and TAQA. Flights are expected to begin [...]

Montrose Port Authority announces new COO

Montrose Port Authority has recently appointed Graeme Nimmo, former Ship’s Agency Manager for Seletar Shipping, as its new Chief Operating Officer. Supporting CEO Tom Hutchison, Graeme brings a wealth of experience to his role overseeing the daily operations across the 59-acre port site, which includes the arrival of over 600 vessels each year, [...]

Welaptega, STAT-Marine partnership delivers Nigerian FPSO contract

Underwater inspection provider Welaptega has delivered on contracts to support two energy supermajors in West Africa, after establishing a strategic partnership with engineering and training organisation STAT-Marine Nigeria Ltd. The awards saw the Ashtead Technology-owned business inspect the mooring systems on two floating production storage and [...]

Xodus Group reveals new global gas analysis

International energy consultancy Xodus Group has published new analysis on the future of gas in the context of rising global energy demand. In contrast to some future energy scenarios, Xodus believes worldwide energy consumption will continue to increase, driven by economic growth in developing countries, and that approximately half of that demand [...]

Codex Integrity expands following successful 2019

Asset integrity, operational support and engineering services provider Codex Integrity has moved to larger offices in Aberdeen’s Queen’s Gardens following growing demand and contract wins in excess of £1 million. As Codex celebrates its 10-year anniversary, the company continues to provide support to UK and global oil and gas operators. Services [...]

James Fisher AIS strengthens R2S advisory team

Digital twin solutions provider R2S will benefit from the experience of Joe Little joining its senior advisory team, supporting continued growth and new sector diversification. Joe joins James Fisher AIS as an advisor with a focus on the R2S digital twin solution.  This follows 30 years working directly with BP and other leading FTSE 100 organisations, [...]

ASCO starts new decade with North Sea contract extension

Global materials and logistics manager ASCO has been awarded a five-year contract extension by CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited to support all the operator’s North Sea assets. The contract, worth in excess of £100 million, will see ASCO continue to provide a fully managed and integrated, logistics, materials management, waste and marine gas oil [...]

OPEX Group invests in new staff, R&D

A busy 2020 has seen data science company OPEX Group secure several new agreements for its X-PAS predictive analytics service and bolster its team with 10 new members of staff. Responding to increased demand for its services, the roles are spread across the business, from data analysts and data scientists, to software developers and oil and gas domain [...]

ODE appoints managing director for asset management

Independent operations and engineering services company ODE has appointed Sandy Reid as managing director of asset management. Based in the company’s Aberdeen office, opened in late 2019, Mr Reid will oversee the asset management division of the company as it increases its presence in the city following a series of contract wins worth £20 million. Bringing [...]

Marine Technical Limits announces investment, new employees

FPSO and marine vessel integrity and repair management company, Marine Technical Limits (MTL), has announced the appointment of six new recruits as part of a £400,000 investment in the organisation. The Kintore-based company, which specialises in a whole scope approach to the risk-based integrity management of FPSO and marine vessels, has taken [...]

Ashstead Technology supports Northern Lights CCS

Subsea equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has completed subsea installation monitoring work to support the Northern Lights Carbon Capture and Storage project (CCS) in the Norwegian North Sea. Developed by Equinor in partnership with Shell and Total, the Northern Lights project is the first of its kind in the region. The project aims [...]