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Reshaped OGUK announced as industry gears up to deliver net zero blueprint

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has kicked off the new year with ambitious plans to champion the sector as part of a diverse energy mix. Two new directors will join OGUK's leadership team under the continued direction of Chief Executive Officer Deirdre Michie OBE. Katy Heidenreich Trevor Stapleton is [...]

OGUK condemns dangerous and short-sighted stunt

Commenting on news that protestors have boarded a drilling rig in Dundee harbour, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “This is a dangerous and short-sighted stunt which does absolutely nothing to help provide the solutions which will be required to meaningfully deliver net zero emissions by 2045 in Scotland. “Worse than this, we know [...]

Partnership working critical to UK net zero ambitions

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has underlined its commitment to developing the technical solutions required to help meet the UK and Scotland’s net zero ambitions. It comes as two key reports on plans to reduce emissions are published today. Industry regulator the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) today published [...]

OGUK’s response to the General Election

Commenting on the General Election results, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “We look forward to continuing our constructive working with the Prime Minister and the UK Government as we work to ensure a safe and competitive industry which realises a successful future through the energy transition and a Sector Deal. We welcome all the new [...]

Industry report calls for urgent action to progress UK carbon capture and storage

A comprehensive report into the changing energy landscape has called for urgent action to progress low carbon technologies critical to the UK and Scottish Government’s net zero ambitions. It says government and industry must work together to progress to the next stage five key projects across the UK which look to capture, transport and store carbon [...]

Reinvention of the UK oil and gas industry key to delivering energy transition

Prominent figures from across the North Sea’s oil and gas industry will come together on 3 December to launch a vital piece of industry research and to discuss practical steps that are being taken by industry to help deliver the energy transition. Will Webster, report author and energy policy manager OGUK, will present the findings of OGUK’s [...]

Report shows rise in UK’s decommissioning competitiveness

The UK’s decommissioning sector’s growing competitiveness is revealed in the 2019 Decommissioning Insight report launched by OGUK today at the Offshore Decommissioning Conference held jointly with Decom North Sea. Now in its tenth year of publication, the report forecasts the UK’s decommissioning activity and expenditure over the next decade, [...]

Industry body asks nation to test its energy knowledge

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is challenging the nation to put its energy know-how to the test as part of a new educational campaign. OGUK’s ‘Know Your Energy’ aims to increase awareness of where energy comes from, the emissions resulting from its use and how oil and gas powers the nation’s everyday [...]

Success for future industry leader and innovative technology venture at annual awards

A fledgling industry star who unlocked £20 million of additional value for her company and a business that is using pioneering 3D printing to champion improved safety and environmental performance were among those to be crowned winners last night at the OGUK Awards 2019, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited. Over 550 guests gathered at the P&J Live [...]

New guidelines to drive systematic project delivery improvements

New guidelines promoting good practice in robust project delivery published by OGUK today provide companies with a systematic framework for ensuring oil and gas projects are on time and within budget. Industry experts including operators, contractor companies and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) have contributed to the [...]

Industry conference looks to future on health, safety and environment

In a speech opening OGUK’s inaugural HSE Conference in Aberdeen this morning, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: Good morning ladies and gentlemen and a warm welcome to our very first OGUK HSE Conference, Health, safety and the environment are at the core of everything we do, both as a major hazard industry and as an industry with people at [...]

Aberdeen can position itself as global net zero energy capital

The chief executive of the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today urged Aberdeen to grab the £1trillion of business opportunities presented by moves to net zero. Speaking at the State of the Cities Conference today in Aberdeen, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said “Indeed, as the excellent Climate [...]

Industry grasps digital opportunities

The increasing importance of digitalisation was put under the spotlight today at a breakfast briefing event, sponsored by Deloitte, held by the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, OGUK. An audience of over 150 industry professionals heard about the benefits that could be realised in safety, efficiency and financial [...]

New starts urged to drive industry future

The next generation of the UK’s oil and gas industry are being called upon to make their voices heard on key issues including the energy transition and climate change at a new event being held in Aberdeen on Thursday 24 October.   Leading representative body for the sector OGUK today announced a second industry insight event aimed at graduates, [...]

Industry conference expands frontiers to drive new direction in decommissioning mindset

“Expanding Frontiers” is the theme for the tenth Offshore Decommissioning Conference, co-hosted by OGUK and Decom North Sea on November 25-27. The event will explore how by achieving step changes in its current mindset, the sector can make the most of potential business opportunities in the UK and global decommissioning markets. With Forth and [...]

