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Industry offers support to critical workers keeping UK running

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has teamed up with Step Change in Safety, the industry’s recognised safety organisation to offer support to the tens of thousands of workers keeping the UK running with secure and affordable energy during the coronavirus pandemic. A new dedicated online hubs with [...]

OGUK welcomes Government action to support workers and companies in face of triple impact on industry

The UK offshore oil and gas industry which plays a vital role in the security of energy supply for the nation has been severely hit by the triple impact of COVID-19, the oil price crash and the lowest gas prices in the last ten years. With many businesses facing a fight for survival, industry body OGUK, that represents over 400 companies has welcomed [...]

Industry welcomes inclusion on key workers list

OGUK has today welcomed the UK Government’s announcement that oil and gas workers are included on a list of key workers whose children will be prioritised for education provision. Commenting, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “As an industry we are committed to doing everything possible we can to help the country and our businesses [...]

First Efficiency Webinar of 2020 promotes effective project management

Effective project management is the topic under scrutiny at the first Efficiency event of 2020, which OGUK and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) will co-host via a webinar on March 24. Anyone keen to improve project management performance can dial in to a breakfast-time web-based seminar focusing on the ECITB’s recently [...]

OGUK warns industry position is paper thin in face of oil price and coronavirus pressures

The combination of the global economic impact of the continued spread of the coronavirus, the most dramatic fall in oil price in almost 30 years and a halving of gas prices is driving an increasingly fragile outlook for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector. Severe pressures are already building across the sector’s supply chain, with the pressures [...]

COVID-19 Update

OGUK Health, Safety and Environment Director Trevor Stapleton said: “OGUK continues to work with our members to share official advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the relevant bodies to ensure the health of the people in our industry. "This sector is experienced in managing risks associated with complex safety and health matters, with robust [...]

OGUK Business Outlook Breakfasts – update

In light of the developing spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the UK and elsewhere, the team at OGUK has been evaluating the Business Outlook Report launch events planned to take place on Wednesday 18 March and have now taken the decision to cancel the breakfast briefings in both Aberdeen and London. OGUK prides itself in providing excellent market [...]

Update on OGUK events

OGUK has today (Tuesday, March 3) confirmed it has taken the decision to postpone a number of its events this year in light of the developing spread of coronavirus. The below events will be postponed, and new dates will be released in due course: •            Share Fair, March 24th, Aberdeen •            Doctors’ [...]

Just Transition Commission report underlines need for fair, inclusive and sustainable transition

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector, OGUK, has highlighted its plan to ensure the sector can help deliver net zero emissions while providing the secure and affordable energy Scotland needs as it transitions to a low carbon future. It comes in response to an interim report published by the Scottish Government-appointed [...]

OGUK response to Coronavirus

Commenting on the current concerns regarding coronavirus in the UK, Trevor Stapleton, OGUK's HSE director, said: "We’re already working with our members to share official advice on coronavirus (Covid-19) from the relevant bodies and will continue to work across the sector to ensure the health of the people in our industry. This sector is well versed [...]

Early sight of business opportunities at OGUK’s Springtime Share Fair

  Supply chain companies keen to be among the first to learn about business opportunities will benefit from advance information on major oil and gas projects by participating in OGUK’s Share Fair in Aberdeen on March 24. As the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, OGUK’s popular business development [...]

Flagship industry conference to reinforce oil and gas delivery in a net zero context

Efforts by the sector to support decarbonisation, improve business competitiveness and develop skills for the future will be explored at OGUK's annual industry conference in Aberdeen on Wednesday 3 June. Nearly 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference, titled "Getting to Net Zero - Roadmap 2035" and will consider the progress being made [...]

Digitalisation critical to delivery of Roadmap 2035

The need for improved digitalisation across North Sea operations and the critical role of data in delivering Roadmap 2035, the UK oil and gas industry’s blueprint for net zero, will come under the spotlight at OGUK’s Data and Digital Day on Tuesday 25 February 2020 at The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen. The inaugural event, chaired by Dr Daniel Brown, [...]

UK oil and gas industry outlines transition plans

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry today outlined the details of its response to UK and Scottish Government net zero commitments in a keynote speech delivered by OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE. Speaking to an audience of politicians, policymakers and campaign groups in Edinburgh, Deirdre Michie [...]

OGUK responds to OGA energy transition challenge

The Chairman of the Oil and Gas Authority has challenged the UK oil and gas sector to respond to the energy transition. Commenting, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive OGUK said: “We are an industry in action. Roadmap 2035: a blueprint for Net Zero is one of the first major industrial responses to government plans to reduce or offset carbon emissions [...]

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 [...]

READ opens new North America facilities

Cased hole logging specialist READ Cased Hole has reinforced its commitment to the North American oil and gas market by opening new facilities in Houston and Anchorage. The move enhances READ’s capacity to meet increasing demand for well integrity, production logging, reservoir evaluation and data analysis services throughout the region. In Houston, [...]

DEKRA explores how to cultivate the next generation of HSE experts

In a new blog post, DEKRA Organisational Reliability notes how companies that have historically relied on the expertise of foreign nationals to provide leadership, especially around safety, are looking increasingly to their own citizens to fill these positions. Finding experienced, qualified candidates presents challenges where safety legislation [...]

Equinor starts up third UK development in 2019

6 December saw Equinor UK and its partners commence production from Barnacle, the company’s third upstream development in the UK to come onstream in 2019. Barnacle is located in UK waters, just 2km from the UK-Norway maritime border and consists of one extended reach well tied back to the Statfjord B platform. The field is the first in Equinor’s [...]

