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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 [...]

OGUK spotlights workplace diversity at annual conference

Jennifer Craw, chief executive of ONE, who is chairing the diversity and inclusion session.   Championing the UK oil and gas sector as a diverse and inclusive place to work with a breadth of opportunities now and in the future will form a key part of the agenda at this year’s pivotal OGUK annual conference. The sector’s focus on promoting [...]

Forward-looking industry conference focuses on trio of transition themes

Industry’s focus on improving its competitiveness and playing its part in the move towards a new and lower carbon energy mix forms the core of OGUK’s 2019 annual conference on June 4-5, focusing on ‘An Industry in Transition’. The programme for the event supported by principal sponsor, Total E&P UK Limited, at Aberdeen’s Exhibition [...]

Southern North Sea well positioned to support energy transition

The Southern North Sea is well placed to support the energy transition and meet the UK’s dual challenge of increasing energy demands with a lower carbon footprint, the chief executive of OGUK will say at a key industry conference tomorrow. Deirdre Michie, chief executive for the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry [...]

Roadmap to set out industry future

Industry leaders have come together to develop the roadmap which will steer the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector towards achieving Vision 2035. This compelling, national vision is a shared intent by the industry and stakeholders, including government, to ensure industry can deliver as much of the UK’s oil and gas needs, expand supply chain [...]

Industry body to play key role at Houston’s international conference

From left: Matt Abraham, Rebecca Groundwater and Karis Thain The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry will next week head to a major international conference to champion the sector. OGUK’s supply chain director, Matt Abraham, will chair a sell-out business breakfast on May 7 during the Offshore Technology Conference [...]

UK’s offshore oil and gas industry responds to Committee on Climate Change report

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s oil and gas industry has committed to work with governments on the practical response to the Committee on Climate Change report published today (Thursday 2 May). In addition to industry work to reduce operational emissions from offshore production, the sector is well placed to support the advancement [...]

Shift in skills required to adapt to changing industry dynamics unveiled in vital industry report

Leading figures from the North Sea’s oil and gas industry will take centre stage at the launch of a key industry report next month to discuss how changing skills requirements will impact on the industry over the next six years. Mark Cullens, Director of strategic development at OPITO and Paul de Leeuw, Director of the Oil and Gas Institute at the [...]

OGUK’s Efficiency Task Force announces hat-trick of new members

Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force (ETF) has appointed three new members to its steering group which aims to seek out, promote and provide access to best practice across the industry whilst boosting collaboration. Romain Chambault, director of Oilfield Equipment at Baker Hughes GE, Steve Cox, non-operated ventures director (NOV) at Chrysaor, [...]

OGUK breakfast to launch flagship skills report

A report detailing the UK oil and gas sector’s skill requirements up to 2025 will be unveiled at the Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Business Breakfast, sponsored by Deloitte on Thursday 2 May at Aberdeen’s Mercure Ardoe Hotel. The Skills Landscape report, part of the UKCS Workforce Dynamics series produced by industry skills body OPITO in conjunction [...]

Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry

Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry Oil & Gas UK provides evidence-based insights on behalf of our members to a range of stakeholders that includes both the Westminster and Holyrood governments and parliaments, the media and internationally. Through our research, and soundings taken of our membership, we know that the top priorities for the [...]

Oil & Gas UK welcomes Neptune Energy Seagull project announcement

Following Neptune Energy's announcement of its final investment decision (FID) for the Seagull project, Mike Tholen, Oil & Gas UK’s Upstream Policy Director, said: “Neptune’s Seagull project signals the basin’s first FID of 2019 and demonstrates a growing appetite among North Sea players to establish a diversified portfolio making the [...]

New reality could unlock £200bn of future business opportunities

A sustained focus on cost and efficiencies with ongoing uncertainty in commodity markets marks the “new reality” for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector, according to a flagship report into industry performance published today (Wednesday 20 March). Oil & Gas UK’s (OGUK) Business Outlook 2019 finds continued uncertainty in commodity markets [...]

UK offshore industry welcomes Spring Statement

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed the Chancellor’s Spring Statement today. Independent OBR figures published today demonstrate that the industry will contribute £8.5 billion in direct taxes to the Exchequer over the next five years and will continue to provide around half the nation’s oil [...]

Oil & Gas UK’s response to OGA’s forecast that UK oil and gas production has risen

In response to the “Projections of UK Oil and Gas Production and Expenditure Report” published today by the Oil and Gas Authority, which says oil and gas production in the UK increased by more than 4% in 2018, Oil & Gas UK's (OGUK) Upstream Policy Director, Mike Tholen said:   “This demonstrates that the approaches and strategies [...]

