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Aberdeen to Host UKOOA Safety Systems Workshop

New guidelines published by the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) for the design and operation of instrument-based protective systems which are critical for maintaining a safe and stable offshore operations will be the subject of a workshop to be held in Aberdeen on Tuesday, 8 February 2000. The one-day workshop for oil and gas industry engineers [...]

Fishermen Safety Initiative Wins EU and Oil Industry Funding

Production of an electronic safety device which could significantly reduce the risk of fishermens nets becoming caught on pipelines, wellheads and other underwater obstacles has been given the green light, thanks to European and oil industry funding, it was announced today (Tuesday, 28 December, 1999). The grants, totalling £345,000, will subsidise [...]

UKOOA Publishes Second Environment Report

The second industry-wide Environment Report for the UK offshore oil and gas sector has been published by the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA). The publication builds on the Industrys first Report last year and re-emphasises the Industrys commitment to greater openness and transparency in its affairs and, in particular, its stewardship of [...]

UKOOA Restructures Executive Team For 2000

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) has strengthened its executive officer management team for 2000 to reflect the upstream oil and gas industrys priorities for the coming year and UKOOAs closer links with PILOT, the body which will now steer the initiatives born out of the Oil and Gas Industry Task Force. An executive team of ten double [...]

New Guidelines Published for the Survey of Standby Vessels

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) in conjunction with three other trade associations representing the UK offshore oil and gas industry has published guidelines for the survey of vessels standing by offshore installations. Replacing an earlier publication, the so-called Green Code which has now been withdrawn, the new guidelines will assist [...]

UKOOA Responds: Launch of “Lift” and “Deal” Internet Services

Commenting on the announcement today that two complementary internet-based services LIFT and DEAL are to be launched on the world-wide web to promote licence trading and active portfolio management in the UK offshore oil and gas industry, James May, Director General of the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), said: LIFT and DEAL will provide [...]

UKOOA Responds to Proposals for Industry Technology Facilitator

The creation of the Industry Technology Facilitator announced today at Offshore Europe was welcomed by the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA). James May, UKOOAs Director General, said: The development and exploitation of new technology is critical if the full potential of UK oil and gas reserves are to be unlocked. Much of the remaining [...]

UKOOA Responds: Progress In Step Change In Safety Initiative

The significant progress made to date by the Step Change and Safety Initiative since its launch two years ago demonstrates just what can be achieved by putting mind and effort together in a concerted pan-industry drive to improve safety performance, says UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA). James May, UKOOAs Director General, said it is very [...]

UKOOA Statement on the Creation of Logic, the New Industry Body for Competitiveness

LOGIC, the new organisation backed by Government and the offshore oil and gas Industry to sharpen competitiveness amongst Industry suppliers and contractors, will be good news for the UK Continental Shelf and good news for the UK as a whole, says the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA). Responding to todays announcement by Energy Minister Helen [...]

UKOOA “Millennium Bug” Leaflet

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) has produced a leaflet summarising the preparations made by the UK offshore oil and gas industry for the Year 2000 date change, the so-called Millennium Bug problem. 50,000 copies of the leaflet, which gives a brief summary of the state of readiness for offshore installations, communications systems, [...]

UK Operators’ Response to Secretary of States Key Note Speech at Offshore Europe 1999

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) welcomes the series of initiatives announced today at Offshore Europe 99 by the Secretary of State, Stephen Byers, which set out to secure the UKs position as a world centre in the international oil and gas industry. James May, UKOOAs Director General, said: There is potentially about as much oil and [...]

Drill Cuttings Initiative Announces R&D Contract Awards and Creation of Scientific Review Group

The UK Offshore Operators Associations (UKOOA) Drill Cuttings Initiative has announced the award of 15 research and development (R&D) contracts as part of a £1 million spend in the first phase of its investigations into options for dealing with accumulations of drill cuttings beneath oil and gas installations in the North Sea. The R&D programme [...]

New Arrangements Pave Way for Closer Relationship Between Offshore Oil and Gas Industry and Unions

Representatives of oil companies operating in UK waters and union leaders met in Aberdeen today (11 August 1999) to sign new consultation arrangements that officially acknowledge trade unions as stakeholders and social partners in the offshore oil and gas industry. The arrangements were signed by Bob Connon, President of the UK Offshore Operators [...]

