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Industry films address offshore travel concerns

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry and Step Change in Safety, the industry’s recognised safety organisation, have co-produced a series of films to address the concerns of thousands of workers travelling offshore during the coronavirus pandemic. There are currently two films available to view with [...]

Industry offers support to critical workers keeping UK running

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has teamed up with Step Change in Safety, the industry’s recognised safety organisation to offer support to the tens of thousands of workers keeping the UK running with secure and affordable energy during the coronavirus pandemic. A new dedicated online hubs with [...]

OGUK welcomes Government action to support workers and companies in face of triple impact on industry

The UK offshore oil and gas industry which plays a vital role in the security of energy supply for the nation has been severely hit by the triple impact of COVID-19, the oil price crash and the lowest gas prices in the last ten years. With many businesses facing a fight for survival, industry body OGUK, that represents over 400 companies has welcomed [...]

Industry welcomes inclusion on key workers list

OGUK has today welcomed the UK Government’s announcement that oil and gas workers are included on a list of key workers whose children will be prioritised for education provision. Commenting, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “As an industry we are committed to doing everything possible we can to help the country and our businesses [...]

First Efficiency Webinar of 2020 promotes effective project management

Effective project management is the topic under scrutiny at the first Efficiency event of 2020, which OGUK and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) will co-host via a webinar on March 24. Anyone keen to improve project management performance can dial in to a breakfast-time web-based seminar focusing on the ECITB’s recently [...]

OGUK warns industry position is paper thin in face of oil price and coronavirus pressures

The combination of the global economic impact of the continued spread of the coronavirus, the most dramatic fall in oil price in almost 30 years and a halving of gas prices is driving an increasingly fragile outlook for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector. Severe pressures are already building across the sector’s supply chain, with the pressures [...]

COVID-19 Update

OGUK Health, Safety and Environment Director Trevor Stapleton said: “OGUK continues to work with our members to share official advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the relevant bodies to ensure the health of the people in our industry. "This sector is experienced in managing risks associated with complex safety and health matters, with robust [...]

OGUK Business Outlook Breakfasts – update

In light of the developing spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the UK and elsewhere, the team at OGUK has been evaluating the Business Outlook Report launch events planned to take place on Wednesday 18 March and have now taken the decision to cancel the breakfast briefings in both Aberdeen and London. OGUK prides itself in providing excellent market [...]

Update on OGUK events

OGUK has today (Tuesday, March 3) confirmed it has taken the decision to postpone a number of its events this year in light of the developing spread of coronavirus. The below events will be postponed, and new dates will be released in due course: •            Share Fair, March 24th, Aberdeen •            Doctors’ [...]

Just Transition Commission report underlines need for fair, inclusive and sustainable transition

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector, OGUK, has highlighted its plan to ensure the sector can help deliver net zero emissions while providing the secure and affordable energy Scotland needs as it transitions to a low carbon future. It comes in response to an interim report published by the Scottish Government-appointed [...]

OGUK response to Coronavirus

Commenting on the current concerns regarding coronavirus in the UK, Trevor Stapleton, OGUK's HSE director, said: "We’re already working with our members to share official advice on coronavirus (Covid-19) from the relevant bodies and will continue to work across the sector to ensure the health of the people in our industry. This sector is well versed [...]

Early sight of business opportunities at OGUK’s Springtime Share Fair

  Supply chain companies keen to be among the first to learn about business opportunities will benefit from advance information on major oil and gas projects by participating in OGUK’s Share Fair in Aberdeen on March 24. As the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, OGUK’s popular business development [...]

Flagship industry conference to reinforce oil and gas delivery in a net zero context

Efforts by the sector to support decarbonisation, improve business competitiveness and develop skills for the future will be explored at OGUK's annual industry conference in Aberdeen on Wednesday 3 June. Nearly 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference, titled "Getting to Net Zero - Roadmap 2035" and will consider the progress being made [...]

Digitalisation critical to delivery of Roadmap 2035

The need for improved digitalisation across North Sea operations and the critical role of data in delivering Roadmap 2035, the UK oil and gas industry’s blueprint for net zero, will come under the spotlight at OGUK’s Data and Digital Day on Tuesday 25 February 2020 at The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen. The inaugural event, chaired by Dr Daniel Brown, [...]

