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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 [...]

Subsea training centre revamps ROV and closed bell training courses

Students undertaking ROV pilot technician and closed bell training at the Fort William-based subsea facility, The Underwater Centre, are to benefit from newly revamped courses providing even more contextual modules. The Centre has been working with industry to identify areas of its ROV and closed bell training suites which can be enhanced and courses [...]

BP Quad Milestone for Babcock’s Rosyth Site

A major milestone has been reached in Babcock’s delivery of 73 subsea structures for BP’s Quad 204 offshore redevelopment project, 130 kilometres west of Shetland, forming an integral part of the major investment in the upgrading and replacement of the subsea facilities to enable the full development of the reserves. Two highly engineered manifolds, [...]

ACE Winches – manufacturing and services exporter

Scottish winch and deck machinery specialist ACE Winches has announced it has been successful in securing and delivering £10 million in equipment and services to the Far East. This week (27 July) ACE Winches’ CEO, Alfie Cheyne, joins a strong trade delegation accompanying the Prime Minister on the British Trade Export Mission to South East Asia. [...]

Aberdeen expert awarded professorship at Robert Gordon University

Dr Margaret Crichton, managing director of People Factor Consultants (PFC), has been awarded the title of visiting professor at Robert Gordon University in recognition of her expertise and professional achievements. In her role at PFC, chartered psychologist Dr Crichton works primarily with high hazard organisations to offer global consultancy and [...]

Alder topsides sail-away and installation complete

Chevron Upstream Europe has announced that the sail-away and installation of the Alder Project’s topsides module has been safely and successfully completed, marking a major project milestone.The 800-metric-ton topsides structure was built in a Newcastle shipyard and travelled via transport barge 110 miles (175 km) to the Firth of Forth. The module [...]

LUX Assure strengthens business development team

LUX Assure, the market leader in innovative oil and gas corrosion and flow assurance technologies, has announced the appointment of Duncan Baillie as business development manager, OMMICA™ product line. Mr Baillie joins LUX Assure from Roemex Ltd, where he held the position of international sales manager for four years. Roemex is a supplier of [...]

OGN Group launches specialist pipework fabrication division

OGN Group has launched a new pipework division to deliver specialist fabrication services for bespoke projects. OGN’s pipework fabrication division has been established to provide all levels of industry with their pipework requirements, drawing on a wealth of highly-qualified and skilled personnel and a world class offshore fabrication facility [...]

Exova extends relationship with Maersk Oil

Exova has been awarded another contract to provide materials qualification testing for global prime Maersk Oil. The contract is an extension of the testing Exova has previously undertaken on down-hole tubulars for Maersk Oil’s North Sea Culzean Field Development Project in 2014. Read more… Tuesday 7 July 2015 Read more

NEL invests £1 million in UK’s foremost high pressure calibration facility

NEL is investing £1 million to create the UK’s only flow meter calibration facility capable of testing at significantly elevated pressures and temperatures. This new test loop will reduce oil and gas operators’ financial exposure by performing meter calibrations closer to actual service conditions. By more accurately reflecting the increasing [...]

Petrofac secures US$400 million of repeat UKCS business

Petrofac’s Offshore Projects & Operations business unit has secured contract renewals for operations and maintenance work worth approximately US$400 million on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The largest of these awards is for the provision of operations and maintenance teams for CNR International across its North Sea assets – the three [...]

LR Senergy’s innovative process awarded US and UK patents

An innovative process developed by energy services company LR Senergy, which can be used to model an entire well and subsequently identify production optimisation options, has been awarded US and UK patents. The global firm secured the two patents six years after making the initial applications, due to a number of legal challenges around protecting [...]

LR Senergy and PEAK collaborate to help operators boost production efficiency

Global energy services companies LR Senergy and PEAK Ltd have entered into a collaborative partnership, aiming to help operators of producing assets improve their unit operating costs. The initiative sees the two independent companies combining their knowledge and experience to provide clients with optimisation options across their energy projects, [...]

Statoil awards Mariner production chemicals contract to Baker Hughes

Statoil (U.K.) Limited has awarded the contract for production chemicals and services for the Mariner field to Baker Hughes Limited in the UK. Baker Hughes will design and supply production chemicals and services to the Mariner field under an eight year contract, anticipated to start in July 2015.  The contract also includes an extension option of [...]

NorSea Group wins decommissioning contract

NorSea Group (UK) Limited has won North-east Scotland’s first major “small piece” decommissioning contract. Work has already begun on the six-month project which is being carried out at NorSea Group’s Peterhead facility on behalf of Endeavour Energy and involves safe disposal of subsea manifolds and associated pipework from the Renee and Rubie [...]

AGR Joins the Marginal Field Delivery Consortium

AGR has signed a collaboration Agreement with ABT Oil and Gas (ABTOG) to join the Marginal Field Delivery Consortium. The objective of the Marginal Field Initiative is to develop marginal hydrocarbon fields around the world and unlock these vast resources which could remain undeveloped, as conventional solutions render them uneconomic to produce. Using [...]

Peterson group head comes out top at CHeRries Awards

Peterson, the international energy industry’s logistics provider, is celebrating after group head of HR, Mike Fraser, was named winner in the Outstanding HR Director category at the 2015 CHeRries Awards on 4 June. Read more... Friday 5 June 2015 Read more

Petrofac chosen to support new North Sea gas field operator

Petrofac has secured a contract to support Oranje-Nassau Energie (ONE) UK Limited, a subsidiary of Amsterdam based oil and gas producer Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V., as the company has become operator of the Sean gas field in the Southern North Sea as of 1 June 2015. The contract, for Duty Holder Support Services, is worth US$45 million over three [...]

Oranje-Nassau Energie completes acquisition of UK operated Sean assets from Shell and Esso

Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V. (“ONE”) announced today the successful completion of the acquisition of a 50 per cent interest in the Sean field. ONE has taken over operatorship of the Sean platform from Shell on 1 June 2015 and has opened an office in Norwich to support its operations. The Sean field is located in the UK’s Southern North Sea. The [...]

Expro wins the RoSPA President’s Award 2015

Expro has won the President’s Award, following 11 consecutive Gold Awards, in the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2015. The award recognises Expro’s commitment to continuous improvement in health and safety across the business. Read more… Thursday 21 May 2015 Read more

Jee Ltd secures contract on enhanced oil recovery project

Jee Ltd has been awarded a contract from Amec Foster Wheeler for the front end engineering design (FEED) of a jacket rigid polymer injection riser package (including J-tubes) as part of an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) field development. The pilot project will demonstrate the use of polymer chemical injection technology, a pioneering new technique [...]