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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 [...]

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 [...]

READ Cased Hole and EV develop downhole video technology

Cased hole logging specialist READ Cased Hole has announced a new collaboration in Alaska with EV, a leader in downhole visual analytics. Working in partnership in the state, READ is now the selected operator of EV’s cutting-edge downhole video technology which enables vivid, high-definition video, providing a complete 360° picture from inside [...]

Rever Offshore completes Serica campaign

Subsea project delivery and execution provider Rever Offshore has announced the recent completion of a contract awarded by Serica Energy. This is the second campaign Rever has undertaken for the independent North Sea operator within a framework agreement which commenced in November 2018. The work scope, which took place in the North Sea’s Rhum [...]

TechnipFMC and Halliburton offer new subsea sensing technology

Halliburton and TechnipFMC have introduced Odassea™, the first distributed acoustic sensing solution for subsea wells. The new technology platform enables operators to execute intervention-less seismic imaging and reservoir diagnostics to reduce total cost of ownership while improving reservoir knowledge. The Odassea™ service integrates hardware [...]

INSITE projects secure £5 million in funding

The Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) and Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture (CEFAS) have announced 7 INSITE projects set to receive £5 million of funding over the next 3 years. The awards come after an Announcement of Opportunity from NERC in 2019 inviting researchers to submit proposals for a new programme of science [...]

ABB teams up with Yinson on offshore oil and gas project in Brazil

ABB has signed an agreement with energy solutions provider Yinson for electrical, control and telecommunication equipment and services onboard the FPSO Anna Nery bound for the Marlim 2 oil field in Campos Basin, Brazil. Yinson secured the contract to convert the 2002 Crude Oil Tanker leading operations and maintenance of the FPSO. The vessel is planned [...]

AGR automates end-of-well reporting for exploration company

AGR’s software unit has delivered the first automated end-of-well report for Lundin Energy Norway. The firm’s industry-leading plug-and-play solution, iQx™, was used to generate the detailed well completion report for a well drilled in the Edvard Grieg area by the Leiv Eiriksson rig. Lundin Energy Norway will now use the cloud-based iQx™ [...]

TSG Marine leads the fight against COVID-19 offshore

North east marine engineering specialist TSG Marine is taking new molecular technology offshore in a bid to get the sector back up to speed safely amidst the COVID-19 crisis. TSG Marine is deploying a rapid sanitisation system which not only renders a workplace immediately virus-free but also features a unique molecular layer which, when applied [...]

Centrifuges Un-Limited eyes Norwegian growth

Aberdeen-based service company Centrifuges Un-Limited plans to grow its headcount to 20 by the end of the year, as it presses on with growing its core business and exploring diversification opportunities. Acquired by Linton Investments at the beginning of 2020, more than half of business secured by the company since has been won on the international [...]

Dräger announces ongoing Aberdeen investment

Medical and safety technology company Dräger Marine and Offshore has confirmed a new phase of investment in its Aberdeen office. The investment will focus on significantly expanding the company’s rental fleet of offshore safety equipment, which includes its industry-leading fire and rescue apparatus. The company’s safety products are employed [...]

John Lawrie completes MV Kaami decommissioning at Kishorn

Aberdeen headquartered metal waste recycling and processing firm John Lawrie Metals has confirmed the successful completion of a first-of-its-kind project in partnership with Kishorn Port Limited (KPL). The project involved the downsizing and recycling of the MV Kaami, a general cargo vessel recovered six miles off the north west coast of Skye after [...]

Iqarus expands remote consultations to support workers during COVID-19

Global occupational health services company, Iqarus, is now carrying out 50% of all consultations remotely to protect the health of energy industry workers. This has been fuelled by the impact of COVID-19, soaring from just 2% usage before the pandemic. Iqarus, part of International SOS, has been working around the clock with clients to support those [...]

Neptune Energy awards Cygnus remote monitoring contract to Fugro

Neptune Energy has awarded a subsea inspection contract to geo-data specialist, Fugro, for the surveying of subsea structures at the Cygnus gas field in the UK’s southern North Sea. Fugro’s will use state-of-the-art remote monitoring technology to inspect subsea infrastructure including pipelines and umbilicals, spools and communication cables, [...]

Carjon-NRG supports delivery of online technology platform

Aberdeen headquartered technology deployment service company Carjon-NRG is linking with TechnologyCatalogue.com, to deliver a UK Energy Technology Platform. This platform will connect technology operators, developers and end-users in the UK oil, gas and renewable energy sectors and support rapid technology deployment. End-users can quickly get an [...]

Rever Offshore completes multi-million IRM contract

Subsea project delivery and execution provider Rever Offshore has announced the completion of a two-phase contract with energy major Total E&P UK. Beginning in late March, Rever undertook an onshore project management and engineering campaign, accompanied by an initial 41-day offshore operation and subsequent 10-day campaign, to conduct essential [...]

OGTC Board welcomes Tendeka’s Gillian King

Tendeka’s VP for Europe, Russia, CIS & Africa, Gillian King, has joined the Board of The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC). Gillian has worked in the oil and gas industry for almost 20 years and is passionate about new technology. Throughout her time at Tendeka, she has played a key role in the commercialisation of swellable packers and [...]

Exceed increases global footprint, establishes Exceed Norge

Aberdeen-headquartered well management and performance improvement specialist Exceed has announced the establishment of Exceed Norge. The new unit reflects its parent company’s ongoing strategy to strengthen and diversify its profile, in terms of both geographic footprint and services offered. The Stavanger-based subsidiary is headed up by managing [...]

Brodies launches Oil & Gas Academy webinars

Brodies LLP is re-launching its Oil & Gas Academy series, now in an online format. Aimed at in-house lawyers and commercial managers in the sector, the seminars provide delegates with the opportunity to extend their depth of knowledge, breadth of skills and range of contacts. The firm will hold three one-hour sessions over the coming months, [...]

Cyberhawk secures five-year software contract with Shell

Drone-based inspection and asset visualisation expert Cyberhawk has secured a five-year, multimillion-dollar software contract with Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell). The company’s iHawk platform will become Shell’s next generation visualisation software platform for all onshore, offshore and subsea assets, as well as all global construction projects. Cyberhawk, [...]

Fraser Well Management secures first production well operatorship appointment

Well engineering and project management specialist Fraser Well Management (FWM) has assumed the production well operatorship of six southern North Sea development wells, marking the launch of a new product line. The work centres on NEO Energy’s Babbage platform, and includes five gas production wells and one suspended well. The scope of work covers [...]

Add Energy launches AssetVoice smart solution

Add Energy’s Asset and Integrity Management (AIM) division has developed a new integrated solution to monitor, track and analyse components of fixed assets in real-time. The award-winning technology, AssetVoice™, combines features from asset management, change management and real-time location systems, and offers a single source of data for an [...]