SSI RM supports Global Marine success

Specialist security risk management company SSI RM successfully accompanied Global Marine across 18 site reconnaissance visits in the Philippines in November. Assessing site suitability for a possible large future cable lay network, SSI RM deployed three travel managers to accompany three Global Marine teams across the countrywide campaign, which [...]

Neptune awards drilling services contracts for Seagull

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX have awarded new drilling services contracts for the Seagull project in the UK North Sea. All contracts have been awarded under a three-year agreement, with two one-year options to extend. M I Drilling Fluids will provide mud, drilling fluids and well-bore clean-up services; Halliburton Manufacturing [...]

Unique Group wins COOEC saturation dive system contract

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract by China Offshore Oil Engineering Co. (COOEC), for the design and manufacture of a classed saturation diving system. The system will be installed on a COOEC vessel, with additional services including technical support during and post-installation. [...]

Rever Offshore announces Topaz charter extension

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Rever Offshore has announced a three-year extension to the charter of its dive support vessel Rever Topaz. The contract will see Rever secure exclusive access to this asset from long-term partner Volstad Maritime until December 2022, with flexible options to extend again to the end of 2025. Rever says the vessel [...]

Ampelmann designs new crew and cargo transfer system

Dutch offshore access provider Ampelmann is developing a new full motion compensation system, with the ability to transfer personnel as well as cargo up to 5,000kg in rough waters offshore. The E5000 is the latest development by the company and builds on the proven technology of the E1000, released in 2016. The new system will be able to operate [...]

Starn Group increases reach with Dynamic Air Shelters acquisition

Starn Group, owner of the Safehouse Habitats and Sabre Safety Services businesses headquartered in Dundee, has successfully completed its acquisition of Canada-based Dynamic Air Shelters for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition extends the group’s reach, adding bespoke, blast-resistant and environmental protection air-supported shelters to its range [...]

Antin sells Kellas Midstream to Blackrock And GIC

Private equity group Antin Infrastructure Partners has sold Kellas Midstream to a joint venture of BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Funds (GEPIF III) and GIC. Kellas owns and operates key gas infrastructure in the UK, including the Central Area Transmission System (CATS), the Esmond Transportation System (ETS), and the Humber [...]

Costain’s Energy business secures over £4m in contracts

Infrastructure solutions company Costain has secured some £4 million worth of design, engineering and consultancy contracts for the energy market which will see the Group shaping the future for sustainable operations and improved efficiencies at several UK onshore gas terminals. The awards being delivered by the Aberdeen-based team include topside [...]

Sword acquires Dataco Ltd

Data services provider DataCo Ltd has been acquired by Sword Group. Focused primarily on the oil and gas industry, DataCo provides information management solutions and support, helping customers reduce costs and increase efficiency through effective data management. With offices in the UK (Aberdeen), Netherlands (The Hague), Australia (Perth) and [...]

Aramark recognised for exemplary standards

The Aramark team for the BP North Sea HQ (NSHQ) has successfully gained full HSEQ ISO accreditation across three prestigious ISO standards: ISO14001, ISO9001 and ISO45001. ISO14001 is the international standard for designing and implementing an effective environmental management system, while ISO9001 is the international standard for a quality management [...]

Stork wins EnQuest crew service contract

Stork, part of Fluor’s Diversified Services segment, has been awarded a five-year contract by EnQuest to provide multi-skilled deck crew services for its northern and central North Sea assets. Stork’s crew will provide services for the Heather, Thistle and Magnus platforms in the northern North Sea, and FPSO vessels in the northern and central North [...]

IOG completes farm-out and FID

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has completed its farm-out transaction with CalEnergy Resources and made final investment decision on Phase 1 of its Core Project. This comprises 410 bcf of 2P+2C reserves and resources across six discovered UK southern North Sea gas fields. IOG and CalEnergy have said they will shortly be submitting confirmation of [...]

Well-Safe Solutions secures major investment

Well-Safe Solutions has secured over £66 million in new investment to fund its next phase of growth as a tier one well decommissioning company. MW&L Capital Partners led the investment round, bringing together a consortium of private investors to acquire a major stake in the business. Launched in 2017 to provide a ground-breaking approach to [...]

Peterson wins Premier Oil contract renewal

Peterson has strengthened its relationship with independent E&P group Premier Oil after it renewed a long-term contract worth over £20 million. Peterson has worked with Premier since 2010 providing integrated logistics services to support its North Sea activity. The contract will see Peterson provide support for up to a decade, with the first [...]

OGTC launches next round of TechX

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has launched the third year of its accelerator programme, TechX, with the announcement of new industry partner Equinor. The TechX Pioneer Programme helps ambitious start-ups take their solutions to the energy market faster. 21 companies have so far graduated from the award-winning programme, supporting the [...]

Aker Solutions outlines low-carbon strategy

Aker Solutions will aim to generate nearly half its revenue from renewable or low-carbon solutions by 2030, according to its newly outlined '20/25/30 strategy'. This would see the company derive 20% of its revenue from renewable energy and 25% from distinct low-carbon solutions by the year 2030. The renewable energy solutions will primarily come [...]

Development plan submitted for Platypus gas project

UK and Netherlands-focused energy group Parkmead has announced the filing of a draft Field Development Plan (FDP) and Environmental Statement (ES) for the Platypus gas project. The two documents were submitted to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) by Dana Petroleum (59%), [...]