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Oil and gas industry welcomes job support and underlines need to remain focused on delivering successful transition

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement of support for employers, including the Job Retention Bonus and moves to support more traineeships and jobs for young people. The leading representative body for the sector OGUK said that the UK faces a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver moves to a [...]

Digital Debut for OGUK’s Share Fair

One of the offshore oil and gas industry’s most significant business development events is going digital in July when OGUK launches the first of its series of Share Fair Spotlight webinars featuring the forward work plans of Spirit Energy next week. Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director said: “Transforming Share Fair from a one-day event [...]

Don’t leave energy communities behind in green recovery plans

The leading representative for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed the Committee on Climate Change report to parliament today, calling for energy communities like the North East of Scotland and the East of England to be put at the heart of plans to transition to a lower carbon future. OGUK recently set out industry commitments to [...]

UK offshore oil and gas industry outlines plan to cut emissions as talks on transformational sector deal formally begin

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today (Tuesday 16) committed to halving operational emissions in the next decade, confirming its pathway to becoming a net zero emissions basin by 2050. The sector is one of the first in the UK to commit to industry-wide targets and provide details on how they will be achieved. A report published by industry [...]

BP job losses underline need to deliver fair transition to net zero

Commenting on news BP is to cut 10,000 jobs globally, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: "This shows the very real and personal impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on jobs and livelihoods while companies are stepping up to deliver the net zero agenda. "There is a serious risk the UK loses the skills it needs not only to meet existing energy [...]

Collaborative working to deliver new survey on oil and gas digitalisation

A key piece of research is launched today by OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry together with the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and Opportunity North East (ONE) to assess the pace and extent of digitalisation across the sector. With support from Deloitte, [...]

First virtual D&I event to highlight sector opportunities  

More than 300 people have signed up to attend OGUK’s first-ever D&I webinar to further explore opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion in what remains a challenging landscape for the UK oil and gas industry. The free webinar ‘An opportunity in the disruption’ offers a virtual chance to network and hear first-hand from industry’s [...]

New online tool promotes collaborative approach to problem-solving

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has launched a new online knowledge-sharing network aimed at encouraging companies to work collaboratively to share problems and source solutions to their efficiency challenges. Users can access the Problem-Solving Network via OGUK’s Efficiency Hub, where they can post [...]

OGUK responds to new academic study on future of UK oil and gas industry

Following the publication of a new report published today by Professor Alex Kamp of  the University of Aberdeen, which has modelled the impact of $25, $35 and $45 oil prices, with corresponding gas rates, OGUK's market intelligence manager, Ross Dornan said: “OGUK continues to work with governments and the OGA to understand how we can protect [...]

Offshore oil and gas industry eyes net zero opportunities in recovery plan

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has convened a group of experts to help shape the sector’s recovery as it looks beyond the immediate health and safety issues posed by COVID-19. BP regional president Ariel Flores, Aker Solutions Head of UK and SVP Europe and Africa Sian Lloyd-Rees, Asset Solutions CEO at Wood [...]

New guidelines help operators to make the most of existing North Sea assets

Companies aiming to get the best possible output from existing North Sea assets, while deferring major new offshore projects, can now boost their efforts with new guidelines published by OGUK today aimed at unlocking brownfield resource opportunities. The guidelines aim to help companies understand good practice in how to identify, rank, approve [...]

OGUK response to Chancellor’s announcement to extend furlough scheme

Commenting on the Chancellor's announcement today that that furlough scheme will be extended for four months until October, OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “OGUK welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement today to extend the furlough scheme until October this year. “Across the country, this industry has been deeply impacted by [...]

OGUK’s response to OGA announcement regarding its proposed revised strategy to support Net Zero

Commenting on the OGA’s announcement that it has signalled its intention to refresh its core aim, including a requirement for industry to help the government achieve the target of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – Mike Tholen, OGUK’s sustainability director, said: “The UK oil and gas industry was one of the first industrial [...]

Industry restates call to support recovery framework as it warns net zero role is not a given

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has repeated its calls to accelerate moves to net zero as part of efforts to support the sector’s recovery. Speaking in response to advice issued to governments by the Committee on Climate Change today, and confirmation by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the UK Government [...]

