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OGUK Conference to discuss Health, Safety and Environment in a post-pandemic world.

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has announced that tickets are now live for its first-ever wholly digital Health, Safety & Environment Conference. As we follow on from the tumultuous events of 2020, this year‘s conference asks the question, ‘Where next for our industry?’ The event, titled ‘Looking [...]

Shell transformation plans underline value of homegrown transition

Commenting on Shell's pledge made today (11 February) to accelerate the drive for net-zero emissions, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “It is an exciting time for the country’s oil and gas industry as we see companies including Shell demonstrate how our sector is transforming to meet the clean energy challenge, putting their expertise [...]

Equinor Senior Vice-President named Co-chair of OGUK board

5 February 2021 The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry has today announced the appointment of a new co-chair to its board, as the sector focuses on the industry’s recovery whilst meeting net-zero targets for 2021. Arne Gürtner, Senior Vice President UK & Ireland Offshore at Equinor has now assumed this role bringing [...]

OGUK responds to Greenpeace Unearthed report on emissions from flaring and venting

Following the publication today (1 February) of Greenpeace's Unearthed unit's report looking into emissions from venting and flaring on the UKCS, OGUK's emissions improvement manager, Louise O’Hara Murray said: “We know that there is more work to be done and we’re already in action to ramp up our response as an industry. As one of the first [...]

Oil & gas industry needs to ‘reimagine’ its business and models to maximise energy transition opportunities

Enhancing collaborative culture within the offshore oil and gas industry is not only key to maximising the potential of its existing world class supply chain but could also unlock future activity in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and be key to delivering a successful Net-Zero future. Improving commercial models which support cost reduction whilst [...]

OGUK responds to Scottish Government proposal to halt backing of oversea oil and gas activity

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s proposal to end all overseas trade backing and promotion activities focused on fossil fuel goods and services by COP26, OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie OBE said: “We are requesting an urgent meeting with Scottish Ministers so that we can highlight the effect this policy may have on members, particularly [...]

OGUK CEO says Energy White Paper must be opportunity for jobs and communities

OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie OBE has today appeared before the House of Commons Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee to give evidence on the Energy White Paper (EWP), published in December. The recently published paper provides a critical opportunity for a transformational North Sea Transition Deal (NSTD) to deliver [...]

OGUK responds to Brexit deal outcome as EU Future Relationship bill voted through

The UK offshore oil and gas industry has welcomed the deal outcome between the EU and the UK as the EU (Future Relationship) bill is voted on in parliament today. The leading representative body for the sector said that as the detail of the agreement is worked through, it is important that any friction and red tape is kept to a minimum whist ensuring [...]

OGUK appoints two directors to drive forward stakeholder and communications agenda

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry is appointing two directors to lead its newly created External Relations and Communications directorates aimed at supporting the current and evolving needs of OGUK’s members as the sector transitions towards a low carbon future. Natalie Coupar takes up the role of Communications [...]

Revised regulator strategy confirms alignment on industry future

The UK is set to lead the way in demonstrating how oil and gas producing countries can successfully and fairly transition towards a net zero future, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie OBE has said in a message to members today. In an end of year message to over 400 member organisations based across  the UK, Deirdre Michie said the stage is now [...]

Trio of board appointments as OGUK looks ahead to 2021 ambitions

The leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, OGUK, has appointed three major business leaders to its board as the sector sharpens its focus on the industry’s recovery and meeting net zero targets as it looks ahead to the new year. Jose Luis Muñoz is CEO of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited. José Luis joined Repsol in 2005 [...]

Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement emphasises need for sector deal, OGUK says

The leading UK oil and gas industry body OGUK has today welcomed the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement, which recognises that the critical role the country’s oil and gas industry has to play in realising a hydrogen economy. Commenting, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “The Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy [...]

Support for the supply chain vital throughout Just Transition says OGUK

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Wednesday 14 December) responded to the Scottish Government’s updated Climate Change Plan, which recognises the value the oil and gas industry can make in stepping up the transition to net-zero. Commenting on the updated Climate Change Plan, OGUK Chief Executive [...]

OGUK response to the Government’s Energy White Paper

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Monday 14 December) responded to the UK Government’s Energy White Paper, in which the government reaffirms the value of the sector both now and in the future, and the need for the North Sea Transition Deal. Commenting on the paper, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie [...]

