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OGUK reveals 2020 finalists for annual awards following challenging year for industry

The shortlist for this year’s prestigious OGUK Awards has been revealed today. The annual awards ceremony celebrates the brightest and best talent from across the country’s offshore oil and gas industry and finalists represent the hard work, innovation, and collaboration the industry has adopted throughout 2020. The judging panel, which [...]

OGUK responds to the OGA’s Thematic review report

Commenting on the publication of the Oil and Gas Authority's 'Thematic Review into Industry Compliance with Regulatory Obligations', which stresses the key role of licence management in maximising economic recovery, OGUK Operations Director Katy Heidenreich said: “Thematic reviews are an established method of performance improvement which has [...]

OGUK report offers first insight into impact of pandemic on offshore jobs

The number of workers on offshore oil and gas installations decreased by around 4,000 as the UK went into lockdown in March this year, official figures published by industry body OGUK confirm today. Average weekly personnel on board decreased from around 11,000 on the 8 March to just over 7,000 one month later, with drilling and engineering construction [...]

Digital Decommissioning Conference aims for international connectivity

Decommissioning takes on a new global dimension as OGUK launches its first ever virtual conference to provide delegates with a dynamic, international and interactive online experience. Taking place from November 24-25, the event goes beyond the confines of traditional conferences to provide a digital platform with potentially global reach enabling [...]

OGUK comments on the merger of Chrysaor with Premier Oil

Following the news of the merger of Chrysaor with Premier Oil today, OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie, said: “Chrysaor and Premier Oil are great stewards, contributors and champions of this industry so this investment is encouraging news for the UK Continental Shelf.  "With companies increasingly looking to see how they can work together [...]

Energy revolution must go hand in hand with skills and supply chain evolution

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s wind power plan today as a positive shot to the arm for its struggling supply chain. The plan will include £160 million of funding made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure in critical energy communities including Teesside [...]

Industry urges campaign groups to meaningfully engage with sector

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today repeated calls to campaign groups to meaningfully engage with the sector to ensure a fair and positive transition for energy communities. The call comes after a report by published Friends of the Earth Scotland, Greenpeace and Platform failed to note the progress [...]

Hydrogen project adds to growing buzz around industry’s essential expertise

Exciting news that Aberdeen has been selected as the home for the world’s first offshore floating hydrogen facility to produce hydrogen from wind power confirms the benefits of the oil and gas industry’s expertise, sector leaders said today. The leading representative body for the sector OGUK today welcomed news that developer Environmental Resources [...]

Experts gather to support SMEs in OGUK Tendering webinar

OGUK’s commitment to ensuring the recovery of the UK’s hard-pressed oil and gas supply chain continues with a webinar aimed at providing small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with top tips for successful tendering. Taking place online on Wednesday 30 September, the free event aims to help SMEs wishing to improve how they bid to supply goods or services [...]

Job support scheme provides certainty but focus on green recovery must continue

The leading representative for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today initially welcomed the winter economy plans announced by the Chancellor, noting it will seek further information on the details of the proposals in the coming days. Plans announced by the Chancellor today include wage top-ups targeted at small and medium businesses [...]

Nominations opportunity to highlight true North Sea spirit

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has hailed the grit and resilience of the thousands of people working for the critical sector as it opened nominations for its annual awards. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, key workers both on and offshore continued to safely operate installations around the UK Continental [...]

OGUK Industry Insights webinar inspires next generation on route to net zero

More than 200 people joined OGUK’s Industry Insights webinar for young professionals today (Thursday, September 17) to hear how the sector is working to advance new technologies on the route to net zero.  The free event, sponsored by Halliburton, centred around the skills required for the future in reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in [...]

OGUK’s response to Climate Assembly UK report

OGUK has welcomed the final report released by Climate Assembly UK today (Thursday, September 10), which states that the country’s path to net zero must be underpinned by education, choice, fairness and political consensus. OGUK is already discussing a transformational North Sea Transition Deal with the UK Government, which will also set out how [...]

OGUK responds to UK’s 32nd Offshore Licensing Round Awards announced by OGA

Commenting on the OGA’s announcement of the award offers in the 32nd Licensing Round Katy Heidenreich, OGUK’s supply chain and operations director said: “At a time when companies face huge pressures it is encouraging that our basin continues to demonstrate its attractiveness to a wide range of companies. This is a crucial element in unlocking [...]

Government licensing review is opportunity to shine a light on changing industry

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has embraced a UK government review into future licensing rounds as an opportunity to shine a light on how the sector is changing to support the country’s climate ambitions while still ensuring it contributes to the UK’s ongoing security of energy supply. Speaking in [...]

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 [...]

Altrad appoints industry stalwart to support its upstream growth agenda

Altrad has announced the appointment of John Welsh, Client Services Director, to accelerate its upstream growth strategy for the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). John Welsh returns back to his roots to join the enlarged Altrad business, some nine years after leaving Cape plc, a company that was acquired by Altrad back in 2017, wherein he grew the business [...]

ChampionX awarded contracts to deploy next-generation corrosion protection

ChampionX has secured two contracts worth a combined £2.8 million ($3.9 USD), to deliver its next generation, non-toxic chemicals to two major North Sea operators. The company’s environmentally acceptable corrosion inhibitor product line has been developed to enable E&P organisations to economically extend the life of their assets in a sustainable [...]

Continued growth prompts team expansion for Salus Technical

Aberdeenshire-headquartered process safety firm Salus Technical has grown its team with the appointment of Andrea Ferdinands as a process safety engineer. Andrea’s role will encompass managing customer accounts, supporting the consulting arm of the business, hosting webinars and contributing to the creation of resources for the firm’s online [...]

