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UKOOA Responds To Government Energy Review

UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) is disappointed that the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry sees the need to continue the moratorium on gas-fired power generation development. This will impact on the oil and gas exploration industrys investment and employment. Furthermore UKOOA is concerned that the Secretary of State has not indicated [...]

Atlantic Seabed Survey Finds Intrigue Scientists

Scientists surveying the sea floor environment of the Atlantic to the north and west of Scotland have discovered a phenomenon not previously recorded in an area 90 miles to the north west of Cape Wrath, it was revealed today (6 October 1998) at the Atlantic Frontier Environmental Conference in Aberdeen. Data collected in the 1998 Atlantic Margin [...]

Offshore And Marine Industries Join Forces To Publish New Guidelines For Support Vessels

UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), in conjunction with the Chamber of Shipping, today (2 October 1998) publishes new Guidelines for the Safe Management and Operation of Offshore Support Vessels. The Guidelines aim to develop a common approach to the safe management and operation of vessels involved in offshore supply and anchor handling activities [...]

UKOOA Responds To Government Announcement On 18th Offshore Licensing Round

James May, Director-General of UK Offshore Operators Association, the representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, said: It is not surprising that the 18th Offshore Licensing Round should attract interest from companies wishing to expand or establish their presence on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), given the nature of the blocks [...]

Students Present Visions For Future Of North Sea

Young people from around the country will challenge senior North Sea oil and gas representatives with their own visions for the future of the industry at the British Association Annual Festival of Science at Cardiff University, 10-11 September. Thirty-two 16 to 18 year olds from four secondary schools in England, Scotland and Wales won their places [...]

UKOOA Response To Government Announcement On North Sea Fiscal Regime

UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, welcomes the Governments announcement today that it does not intend to change the present fiscal regime in the North Sea. While the uncertainty caused by the extended review has been of concern, the industry believes that the process of consultation, [...]

Industry Response To Ospar Decision

The UK oil and gas industry, represented by UK Offshore Operators Association, is concerned by the outcome of this first OSPAR Ministerial meeting regarding the disposal of disused offshore installations. The agreement by OSPAR Ministers that all structures weighing under 10,000 tonnes should be totally removed, appears to have been based on political [...]

UKOOA Response to Government Consultation on Energy Sources Government interventionist policy will undermine energy competition

In response to the DTIs Review of Energy Sources for Power Generation UKOOA has expressed its concern that the Government intends to take a more interventionist stance on energy policy. The UKOOA response highlights: * Concern that the interim consents policy will create investment uncertainty in the energy market and reduce competition.   * [...]

Offshore Industry Response To Government Shift On Decommissioning

The UK offshore oil and gas industry, represented by the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), is disappointed by the Governments announcement today that it is changing its position with regard to the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas installations in advance of the OSPAR Ministerial meeting next week. James May, Director-General of UKOOA, [...]

Government Proposals Place Gas Jobs And Investment At Risk

Implementation of the Governments proposals to review energy sources will have a negative impact on investment and jobs in the UKs gas exploration and production industry, an independent report reveals. The report, entitled Impact of the Energy Sources Review Proposals, was prepared by industry analysts Arthur D Little for UK Offshore Operators Association [...]

Piper Alpha 10th Anniversary Media Briefing

July 6 1998 is the tenth anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster that claimed 167 lives. Today (26 June) UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) is giving a briefing for journalists to provide a reminder of the background to the event itself, actions taken since to improve safety and future plans for further improvement. James May, Director-General [...]

Workshop Takes Place To Further Understanding Of Seismic Impact On Marine Mammals

Representatives from offshore oil companies, geophysical contractors, environmental regulators and non-governmental organisations, along with marine biologists, academics and bio-accoustic specialists came together last week (23-25 June) to discuss the impact of seismic operations on marine mammals. Organised jointly by the Atlantic Margin Joint [...]

UKOOA Response To DTI Announcement On Gas Moratorium Consultation

In response to the President of the Board of Trades announcement today on energy policy, James May, Director-General of UKOOA, the representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, said: UKOOA supports electricity market reforms which benefit both domestic and industrial consumers. However, we see no reason for the maintenance of artificial [...]

Statement: UKOOA Response To Energy Policy Report

UKOOA, the representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, welcomes the publication of the Trade and Industry Committees Energy Policy Report today (9 June 1998). In particular, UKOOA supports the Committees recommendation that the moratorium on gas fired power stations should not be extended. This is in line with the Committees [...]