UK oil and gas industry outlines transition plans

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry today outlined the details of its response to UK and Scottish Government net zero commitments in a keynote speech delivered by OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE. Speaking to an audience of politicians, policymakers and campaign groups in Edinburgh, Deirdre Michie [...]

OGUK responds to OGA energy transition challenge

The Chairman of the Oil and Gas Authority has challenged the UK oil and gas sector to respond to the energy transition. Commenting, Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive OGUK said: “We are an industry in action. Roadmap 2035: a blueprint for Net Zero is one of the first major industrial responses to government plans to reduce or offset carbon emissions [...]

Climate change will be solved by solutions not stunts

Commenting on protests outside oil and gas offices in Aberdeen today, OGUK Stakeholder & Communications Director Gareth Wynn said: “Climate change will be solved by practical actions not conspiracy theories and stunts. It’s disappointing that this group is choosing to disrupt the normal working day of people in this industry, causing alarm [...]

Reshaped OGUK announced as industry gears up to deliver net zero blueprint

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has kicked off the new year with ambitious plans to champion the sector as part of a diverse energy mix. Two new directors will join OGUK's leadership team under the continued direction of Chief Executive Officer Deirdre Michie OBE. Katy Heidenreich Trevor Stapleton is [...]

OGUK condemns dangerous and short-sighted stunt

Commenting on news that protestors have boarded a drilling rig in Dundee harbour, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said: “This is a dangerous and short-sighted stunt which does absolutely nothing to help provide the solutions which will be required to meaningfully deliver net zero emissions by 2045 in Scotland. “Worse than this, we know [...]

Partnership working critical to UK net zero ambitions

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has underlined its commitment to developing the technical solutions required to help meet the UK and Scotland’s net zero ambitions. It comes as two key reports on plans to reduce emissions are published today. Industry regulator the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) today published [...]

Sparrows Group and RelyOn Nutec combine global training capabilities

Safety, training and competency organisation, RelyOn Nutec, and engineering and maintenance services provider Sparrows Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to roll out specialist training across the world. The global strategic partnership paves the way for RelyOn Nutec to launch Sparrows’ 100+ crane and lifting operation training [...]

Neptune Energy announces start-up of Gjøa P1 development

Operator Neptune Energy and its partners Wintershall Dea, Petoro and OKEA have announced that production has started from the Gjøa P1 development in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Gjøa P1 has been developed via a new subsea template, tied back to existing infrastructure on the Gjøa field. It is a two-well development with one oil and one [...]

Salus Technical helps to bridge gap between academia and industry

Aberdeenshire-headquartered process safety firm, Salus Technical, has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh to provide the next generation of engineers the opportunity to work with real-life industry software. Salus Technical MD and founder, David Jamieson, offered the company’s new risk assessment software solution – Bowtie Master - free-of-charge [...]

DNV GL secures three-year services contract for Total’s UK assets

Independent energy expert and assurance provider DNV GL has been awarded a three-year contract by Total E&P UK Ltd to provide multiple services across the full portfolio of the international operator’s oil and gas assets in the UK North Sea. DNV GL will provide core services such as verification, classification and flag, risk advisory services [...]

3t Energy Group acquires Petrofac’s UK training business

3t Energy Group has exchanged contracts with Petrofac on a major transformational acquisition for the purchase of its UK training centres. The purchase includes Petrofac’s Survival and Marine, Health and Safety, Fire, and Major Emergency Management capability and facilities in Scotland. The value of the acquisition is undisclosed. The purchase [...]

Repsol Sinopec forms industry alliance to maximise recovery

Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited has formed an innovative partnership with energy service providers TechnipFMC and Petrofac, creating an industry alliance which seeks to maximise the recovery of oil and gas from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The partnership will offer the owners of oil and gas discoveries near Repsol Sinopec’s existing North [...]

TÜV SÜD launches new oil and gas data analytics service

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has launched a data analytics service to help oil and gas operators minimise flow meter downtime and maintenance, significantly lowering operating costs. The total cost of calibrating an offshore flow meter is estimated to be in the region of US$50,000 or more, once all costs incurred are accounted for. Traditionally, [...]

