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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 [...]

E.ON E&P strengthens its central North Sea presence through Manhattan equity

E.ON E&P has acquired equity of 22.5 per cent in several licences covering the Manhattan prospect in the UK central North Sea. The Manhattan prospect includes an exploration well to be drilled during the first half of 2015. The licence is situated south of the Huntington field, of which E.ON E&P is operator, strengthening the UK central [...]

Viper Subsea welcomes fourth major operator to its joint industry subsea project

Chevron has become the latest major operator to join Portishead based subsea technology and consultancy business, Viper Subsea’s Joint Industry Project to develop its Subsea Integrity Monitoring System known as V-IR. The project, which began in October 2013, has already attracted Shell, BP and Total and the additional sponsorship by Chevron will allow [...]

Helix, Onesubsea and Schlumberger Execute Subsea Well Intervention Alliance Agreement

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc, OneSubsea, a Cameron and Schlumberger company, and Schlumberger announced the execution of the definitive agreements for the companies’ non-incorporated alliance, formed to develop technologies and deliver equipment and services to optimise the value chain of subsea well intervention systems.  The alliance is focused [...]

AVEVA acquires 8over8 Limited

AVEVA announced that it has acquired 8over8 Limited. This acquisition provides the software platform for AVEVA to address the current global need for increased project control, capital discipline, minimising project overruns, and delivering improved efficiency in operations. 8over8’s flagship product is ProCon, a risk management software platform [...]

BP announces first oil from Kinnoull Field in central North Sea

BP, on behalf of the Kinnoull field co-venturers, is pleased to announce the start of production from the Kinnoull field in the central North Sea. Kinnoull is BP’s seventh and final major upstream project start-up in 2014. The Kinnoull reservoir, developed as part of a wider rejuvenation of the Andrew field area, is tied back to BP’s Andrew platform, [...]

Robert Gordon University student to create trophy for upcoming Offshore Achievement Awards

Alexandra Pate, a Robert Gordon University student, has won a competition to design the trophy for this year’s Offshore Achievement Awards, taking place in March. The brief was to design a trophy which encompassed the key themes of the Offshore Achievement Awards – innovation, creativity and out of the box thinking. The panel of judges were [...]

Statoil awards Mariner drilling and well services contract to Schlumberger Oilfield UK

Statoil has, on behalf of the Mariner co-venturers, awarded the contract for integrated drilling and well services on the Mariner field on the UK continental shelf (UKCS) to Schlumberger Oilfield UK Plc. From its Aberdeen base, Schlumberger will deliver all the main drilling and well services for Mariner, including drilling, completion, electrical [...]

Exceed announces strong growth in Aberdeen and globally

Well management and performance improvement specialist Exceed has announced significant growth in 2014, reaching its target turnover of £15 million. In addition, the expansion of its Aberdeen team adds ten new business support positions to the head office, including the appointment of a global business development manager. Founded in 2005, the Aberdeen-based [...]

Petrotechnics and Fergus Ewing MSP discuss development of UK Continental Shelf

Petrotechnics, the leading provider of enterprise operations excellence management solutions, was delighted to receive Fergus Ewing MSP and senior members of the Scottish Government’s oil and gas unit at the company’s Aberdeen headquarters. With a portfolio including energy and enterprise, Mr Ewing has a keen focus on fostering innovation within [...]

Chevron North Sea Limited awards Captain enhanced oil recovery project contracts to United Kingdom suppliers

Chevron North Sea Limited has announced that it has awarded Front End Engineering and Design contracts for its Captain enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project to two UK suppliers. The Captain EOR project contract awards have been made to: Wood Group Kenny Caledonia Limited for the subsea engineering of the trees, wellheads, controls and the polymer [...]

Amec Foster Wheeler acquires Scopus

Amec Foster Wheeler announced that it has acquired Scopus Group (Holdings) Limited (Scopus), a market-leading laser scanning, dimensional control and lean engineering company whose precise survey data is used to engineer piping and structural solutions for the global oil and gas industry. Headquartered in Aberdeen, with bases in international oil [...]

Aker Solutions wins hook-up and commissioning contract for Mariner development

Aker Solutions secured a contract from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to provide engineering, construction and commissioning services for the hook-up phase of the Mariner oilfield development in the UK North Sea. The agreement is worth more than £120 million. It comes in addition to a five-year maintenance and modifications services [...]

David Odling joins Brevia Consulting

David Odling, the former energy policy lead at Oil & Gas UK, has been appointed as a member of the Brevia Energy Advisory Board. Brevia Energy, a dedicated division of Brevia Consulting, has a longstanding reputation for expertise and experience in the UK energy sector. The division advises energy businesses of all sizes from innovative start-ups [...]

Wood Group secures major BP contract

Wood Group has been awarded a five year contract with an estimated value of $750million from BP. Under the contract Wood Group PSN (WGPSN), will deliver engineering, procurement and construction services to six UK continental shelf (UKCS) offshore upstream assets and the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) onshore midstream facilities in Grangemouth. Effective [...]

BEL Valves partners in new hyperbaric test facility

The new ‘Neptune’ technology centre development announced this month will deliver a long needed centre of excellence for hyperbaric testing in the UK. Situated on the north bank of the River Tyne in Newcastle, the facility will be jointly owned by BEL Valves and Newcastle University. Housing six hyperbaric chambers that simulate water depths down [...]

Cooper Software brings latest cloud and business intelligence tech to oil and gas industry

Fife based systems integrator, Cooper Software, has launched two business lines for the oil and gas industry. Using the latest and most up-to-date Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Business Intelligence (BI) applications of their kind, the software specialist has been able to design Cloud Enterprise software and BI applications specifically for [...]

Swire Oilfield Services opens new track and trace development centre in Aberdeen

Following successful product launches in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas, a new centre demonstrating the latest track and trace solution for the global oil and gas industry is being launched in Aberdeen. Swire Oilfield Services, the leading global supplier of cargo carrying solutions, modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management [...]

AVEVA named Britain’s most admired company in the software and computer services sector

AVEVA announced today that it has been ranked Britain’s Most Admired Company for the Software and Computer Services sector, at a ceremony at Claridge’s, London, on 2 December. The Management Today award, now in its 24th year, saw AVEVA selected ahead of industry giants such as Telecity and Sage. AVEVA was recognised by a peer review process after [...]

Halliburton and Falck Safety Services form strategic Well Control alliance

Boots & Coots, a Halliburton Service, and Falck Safety Services have formed a strategic alliance to offer well control services and well control training globally.  Falck will deliver the training portion and Boots & Coots will continue to deliver their known full suite of well control services. The two companies were looking for the best in [...]