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Oil and gas industry welcomes Chancellors’ Budget measures to support green energy transition

The UK oil and gas industry has welcomed some of the measures announced by the Chancellor in today’s Budget, adding that now close cooperation with the sector is essential to maximise its world-leading expertise and assure a successful green energy transition. The leading representative body for the sector OGUK said the combination of taxation [...]

Oil and gas industry welcomes job creation and recognition of its positive role in net zero economy

  The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement that Scottish businesses are set to receive a boost to their green energy transition and further investment to create local jobs in key sectors with a more than £57 million investment in tomorrow’s Budget (Wednesday 3 March). The leading [...]

OGUK Conference to discuss Health, Safety and Environment in a post-pandemic world.

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has announced that tickets are now live for its first-ever wholly digital Health, Safety & Environment Conference. As we follow on from the tumultuous events of 2020, this year‘s conference asks the question, ‘Where next for our industry?’ The event, titled ‘Looking [...]

Shell transformation plans underline value of homegrown transition

Commenting on Shell's pledge made today (11 February) to accelerate the drive for net-zero emissions, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “It is an exciting time for the country’s oil and gas industry as we see companies including Shell demonstrate how our sector is transforming to meet the clean energy challenge, putting their expertise [...]

Equinor Senior Vice-President named Co-chair of OGUK board

5 February 2021 The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry has today announced the appointment of a new co-chair to its board, as the sector focuses on the industry’s recovery whilst meeting net-zero targets for 2021. Arne Gürtner, Senior Vice President UK & Ireland Offshore at Equinor has now assumed this role bringing [...]

OGUK responds to Greenpeace Unearthed report on emissions from flaring and venting

Following the publication today (1 February) of Greenpeace's Unearthed unit's report looking into emissions from venting and flaring on the UKCS, OGUK's emissions improvement manager, Louise O’Hara Murray said: “We know that there is more work to be done and we’re already in action to ramp up our response as an industry. As one of the first [...]

Oil & gas industry needs to ‘reimagine’ its business and models to maximise energy transition opportunities

Enhancing collaborative culture within the offshore oil and gas industry is not only key to maximising the potential of its existing world class supply chain but could also unlock future activity in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and be key to delivering a successful Net-Zero future. Improving commercial models which support cost reduction whilst [...]

OGUK responds to Scottish Government proposal to halt backing of oversea oil and gas activity

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s proposal to end all overseas trade backing and promotion activities focused on fossil fuel goods and services by COP26, OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie OBE said: “We are requesting an urgent meeting with Scottish Ministers so that we can highlight the effect this policy may have on members, particularly [...]

OGUK CEO says Energy White Paper must be opportunity for jobs and communities

OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie OBE has today appeared before the House of Commons Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee to give evidence on the Energy White Paper (EWP), published in December. The recently published paper provides a critical opportunity for a transformational North Sea Transition Deal (NSTD) to deliver [...]

OGUK responds to Brexit deal outcome as EU Future Relationship bill voted through

The UK offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed the deal outcome between the EU and the UK as the EU (Future Relationship) bill is voted on in parliament today. The leading representative body for the sector said that as the detail of the agreement is worked through, it is important that any friction and red tape is kept to a minimum whist ensuring [...]

OGUK appoints two directors to drive forward stakeholder and communications agenda

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is appointing two directors to lead its newly created External Relations and Communications directorates aimed at supporting the current and evolving needs of OGUK’s members as the sector transitions towards a low carbon future. Natalie Coupar takes up the role of Communications [...]

Revised regulator strategy confirms alignment on industry future

The UK is set to lead the way in demonstrating how oil and gas producing countries can successfully and fairly transition towards a net zero future, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE has said in a message to members today. In an end of year message to over 400 member organisations based across  the UK, Deirdre Michie said the stage is now [...]

Trio of board appointments as OGUK looks ahead to 2021 ambitions

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has appointed three major business leaders to its board as the sector sharpens its focus on the industry’s recovery and meeting net zero targets as it looks ahead to the new year. Jose Luis Muñoz is CEO of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited. José Luis joined Repsol in 2005 [...]

Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement emphasises need for sector deal, OGUK says

The leading UK oil and gas industry body OGUK has today welcomed the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement, which recognises that the critical role the country’s oil and gas industry has to play in realising a hydrogen economy. Commenting, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “The Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy [...]

Support for the supply chain vital throughout Just Transition says OGUK

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Wednesday 14 December) responded to the Scottish Government’s updated Climate Change Plan, which recognises the value the oil and gas industry can make in stepping up the transition to net-zero. Commenting on the updated Climate Change Plan, OGUK Chief Executive [...]

OGUK response to the Government’s Energy White Paper

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Monday 14 December) responded to the UK Government’s Energy White Paper, in which the government reaffirms the value of the sector both now and in the future, and the need for the North Sea Transition Deal. Commenting on the paper, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie [...]

OGUK response to UK Government plans to end funding for overseas oil and gas projects

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Saturday 12 December) commented on the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will end direct government support for the oil and gas projects overseas. Commenting on the announcement,  OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “The UK is taking a global [...]

Industry unites to celebrate best and brightest amid challenging year

The winners of OGUK’s Awards 2020 were honoured in virtual style this evening as industry came together to watch the ceremony digitally for the first time ever. The night was the highlight of industry’s cultural calendar, with hundreds attending the event through YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook live and the prestigious first-time Audience Award [...]

Climate report reinforces need for homegrown transition

  A major independent report which sets out detailed routes for meeting the country’s climate targets has recognised the positive contribution the UK’s changing oil and gas industry can make in the energy transition. The Sixth Carbon Budget published by the Committee on Climate Change today (Wednesday 9 December) outlines an ambitious [...]

Prime Minister’s emissions targets reinforce the need for sector deal

The leading UK oil and gas industry body OGUK has today reinforced the significance of securing a sector deal, in light of new emission targets announced by the Prime Minister today. The government’s plan commits to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions by at least 68% by 2030, based on 1990 levels. These ambitious new targets will see the UK commit [...]

Xodus supports Massachusetts offshore wind consultation

Xodus Group and BW Research Partnership will conduct a research project to assess the local and regional supply chain in support of the growing offshore wind industry in and around Massachusetts, USA. Working on behalf of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), Xodus and BW Research, in coordination with Greentree Consulting and the Massachusetts [...]

Apollo celebrates centenary green project

Apollo Offshore Engineering has hit a milestone in its renewable energy timeline, securing an award for the 100th project issued by Bombora. Project 100 is in support of Bombora’s innovative megawatt-scale wave energy conversion device, mWave. Bombora had previously developed a fixed bottom seabed solution with Apollo’s assistance, nearly 500 [...]

Add Energy’s Canadian office secures business wins

The Calgary office of Add Energy’s asset integrity and management (AIM) division has secured almost US$2.9 million worth of new business contracts within six months of launching. The team, based in Suncor Energy’s building in downtown Calgary, has announced new contracts with three oil and gas companies to deliver inventory management optimization [...]

Proserv and Synaptec sign strategic alliance agreement

Controls technology company Proserv Controls has penned a strategic alliance with power system monitoring leader Synaptec to develop a cutting-edge integrated holistic cable monitoring system, which will reduce downtime, improve safety and lower operating costs at offshore wind farms. The partnership aims to move both companies forward in several [...]

Fraser Well Management secures new well operatorship contract

UK-based independent Bridge Petroleum has appointed well engineering and project management specialist Fraser Well Management (FWM) to operate the suspended appraisal well in the Galapagos field in the northern North Sea. FWM launched its new turnkey well operatorship division earlier this year, providing end-to-end well operator support for the [...]

EnQuest and ORE Catapult join AFBE-UK Scotland AFBE-UK Scotland, a social enterprise which promotes diversity and inclusion, has announced that EnQuest and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have signed up as new corporate partners. Aberdeen-based AFBE-UK Scotland encourages all young people, particularly those of black and minority [...]

On-the-rig simulator helps Wellesley reduce exploration risks

Drilling a well on a simulator before the real project in the Norwegian North Sea begins has proved so successful for oil and gas exploration company, Wellesley Petroleum, it is now looking to roll out the initiative across other well projects. Wellesley commissioned a mobile ‘On-the-Rig’ (OTR) drilling simulator, which is designed and manufactured [...]

