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Industry conference expands frontiers to drive new direction in decommissioning mindset

“Expanding Frontiers” is the theme for the tenth Offshore Decommissioning Conference, co-hosted by OGUK and Decom North Sea on November 25-27. The event will explore how by achieving step changes in its current mindset, the sector can make the most of potential business opportunities in the UK and global decommissioning markets. With Forth and [...]

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 [...]

BP announces first oil from Kinnoull Field in central North Sea

BP, on behalf of the Kinnoull field co-venturers, is pleased to announce the start of production from the Kinnoull field in the central North Sea. Kinnoull is BP’s seventh and final major upstream project start-up in 2014. The Kinnoull reservoir, developed as part of a wider rejuvenation of the Andrew field area, is tied back to BP’s Andrew platform, [...]

Robert Gordon University student to create trophy for upcoming Offshore Achievement Awards

Alexandra Pate, a Robert Gordon University student, has won a competition to design the trophy for this year’s Offshore Achievement Awards, taking place in March. The brief was to design a trophy which encompassed the key themes of the Offshore Achievement Awards – innovation, creativity and out of the box thinking. The panel of judges were [...]

Statoil awards Mariner drilling and well services contract to Schlumberger Oilfield UK

Statoil has, on behalf of the Mariner co-venturers, awarded the contract for integrated drilling and well services on the Mariner field on the UK continental shelf (UKCS) to Schlumberger Oilfield UK Plc. From its Aberdeen base, Schlumberger will deliver all the main drilling and well services for Mariner, including drilling, completion, electrical [...]

Exceed announces strong growth in Aberdeen and globally

Well management and performance improvement specialist Exceed has announced significant growth in 2014, reaching its target turnover of £15 million. In addition, the expansion of its Aberdeen team adds ten new business support positions to the head office, including the appointment of a global business development manager. Founded in 2005, the Aberdeen-based [...]

Petrotechnics and Fergus Ewing MSP discuss development of UK Continental Shelf

Petrotechnics, the leading provider of enterprise operations excellence management solutions, was delighted to receive Fergus Ewing MSP and senior members of the Scottish Government’s oil and gas unit at the company’s Aberdeen headquarters. With a portfolio including energy and enterprise, Mr Ewing has a keen focus on fostering innovation within [...]

Chevron North Sea Limited awards Captain enhanced oil recovery project contracts to United Kingdom suppliers

Chevron North Sea Limited has announced that it has awarded Front End Engineering and Design contracts for its Captain enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project to two UK suppliers. The Captain EOR project contract awards have been made to: Wood Group Kenny Caledonia Limited for the subsea engineering of the trees, wellheads, controls and the polymer [...]

Amec Foster Wheeler acquires Scopus

Amec Foster Wheeler announced that it has acquired Scopus Group (Holdings) Limited (Scopus), a market-leading laser scanning, dimensional control and lean engineering company whose precise survey data is used to engineer piping and structural solutions for the global oil and gas industry. Headquartered in Aberdeen, with bases in international oil [...]

Aker Solutions wins hook-up and commissioning contract for Mariner development

Aker Solutions secured a contract from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to provide engineering, construction and commissioning services for the hook-up phase of the Mariner oilfield development in the UK North Sea. The agreement is worth more than £120 million. It comes in addition to a five-year maintenance and modifications services [...]

David Odling joins Brevia Consulting

David Odling, the former energy policy lead at Oil & Gas UK, has been appointed as a member of the Brevia Energy Advisory Board. Brevia Energy, a dedicated division of Brevia Consulting, has a longstanding reputation for expertise and experience in the UK energy sector. The division advises energy businesses of all sizes from innovative start-ups [...]

Wood Group secures major BP contract

Wood Group has been awarded a five year contract with an estimated value of $750million from BP. Under the contract Wood Group PSN (WGPSN), will deliver engineering, procurement and construction services to six UK continental shelf (UKCS) offshore upstream assets and the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) onshore midstream facilities in Grangemouth. Effective [...]

BEL Valves partners in new hyperbaric test facility

The new ‘Neptune’ technology centre development announced this month will deliver a long needed centre of excellence for hyperbaric testing in the UK. Situated on the north bank of the River Tyne in Newcastle, the facility will be jointly owned by BEL Valves and Newcastle University. Housing six hyperbaric chambers that simulate water depths down [...]

Cooper Software brings latest cloud and business intelligence tech to oil and gas industry

Fife based systems integrator, Cooper Software, has launched two business lines for the oil and gas industry. Using the latest and most up-to-date Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Business Intelligence (BI) applications of their kind, the software specialist has been able to design Cloud Enterprise software and BI applications specifically for [...]

Swire Oilfield Services opens new track and trace development centre in Aberdeen

Following successful product launches in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas, a new centre demonstrating the latest track and trace solution for the global oil and gas industry is being launched in Aberdeen. Swire Oilfield Services, the leading global supplier of cargo carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management [...]

AVEVA named Britain’s most admired company in the software and computer services sector

AVEVA announced today that it has been ranked Britain’s Most Admired Company for the Software and Computer Services sector, at a ceremony at Claridge’s, London, on 2 December. The Management Today award, now in its 24th year, saw AVEVA selected ahead of industry giants such as Telecity and Sage. AVEVA was recognised by a peer review process after [...]

Halliburton and Falck Safety Services form strategic Well Control alliance

Boots & Coots, a Halliburton Service, and Falck Safety Services have formed a strategic alliance to offer well control services and well control training globally.  Falck will deliver the training portion and Boots & Coots will continue to deliver their known full suite of well control services. The two companies were looking for the best in [...]