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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 [...]

First-ever Industry Insights webinar to inspire next generation

More than 250 people have signed up to attend OGUK’s first-ever Industry Insights webinar for young professionals as the sector continues to provide a secure and affordable energy supply in the face of economic challenges. The free webinar on April 22 offers a virtual opportunity to network and learn from industry leaders amidst unprecedented times [...]

Webinars to highlight COVID-19 business support available to companies under pressure

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry will host a series of webinars for its member companies to learn more about the business support available to them as they manage and respond to the impact of COVID-19. Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director, said: “Many companies in our industry, especially [...]

OGUK launches survey to understand issues facing supply chain

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has launched a survey in a bid to help find solutions to the problems faced by the supply chain as it deals with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil and gas prices. A comprehensive set of questions covering offshore activity levels, the financial position of companies, [...]

Sparrows Group and RelyOn Nutec combine global training capabilities

Safety, training and competency organisation, RelyOn Nutec, and engineering and maintenance services provider Sparrows Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to roll out specialist training across the world. The global strategic partnership paves the way for RelyOn Nutec to launch Sparrows’ 100+ crane and lifting operation training [...]

Neptune Energy announces start-up of Gjøa P1 development

Operator Neptune Energy and its partners Wintershall Dea, Petoro and OKEA have announced that production has started from the Gjøa P1 development in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Gjøa P1 has been developed via a new subsea template, tied back to existing infrastructure on the Gjøa field. It is a two-well development with one oil and one [...]

Salus Technical helps to bridge gap between academia and industry

Aberdeenshire-headquartered process safety firm, Salus Technical, has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh to provide the next generation of engineers the opportunity to work with real-life industry software. Salus Technical MD and founder, David Jamieson, offered the company’s new risk assessment software solution – Bowtie Master - free-of-charge [...]

DNV GL secures three-year services contract for Total’s UK assets

Independent energy expert and assurance provider DNV GL has been awarded a three-year contract by Total E&P UK Ltd to provide multiple services across the full portfolio of the international operator’s oil and gas assets in the UK North Sea. DNV GL will provide core services such as verification, classification and flag, risk advisory services [...]

3t Energy Group acquires Petrofac’s UK training business

3t Energy Group has exchanged contracts with Petrofac on a major transformational acquisition for the purchase of its UK training centres. The purchase includes Petrofac’s Survival and Marine, Health and Safety, Fire, and Major Emergency Management capability and facilities in Scotland. The value of the acquisition is undisclosed. The purchase [...]

Repsol Sinopec forms industry alliance to maximise recovery

Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited has formed an innovative partnership with energy service providers TechnipFMC and Petrofac, creating an industry alliance which seeks to maximise the recovery of oil and gas from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The partnership will offer the owners of oil and gas discoveries near Repsol Sinopec’s existing North [...]

TÜV SÜD launches new oil and gas data analytics service

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has launched a data analytics service to help oil and gas operators minimise flow meter downtime and maintenance, significantly lowering operating costs. The total cost of calibrating an offshore flow meter is estimated to be in the region of US$50,000 or more, once all costs incurred are accounted for. Traditionally, [...]

Apollo and Asystom form technology alliance

Apollo, a front end and through-life engineering and technology consultancy and Asystom, a specialist in universal smart monitoring for predictive maintenance, have announced a formal alliance to provide customers with an integrated asset management solution. Apollo KnowHow is an industry-agnostic data management solution that helps clients manage [...]

ASCO secures West Africa contract wins

Global integrated materials and logistics management company, ASCO, has started 2021 with the announcement of two vessel monitoring contracts in West Africa, worth in the region of US$3.5 million. Contracts include provision of ASCO’s fully managed vessel monitoring service for collision risk management, along with an entire field monitoring solution [...]

OPEX Group consolidates data analytics partnership with Dana Petroleum

An Aberdeen-based provider of data analytics and predictive technology solutions has entered into a long-term collaboration with North-Sea oil and gas operator, Dana Petroleum. Having worked with OPEX Group previously, Dana has now entered into a three-year contract with two one-year options. As Dana’s data-analytics partner, OPEX Group will be [...]

EnQuest to acquire equity interest in the Golden Eagle development

Independent oil and gas production and development company EnQuest has signed an agreement with Suncor Energy UK Limited to purchase Suncor’s entire 26.69% non-operated equity interest in the Golden Eagle area, for an initial consideration of US$325 million. The area comprises the producing Golden Eagle, Peregrine and Solitaire fields, and will [...]

UK Government opens latest £11 million Energy Entrepreneurs Fund

Talented energy entrepreneurs have the chance to benefit from a share of £11 million government funding to turn their ideas into real products and services whilst eliminating carbon emissions. Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced the latest round of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF), which seeks to drive forward new clean technologies [...]

ChampionX appoints its first general manager for Saudi Arabia

Oilfield technology group ChampionX has appointed Mohammed Al-Khalifa to the newly created role of general manager of Saudi Arabia to spearhead the region for further growth in 2021. Mr Al-Khalifa brings more than 18 years’ oil and gas experience to the business, most recently holding the title of director business development & commercial [...]

Flylogix announces strategic partnership with Oil Spill Response

Full-service unmanned aviation company, Flylogix, has entered into a strategic partnership with Oil Spill Response Ltd, to develop enhanced response techniques using long-range unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The two-year development agreement will explore the benefits of using long-range UAS – operating beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) – for [...]

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, [...]