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Support for North Sea Transition Deal confirms exciting future for changing industry

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has praised industry and political backing for the North Sea Transition deal published today. OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie this morning attended a roundtable hosted by BEIS Energy Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan, along with senior representatives from industry and the Oil [...]

North Sea Transition Deal to deliver home grown transition towards government net zero targets

The UK government has today announced (Wednesday, 24 March) that it will deliver a transformational deal in partnership with the UK oil and gas industry to tackle climate change and deliver key aspects of their ten-point plan. The deal is the first of its kind by any G7 country, setting an example of how oil and gas producing countries can move fairly towards a [...]

Just Transition Commission Report welcome news for workforce says OGUK

Commenting today on the recommendations published in the Just Transition Commission’s final report which said the Scottish Government should create a “skills guarantee” to help workers make the leap from oil and gas to low-carbon sectors, OGUK’s workforce engagement and skills manager, Dr Alix Thom said: “Oil and gas workers have a key [...]

bp’s hydrogen project a great example of low-carbon energy innovation says OGUK

Following bp’s announcement today (March 18) that it proposes to develop the UK’s largest hydrogen project in Teesside, Mike Tholen, OGUK's Sustainability Director commented: “This is a brilliant example of how OGUK members such as bp are pioneering low-carbon energy innovations which will transform our economy and accelerate the UK’s drive [...]

Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Blueprint a key opportunity for UK supply chain says OGUK

Commenting on the launch of the UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy announced today (17 March) OGUK’s Sustainability Director, Mike Tholen said: “Many of our members are already active in decarbonisation projects and committed to bringing carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and offshore floating wind projects to life across [...]

£3bn lost investment during pandemic could threaten green recovery

The oil and gas industry has said the UK’s energy transition could be under threat unless the government can provide vital support for the sector. OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has stated that securing and sustaining investment in the sector is now critical to help the UK quickly realise a net-zero [...]

OGUK comment in response to possible ban on new exploration licences

In response to a story published today in The Sunday Telegraph which suggests Ministers are considering declaring the beginning of the end for the North Sea oil industry with a ban on new exploration licences. Commenting on the story, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry recognises the urgent [...]

Oil and gas industry welcomes Chancellors’ Budget measures to support green energy transition

The UK oil and gas industry has welcomed some of the measures announced by the Chancellor in today’s Budget, adding that now close cooperation with the sector is essential to maximise its world-leading expertise and assure a successful green energy transition. The leading representative body for the sector OGUK said the combination of taxation [...]

Oil and gas industry welcomes job creation and recognition of its positive role in net zero economy

  The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement that Scottish businesses are set to receive a boost to their green energy transition and further investment to create local jobs in key sectors with a more than £57 million investment in tomorrow’s Budget (Wednesday 3 March). The leading [...]

OGUK Conference to discuss Health, Safety and Environment in a post-pandemic world.

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has announced that tickets are now live for its first-ever wholly digital Health, Safety & Environment Conference. As we follow on from the tumultuous events of 2020, this year‘s conference asks the question, ‘Where next for our industry?’ The event, titled ‘Looking [...]

Shell transformation plans underline value of homegrown transition

Commenting on Shell's pledge made today (11 February) to accelerate the drive for net-zero emissions, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “It is an exciting time for the country’s oil and gas industry as we see companies including Shell demonstrate how our sector is transforming to meet the clean energy challenge, putting their expertise [...]

Equinor Senior Vice-President named Co-chair of OGUK board

5 February 2021 The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry has today announced the appointment of a new co-chair to its board, as the sector focuses on the industry’s recovery whilst meeting net-zero targets for 2021. Arne Gürtner, Senior Vice President UK & Ireland Offshore at Equinor has now assumed this role bringing [...]

OGUK responds to Greenpeace Unearthed report on emissions from flaring and venting

Following the publication today (1 February) of Greenpeace's Unearthed unit's report looking into emissions from venting and flaring on the UKCS, OGUK's emissions improvement manager, Louise O’Hara Murray said: “We know that there is more work to be done and we’re already in action to ramp up our response as an industry. As one of the first [...]