Wood extends long-standing relationship with TAQA in UK North Sea

Global consulting and engineering company Wood will build upon its 12-year relationship with TAQA following the award of a new contract to provide integrated facility services across the company’s North Sea assets. With the award of a five-year Integrated Facilities Services agreement, Wood will focus on supporting TAQA’s operations across the [...]

3t-China installs next-generation simulators for CNOOC

China’s leading centre for well control training, CNOOC Well Control Centre (CWCC), is investing £1.1 million in state-of-the-art simulator technology to support the oil and gas industry across the region. CWCC has developed new classrooms and installed several MultiSIMs, DrillSIM:5s and DrillSIM:Educators at its training centre in Tianjin, delivered [...]

Mintra and ITB Competence Assurance agree partnership

A partnership agreement aimed at helping high-risk industries create safe and competent workforces has been signed between digital learning specialists Mintra and competence framework experts ITB Competence Assurance Ltd. The move brings together Mintra’s market-leading learning and competence management system, Trainingportal, with ITB’s expertise [...]

Deltic, Shell make investment decision for Pensacola

Deltic Energy has confirmed that it and joint venture partner Shell U.K. Limited have made a positive well investment decision to drill the high-impact Pensacola Prospect on Licence P2252 in the UK Southern North Sea. Shell and Deltic have subsequently confirmed to the Oil and Gas Authority that the contingent well commitment is now firm. The drilling [...]

3t Energy Group wins training contract with Chrysaor

3t Energy Group has secured a contract with the UK’s largest oil and gas operating company, Chrysaor, to manage the training of its entire UK workforce using the latest innovative digital learning technologies. The contract will run for an initial three years with an option to extend for a further two. It will provide a complete workforce management [...]

Bristow becomes first UK helicopter operator to achieve major international safety standard

Bristow Group is the first helicopter operator in the UK to achieve a new mandatory international aviation safety standard designed to ensure the airworthiness of its aircraft, underscoring the company’s commitment to safety and industry leadership. Bristow was notified it officially achieved the certification – Continued Airworthiness Management [...]

ASCO wins INEOS Oil & Gas contract in Norway 

ASCO Norge has been awarded the contract as the preferred base supplier for INEOS Oil & Gas Norway’s first drilling operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. ASCO will be responsible for the delivery of base services for INEOS’ drilling operation of the Fat Canyon out of Kristiansund, where work is expected to begin in July. The scope [...]

Neptune awards Borr Drilling contract for Dutch, UK campaigns

Neptune Energy has awarded a $21.4 million contract to Borr Drilling, consolidating development, exploration and well decommissioning activities in the Dutch and UK sectors of the North Sea, and reducing costs and operational emissions. The activities will be carried out by Borr Drilling’s new Prospector 1 jack-up rig which is equipped with technologies [...]

TÜV SÜD NEL launches UK’s first domestic hydrogen meter calibration facility

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has launched the UK’s first traceable hydrogen flow calibration facility for domestic gas meters. The new facility will help meter manufacturers determine if existing meter stock, and new technologies under development, are correctly measuring hydrogen flow rates. This is a crucial step to ensure that hydrogen [...]

Altera Infrastructure contract bolsters Bilfinger’s growth strategy

Operations, maintenance and asset integrity contractor Bilfinger Salamis UK has secured a three-year global support contract to provide offshore execution services, including inspection and enactment services, to Altera Infrastructure Production. The multi-million-pound contract award comes on the back of a successful period of growth for Bilfinger’s [...]

AGR’s iQx software to assist CODA’s well decommissioning cost target

Following the recent establishment of the Centre of Decommissioning Australia (CODA), energy consultancy AGR is expanding its Well Management support to client decommissioning projects as a response to increased activity within the field. CODA reports that there is over $50 billion of decommissioning work in Australia over the next 50 years, over half [...]

Accenture, Ripjar help Shell in applying AI across global supply chain

Accenture and Ripjar, a UK-based data intelligence company, are collaborating with Royal Dutch Shell to further enhance risk screening within its global supply chain using artificial intelligence (AI). Shell is leveraging Accenture’s industry experience and risk expertise to configure Ripjar’s AI technology for analysis of its supply chain. The [...]

Re-Gen Robotics announces investment in advanced tank localisation mapping system

Leading tank cleaning company Re-Gen Robotics will be adding a cutting-edge, tank localisation mapping system to its service offering later this year. The new addition follows the introduction of a range of ancillary tools last year that have proven to further reduce tank downtime during cleans. Managing director Fintan Duffy advises that the system [...]

Former EY leader joins 3t Energy Group

Training and technology company 3t Energy Group has appointed a new finance director for its training division to help drive ambitious global growth plans. Chris Durling comes to 3t Energy Group from EY, where he led the Aberdeen transactions business and EY’s focus on energy services in the UK. Chris will be responsible for the financial management [...]

Serica spuds Columbus development well

Serica Energy has confirmed the spudding of the Columbus 23/16f-CDev1 development well in the UK Central North Sea. The well will be drilled to a total depth of 17,600ft and will include a 5,600ft horizontal section. The well is being drilled with the Maersk Resilient Heavy Duty Jack Up rig and is expected to take around 70 days. The Columbus development [...]

New funding for HyNet North West project

Eni has announced that the HyNet North West integrated project, aimed at decarbonising the important industrial district in the North-West of England, has received £33 million in funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The funding, issued through the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC) fund, covers around 50% of the investment necessary [...]

Geographic expansion and key appointments strengthen Unique Group’s Survey division

Following its successful expansion into Australia, subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has expanded its survey operations in the Netherlands, whilst making three new senior appointments to its global survey team. The move is in line with the company’s strategy to provide autonomous survey solutions and technologically advanced survey [...]