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Continued uncertainty in the North Sea

Commenting upon the Chancellor of the Exchequers Budget Statement with regard to the North Sea Taxation Regime, James May, Director-General of UKOOA said: We regret the continuing uncertainty for the oil and gas industry, and the impact that this will have on business confidence and the prospects for investment and employment. However, we welcome [...]

The Brent Spar Solution does not set a precedent for decommissioning

London - The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) is pleased that Shell UK has announced its preferred disposal option for the Brent Spar. This will now be submitted to the UK Government which will make the final decision for its disposal. The solution for the Brent Spar does not set a precedent for the decommissioning of other offshore structures [...]

UKOOA Expands Its Technical Resources In Aberdeen

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) today announces the appointment of Gordon Harvey as assistant director of operations and technical affairs in Aberdeen from 2 February 1998. Gordon Harvey joins UKOOA after 24 years with the civil service where he has been head of Environment and Development Authorisations for the previous four years [...]

New UKOOA President and Executive Officers

5 January 1998 - The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) today announces the appointment of its Executive Officers for 1998 with Steve Suellentrop, Managing Director of ARCO British Limited as President for the forthcoming year. UKOOAs Executive Officers for 1998 are: President Mr Steve Suellentrop Managing Director, ARCO British Limited Vice [...]

North Sea Companies Call For Stable Fiscal Regime

Senior representatives of the North Sea oil and gas industry have asked the Treasury to maintain a stable fiscal environment. The North Sea industry wants to work with the Government to ensure that the UK retains a world-competitive oil and gas industry. The industrys key points are: * the UK oil and gas industry is one of the most successful [...]

UKOOA appoints Steve Harris as Director of Communications.

UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Harris to the new post of Director of Communications. Steve has joined UKOOA from Consumers Association, where he has been Communications Director for the past two years. He joins the organisation during a period of considerable change and a renewed commitment [...]

Neptune Energy announces carbon and methane intensity reduction targets

Neptune Energy has announced ambitious targets to reduce carbon and methane intensity by 2030 from the managed production of its portfolio. The company is targeting carbon intensity of 6kg CO2/boe by 2030, which represents a 60% reduction from forecast levels if no action was taken – and well below the industry average of 18kg CO2/boe. To achieve [...]

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 [...]