OGUK response to UK Government plans to end funding for overseas oil and gas projects

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Saturday 12 December) commented on the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will end direct government support for the oil and gas projects overseas. Commenting on the announcement,  OGUK’s chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “The UK is taking a global [...]

Industry unites to celebrate best and brightest amid challenging year

The winners of OGUK’s Awards 2020 were honoured in virtual style this evening as industry came together to watch the ceremony digitally for the first time ever. The night was the highlight of industry’s cultural calendar, with hundreds attending the event through YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook live and the prestigious first-time Audience Award [...]

Climate report reinforces need for homegrown transition

  A major independent report which sets out detailed routes for meeting the country’s climate targets has recognised the positive contribution the UK’s changing oil and gas industry can make in the energy transition. The Sixth Carbon Budget published by the Committee on Climate Change today (Wednesday 9 December) outlines an ambitious [...]

Prime Minister’s emissions targets reinforce the need for sector deal

The leading UK oil and gas industry body OGUK has today reinforced the significance of securing a sector deal, in light of new emission targets announced by the Prime Minister today. The government’s plan commits to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions by at least 68% by 2030, based on 1990 levels. These ambitious new targets will see the UK commit [...]

Last call for the industry workforce to voice opinion on D&I in the sector 

Industry body OGUK is urging the oil and gas workforce to rally behind its first ever survey on diversity and inclusion (D&I) with just three weeks to go until submissions close. With a growing focus being placed on the integration of the energy industry, attracting and retaining a diverse range of talent, as well as ensuring inclusive and collaborative [...]

OGUK responds to IPPR’s Net Zero North Sea report

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has today (Thursday 3 December) responded to a report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The Net Zero North Sea report has urged the offshore oil and gas industry to set out a plan for phasing out production and migrating to greener energies. Commenting [...]

Well-Safe Solutions adds jack-up rig to decommissioning fleet

Well-Safe Solutions has announced the acquisition of the West Epsilon jack-up rig from Seadrill, sparking a further job boost for the company. Built in 1993, the asset is a heavy-duty, harsh environment jack-up with an extensive operational history in the North Sea. Well-Safe will start work immediately on the newly renamed ‘Well-Safe Protector’ [...]

Dräger secures wireless gas detection contract

Dräger Marine and Offshore UK has secured a €1 million order for wireless gas detection installation at an onshore terminal. This will be the single largest Dräger installation in the UK and one of its largest wireless gas detection installations globally, and represents a significant step forward in the adoption of wireless technology within the [...]

bp and Aberdeen join forces in drive for net zero

Aberdeen City Council has announced a new partnership with bp to help the Council achieve the goals of the recently approved Net Zero Vision to reduce carbon emissions and become a climate-positive city. Under the agreement, the Council will work together with bp experts in low carbon energy systems, mobility and technology to develop and deliver [...]

Tendeka and TGT create ‘industry-first’ solution for sand control failures

Global completions service company Tendeka and diagnostic specialist TGT have agreed a partnership to mitigate the costly consequences of sand control failure in wells. The remedial sand control collaboration known as ‘Find Fix Confirm’ will see TGT’s Sand Flow product used to accurately identify the locations of sand ingress within the wellbore. [...]

Bethan Customs Consultancy celebrates growth, new staff on milestone birthday

Aberdeenshire’s Bethan Customs Consultancy celebrates its fifth birthday this month, reporting a 69% rise in turnover, a new appointment to their growing team and an expanding client base. Despite the challenging commercial landscape, the company is on track to achieve a six-figure projected turnover for 2019-20 – a 69% increase on the previous [...]

Akselos deploys Digital Twin for Shell’s Bonga FPSO

Akselos has successfully deployed a structural Digital Twin for Shell’s Bonga Main FPSO, located 120km south west of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. The structural Digital Twin, which is based on Akselos’ patented RB-FEA technology, was selected by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Shell’s deepwater company in Nigeria and [...]

International SOS strengthens resilience with new mental health head

International SOS has appointed Carolyn Taylor as head of mental health, resilience and wellbeing to strengthen its expertise in this field, which is an increasing issue for the offshore energy workforce. She brings almost three decades of experience in mental health, resilience and awareness training, as well as psychotherapy. Based at International [...]

