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Support for North Sea Transition Deal confirms exciting future for changing industry

The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry has praised industry and political backing for the North Sea Transition deal published today. OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie this morning attended a roundtable hosted by BEIS Energy Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan, along with senior representatives from industry and the Oil [...]

North Sea Transition Deal to deliver home grown transition towards government net zero targets

The UK government has today announced (Wednesday, 24 March) that it will deliver a transformational deal in partnership with the UK oil and gas industry to tackle climate change and deliver key aspects of their ten-point plan. The deal is the first of its kind by any G7 country, setting an example of how oil and gas producing countries can move fairly towards a [...]

Just Transition Commission Report welcome news for workforce says OGUK

Commenting today on the recommendations published in the Just Transition Commission’s final report which said the Scottish Government should create a “skills guarantee” to help workers make the leap from oil and gas to low-carbon sectors, OGUK’s workforce engagement and skills manager, Dr Alix Thom said: “Oil and gas workers have a key [...]

bp’s hydrogen project a great example of low-carbon energy innovation says OGUK

Following bp’s announcement today (March 18) that it proposes to develop the UK’s largest hydrogen project in Teesside, Mike Tholen, OGUK's Sustainability Director commented: “This is a brilliant example of how OGUK members such as bp are pioneering low-carbon energy innovations which will transform our economy and accelerate the UK’s drive [...]

Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Blueprint a key opportunity for UK supply chain says OGUK

Commenting on the launch of the UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy announced today (17 March) OGUK’s Sustainability Director, Mike Tholen said: “Many of our members are already active in decarbonisation projects and committed to bringing carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and offshore floating wind projects to life across [...]

£3bn lost investment during pandemic could threaten green recovery

The oil and gas industry has said the UK’s energy transition could be under threat unless the government can provide vital support for the sector. OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has stated that securing and sustaining investment in the sector is now critical to help the UK quickly realise a net-zero [...]

OGUK comment in response to possible ban on new exploration licences

In response to a story published today in The Sunday Telegraph which suggests Ministers are considering declaring the beginning of the end for the North Sea oil industry with a ban on new exploration licences. Commenting on the story, OGUK Sustainability Director Mike Tholen said: “The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry recognises the urgent [...]

Oil and gas industry welcomes Chancellors’ Budget measures to support green energy transition

The UK oil and gas industry has welcomed some of the measures announced by the Chancellor in today’s Budget, adding that now close cooperation with the sector is essential to maximise its world-leading expertise and assure a successful green energy transition. The leading representative body for the sector OGUK said the combination of taxation [...]

Oil and gas industry welcomes job creation and recognition of its positive role in net zero economy

  The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has today welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement that Scottish businesses are set to receive a boost to their green energy transition and further investment to create local jobs in key sectors with a more than £57 million investment in tomorrow’s Budget (Wednesday 3 March). The leading [...]

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 [...]

ASCO secures long-term service contract with BP

ASCO is delighted to announce the award of a contract by BP Exploration and Production to provide a range of integrated oilfield services to support its UK North Sea operations. The comprehensive contract, which is worth in excess of £100 million, covers a variety of activities including: supply-base operations; warehouse operations; the provision [...]

FMC Technologies and Technip to launch Forsys Subsea

FMC Technologies Inc. and Technip have signed an agreement to form an exclusive alliance and to launch Forsys Subsea, a 50/50 joint venture that will unite the skills and capabilities of two subsea industry leaders. This alliance will redefine the way subsea fields are designed, delivered and maintained. Bringing the industry’s most talented subsea [...]

Maggie Braid Associates extends its global reach in 2015

Maggie Braid Associates (MBA) is extending its global reach in the oil and gas industry during 2015. With a significant number of contract awards already gained in 2015, with a value of over £1,000,000, MBA is well on track to achieving its overseas targets for the year. The beginning of 2015 has seen a considerable recruitment drive for MBA, [...]

Expro wins innovation accolade at offshore achievement awards

Expro, has won the Innovator Award at this year’s SPE Offshore Achievement Awards for its pioneering Wireless Well Solutions technology. The award, which was presented on 12 March, recognises Expro’s excellence in technological innovation within the offshore energy sector. The judges commended Expro’s Cableless Telemetry System (CaTS), an [...]

GDF SUEZ announces central North Sea oil discovery

GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd and its partners have announced a new discovery in the UK central North Sea. The 22/16-6 well on the Dalziel structure flowed at rates in excess of 8,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The well is now being sidetracked to appraise the extent of this discovery. Block 22/16 is part of GDF SUEZ operated Licence P.1799. Read [...]

Atlas Knowledge secures second seven-year safety contract

Atlas Knowledge has secured a major seven-year contract to deliver second generation safety critical training to the UK offshore workforce. The deal reaffirms the Scottish-headquartered company’s position as the provider of the Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) online programme in the North Sea, with an expected 150,000 workers expected to [...]