Neptune Energy appoints Pierre Girard as Director of New Energy

Neptune Energy has announced the appointment of Pierre Girard to the newly created role of Director of New Energy. The company announced the formation of a New Energy team in August to scale partnerships and investments in low carbon technologies, particularly hydrogen, CCS and electrification. Pierre is currently Director of Commercial and Joint [...]

DEKRA merges UK Process Safety and Organisational Reliability businesses

DEKRA has announced the merger of its UK process safety consulting, testing, and advisory firm Chilworth Technology Ltd (trading as DEKRA Process Safety) with its UK behavioural change consultancy DEKRA Organisational Reliability, to form DEKRA Organisational and Process Safety (DO&PS) from 1 October 2020. The new organisation is now a one-stop [...]

Drilling Systems COO appointed as IWCF UK Branch Chair

Drilling Systems’ Clive Battisby has been announced as the new UK Branch Chair of the International Well Control Forum (IWCF). Clive previously held the position of Vice Chair from 2017 and has worked to serve the interests of the global oilfield community. After an election process amongst the UK Branch members, he was elected to serve as Chair for [...]

Salus Technical joins OGUK membership

Process safety consultancy firm, Salus Technical, is pleased to announce its membership of Oil & Gas UK (OGUK). Westhill-based Salus Technical works with customers to help them understand and manage the risks of major accidents within their operations and continually improve the safety of the industry. The company offers three complementary services: [...]

Archer secures a four-year contract extension with Apache

Oil service company Archer has secured a four-year contract extension with Apache Corporation for the provision of platform drilling operations and maintenance services on Beryl Alpha and Bravo, Forties Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta in the UK North Sea. Based on current and expected future activity, including additional services through its engineering, [...]

Mintra announces NOK 1.3 billion listing on Oslo Stock Exchange

Aberdeen and Norway-based Mintra has announced its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, at a price of NOK 1.3 billion. Mintra provides workforce management systems and online training courses for safety critical industries worldwide. It has seen a surge in demand for virtual and online delivery of courses and training management support during global [...]

Strathclyde backs NSRI commercialisation tool

The University of Strathclyde has endorsed a methodology developed by NSRI (National Subsea Research Institute) to accelerate the commercialisation of technology in support of the green recovery. NSRI, which works with underwater technology companies and academia to collaborate on bringing forward new technology, has developed a way of measuring [...]

Neptune Energy commences subsea construction on Seagull project

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX have announced the beginning of the subsea construction phase of the Seagull tie-back project. TechnipFMC, working under the Neptune Energy Alliance Agreement, has deployed the Apache II pipelay vessel to start the pipe-in-pipe installation, laying approximately 5km of pipe connecting the [...]

Petrofac invests in second freefall lifeboat

Industry training provider Petrofac has taken delivery of its second freefall lifeboat, investing £200,000 in the new model to meet increased demand for its accredited marine training courses. Petrofac is the only company in the UK with a freefall boat for oil and gas industry training, and earlier this year launched its current freefall for the [...]

Xodus Group advises Dutch government on CCUS project

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has delivered a review into tariffs for a landmark Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project in the Netherlands. The review for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy analysed proposed fees for the transport and storage requirements of the Porthos project - a joint venture between the [...]

Neptune extends CHC Helicopters contract

Neptune Energy has extended its contract with CHC Helicopters, covering the Dutch sector of the North Sea, for a further two years. CHC will continue to conduct all helicopter flight transfers for personnel to and from Neptune’s 29 offshore platforms in the Dutch sector. From its base at Den Helder Airport, CHC conducts approximately 3,500 flight [...]

Proserv rolls out two new facilities to boost global service operations

Controls technology provider Proserv Controls has formally unveiled two new cutting-edge facilities in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi and Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, Scotland as it seeks to drive forwards its expanding service support business. Despite the ongoing global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aberdeen-based firm has proactively pursued the establishment [...]

Maersk Training launches training management app

Maersk Training in the UK has announced the launch of its upgraded Training Management Solution (TMS) with the aim of improving training management for companies dealing with reduced headcount and remote working amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The software is divided into two parts - a mobile app aimed at delegates and a web-based application for [...]