Augean acquires EcoCentre drilling waste facility

North Sea waste and decommissioning services provider Augean North Sea Services (ANSS) has acquired the EcoCentre at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. ANSS says the addition of the site compliments and enhances the range of services it offers the market, including the ability to recycle and re-use a wider spectrum of waste materials. ANSS assists the [...]

Maersk Training forms international offshore wind training partnership

Safety and technical training provider for the wind, oil and gas and maritime industries, Maersk Training, has entered a global partnership with Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) in Massachusetts, US. The collaboration is the next step in securing Bristol’s National Offshore Wind Institute as the region’s leader [...]

Neptune Energy and Eserv partner for Cygnus digitisation

Neptune Energy has formed a partnership with 3D technology specialist Eserv as part of the ongoing digitalisation of its assets, including its operated Cygnus gas platform in the UK southern North Sea. Using 3D and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, a digital map of all three bridge-linked jackets was captured, enabling Neptune to detect [...]

Integrity and inspection experts form new partnership

A new partnership agreement between Add Energy’s Asset and Integrity Management division and inspection and technology firm LifeTech Engineering Ltd, will help plant and asset owners assess essential maintenance work. The two companies have partnered to develop an approach that analyses the associated risks of inspection or maintenance delay, and [...]

Xodus launches major floating offshore wind study

Global energy consultancy Xodus Group has launched a three-year collaborative research project on the costs around floating offshore wind. The study, led by Xodus through the IDCORE programme, is a collaborative partnership between the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Exeter as well as the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS). [...]

Aberdeen Harbour awards £4.3 million for caisson contract

Aberdeen Harbour Board has issued further contract awards to the value of approximately £4.3 million, in support of the South Harbour Expansion Project. The awards cover the transfer of the remaining caissons – the 50m-long blocks that will form the North ‘Castlegate’ Quay and East ‘Dunnottar’ Quays – from their current storage location [...]

Deltic Energy reports enhanced prospectivity at Selene

Deltic Energy, the AIM-quoted natural resources investing company focused on high-impact exploration and appraisal in the Southern and Central North Sea, has announced a material increase in estimated volumes of gas and a significant increase in the chance of success in relation to the Selene prospect, compared with estimates made in 2019. Analysis [...]

Spirit Energy to host Virtual Supplier Day

Spirit Energy is hosting a virtual event for existing and potential suppliers and contractors on 24 September 2020. This offers the opportunity to be made aware of Spirit Energy’s strategic and business priorities and to encourage collaboration to deliver value for both organisations. The event will include a combination of information-sharing [...]

Altera awards yard stay contract to Semco Maritime and Kishorn Port

Semco Maritime has been awarded a yard stay project with Altera Infrastructure for its FPSO asset Voyageur Spirit, to be moored at the Kishorn Port facility on Scotland’s west coast. Semco was awarded based on its extensive project management and engineering expertise in conjunction with the bespoke offering at Kishorn Port, which now includes [...]

AMS Global Group delivers 99.9999% virus disinfection in Aberdeen

Marine and safety specialist AMS Global Group has enabled Aberdeen charities to continue delivering essential services to the local community throughout the lock down period by offering its state-of-the art disinfection service for free. AMS has delivered a full, weekly disinfection treatment using its AM71 service for CFine, one of the northeast’s [...]

Exceed MPR launches rig integration service

Exceed MPR, part of the Aberdeen-headquartered Exceed Group, has announced the launch of a specialist rig integration (RI) service, in tandem with the appointment of industry specialist Jon Goodenough as Rig Integration Manager. Founded in 2016, Exceed is a Lowestoft-based Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) expert which provides a wide range of MPD [...]

ABB launches new analytics software to help optimise operations

ABB has launched new analytics software and services that combine operational data with engineering and IT data to deliver actionable intelligence for oil and gas producers. The ABB Ability™ Genix Industrial Analytics and AI Suite is a scalable advanced analytics platform with pre-built, easy-to-use applications and services. It collects, contextualises [...]

Petrofac doubles UK well portfolio with NEO Energy award

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business has been awarded a two-year contract with NEO Energy, for the provision of well management and well operator support for 25 production wells across the Affleck, Balloch, Dumbarton, Flyndre and Lochranza fields. This builds on Petrofac’s previously awarded Integrated Services Contract [...]