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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 [...]

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 [...]

Bibby Offshore secures multimillion pound subsea project with BP

Bibby Offshore has been awarded a multimillion pound contract by BP to replace subsea infrastructure in the central North Sea. The work is part of the $1billion Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) Life Extension Project announced by BP in the summer. The Bibby Offshore ELXP contract involves installing new subsea control system infrastructure to safeguard [...]

Petrofac’s collaborative approach secures contract extensions

Petrofac has recently secured a two year extension from Centrica Storage Limited to its Services contract on the 8A platform in the Rough field which will commence in January 2016. Petrofac’s flexible commercial models are designed to support its customers’ long-term objectives and enable the delivery of production and operational improvements, [...]

Ingen Ideas awarded engineering contract

Ingen Ideas, an Amec Foster Wheeler company, announces today the award of a contract worth approximately £8million by Marathon Oil. The five-year multi-discipline engineering contract covers Marathon Oil’s Brae Complex in the North Sea. Read more…   7  December 2015 Read more

International SOS launches Travel Risk Map 2016

International SOS and Control Risks launch Travel Risk Map 2016 to help organisations better understand the risks in the markets where they operate and travel. International SOS has published a Health Risk Map since 2010. The map was renamed to Travel Risk Map for 2016 to take into account the newly added travel security risk ratings. The industry’s [...]

Total and Amec Foster Wheeler collaborate over North Sea efficiency initiative

A new drive to reduce costs in the North Sea oil and gas industry is expected to unlock up to £1billion in additional revenue through improved production efficiency and cost savings. It is led by operator Total Exploration and Production UK and engineering giant Amec Foster Wheeler (AFW). It also involves the Technology Leadership Board, which was [...]

Costain saves operator millions in North Sea exploration project

Costain has been instrumental in helping Ithaca Energy save several millions of pounds, thanks to its sound management of subsea contracts in the operator’s Greater Stella Area (GSA) Development in the central North Sea. Costain’s involvement started at the concept selection phase, continuing through the definition phase, developing project budgets [...]

NEL announces heavy viscous oil capability in its multiphase flow test facility

In response to industry’s needs to urgently address the technology gaps associated with measuring heavy oil in upstream oil and gas production, NEL is pleased to announce that it will have heavy viscous oil capability in its multiphase flow test facility from January 2016. This will, for the first time, allow manufacturers and end users to evaluate [...]

NEL launches JIP to address heavy oil challenges in the oil and gas sector

NEL has launched a joint industry project (JIP) to meet an urgent industry requirement to address the challenges of accurately measuring highly viscous, multiphase flows. Until now, there have been no flow test facilities capable of reproducing heavy oil multiphase flows for the purpose of evaluating flow meters and other critical production equipment. [...]

IMES secures new contracts worth £750,000 with clients in the oil and gas industry

IMES has been awarded a three-year contract for the provision of lifting inspection services on behalf of leading offshore survey company Fugro, covering four vessels. In addition, IMES has been awarded a three-year contract by subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) company Harkand. It will provide lifting inspection, wire rope inspection [...]

MSIS showcases efficient environmental services at open day

MSIS showcased the latest technology and techniques that help protect the environment in an efficient and cost-effective way. Around 100 oil and gas professionals will be descending on Inverurie on Friday November 13th for an open day organised by MSIS to find out how new innovations in specialist cleaning, decontamination and waste management need [...]

The Underwater Centre provides students with a deeper understanding of working subsea

The Underwater Centre is working with Robert Gordon University (RGU)’s School of Engineering to incorporate a commercial diving familiarisation course as part of the recently introduced MSc in Subsea Engineering one year full time course. Read more…   11 November 2015 Read more

Subsea 7 announces partnership frame agreement with Premier Oil

Subsea 7 has announced the signing of a long-term partnership frame agreement with Premier Oil to provide concept engineering, FEED, SURF project execution and life of field operations, on a preferred supplier basis. The agreement also enables Subsea 7 access to participate in relevant Premier decommissioning scopes. The agreement is applicable to the [...]

OGIC: Badger Explorer technology in development

Technology that could significantly reduce the cost of evaluating subsea hydrocarbon deposits is to be developed at Glasgow University in collaboration with Badger Explorer and the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC). The Badger Explorer technology has been developed with the backing of a number of major operating companies including Chevron, [...]

Leading energy firms collaborate to cut North Sea logistics costs

Petrofac, Faroe Petroleum and Eni Hewett have established an innovative cost saving partnership to drive efficiencies and commercial synergies across their UK operations in the Southern North Sea. The tripartite agreement sees collaboration between Petrofac (Duty Holder) and the respective equity owners and operators of the Hewett, Schooner and Ketch [...]

Sparrows collaborating with OptiLift to deliver innovative efficiency enhancing lifting technology

Sparrows Group and Norwegian firm OptiLift have formed a strategic partnership to deliver cutting-edge robot vision laser technology that will dramatically improve the up-time of lifting operations. Traditionally decisions about lifting in harsh weather are based on significant wave height, but OptiLift’s Motion Reporter collects real time vessel [...]

TWMA strengthens Maersk Oil North Sea UK offering with multi-million pound projects

Integrated drilling waste management and environmental services firm, TWMA, has been awarded two major contracts, building on a strong relationship with Maersk Oil North Sea UK (Maersk Oil) spanning more than a decade. The projects, which are led by an Aberdeen-based team, involve work on the Culzean development. Read more...   2 November [...]

Cyberhawk completes ROAV internal tank inspection world first for Maersk Oil

Cyberhawk Innovations has completed its first ever remotely operated aerial vehicle (ROAV) inspection of a cargo oil tank on an operational floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). The world-first took place on board the Gryphon FPSO, owned and operated by Maersk Oil in the UK North Sea. Read more...   2 November 2015 Read more

GE Oil & Gas to acquire Advantec

GE Oil & Gas has agreed to acquire Advantec, a leading provider of subsea intervention equipment and services, to boost the company’s capabilities to offer cost-efficient products and services to customers worldwide. The purchase is part of GE Oil & Gas’ efforts to address the challenges faced by its customers operating the growing number [...]

Alma/Galia first oil

First oil from the Alma/Galia development was achieved on 27 October 2015 following final commissioning of all the required systems. Alma, formerly the Argyll field, was the first commercially produced oil field on the UK Continental Shelf and produced oil in the early ‘90s at relatively low water cut using the technology available at the time. With [...]

Bilfinger Salamis UK strengthens relationship with Maersk Oil

Bilfinger Salamis UK has been awarded a contract for the provision of fabric maintenance and associated services by Maersk Oil North Sea (Maersk Oil). The contract, which begins in November, is for a period of five years and includes coatings, access, specialist cleaning and shutdown support services on all Maersk Oil’s UK upstream assets. Bilfinger [...]