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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 [...]

New industry tool to improve recovery from existing North Sea fields

A new tool aimed at providing operators and licensees with a framework to re-evaluate methods to improve recovery from existing North Sea oil and gas assets is launched today (Aug 21) on the OGUK website. Developed through industry collaboration, the tool provides a detailed process for identifying opportunities to learn from industry-leading practice. An [...]

Mariner start up represents significant achievement for Equinor

Commenting on news that Equinor has today started up production from its Mariner field, OGUK Upstream Policy Director Mike Tholen said “First oil from Mariner represents a significant achievement for Equinor and its pioneering development of the field, helping the company to become a major player in the UK sector of the North Sea with a long-lasting, [...]

Green & Black’s co-founder to share career learnings with offshore oil and gas industry

Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green and Black's The co-founder of chocolatier Green & Black’s will address a packed oil and gas industry audience as part of a sell-out event being hosted by OGUK, OGTC and AXIS to spotlight diversity and inclusion across the sector. The event, to be held at Offshore Europe on Thursday September 5, will see the [...]

Resolute industry to set future path at major conference

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has confirmed that it will publish a key roadmap of all the current and future activity being undertaken by industry to deliver a sustainable future in a net zero context, at a major conference taking place in Aberdeen next month. Over 35,000 delegates from across [...]

Industry delivers stable environmental performance alongside increased production

Louise O’Hara Murray, OGUK’s environment manager   The UK offshore oil and gas industry has delivered stable environmental performance whilst the sector has increased production levels, according to a flagship report published today (Wednesday, July 24) by OGUK. The 2019 Environment Report, which analyses and interprets data gathered [...]

Safety Awards finalists unveiled

A ship’s crew with an impeccable safety record spanning 20 years and a woman whose dedication to her role as an offshore Safety Representative have each earned a spot as a finalist for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards. 18 entries have reached the shortlist across six categories covering Maritime Safety, Safety Representative of the Year, Innovation [...]

Champions of industry sought as award nominations open

The search is on for industry’s brightest stars as nominations open for the 2019 OGUK Awards, sponsored by Shell U.K Limited. The annual awards ceremony, to be held at the new P&J Live venue in Dyce, Aberdeen, celebrates the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals across the North Sea sector. New to this year’s roster of [...]

OGUK responds to the launch of the fourth round of Decommissioning Challenge Fund

The announcement by the Scottish Government that £4 million of support will be made available through the Decommissioning Challenge Fund has been welcomed by OGUK. The fund provides support for projects that enhance the decommissioning market and supply chain across Scotland. Commenting, Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director OGUK, said: “The [...]

OGUK welcomes duo to board as industry addresses energy transition challenge

OGUK has appointed two new members to its board to further bolster the sector’s ongoing efforts to maintain the competitiveness of oil and gas production from the UKCS – whilst also playing a significant role in enabling the UK’s net zero carbon emissions ambition. Bob Drummond, CEO of Hydrasun Group, has been appointed to the organisation’s [...]

Industry regulator to unveil findings of decommissioning cost report at OGUK Business Breakfast

Nils Cohrs, Head of Decommissioning at industry regulator The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) will discuss the findings of the 2019 UKCS Decommissioning Cost Estimate Report at the OGUK London Business Breakfast, taking place on July 2 at White & Case LLP, Old Broad Street. The annual report, first published in 2017 tracks the progress towards [...]

New award category revealed as nominations open for the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards

The search is on for the people and companies who have gone the extra mile to ensure safety remains at the forefront of North Sea operations for the 2019 OGUK Offshore Safety Awards. Included in this year’s awards, jointly organised by OGUK and Step Change in Safety with principal sponsor TOTAL, is a new category for Maritime Safety. Sponsored [...]

Spirit Energy to host Virtual Supplier Day

Spirit Energy is hosting a virtual event for existing and potential suppliers and contractors on 24 September 2020. This offers the opportunity to be made aware of Spirit Energy’s strategic and business priorities and to encourage collaboration to deliver value for both organisations. The event will include a combination of information-sharing [...]

Altera awards yard stay contract to Semco Maritime and Kishorn Port

Semco Maritime has been awarded a yard stay project with Altera Infrastructure for its FPSO asset Voyageur Spirit, to be moored at the Kishorn Port facility on Scotland’s west coast. Semco was awarded based on its extensive project management and engineering expertise in conjunction with the bespoke offering at Kishorn Port, which now includes [...]

AMS Global Group delivers 99.9999% virus disinfection in Aberdeen

Marine and safety specialist AMS Global Group has enabled Aberdeen charities to continue delivering essential services to the local community throughout the lock down period by offering its state-of-the art disinfection service for free. AMS has delivered a full, weekly disinfection treatment using its AM71 service for CFine, one of the northeast’s [...]

Exceed MPR launches rig integration service

Exceed MPR, part of the Aberdeen-headquartered Exceed Group, has announced the launch of a specialist rig integration (RI) service, in tandem with the appointment of industry specialist Jon Goodenough as Rig Integration Manager. Founded in 2016, Exceed is a Lowestoft-based Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) expert which provides a wide range of MPD [...]