Oil & gas industry needs to ‘reimagine’ its business and models to maximise energy transition opportunities

Enhancing collaborative culture within the offshore oil and gas industry is not only key to maximising the potential of its existing world class supply chain but could also unlock future activity in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and be key to delivering a successful Net-Zero future. Improving commercial models which support cost reduction whilst [...]

OGUK responds to Scottish Government proposal to halt backing of oversea oil and gas activity

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s proposal to end all overseas trade backing and promotion activities focused on fossil fuel goods and services by COP26, OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie OBE said: “We are requesting an urgent meeting with Scottish Ministers so that we can highlight the effect this policy may have on members, particularly [...]

OGUK CEO says Energy White Paper must be opportunity for jobs and communities

OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie OBE has today appeared before the House of Commons Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee to give evidence on the Energy White Paper (EWP), published in December. The recently published paper provides a critical opportunity for a transformational North Sea Transition Deal (NSTD) to deliver [...]

OGUK responds to Brexit deal outcome as EU Future Relationship bill voted through

The UK offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed the deal outcome between the EU and the UK as the EU (Future Relationship) bill is voted on in parliament today. The leading representative body for the sector said that as the detail of the agreement is worked through, it is important that any friction and red tape is kept to a minimum whist ensuring [...]

OGUK appoints two directors to drive forward stakeholder and communications agenda

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is appointing two directors to lead its newly created External Relations and Communications directorates aimed at supporting the current and evolving needs of OGUK’s members as the sector transitions towards a low carbon future. Natalie Coupar takes up the role of Communications [...]

Revised regulator strategy confirms alignment on industry future

The UK is set to lead the way in demonstrating how oil and gas producing countries can successfully and fairly transition towards a net zero future, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE has said in a message to members today. In an end of year message to over 400 member organisations based across  the UK, Deirdre Michie said the stage is now [...]

Trio of board appointments as OGUK looks ahead to 2021 ambitions

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 the industry’s recovery and meeting net zero targets as it looks ahead to the new year. Jose Luis Muñoz is CEO of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited. José Luis joined Repsol in 2005 [...]

AGR signs with dCarbonX to accelerate GeoEnergy development and decarbonisation

AGR has announced its well management business unit has entered into a strategic framework agreement for decarbonisation exploration with UK-based dCarbonX to support the development of GeoEnergy resources. This includes carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and geothermal and hydrogen storage covering dCarbonX’s planned operated projects in the [...]

Neptune Energy commences Seagull drilling campaign

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners, bp and JAPEX, have announced drilling has commenced on the Seagull project in the UK Central North Sea. The Gorilla VI (JU-248) jack-up rig, operated by Valaris, will drill four wells for the development over the course of the drilling campaign which is expected to last 18 months. Seagull is a high-pressure, [...]

Customs consultancy advises ‘back to basics’ approach to tackle Brexit concerns

North-east customs consultancy Bethan has highlighted the need for businesses to understand basic customs documentation as they adjust to the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU. In a blog, founder and Director of Oldmeldrum-based Bethan Customs Consultancy, Nicola Alexander, notes that a high proportion of businesses who deal solely with [...]

Bilfinger Salamis opens new logistics facility in North East

Integrated maintenance, modifications and services contractor Bilfinger Salamis UK has opened a new 27,000 sq. ft. operations and logistics site in Aberdeen, marking a long-term commitment to the region and UK energy market. Located in one of the most accessible low carbon business communities in Scotland, Bilfinger at The Core will operate as the [...]

EC-OG appoints new chairman to fuel international growth

EC-OG, a developer of intelligent battery and energy management technology for the energy industry, has appointed Bob MacDonald as Chairman. Bob was previously CEO of the Specialist Technology Solutions (STS) business for Wood, a global leader in energy projects, and has nearly thirty years’ experience covering multiple sectors across the energy [...]

Bristow achieves ISO 14001 certification for UK operations

Bristow Group’s UK operations have received International Organization for Standards (ISO) 14001 certification, making the company one of the first vertical lift operators in the UK to achieve the global standard. The certification confirms Bristow’s UK operations have a certified environmental management systems (EMS) in place to monitor, manage, [...]