Capacity Audience for Oil Major’s Vision of UKCS Future at UKOOA Energy Breakfast

A capacity audience of 240 people turned out for the UKOOA Energy Breakfast in Aberdeen today (5 August 1999) to hear Alan Jones, Regional President Scotland, BP Amoco, set out his view of the long term future for the UK oil and gas industry. The key points of Mr Jones presentation were: The global competitive environment frames the key challenges [...]

UKOOA Welcomes Government Announcement of Capital Gains Tax Rollover Relief for Offshore Industry

UKOOA, the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas Industry, welcomes the Governments announcement that it is to reinstate Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rollover relief for the transfer and sale of offshore licensed interests. James May, UKOOAs Director General, said: The measure is a welcome signal of the Governments intention to address [...]

Offshore Industry Develops Model Risk Management Tool

A new tool to improve risk management and ensure greater transparency and openness in risk-related decision-making has been developed by the offshore oil and gas industry which, its creators believe, could have application across all industry sectors. The UK Offshore Operators Associations (UKOOA) new guidelines on A Framework for Risk Related Decision [...]

Electronic Device is Launched to Warn Fishermen of Subsea Obstacles

An electronic device developed by the Oil and Gas Industry as a pro-active warning system to alert fishermen of underwater hazards was launched on Tuesday, 15 June, at the Maritime Museum in Aberdeen. The prototype device, known as FishSafe, uses Kingfisher Seabed Data to warn fishermen of the presence of subsea obstacles (such as wellheads and pipelines), [...]

CGT Rollover Relief Sought to Boost North Sea Investment

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, is urging Government to include measures in the 1999 Finance Bill to extend Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rollover relief to transactions of hydrocarbon producing assets in the North Sea. The Industry believes that the current restriction on [...]

Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Relaunches Web Site

The UK offshore oil and gas industry has re-launched its web site with a new design to provide easier access to information about one of this countrys great industrial success stories. Available at, the web site is managed by the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative body for oil and gas companies licensed [...]

DNV to Manage Oil Industry Drill Cuttings Initiative

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) Drill Cuttings Task Force has selected Det Norske Veritas (DNV) to form a dedicated project management team to carry its initiative forward through the next stages. A core team of four, headed by Angus Lyon, Operations Manager at the DNV Technical Consultancy in Aberdeen, will be responsible for managing [...]

Apollo backs NECCUS

Engineering provider Apollo has joined NECCUS as part of its growing activities within the Energy Transition. Focussed on enabling green technologies and playing a key role in industry achieving net zero, Apollo is looking forward to bringing its expertise and contributing to the strengthening of the alliance and supporting the reduction of carbon emissions [...]

Kishorn Port granted approval for dry dock extension

Kishorn Port has received approval from Highland Council for its proposal to extend the port’s dry dock. This is a further and significant step in the regeneration of the port and dry dock which was originally established in the mid-1970s to fabricate the Ninian Central oil and gas platform. The development proposal involves an extension of the [...]

Swire Energy Services announces technology investment to support net zero target

Swire Energy Services (SES) has committed to a £4 million investment for the installation of two new robotic blast and paint coating processes across its UK and Norway operations. The leading-edge robotic technology for the blasting and paint coating process will support Swire Energy Services’ North Sea offshore container rental fleet of 28,000 [...]

Aker Solutions and AVEVA extend strategic partnership

AVEVA, a global provider of industrial software, has extended its long-term relationship with Aker Solutions to help accelerate the company’s digital transformation strategy. The two organisations will work together to deploy new engineering capabilities which will enable multi-discipline teams to work effectively together to develop and maintain [...]

Spirit extends life of York field

The Spirit Energy-owned York gas field has been given another three years of life following a successful life extension project. The Southern North Sea field achieved first gas from the recent campaign on 18 April, having been sanctioned by Spirit in May 2020. The project extends the life of an important North Sea field for Spirit, which has produced [...]

Storegga, Shell, and Harbour Energy become equal partners in the Acorn Project

Storegga, through its subsidiary Pale Blue Dot Energy, Shell, and Harbour Energy have become equal partners in the Acorn Project, with the signing of the Acorn Development Agreement. As equal partners, Storegga, Shell and Harbour will develop Acorn through to Final Investment Decision, construction, operation and beyond. The Acorn CCS and Hydrogen [...]