UKOOA Welcomes 18th Round

UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) welcomes the opening of the 18th Seaward Petroleum Licensing Round today (9 June 1998). James May, UKOOAs Director-General, said We very much hope that the 18th Round will be a success, both for our members and the Government. We must remain concerned however that the promised consultation document on [...]

North Sea Oil Industry Launches Twin-Track Initiative On Drill Cuttings

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) is launching a major new phase of oil industry research and consultation to seek the best ways to deal with drill cuttings on the seabed - a legacy from the industrys earlier North Sea operations. Drill cuttings emerge when wells are drilled through layers of subterranean rock, often thousands of metres [...]

UK Oil and Gas: Tax Threatens Competitiveness and Stability

A major new study confirms the UK oil industrys belief that the UK will have to compete harder in the world marketplace to attract future exploration investment. The report shows that in many respects, the UK already lags behind other mature provinces such as Norway, the USA, Angola, Indonesia and Australia, let alone the frontier provinces. The [...]

Westhaven Fatal Accident Inquiry Report – Statement

UKOOA, the representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, welcomes the publication of the Westhaven Fatal Accident Inquiry Report and notes its recommendations. The industry has a continuous dialogue with the fishery organisations, in particular the SFF and the NFFO, and is committed to the continuous improvement of safety. UKOOA [...]

UKOOA welcomes calls to lift block on gas fired stations

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) welcomes the call to lift the moratorium on the building of new gas-fired power stations. The recommendation, published last week in the Trade and Industry Select Committees Coal Report, also has the backing of the electricity regulator, Professor Stephen Littlechild. In a letter sent to the President [...]

North Sea Oil industry engages in its first advertising campaign

Thursday, 19 March - Major companies involved in producing oil and gas from the North Sea today launch their first joint advertising campaign, aimed at the public to explain the enormous scope of the benefits provided to society by oil. The campaign, branded North Sea Oil - We all get a lot out of it, features a variety of products derived from oil [...]

Repsol Sinopec Resources appoints new CEO

Jose Luis Muñoz has taken up the position of chief executive officer at Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited, effective as of 1 April 2020. Mr Muñoz replaces Bill Dunnett, who had been in the post since 2015 and who steps down as planned following the end of his contract on 31 March. Jose Luis Muñoz joined Repsol in 2005 and has most recently [...]

SSI Energy offers protection advice for Covid-19

It is imperative that workers involved in the energy industry are supported in their efforts to keep operations running. These are the personnel who will keep the lights on in homes across the country and heating in the homes of those who really need it. According to Jules Rawles, Director at specialist medical support company SSI Energy, there are [...]

Teekay wins Foinaven bareboat contract

Teekay Corporation has entered into a new bareboat charter contract with Foinaven operator Britoil Limited (a subsidiary of BP p.l.c.), for the Petrojarl Foinaven floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. Covering up to approximately ten years, the contract will see Teekay receive an upfront payment of approximately $67 million, a [...]

Unique Group signs exclusive agreement with OTAQ Offshore

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has signed an exclusive rental agreement with UK-based OTAQ Offshore to represent OTAQ’s technology and products across the Middle East, APAC and the Americas. Providing underwater leak detection systems, laser measurement and video processing technologies, OTAQ Group supports the offshore energy, [...]

New acquisition strengthens ASCO’s NORM services

Integrated materials and logistics management company ASCO has acquired NORM Solutions, a provider of specialist cleaning, treatment and disposal services for oilfield equipment contaminated with Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM). The acquisition reflects ASCO’s overall strategy to continually strengthen its specialist waste and [...]

Xodus sees growth in cable services

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has recorded a major increase in the provision of services related to subsea power cables over the last twelve months. New assignments grew by more than 50%, resulting in more than 70 active work streams in 2019. This allowed the company to increase its number of specialists in this area, and it now employs more 30 [...]

Neptune Energy confirms discovery at Isabella exploration well

Neptune Energy has announced a hydrocarbon discovery at the Isabella exploration well in the central North Sea. The 30/12d-11 well in UK licence P.1820, was drilled by the Noble Sam Hartley jack-up to a total depth of 5,557 metres in water depths of 80m. Hydrocarbons were encountered in Upper Jurassic and Triassic sandstone reservoirs, with 64m net [...]

