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Climate change will be solved by solutions not stunts

Commenting on protests outside oil and gas offices in Aberdeen today, OGUK Stakeholder & Communications Director Gareth Wynn said: “Climate change will be solved by practical actions not conspiracy theories and stunts. It’s disappointing that this group is choosing to disrupt the normal working day of people in this industry, causing alarm [...]

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 [...]

Zennor plot new projects tied to Finlaggan field

  Surrey-based operator Zennor Petroleum Ltd plans for two more central North Sea projects which would follow on from the firm’s Finlaggan development. The Finlaggan field, situated in the Central North Sea, will produce via two subsea production wells tied back 12 miles to the Britannia field. Read more... Read more

Equinor extends production at two North Sea fields

  Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has approved Equinor’s proposals for long-term field-life extensions in the North Sea. Equinor now has consent to continue operating the Tordis and Vigdis field until the end of 2036 and 2040 respectively. Read more... Read more

Crondall Energy heads study for innovative pilot field development

  Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialist, has been awarded a contract by Pharis Energy to deliver a Concept Select study for the operator’s Pilot Field development in the Central North Sea. The study will development approaches for the Pilot field, including the facilities, marine and subsea scope of [...]

DNV GL release latest Energy Transition Outlook

  DNV GL released it's Energy Transition Outlook 2019 this week. The report provides an independent forecast of developments in the world energy mix to 2050. DNV GL is a leading provider of risk management and quality assurance services to the industries including oil and gas. Read more... Read more

CNOOC begins drilling at Howick prospect

  Howick prospect, owned by CNOOC, was drilled at the site on August 31 by the Island Innovator semi-submersible rig. Drilling is expected to last 49 days. The discovery, located west of Shetland, is operated by CNOOC with a 70% stake, while the remaining 30% is held by Ineos. Read more... Read more

Independent Oil and Gas confirms new gas discovery in Southern North Sea

  Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has confirmed a gas discovery at its Harvey appraisal well in the Southern North Sea. Initial analysis of data demonstrates the presence of a 49ft gas column at the top of the Permian Leman Sandstone reservoir. The IOG has started the analysis required to reach a definitive view on resource range, reservoir [...]

BP introduces continuous methane measurement for new projects

  BP will implement drones and surveillance cameras to continuously monitor methane emissions at every new project. Some existing facilities will also be retrofitted with fixed detection gear as part of a wider initiative by BP to reduce its impact on the environment. The methane sensor uses technology originally designed by Nasa for its [...]

Ashstead acquires Underwater Cutting Solutions

Ashtead Technology has expanded its inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) and decommissioning capabilities with the acquisition of Underwater Cutting Solutions (UCS) for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2004, UCS provides mechanical cutting, dredging and coating removal equipment and services to the North Sea. It has developed and deployed a suite [...]

Bureau Veritas offers vision of the future with HoloLens

Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, is using cutting-edge technology to reduce costs for clients, while increasing safety for engineers. Using Microsoft HoloLens equipment, BV can provide an augmented reality system enabling inspection experts to view parts, understand inspection requirements and digitally [...]

Ancala Midstream secures gas-processing contract with Zennor

Ancala Midstream Acquisitions has secured a life-of-field contract to process the gas sourced from the Finlaggan field, owned by Zennor Pathway. The gas will be processed through Ancala Midstream’s Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) terminal in St. Fergus, north east Scotland. Ancala says that the multi-million-pound contract will help ensure [...]

Serica Energy digitises safety with Restrata Platform

Serica Energy has become the first operator to digitise safety in the North Sea after signing a deal to adopt the Restrata Platform – technology which enables real-time monitoring of people and assets around the world. The Restrata Platform allows operators to safeguard the operational safety of their employees and to quickly locate them in an [...]

TWMA secures £20m of North Sea contracts

Drilling waste management company TWMA has secured new contracts worth £20 million in the North Sea during the first eight months of 2019. The contracts, with major North Sea operators, will see TWMA provide offshore processing of drilling waste using its innovative TCC RotoMill® technology, which allows drill cuttings to be recycled back into [...]

Craig International launches sustainable procurement service

Procurement specialist Craig International is launching a sustainable approach to sourcing and supplying oilfield products and services with the aim of reducing the industry’s carbon footprint. Ecobuy, launched at Offshore Europe 2019, will offer customers the option to buy more environmentally friendly and less wasteful products, as well as limiting [...]

READ launches new brand for ANSA Analytics

READ Cased Hole’s ANSA Data Analytics business has unveiled its new brand identity during the 2019 SPE Offshore Europe Conference & Exhibition in Aberdeen. Over the last 30 years, ANSA has been delivering data analysis services covering well integrity, production logging and reservoir evaluation to oil and gas customers all around the world. [...]

NHV wins Petrofac heli service contract

NHV Group has secured a new long-term contract to provide helicopter services for oilfield services group Petrofac. Under the new four-year agreement, four crew change flights per week will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the FPF1 floating production facility using Airbus Super Medium type H175 helicopters. NHV began operating out of Aberdeen [...]

Safehouse introduce new ATEX and IECEx certified habitat system

Safehouse, world leaders in the provision of technology-led products and services engineered to protect people working in hazardous environments, announce the introduction of its new SAFEHOUSE Habitat System. The new system is the successor to Safehouse's Gas Sensing Module (GSM) and ancillary equipment. It has been designed from the ground up and [...]

Siccar Point awards Cambo FEED contract to Sembcorp Marine

Siccar Point Energy has awarded an exclusive Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract to Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters for the design of a Sevan cylindrical FPSO for its Cambo field development. Located 125km northwest of the Shetland Islands and in a water depth of 1,100m, the Cambo field was discovered in 2002 and a final successful [...]

ASCO builds materials management solution for Equinor

Aberdeen-headquartered logistics and materials management company ASCO has completed a collaboration with Equinor, providing a unique digital solution for materials management practice. Developed in collaboration with Equinor, ASCO's ‘iLMS Track and Trace’ solution will facilitate a move away from the traditional energy supply chain model in [...]

RelyOn Nutec secures training agreement with Rever

Safety training and competence management group RelyOn Nutec has secured a three-year training management service agreement with subsea solutions firm Rever Offshore. RelyOn Nutec’s Training Management Service (TMS) will manage the training matrix and associated resources for Rever, with an option to increase the agreement for a further two years [...]

Petrofac wins central North Sea decommissioning contract

Petrofac has been awarded a well decommissioning contract with Hess Limited for well operator and well engineering services at four wells in the Rubie and Renee fields. The wells, located 200 km north east of Aberdeen, were previously shut-in as part of an earlier phase of work but will now be fully decommissioned. Petrofac will be responsible for [...]