Apollo and Asystom form technology alliance

Apollo, a front end and through-life engineering and technology consultancy and Asystom, a specialist in universal smart monitoring for predictive maintenance, have announced a formal alliance to provide customers with an integrated asset management solution. Apollo KnowHow is an industry-agnostic data management solution that helps clients manage [...]

ASCO secures West Africa contract wins

Global integrated materials and logistics management company, ASCO, has started 2021 with the announcement of two vessel monitoring contracts in West Africa, worth in the region of US$3.5 million. Contracts include provision of ASCO’s fully managed vessel monitoring service for collision risk management, along with an entire field monitoring solution [...]

OPEX Group consolidates data analytics partnership with Dana Petroleum

An Aberdeen-based provider of data analytics and predictive technology solutions has entered into a long-term collaboration with North-Sea oil and gas operator, Dana Petroleum. Having worked with OPEX Group previously, Dana has now entered into a three-year contract with two one-year options. As Dana’s data-analytics partner, OPEX Group will be [...]

EnQuest to acquire equity interest in the Golden Eagle development

Independent oil and gas production and development company EnQuest has signed an agreement with Suncor Energy UK Limited to purchase Suncor’s entire 26.69% non-operated equity interest in the Golden Eagle area, for an initial consideration of US$325 million. The area comprises the producing Golden Eagle, Peregrine and Solitaire fields, and will [...]

UK Government opens latest £11 million Energy Entrepreneurs Fund

Talented energy entrepreneurs have the chance to benefit from a share of £11 million government funding to turn their ideas into real products and services whilst eliminating carbon emissions. Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced the latest round of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF), which seeks to drive forward new clean technologies [...]

ChampionX appoints its first general manager for Saudi Arabia

Oilfield technology group ChampionX has appointed Mohammed Al-Khalifa to the newly created role of general manager of Saudi Arabia to spearhead the region for further growth in 2021. Mr Al-Khalifa brings more than 18 years’ oil and gas experience to the business, most recently holding the title of director business development & commercial [...]

Flylogix announces strategic partnership with Oil Spill Response

Full-service unmanned aviation company, Flylogix, has entered into a strategic partnership with Oil Spill Response Ltd, to develop enhanced response techniques using long-range unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The two-year development agreement will explore the benefits of using long-range UAS – operating beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) – for [...]

AGR signs with dCarbonX to accelerate GeoEnergy development and decarbonisation

AGR has announced its well management business unit has entered into a strategic framework agreement for decarbonisation exploration with UK-based dCarbonX to support the development of GeoEnergy resources. This includes carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and geothermal and hydrogen storage covering dCarbonX’s planned operated projects in the [...]

Neptune Energy commences Seagull drilling campaign

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners, bp and JAPEX, have announced drilling has commenced on the Seagull project in the UK Central North Sea. The Gorilla VI (JU-248) jack-up rig, operated by Valaris, will drill four wells for the development over the course of the drilling campaign which is expected to last 18 months. Seagull is a high-pressure, [...]

Customs consultancy advises ‘back to basics’ approach to tackle Brexit concerns

North-east customs consultancy Bethan has highlighted the need for businesses to understand basic customs documentation as they adjust to the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU. In a blog, founder and Director of Oldmeldrum-based Bethan Customs Consultancy, Nicola Alexander, notes that a high proportion of businesses who deal solely with [...]

Bilfinger Salamis opens new logistics facility in North East

Integrated maintenance, modifications and services contractor Bilfinger Salamis UK has opened a new 27,000 sq. ft. operations and logistics site in Aberdeen, marking a long-term commitment to the region and UK energy market. Located in one of the most accessible low carbon business communities in Scotland, Bilfinger at The Core will operate as the [...]

EC-OG appoints new chairman to fuel international growth

EC-OG, a developer of intelligent battery and energy management technology for the energy industry, has appointed Bob MacDonald as Chairman. Bob was previously CEO of the Specialist Technology Solutions (STS) business for Wood, a global leader in energy projects, and has nearly thirty years’ experience covering multiple sectors across the energy [...]

Bristow achieves ISO 14001 certification for UK operations

Bristow Group’s UK operations have received International Organization for Standards (ISO) 14001 certification, making the company one of the first vertical lift operators in the UK to achieve the global standard. The certification confirms Bristow’s UK operations have a certified environmental management systems (EMS) in place to monitor, manage, [...]