ABB launches new analytics software to help optimise operations

ABB has launched new analytics software and services that combine operational data with engineering and IT data to deliver actionable intelligence for oil and gas producers. The ABB Ability™ Genix Industrial Analytics and AI Suite is a scalable advanced analytics platform with pre-built, easy-to-use applications and services. It collects, contextualises [...]

Petrofac doubles UK well portfolio with NEO Energy award

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business has been awarded a two-year contract with NEO Energy, for the provision of well management and well operator support for 25 production wells across the Affleck, Balloch, Dumbarton, Flyndre and Lochranza fields. This builds on Petrofac’s previously awarded Integrated Services Contract [...]

3T Energy Group awarded Total E&P UK training management contract

Following a tendering process which concluded in January 2020, AIS Training and sister company Survivex - both part of the 3T Energy Group - have been selected by Total E&P UK to manage their UK onshore and offshore workforce training requirements. The solution, based on 3T Energy Group’s “Transform” platform, aims to digitise and streamline [...]

International SOS rolls out screening to support businesses

Healthcare and security risk services provider International SOS is rolling out a new screening service to help get people back to work. Using expertise and the experience gained in delivering rapid temperature and vulnerability screening, as well as clinical support staff, to sites across the north east of Scotland for over 25,000 offshore workers [...]

SSI Group acquired by Remote Medical International

Remote Medical International, a global leader in workplace health and safety services, completed its acquisition of SSI Group on July 1. UK-based SSI specialises in emergency response medical services for the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors, global risk management, and international safety. Remote Medical International will leverage SSI’s [...]

OSIsoft and Tendeka form reservoir monitoring data partnership

Global completions service company Tendeka has joined the OSIsoft EcoSphere, a collection of more than 300 industrial leaders that provide products, applications, and services for the PI System. The Aberdeen-headquartered company will provide downhole monitoring, analysis and modelling products to support customers in their digital transformation [...]

Mabbett Ltd partners with Katoni Engineering

Safety, environment and engineering professional services firm Mabbett Ltd has announced a partnership with engineering and offshore services provider Katoni Engineering. Together, the two companies are working to strengthen combined technical offering to support the energy transition in both onshore and offshore environments in energy communities [...]

Apollo reaches phase 2 of Wave Energy Scotland project

Apollo Offshore Engineering has been further shortlisted as one of four companies chosen to share a £1.4 million investment to develop quick connection systems for Wave Energy Scotland. The project was developed in order to develop technology to enable the quick connection and disconnection of wave energy converters, reducing costs and improving [...]

Wood completes work on SGN green hydrogen-to-homes project

Global engineering and consulting group Wood has successfully delivered preliminary engineering design services for gas network operator SGN’s candidate site at Machrihanish, on the west coast of Scotland, as part of its Hydrogen 100 (H100) project. The H100 demonstration project will initially aim to supply energy to homes in Fife, Scotland. On [...]

READ Cased Hole and EV develop downhole video technology

Cased hole logging specialist READ Cased Hole has announced a new collaboration in Alaska with EV, a leader in downhole visual analytics. Working in partnership in the state, READ is now the selected operator of EV’s cutting-edge downhole video technology which enables vivid, high-definition video, providing a complete 360° picture from inside [...]

Rever Offshore completes Serica campaign

Subsea project delivery and execution provider Rever Offshore has announced the recent completion of a contract awarded by Serica Energy. This is the second campaign Rever has undertaken for the independent North Sea operator within a framework agreement which commenced in November 2018. The work scope, which took place in the North Sea’s Rhum [...]

TechnipFMC and Halliburton offer new subsea sensing technology

Halliburton and TechnipFMC have introduced Odassea™, the first distributed acoustic sensing solution for subsea wells. The new technology platform enables operators to execute intervention-less seismic imaging and reservoir diagnostics to reduce total cost of ownership while improving reservoir knowledge. The Odassea™ service integrates hardware [...]

INSITE projects secure £5 million in funding

The Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) and Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture (CEFAS) have announced 7 INSITE projects set to receive £5 million of funding over the next 3 years. The awards come after an Announcement of Opportunity from NERC in 2019 inviting researchers to submit proposals for a new programme of science [...]

ABB teams up with Yinson on offshore oil and gas project in Brazil

ABB has signed an agreement with energy solutions provider Yinson for electrical, control and telecommunication equipment and services onboard the FPSO Anna Nery bound for the Marlim 2 oil field in Campos Basin, Brazil. Yinson secured the contract to convert the 2002 Crude Oil Tanker leading operations and maintenance of the FPSO. The vessel is planned [...]

AGR automates end-of-well reporting for exploration company

AGR’s software unit has delivered the first automated end-of-well report for Lundin Energy Norway. The firm’s industry-leading plug-and-play solution, iQx™, was used to generate the detailed well completion report for a well drilled in the Edvard Grieg area by the Leiv Eiriksson rig. Lundin Energy Norway will now use the cloud-based iQx™ [...]

TSG Marine leads the fight against COVID-19 offshore

North east marine engineering specialist TSG Marine is taking new molecular technology offshore in a bid to get the sector back up to speed safely amidst the COVID-19 crisis. TSG Marine is deploying a rapid sanitisation system which not only renders a workplace immediately virus-free but also features a unique molecular layer which, when applied [...]