OGUK comments on Spirit Energy’s £140 million investment in Chestnut Field

Following the new that Spirit Energy and partner Dana Petroleum have announced plans to drill a new well at Chestnut, around 125miles north-east of Aberdeen, which could keep it producing as far into the future as 2023, OGUK’s supply chain director, Matt Abraham, said “This continued commitment is a strong vote of confidence in the UKCS basin [...]

New HSE Conference sets sights on solving future industry challenges

Solving future challenges and driving improvements in health, safety and environmental practice across the UK oil and gas industry will be discussed at a major one-day conference to take place in Aberdeen next month. As a first for OGUK, this combined HSE Conference will explore how industry is taking health, safety and environment forward into [...]

Shell’s Pierce field FID

Responding to the announcement of the Final Investment Decision for the Pierce field gas project, Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director OGUK said: “This is good news and will help to meet more of the UK’s energy needs from domestic production. That Shell and Ithaca Energy have agreed the Final Investment Decision on Pierce underlines that the [...]

Finalists announced for OGUK annual awards following record number of entries

The shortlist for this year’s prestigious OGUK Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, is revealed today. The annual awards ceremony is a highly regarded event within the UK oil and gas industry calendar which celebrates the brightest and best talent from across the North Sea sector. 30 individuals and businesses, selected from a record number [...]

Wood president announced as chair of new industry diversity and inclusion task group

  Craig Shanaghey, President, Operations Services, Europe & Africa at Wood, has been announced as the chair of a new task group set up to champion diversity and inclusion in the oil and gas industry. The Diversity and Inclusion Task Group set up by OGUK will bring industry together to drive action towards recruiting and retaining diverse [...]

READ Cased Hole and EV develop downhole video technology

Cased hole logging specialist READ Cased Hole has announced a new collaboration in Alaska with EV, a leader in downhole visual analytics. Working in partnership in the state, READ is now the selected operator of EV’s cutting-edge downhole video technology which enables vivid, high-definition video, providing a complete 360° picture from inside [...]

Rever Offshore completes Serica campaign

Subsea project delivery and execution provider Rever Offshore has announced the recent completion of a contract awarded by Serica Energy. This is the second campaign Rever has undertaken for the independent North Sea operator within a framework agreement which commenced in November 2018. The work scope, which took place in the North Sea’s Rhum [...]

TechnipFMC and Halliburton offer new subsea sensing technology

Halliburton and TechnipFMC have introduced Odassea™, the first distributed acoustic sensing solution for subsea wells. The new technology platform enables operators to execute intervention-less seismic imaging and reservoir diagnostics to reduce total cost of ownership while improving reservoir knowledge. The Odassea™ service integrates hardware [...]

INSITE projects secure £5 million in funding

The Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) and Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture (CEFAS) have announced 7 INSITE projects set to receive £5 million of funding over the next 3 years. The awards come after an Announcement of Opportunity from NERC in 2019 inviting researchers to submit proposals for a new programme of science [...]

ABB teams up with Yinson on offshore oil and gas project in Brazil

ABB has signed an agreement with energy solutions provider Yinson for electrical, control and telecommunication equipment and services onboard the FPSO Anna Nery bound for the Marlim 2 oil field in Campos Basin, Brazil. Yinson secured the contract to convert the 2002 Crude Oil Tanker leading operations and maintenance of the FPSO. The vessel is planned [...]

AGR automates end-of-well reporting for exploration company

AGR’s software unit has delivered the first automated end-of-well report for Lundin Energy Norway. The firm’s industry-leading plug-and-play solution, iQx™, was used to generate the detailed well completion report for a well drilled in the Edvard Grieg area by the Leiv Eiriksson rig. Lundin Energy Norway will now use the cloud-based iQx™ [...]

TSG Marine leads the fight against COVID-19 offshore

North east marine engineering specialist TSG Marine is taking new molecular technology offshore in a bid to get the sector back up to speed safely amidst the COVID-19 crisis. TSG Marine is deploying a rapid sanitisation system which not only renders a workplace immediately virus-free but also features a unique molecular layer which, when applied [...]

