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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 [...]

Ocean Kinetics joins forces with Serimax on Shetland fabrication and welding service

Ocean Kinetics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Serimax to offer oil and gas clients in and around Shetland a comprehensive onshore and offshore fabrication and welding service. Ocean Kinetics has recognised for some time that the company is strategically located to offer savings to North sea operators in terms of transit time to their [...]

Double success for Embrion at ABP Awards

Aberdeen-based Embrion is celebrating after winning two awards at the prestigious ABP Awards, which took place at the Oval in London on Wednesday 13 May. This year’s 12 awards were all strongly contended, many by multi-national consulting firms including Atkins, Capita, PwC and GSK, with Embrion taking the awards for ‘Excellence in Coaching’ [...]

Offshore Installation Services awarded multiple well abandonment contract by Centrica Energy

Offshore Installation Services (OIS), an Acteon compan, has been awarded a contract to decommission multiple wells in the North Sea by Centrica Energy. The initial campaign includes six subsea wells in the central North Sea, in categories 2.1 and 2.2, which will be abandoned using a diverless, vessel-based approach. Read more… Tuesday 12 May 2015 Read more

Ingen Ideas achieves IChemE Gold Corporate Partnership

Ingen Ideas, the oil and gas consultancy, has received a prestigious award from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for its training and development programme, as well as its dedication to the chemical engineering profession, and encouraging the next generation of engineers. Ingen now joins engineering giants Shell, BP, Qatargas, Sellafield [...]

Ingen Ideas receives stamp of approval for quality

Ingen Ideas, the oil and gas field development consultancy, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded certification for ISO 9001, OSHAS 18001 and ISO 14001. A recent series of audits carried out by Lloyd’s Register, examined Ingen’s systems of quality, occupational health and safety, and environment, as well as its compliance with industry [...]

Cape secures two-year contract with BP

Cape plc, an international leader in the provision of critical industrial services to the energy and natural resources sectors, is pleased to extend its current relationship with BP with the award of a new two year contract with an estimated value of £100 million. This contract will secure around 500 jobs for Cape employees as it provides a range [...]

BP starts seven year west of Shetland drilling programme with new deepsea Aberdeen rig

BP, on behalf of the Schiehallion co-venturers Shell and OMV, is pleased to announce the start of drilling on the Loyal field by the new-build, semi-submersible Deepsea Aberdeen, marking the start of a seven year drilling campaign west of Shetland. Deepsea Aberdeen is contracted to drill wells across the Schiehallion and Loyal fields, as part of [...]

Falck recognised for innovative approach to HR

Falck Safety Services has been shortlisted in the finals of the cHeRries Awards in recognition of its innovative approach to HR. The offshore survival training firm is a finalist in the Extraordinary HR Initiative category, due to its commitment to its people following the introduction of a number of new HR initiatives. Over the last year, the [...]

EnQuest organises school trip to Bond Helicopters

Pupils from Aberdeen’s Tullos Primary School visited Bond Offshore Helicopters to learn about some of the oil and gas industry’s most exciting career opportunities. The visit was part of an EnQuest initiative aimed at inspiring the next generation to join the energy sector, by working closely with some of its key suppliers to create hands-on, educational [...]

Stork secures frame agreement with Bibby Offshore

Stork has been awarded a three year frame agreement, focusing on the UK Continental Shelf and Norwegian sectors, by Bibby Offshore. The agreement, which comes with two one-year extension options, will allow Stork to deliver subsea bolt tensioning and hydraulic equipment, environmental and decontamination services and subsea mechanical training to [...]

Ingen Ideas Graduate to Pursue Academic Publication

Roozbeh Kalateh, a Chemical Engineering student at the Edinburgh University, has recently received encouraging acclaim for a placement project undertaken at the oil and gas consultancy Ingen Ideas, for which he is pursuing a peer-reviewed publication. Roozbeh joined Ingen’s field development team in June 2014 as part of a six month industrial placement. [...]

Sky-Futures approve three new remote pilots

Sky-Futures, under its CAA National Qualified Entity (NQE) status, approved three new remote pilots who have achieved Sky-Futures Remote Pilot (S-FRP) certification following successful completion of training. Sky-Futures has been hiring new remote pilots to support the company’s fast growth, as they expand their operations in the UK, USA, South-East [...]

Petrofac develops maintenance programme for Nexen’s Golden Eagle field

Petrofac has completed a project for Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd.’s (a CNOOC Limited company) Golden Eagle Development Area, delivered through its Plant Asset Management consulting business. This involved the development and implementation of a maintenance programme for the Golden Eagle installation, located 70km North East of Aberdeen. The launch of the [...]

Amec Foster Wheeler awarded BP operations and maintenance contract worth over £50 million

Amec Foster Wheeler announces that it has been awarded a contract by BP to provide operations, maintenance and project support for the Forties Pipeline System (which includes the Unity offshore platform and onshore pumping stations in Aberdeenshire and Perthshire) and the Central Area Transmission System terminal in Teesside, north-east England. The [...]

Wintershall strengthens position in southern North Sea

Wintershall is stepping up its activities in the southern North Sea. In addition to an extensive drilling campaign in the Netherlands, the UK and Denmark, the company intends to take its natural gas and crude oil discoveries into the production phase swiftly. The North Sea is a core region for Germany’s largest, internationally active crude oil and [...]

Ithaca finishes Stella field development drilling

Ithaca Energy Inc. announces the successful completion of flow test operations on the fifth and final development well on the Stella field, with the well achieving a flow rate of over 8,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. A clean-up flow test was performed in order to remove the chemical stimulation fluids injected to enhance the natural fracture [...]

Aker Solutions and Fjords Processing form alliance

Aker Solutions and Fjords Processing have formed an alliance to develop technology and capabilities for advanced, cost-effective wellstream separation and treatment solutions for the subsea and topside oil and gas industry. The WellSep alliance will apply Aker Solutions' subsea processing experience and testing facilities and Fjords' topside and [...]

Jee secures six-figure subsea integrity management contract with E.ON E&P

Jee Ltd, a leading independent multi-discipline subsea engineering and training firm, has secured a six figure contract with E.ON Exploration and Production (E.ON E&P), to deliver subsea integrity management and engineering services for its North Sea assets. The three year contract, which was awarded in March 2015, involves Jee supporting E.ON [...]

Survitec Group achieves safety first double success

Two safety and survival systems developed for use in the UK’s offshore sector by the Survitec Group were recognised for their industry-leading importance when they won the Safety Innovations Award in the recent Offshore Achievement Award organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. In 2014, the Survitec Group developed two very different systems [...]

New subsea dredger exceeds expectations

The Predator Subsea Dredger has undergone a number of trials at The Underwater Centre’s Loch Linnhe site in Fort William. The system, which can move one tonne of rocks on the seabed per minute, has exceeded expectations in terms of efficiency and performance. Nine tonnes of 50-60-millimetre rocks were placed on areas of the seabed to recreate a range [...]