Proserv division Gilmore appoints CEO to lead expansion plans

Flow control solutions provider Gilmore, a Proserv company, has appointed 25-year energy industry veteran David Nemetz as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Gilmore, a long-established Houston based business and an integral component of Aberdeen-headquartered Proserv’s global portfolio, has been providing cutting-edge flow control solutions, [...]

Asset55 secures further 3-year global deal with BP

Flange management and construction solutions technology house, asset55, has secured a further 3-year contract term to provide global flange management assurance to BP. Having originally delivered flange management software and services on the HUC phase of the Glen Lyon FPSO in the North Sea through 2015, shortly after BP commissioned asset55 to carry [...]

AREG and European Space Agency sign MOI to support renewables sector

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) to analyse, develop and implement space-enabled technology and services to support the renewable energy sector. The organisations will work together to foster the development of space-utilising applications to support technical and [...]

Survivex gains IWCF approval for well intervention training

Training provider Survivex has received approval from the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) to run well intervention courses from its Well Control Training Centre of Excellence in Aberdeen. Well intervention is essential training for those working in critical well intervention positions and Survivex has been approved to offer the full range [...]

Helicopter operators create mental health support network for UK offshore pilots

Bristow Helicopters, CHC, NHV and Babcock have joined forces to lead a collaborative peer assistance network to support the mental health of offshore pilots in the UK. Upcoming changes to regulations set out by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) require all UK operators to have an effective peer assistance network in place by February [...]

Wood to deliver late-life solutions for Morecambe Bay gas fields

Wood has entered into a new agreement with Spirit Energy to partner on the delivery of late-life solutions for the Morecambe Bay gas fields, one of the UK’s largest gas accumulations. The five-year consolidated services contract, valued at $130 million, will see Wood leverage its experience and capability in late-life asset optimisation and management [...]

Safe Influx granted patent for novel automated well control technology

Safe Influx Ltd, a provider of automated well control solutions, has been granted a patent by the United Kingdom Patent Office covering its automated well control technology. This patent recognises the ability of the automated well control to detect the presence of a fluid influx condition in a wellbore, make a decision against criteria to shut-in, [...]

Survivex awarded technology-led training contract for BP

Aberdeen-based offshore training provider, Survivex, has started work on a contract with BP to develop and deliver a bespoke four-week training programme for the operational personnel on the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim development project. The contract will see Survivex, part of the 3T Energy Group, train BP personnel in safety-critical operating procedures [...]

Bethan Customs explores deferred Customs entries

As of 1 January 2021, HMRC is allowing businesses to defer entry of their Customs declarations on goods imported or exported for up to six months. In essence this will maintain the security of the supply chain during what promises to be a period of upheaval for businesses which trade with EU partners. When considering this, the most important consideration [...]

Digital courses launched to improve industry safety standards

A new collaboration that brings two major operators together with a leading energy e-learning firm is aiming to raise standards and improve training levels across the UK and wider North Sea oil and gas sector. The joint venture between Spirit Energy, Neptune Energy, and Norwell EDGE will deliver a digital well integrity training programme based around [...]

Xodus Group expands emissions team to support Net Zero

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its emissions team to support clients and the wider energy industry in achieving its Net Zero goals. Xodus has added experienced atmospherics expert Natasha Howlett to lead an in-house emissions management division, which will support clients’ emissions reduction initiatives around the world. This new [...]

Tendeka appoints new Production Enhancement Manager

Global completions service company Tendeka has appointed a new product line manager to drive its production enhancement offering around the world. Dr Li Jiang will be responsible for bringing new products to market to bolster Tendeka’s Production Enhancement portfolio, generating revenue through fluid technologies that complement the company’s [...]

Proserv, Intelligent Plant sign strategic agreement to drive digital evolution

Controls technology company Proserv Controls has penned an innovative strategic alliance with Intelligent Plant, an award-winning software engineering firm. The aim of the tie-up is to combine the two firms’ respective expertise in control systems and data analysis to provide operators with digital solutions tailored to their needs. This would [...]

Costain gains Kitemark certification for innovation in industry

Smart infrastructure solutions company Costain is one of the first to achieve the BSI Kitemark for innovation. Costain worked in partnership with BSI, the business improvement company, to help design and pilot the new global certification scheme for innovation. Designed to help organisations improve their innovation management performance and demonstrate [...]