Optimus Seventh Generation develops new training programme for drilling

Aberdeen-based behavioural change consultancy, Optimus Seventh Generation, has reinforced its commitment to safety in the drilling industry, by announcing the launch of its new ‘operationalising the safety case’ workshop. The workshop, designed for drill rig crew and leadership in the global drilling industry, has been developed to raise awareness [...]

Statoil orders new emergency vessel for the Mariner field

Statoil (U.K.) Limited has awarded a contract to Sentinel Marine Limited to provide a new multi role emergency response and rescue vessel to support operations on the Mariner field on the UK Continental Shelf. The Mariner field, located approximately 150 kilometres east of the Shetland Isles, is currently under development, with production start-up [...]

Interocean appoints mooring equipment divisional manager

Aberdeen based, Interocean Marine Services, a leading provider of marine project solutions, has announced the appointment of Dan Moutrey as mooring equipment divisional manager. Dan will be responsible for setting up the company’s new mooring equipment rental division in compliment to the company’s ever-expanding marine service portfolio. Read [...]

Astrimar joins leading independent specialist companies to form The Alliance

In response to the oil price cloud that is currently engulfing the oil & gas industry, four leading independent specialist companies have come together to form The Alliance - a practical, realistic solution to improving both production and operational efficiencies simultaneously. The Alliance partners and recognised industry experts, Hamilton [...]

Subsea 7 awarded $240 million contract extensions offshore UK

Subsea 7 announced it has been awarded a two-year extension to two Underwater Services Contracts by Shell Upstream International Europe, worth approximately US$240 million. Under these Life of Field contract extensions for diving support vessel (DSV) and remotely operated vehicle support vessel services, both of which will commence in 2016, Subsea [...]

Survitec Group develops new working at height lifejacket

Survitec Group has developed the first lifejacket custom-designed specifically for offshore personnel carrying out rope access or work at height. The jacket, which has been designed in conjunction with leading offshore operators, incorporates a number of safety features which include minimising the risk of accidental deployment. Trialled successfully [...]

Nexen implements Petrotechnics’ Proscient platform on UKCS operations

Petrotechnics has completed the implementation of its Proscient software platform on two UK offshore assets operated by Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited. Proscient is an operational performance and predictive risk platform that improves the safety-productivity dynamic in hazardous operations. The software combines [...]

ASCO awarded prestigious contracts with Statoil

ASCO Group is delighted to announce the award of two long-term oilfield services contracts with Statoil (UK) Ltd for the Mariner field which is located approximately 150 kilometres east of the Shetland Isles. The contracts, which are each five years in duration with two further two-year options, cover supply base and warehousing services, including [...]

Ingen’s Cheryl Newman make the finals for Institute of Directors Award

Ingen Ideas, the oil and gas field development consultancy, has confirmed that its HR Manager, Cheryl Newman, has reached the final stages of the Scotland Institute of Director Awards (IoD) in the Healthy, Carer Positive Workplace category. The Awards celebrate the strategic leadership demonstrated by those in influential roles; their work in staff [...]

Brightsolid, SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Tampnet join forces to offer unprecedented network speed and bandwidth in Aberdeen and beyond

SSE Enterprise Telecoms has announced an exciting new venture with partners brightsolid, the cloud hosting and data centre service provider, and Tampnet, the offshore network operator. SSE Enterprise Telecoms will install a new, state-of-art Ciena platform which connects brightsolid’s new Aberdeen data centre to its 100 gigabyte UK-wide network and [...]

Petrofac and McDermott enter strategic alliance for SURF sector

Petrofac has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with McDermott International, Inc. to form a strategic marketing alliance. Under the terms of the five year alliance, which is subject to any regulatory approvals, the two companies will jointly pursue opportunities in the deepwater subsea, umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) sector. [...]

Technip awarded subsea contract for the Glenlivet project, west of Shetland

Building on the previous award by TOTAL E&P UK of the contract for the Edradour Subsea Development, located approximately 75 kilometres north west of Shetland in UK waters, Technip has been awarded an additional scope for the parallel development of the Glenlivet field located nearby. The pipelines will be fabricated at Technip’s spool base [...]

Jee gets involved in mattress decommissioning research

Jee Ltd will investigate efficient solutions for the recovery of concrete subsea mattresses The project involves engaging with operators and suppliers across the oil and gas industry, with both Decom North Sea and Jee’s expert engineers conducting an economic and environmental assessment of the condition of the mattresses, and identifying the best [...]

Geos Group receives first vessel at Port of Blyth marine fuel terminal

Geos Group’s newly opened marine fuel terminal at Port of Blyth has received the first cargo of just under 1,500 tonnes of marine gas oil. The 15 million litre capacity facility is expected to prove particularly attractive to vessels operating in the North Sea offshore energy sector, but is also available for servicing a wide range of other traffic. [...]