Industry remains relentlessly vigilant in spite of fall in number of suspected Covid19 cases

Passenger movement figures released today by Step change in Safety and OGUK show a decline in suspected coronavirus cases across the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry.   The data tracks the numbers of workers travelling back offshore, with four different categories of transport depending on their status.   The dataset released [...]

Call for three-stage framework to help head off thousands of job losses in oil and gas industry

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has warned that up to 30,000 jobs could be lost in the sector as it called for the transition to net zero to be put at the heart of recovery plans. The stark warning comes as companies in the sector report an increasingly grim outlook as they deal with the fallout from the [...]

Oil and gas industry rolls out protective snood to offshore workforce

OGUK today confirmed it is supporting the roll-out of a special protective face covering designed for workers travelling to offshore installations in the UK Continental Shelf. The covering can be best described as a snood or buff and is better suited for helicopter travel because it is easier to pull away from the mouth if the emergency breathing [...]

Critical role of industry highlighted amid triple whammy of pressures on sector

A new report published today by OGUK shows domestic oil and gas production in 2019 met nearly two thirds of the UK’s oil and gas demands, highlighting the critical role the UK oil and gas sector continues to play in providing the nation with secure, affordable energy.   The report is published amid calls from OGUK, the leading representative [...]

Oil price drop is body blow for industry already creaking under COVID-19 pressure

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector has warned the latest oil price developments could fundamentally undermine the ability of the industry to recover and serve the energy transition. It comes as US crude oil prices continued to drop this evening while the international benchmark Brent crude traded at just over [...]

Blog: Pass on the PPE

  As we know, the NHS and care providers across the country are in working in very uncertain times and facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is coupled with the ongoing demand for PPE equipment to protect not only key workers and staff, but hospital patients and care home residents. PPE is widely used across [...]

SSI Energy partners with CHC to offer COVID-19 solutions for the offshore industry

Medical and technical personnel provider SSI Energy has partnered with helicopter service group CHC to respond to the energy industry’s requirements during the COVID-19 crisis. The partnership offers operators a collaborative turnkey solution to mitigate the risk posed by the virus. Screening centres, employing specialist SSI Energy medics, have [...]

Kishorn dry dock opens for first time in 25 years

For the first time in over 25 years the dry dock facility at Kishorn Port near Lochcarron in Wester Ross has been fully opened to the sea to allow a shipping vessel into the dock. This marks the start of a new chapter in the life of the dry dock, one of the largest in Europe. In the early hours of Tuesday 5 May 2020, one of the 13,000-tonne dry dock [...]

Petrofac secures UK renewals totalling $100m

Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services business (EPS) has been awarded two three-year renewals in the UK, worth a combined total of more than US$100 million. Both awards come with options to extend beyond the initial term. The awards, gained under a competitive tender process with an international oil company, involve the provision of [...]

Subsea 7 awarded IOG SURF contract

Independent Oil and Gas has awarded a sizeable Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract to Subsea 7, covering the Subsea, Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines (SURF) work on Phase 1 of its Core Project the UK Southern North Sea (SNS). Phase 1 comprises the development and production of the Southwark, Blythe and Elgood fields [...]

DEKRA examines strategies for leadership and mental health

DEKRA Organisational Reliability has released a new white paper exploring how organisations can help build resilient and mentally fit teams. DEKRA offers remote tools designed for the demands of social distancing to support both leaders and the workforce at large during the pandemic and in the aftermath. Its assessments cross a number of key areas [...]

New appointment to drive Xodus’ subsea and pipelines business

Global energy consultancy Xodus Group has appointed a new manager to head up the company’s London subsea and pipelines division. Nigel Underwood will oversee Xodus’ international subsea and pipelines work, from concept through to detailed design and delivery. Mr Underwood joins Xodus from Petrofac, where he was consultancy manager. He has worked [...]

IOG field development plan approved by OGA

Developer and producer Independent Oil and Gas (IOG), has announced that the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has approved the company’s Core Project Phase 1 Field Development Plan (FDP). In an accompanying operations update IOG noted that full contract awards are expected shortly for key Phase 1 workstreams, including platform fabrication, pipelay [...]

