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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 [...]

Oil and gas industry publish blueprint for net zero

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has outlined its contribution to the UK and Scottish Government net-zero ambitions as part of an ambitious blueprint showing what the sector could look like in future. Roadmap to 2035: A Blueprint for net-zero sets out five key themes requiring industry, government and regulator action to ensure the sector [...]

Offshore Safety Award Winners Announced

Safety champions of the North Sea have been recognised at the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards in Aberdeen today. The annual awards ceremony, jointly organised by OGUK and Step Change in Safety and sponsored by TOTAL, celebrates the outstanding individuals and companies going above and beyond to improve safety across offshore operations on the UK Continental [...]

Timely insight on Brexit and other topical issues at industry legal conference

Brexit, the growing prominence of private equity investors in the North Sea and decommissioning under scrutiny are among key themes at OGUK’s 2019 legal conference taking place on September 12 at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. Offering in-house and private practice lawyers of all levels a deeper awareness of industry’s key issues, the full day [...]

Workforce stabilisation sets foundation for industry’s bright future

Total employment supported by the UK offshore oil and gas sector is now back in line with industry’s long-term trend, according to new research published today by the leading representative body for the industry.   OGUK’s 2019 Workforce Report, which provides insight into the employment landscape across the UK oil and gas sector, anticipates [...]

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 [...]

Valaris announces new contract wins

Rig operator Valaris has announced new contracts and contract extensions, covering operations in Mexico, Norway, Trinidad and the North Sea. Amongst the agreements reported in the 26 August trading update is a contract extension for the VALARIS JU-247 (Rowan Gorilla V) in the North Sea, which Total has extended by eight months from March 2020 to [...]

Wellit UK Limited launches in Aberdeen

Norway-based software company Wellit has opened a new UK subsidiary - Wellit UK Limited - to support a rapidly growing customer base. Based in Aberdeen’s Marischal Square, the new UK headquarters will give comprehensive support to the growing number of companies using its logistics suite, better known as WELS. The software enables all parties in [...]

Bethan Customs advises on AEO status

A recent blog post from Bethan Customs Consultancy suggests that securing Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status will prove highly beneficial for businesses involved in the international supply chain. AEO is an internationally recognised quality mark that is awarded to businesses which can prove firstly, that their place in the international supply [...]

Bilfinger UK awarded INEOS maintenance contracts

Bilfinger UK has been awarded multi-million-pound contracts to deliver maintenance services for global chemical producer INEOS at two sites in Scotland. The agreements, which will run over an initial period to the end of January 2021, will see Bilfinger UK deliver scaffolding access, insulation, painting, asbestos management and passive fire protection [...]

DEKRA explores how operational discipline supports excellence

DEKRA Organisational Reliability has published a new focus article titled 'Achieving Operational Excellence Through Operational Discipline'. Operational excellence, which must include an impeccable safety record, is an outcome that all companies strive for. The secret to reaching this universal goal is focusing on the input, the combination of behaviours, [...]

Equinor starts up Mariner field

Equinor and its partners have announced first oil from the Mariner field in the UK North Sea. The field is expected to produce more than 300 million barrels of oil over the next 30 years. Mariner, Equinor’s first operated field on the UKCS, is reported to have up to 3 billion barrels of oil in place. It is expected to produce annual average plateau [...]

Well-Safe awards refurbishment contracts for Well-Safe Guardian

Well-Safe Solutions has announced the award of two contracts to continue the transformation of the Well-Safe Guardian into a bespoke plug and abandonment unit. Global Energy Group and Rigfit7seas have been appointed to deliver the ambitious refurbishment of the semi-submersible drilling rig, the decommissioning company’s first asset. Global Energy [...]

OGIC to support drilling technology innovation at University of Aberdeen

The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) is supporting projects at the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Applied Dynamics Research (CADR), enabling the team to develop new technologies for use in offshore drilling operations. So far, OGIC has provided a total of £640,000 of co-funding for the seven projects which will see the CADR team partner [...]

OPEX wins CNOOC digital services contract

OPEX Group has secured a new multi-million-pound contract with CNOOC Petroleum Europe, for the provision of digital services across the company’s UKCS assets. The three-year contract, with extension options, will see OPEX’s X-PAS predictive analysis service rolled out on the Buzzard, Golden Eagle and Scott platforms, supporting operations across [...]

Peterson expands partnership with Chrysaor

Energy logistics provider Peterson has been awarded a new contract with Chrysaor to extend its current integrated logistics services agreement. The 18-month contract extension, with options for three further one-year extensions, will see Peterson support Chrysaor across all its North Sea assets. The scope includes warehousing, transport and marine [...]