IWD 2019: OGUK announces key network to drive industry diversity

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today (Friday, March 8) announced plans to ramp up efforts to maintain and encourage a diverse and inclusive workforce as it marks International Women’s Day. OGUK will launch an industry network to highlight efforts to encourage diversity and inclusion, and identify [...]

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 [...]

READ opens new North America facilities

Cased hole logging specialist READ Cased Hole has reinforced its commitment to the North American oil and gas market by opening new facilities in Houston and Anchorage. The move enhances READ’s capacity to meet increasing demand for well integrity, production logging, reservoir evaluation and data analysis services throughout the region. In Houston, [...]

DEKRA explores how to cultivate the next generation of HSE experts

In a new blog post, DEKRA Organisational Reliability notes how companies that have historically relied on the expertise of foreign nationals to provide leadership, especially around safety, are looking increasingly to their own citizens to fill these positions. Finding experienced, qualified candidates presents challenges where safety legislation [...]

Equinor starts up third UK development in 2019

6 December saw Equinor UK and its partners commence production from Barnacle, the company’s third upstream development in the UK to come onstream in 2019. Barnacle is located in UK waters, just 2km from the UK-Norway maritime border and consists of one extended reach well tied back to the Statfjord B platform. The field is the first in Equinor’s [...]

SSI RM supports Global Marine success

Specialist security risk management company SSI RM successfully accompanied Global Marine across 18 site reconnaissance visits in the Philippines in November. Assessing site suitability for a possible large future cable lay network, SSI RM deployed three travel managers to accompany three Global Marine teams across the countrywide campaign, which [...]

Neptune awards drilling services contracts for Seagull

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX have awarded new drilling services contracts for the Seagull project in the UK North Sea. All contracts have been awarded under a three-year agreement, with two one-year options to extend. M I Drilling Fluids will provide mud, drilling fluids and well-bore clean-up services; Halliburton Manufacturing [...]

Unique Group wins COOEC saturation dive system contract

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract by China Offshore Oil Engineering Co. (COOEC), for the design and manufacture of a classed saturation diving system. The system will be installed on a COOEC vessel, with additional services including technical support during and post-installation. [...]

Rever Offshore announces Topaz charter extension

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Rever Offshore has announced a three-year extension to the charter of its dive support vessel Rever Topaz. The contract will see Rever secure exclusive access to this asset from long-term partner Volstad Maritime until December 2022, with flexible options to extend again to the end of 2025. Rever says the vessel [...]

Ampelmann designs new crew and cargo transfer system

Dutch offshore access provider Ampelmann is developing a new full motion compensation system, with the ability to transfer personnel as well as cargo up to 5,000kg in rough waters offshore. The E5000 is the latest development by the company and builds on the proven technology of the E1000, released in 2016. The new system will be able to operate [...]

Starn Group increases reach with Dynamic Air Shelters acquisition

Starn Group, owner of the Safehouse Habitats and Sabre Safety Services businesses headquartered in Dundee, has successfully completed its acquisition of Canada-based Dynamic Air Shelters for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition extends the group’s reach, adding bespoke, blast-resistant and environmental protection air-supported shelters to its range [...]

Antin sells Kellas Midstream to Blackrock And GIC

Private equity group Antin Infrastructure Partners has sold Kellas Midstream to a joint venture of BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Funds (GEPIF III) and GIC. Kellas owns and operates key gas infrastructure in the UK, including the Central Area Transmission System (CATS), the Esmond Transportation System (ETS), and the Humber [...]

Costain’s Energy business secures over £4m in contracts

Infrastructure solutions company Costain has secured some £4 million worth of design, engineering and consultancy contracts for the energy market which will see the Group shaping the future for sustainable operations and improved efficiencies at several UK onshore gas terminals. The awards being delivered by the Aberdeen-based team include topside [...]

Sword acquires Dataco Ltd

Data services provider DataCo Ltd has been acquired by Sword Group. Focused primarily on the oil and gas industry, DataCo provides information management solutions and support, helping customers reduce costs and increase efficiency through effective data management. With offices in the UK (Aberdeen), Netherlands (The Hague), Australia (Perth) and [...]

Aramark recognised for exemplary standards

The Aramark team for the BP North Sea HQ (NSHQ) has successfully gained full HSEQ ISO accreditation across three prestigious ISO standards: ISO14001, ISO9001 and ISO45001. ISO14001 is the international standard for designing and implementing an effective environmental management system, while ISO9001 is the international standard for a quality management [...]

Stork wins EnQuest crew service contract

Stork, part of Fluor’s Diversified Services segment, has been awarded a five-year contract by EnQuest to provide multi-skilled deck crew services for its northern and central North Sea assets. Stork’s crew will provide services for the Heather, Thistle and Magnus platforms in the northern North Sea, and FPSO vessels in the northern and central North [...]