Drilling Systems trials web-based software to train drillers remotely

Simulator developer Drilling Systems, part of 3T Energy Group, has launched a web-based version of its well control simulation software following successful trials with Louisiana State University (LSU). LSU was looking for a way to continue delivering high-quality academic instruction to its drilling and well control students during the current coronavirus [...]

International Workers’ Memorial Day 2020

Every year on April 28th, all around the world the trade union movement unites to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day, when those who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases are remembered. Employees of OGUK member companies are invited to participate in a minute's silence to mark International Workers’ Memorial [...]

Petrofac to increase support to Repsol Sinopec Resources UK

Petrofac is preparing to extend its provision of operations and maintenance services to Repsol Sinopec Resources UK, following an enhancement to its existing contract. Under the terms of its current agreement, Petrofac will provide operations and maintenance support across six additional Repsol Sinopec assets. Around 200 individuals supporting the [...]

SSI partners with Texo to provide Coronavirus screening stations

Medical support company SSI Energy has forged a strategic partnership with Texo Accommodation to deliver modular Coronavirus screening stations in the UK. The partnership will combine SSI Energy’s range of Covid-19 screening and testing services with Texo Accommodation’s range of flexible, modular buildings which offer high-quality, rapidly deployed [...]

Survivex delivers safety critical training from Aberdeen to Asia

3T Energy Group company Survivex is delivering safety critical training to oil workers in Asia from its base in Aberdeen during the coronavirus lockdown. The four-week ‘Live Learning’ training programme has been developed specifically for a key 3T client in Asia to upskill 70 of its workers for a forthcoming oil and gas project. The programme covers [...]

Bethan Customs welcomes HMRC support measures amid COVID-19 disruption

Bethan Customs Consultancy has welcomed measures from HMRC to support businesses during this period of economic turbulence caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, but has warned that firms must maintain responsibility for meeting their compliance obligations. The support measures include the potential to delay payment of deferred customs duties and [...]

Cluff Natural Resources becomes Deltic Energy

Cluff Natural Resources has issued an update to accompany its full-year results for 2019, in which it has announced a proposal to change its name to Deltic Energy Plc, subject to shareholder approval. The company says the change symbolises its transition into a more operational phase in its development. The update also noted that Cluff continues [...]

Morphosense completes Digital Twin with CNR

Morphosense has completed a two-year collaboration with French group Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR) to develop Digital Twins for three lock gates across the river Rhône. Based on Morphosense’s NEURON system, the real-time Digital Twin combines static and dynamic data originating allowing the integration of data from off-the-shelf sensors [...]

Maersk Training appoints new UK commercial head

Training provider Maersk Training has appointed Scott Taylor as Head of Commercial for the UK. Scott will oversee all sales, commercial and marketing activities for the business, which is headquartered in Prime Four, Aberdeen. Scott has over 15 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, both on and offshore, and joins Maersk from Baker Hughes [...]

Texo Accommodation launches modular Coronavirus solutions

Texo Accommodation, part of Texo Group, has launched a range of modular products to meet demand for increased safety and social distancing during the Coronavirus pandemic. The company’s land-based modular division can now deliver flexible office and welfare space, test centres, hand washrooms and sanitary units to workplaces and public facilities [...]

Neptune Energy announces carbon and methane intensity reduction targets

Neptune Energy has announced ambitious targets to reduce carbon and methane intensity by 2030 from the managed production of its portfolio. The company is targeting carbon intensity of 6kg CO2/boe by 2030, which represents a 60% reduction from forecast levels if no action was taken – and well below the industry average of 18kg CO2/boe. To achieve [...]

Repsol Sinopec Resources appoints new CEO

Jose Luis Muñoz has taken up the position of chief executive officer at Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited, effective as of 1 April 2020. Mr Muñoz replaces Bill Dunnett, who had been in the post since 2015 and who steps down as planned following the end of his contract on 31 March. Jose Luis Muñoz joined Repsol in 2005 and has most recently [...]

SSI Energy offers protection advice for Covid-19

It is imperative that workers involved in the energy industry are supported in their efforts to keep operations running. These are the personnel who will keep the lights on in homes across the country and heating in the homes of those who really need it. According to Jules Rawles, Director at specialist medical support company SSI Energy, there are [...]