Centrifuges Un-Limited eyes Norwegian growth

Aberdeen-based service company Centrifuges Un-Limited plans to grow its headcount to 20 by the end of the year, as it presses on with growing its core business and exploring diversification opportunities. Acquired by Linton Investments at the beginning of 2020, more than half of business secured by the company since has been won on the international [...]

Dräger announces ongoing Aberdeen investment

Medical and safety technology company Dräger Marine and Offshore has confirmed a new phase of investment in its Aberdeen office. The investment will focus on significantly expanding the company’s rental fleet of offshore safety equipment, which includes its industry-leading fire and rescue apparatus. The company’s safety products are employed [...]

John Lawrie completes MV Kaami decommissioning at Kishorn

Aberdeen headquartered metal waste recycling and processing firm John Lawrie Metals has confirmed the successful completion of a first-of-its-kind project in partnership with Kishorn Port Limited (KPL). The project involved the downsizing and recycling of the MV Kaami, a general cargo vessel recovered six miles off the north west coast of Skye after [...]

Iqarus expands remote consultations to support workers during COVID-19

Global occupational health services company, Iqarus, is now carrying out 50% of all consultations remotely to protect the health of energy industry workers. This has been fuelled by the impact of COVID-19, soaring from just 2% usage before the pandemic. Iqarus, part of International SOS, has been working around the clock with clients to support those [...]

Neptune Energy awards Cygnus remote monitoring contract to Fugro

Neptune Energy has awarded a subsea inspection contract to geo-data specialist, Fugro, for the surveying of subsea structures at the Cygnus gas field in the UK’s southern North Sea. Fugro’s will use state-of-the-art remote monitoring technology to inspect subsea infrastructure including pipelines and umbilicals, spools and communication cables, [...]

Carjon-NRG supports delivery of online technology platform

Aberdeen headquartered technology deployment service company Carjon-NRG is linking with TechnologyCatalogue.com, to deliver a UK Energy Technology Platform. This platform will connect technology operators, developers and end-users in the UK oil, gas and renewable energy sectors and support rapid technology deployment. End-users can quickly get an [...]

Rever Offshore completes multi-million IRM contract

Subsea project delivery and execution provider Rever Offshore has announced the completion of a two-phase contract with energy major Total E&P UK. Beginning in late March, Rever undertook an onshore project management and engineering campaign, accompanied by an initial 41-day offshore operation and subsequent 10-day campaign, to conduct essential [...]

OGTC Board welcomes Tendeka’s Gillian King

Tendeka’s VP for Europe, Russia, CIS & Africa, Gillian King, has joined the Board of The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC). Gillian has worked in the oil and gas industry for almost 20 years and is passionate about new technology. Throughout her time at Tendeka, she has played a key role in the commercialisation of swellable packers and [...]

Exceed increases global footprint, establishes Exceed Norge

Aberdeen-headquartered well management and performance improvement specialist Exceed has announced the establishment of Exceed Norge. The new unit reflects its parent company’s ongoing strategy to strengthen and diversify its profile, in terms of both geographic footprint and services offered. The Stavanger-based subsidiary is headed up by managing [...]

Brodies launches Oil & Gas Academy webinars

Brodies LLP is re-launching its Oil & Gas Academy series, now in an online format. Aimed at in-house lawyers and commercial managers in the sector, the seminars provide delegates with the opportunity to extend their depth of knowledge, breadth of skills and range of contacts. The firm will hold three one-hour sessions over the coming months, [...]

Cyberhawk secures five-year software contract with Shell

Drone-based inspection and asset visualisation expert Cyberhawk has secured a five-year, multimillion-dollar software contract with Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell). The company’s iHawk platform will become Shell’s next generation visualisation software platform for all onshore, offshore and subsea assets, as well as all global construction projects. Cyberhawk, [...]

Fraser Well Management secures first production well operatorship appointment

Well engineering and project management specialist Fraser Well Management (FWM) has assumed the production well operatorship of six southern North Sea development wells, marking the launch of a new product line. The work centres on NEO Energy’s Babbage platform, and includes five gas production wells and one suspended well. The scope of work covers [...]

Add Energy launches AssetVoice smart solution

Add Energy’s Asset and Integrity Management (AIM) division has developed a new integrated solution to monitor, track and analyse components of fixed assets in real-time. The award-winning technology, AssetVoice™, combines features from asset management, change management and real-time location systems, and offers a single source of data for an [...]