Tailwind submits Evelyn Environmental Statement

Tailwind Energy is working towards committing to development of the Evelyn field located in the central North Sea. The first phase of development will consist of a single-well subsea tie-back to the Triton FPSO, with first oil expected by the end of 2022. Prior to a full field development decision, Tailwind has prepared and submitted an Environmental [...]

Rockrose drills at West Brae

Independent oil and gas producer Rockrose Energy has announced that the first of two infill development wells at West Brae has been completed and is delivering in line with expectations. Following completion of this well, the Noble Houston Colbert jack-up drilling rig spudded the second planned well at West Brae on 9 March. Designated WPGZ and WPOZ, [...]

Neptune Energy appoints Alexandra Thomas as MD for UK

Neptune Energy has announced that Alexandra Thomas has joined the company as UK managing director, based in Aberdeen. Alexandra joins Neptune from Tullow Oil, where she most recently held the position of Head of Exploration, Development and Commercial for Ghana. With 18 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, she has held a number of senior [...]

OPEX Group and Wood Mackenzie launch Operations DataHub

OPEX Group has joined forces with global research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie to launch a new data service for the oil and gas industry. Developed in partnership between the two companies, the Operations DataHub™ enables operators to securely pool and gain insight from operations data from multiple assets across the UKCS basin, with the [...]

Babcock wins major new North Sea helicopter contract

Babcock’s Offshore business has secured a new five-year shared contract with three oil and gas operators for helicopter transport in the northern North Sea. The contract will initially see Babcock operate over 100 helicopter flights each month from Sumburgh in Shetland, on behalf of CNR International, EnQuest and TAQA. Flights are expected to begin [...]

Montrose Port Authority announces new COO

Montrose Port Authority has recently appointed Graeme Nimmo, former Ship’s Agency Manager for Seletar Shipping, as its new Chief Operating Officer. Supporting CEO Tom Hutchison, Graeme brings a wealth of experience to his role overseeing the daily operations across the 59-acre port site, which includes the arrival of over 600 vessels each year, [...]

Welaptega, STAT-Marine partnership delivers Nigerian FPSO contract

Underwater inspection provider Welaptega has delivered on contracts to support two energy supermajors in West Africa, after establishing a strategic partnership with engineering and training organisation STAT-Marine Nigeria Ltd. The awards saw the Ashtead Technology-owned business inspect the mooring systems on two floating production storage and [...]

Xodus Group reveals new global gas analysis

International energy consultancy Xodus Group has published new analysis on the future of gas in the context of rising global energy demand. In contrast to some future energy scenarios, Xodus believes worldwide energy consumption will continue to increase, driven by economic growth in developing countries, and that approximately half of that demand [...]

Codex Integrity expands following successful 2019

Asset integrity, operational support and engineering services provider Codex Integrity has moved to larger offices in Aberdeen’s Queen’s Gardens following growing demand and contract wins in excess of £1 million. As Codex celebrates its 10-year anniversary, the company continues to provide support to UK and global oil and gas operators. Services [...]

James Fisher AIS strengthens R2S advisory team

Digital twin solutions provider R2S will benefit from the experience of Joe Little joining its senior advisory team, supporting continued growth and new sector diversification. Joe joins James Fisher AIS as an advisor with a focus on the R2S digital twin solution.  This follows 30 years working directly with BP and other leading FTSE 100 organisations, [...]

ASCO starts new decade with North Sea contract extension

Global materials and logistics manager ASCO has been awarded a five-year contract extension by CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited to support all the operator’s North Sea assets. The contract, worth in excess of £100 million, will see ASCO continue to provide a fully managed and integrated, logistics, materials management, waste and marine gas oil [...]

OPEX Group invests in new staff, R&D

A busy 2020 has seen data science company OPEX Group secure several new agreements for its X-PAS predictive analytics service and bolster its team with 10 new members of staff. Responding to increased demand for its services, the roles are spread across the business, from data analysts and data scientists, to software developers and oil and gas domain [...]

ODE appoints managing director for asset management

Independent operations and engineering services company ODE has appointed Sandy Reid as managing director of asset management. Based in the company’s Aberdeen office, opened in late 2019, Mr Reid will oversee the asset management division of the company as it increases its presence in the city following a series of contract wins worth £20 million. Bringing [...]