3t Energy Group appoints expert to lead new consultancy division

3t Energy Group is leveraging its extensive expertise in the global energy sector by establishing a new consultancy division headed up by industry professional, Alan Sharp. The new division, called ‘3t Training Solutions,’ will provide a wide selection of specialist consultancy services ranging from helping companies gain new industry accreditations [...]

Shell joins operators driving innovation in emissions monitoring offshore

Energy major Shell is the latest company to join a multi-operator group driving innovation to tackle the challenge of offshore methane emissions monitoring. Leading this innovation is unmanned aviation business Flylogix, who alongside US gas sensor technology experts SeekOps and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), are developing the accurate [...]

DEKRA hosts free HAZOP, coaching webinars

Safety and certification group DEKRA UK is hosting a series of webinars covering remote HAZOPs and remote behavioural coaching. Held on 20 April, the first session titled “Remote HAZOPS: The Do’s and Don'ts”, will see DEKRA experts explore and discuss the HAZOP technique and its methodology for evaluating risk, as well as answering questions [...]

Well-Safe welcomes D300 diving system to Scotland

Tuesday 12 April saw the long-awaited arrival of Well-Safe Solutions’ D300 Diving System to Scottish shores. The journey from Singapore has taken six weeks and the hard work and dedication of the team has ensured the unit’s safe arrival. Operations have been managed from the UK by Well-Safe Solutions along with the support of Orca Oceanic Systems. [...]

Petrofac extends integrated services for Neo Energy

International service provider Petrofac has been awarded an early one-year extension to its integrated services contract with NEO Energy. The extension, awarded eight months ahead of the renewal date, takes Petrofac’s contract for operations, maintenance, engineering and construction support for NEO Energy’s UK activities, through to December [...]

IOG begins Phase 1 development campaign at Elgood

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has announced the spudding of the Elgood development well, 48/22c-H1, the first of first of five planned development wells in its Phase 1 project. The well is expected to take approximately three months to drill and complete, after which the rig will move on to Blythe in early Q3. The Noble Hans Deul jack-up rig mobilised [...]

Altrad appoints industry stalwart to support its upstream growth agenda

Altrad has announced the appointment of John Welsh, Client Services Director, to accelerate its upstream growth strategy for the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). John Welsh returns back to his roots to join the enlarged Altrad business, some nine years after leaving Cape plc, a company that was acquired by Altrad back in 2017, wherein he grew the business [...]

ChampionX awarded contracts to deploy next-generation corrosion protection

ChampionX has secured two contracts worth a combined £2.8 million ($3.9 USD), to deliver its next generation, non-toxic chemicals to two major North Sea operators. The company’s environmentally acceptable corrosion inhibitor product line has been developed to enable E&P organisations to economically extend the life of their assets in a sustainable [...]

Continued growth prompts team expansion for Salus Technical

Aberdeenshire-headquartered process safety firm Salus Technical has grown its team with the appointment of Andrea Ferdinands as a process safety engineer. Andrea’s role will encompass managing customer accounts, supporting the consulting arm of the business, hosting webinars and contributing to the creation of resources for the firm’s online [...]

Wood extends long-standing relationship with TAQA in UK North Sea

Global consulting and engineering company Wood will build upon its 12-year relationship with TAQA following the award of a new contract to provide integrated facility services across the company’s North Sea assets. With the award of a five-year Integrated Facilities Services agreement, Wood will focus on supporting TAQA’s operations across the [...]

3t-China installs next-generation simulators for CNOOC

China’s leading centre for well control training, CNOOC Well Control Centre (CWCC), is investing £1.1 million in state-of-the-art simulator technology to support the oil and gas industry across the region. CWCC has developed new classrooms and installed several MultiSIMs, DrillSIM:5s and DrillSIM:Educators at its training centre in Tianjin, delivered [...]

Mintra and ITB Competence Assurance agree partnership

A partnership agreement aimed at helping high-risk industries create safe and competent workforces has been signed between digital learning specialists Mintra and competence framework experts ITB Competence Assurance Ltd. The move brings together Mintra’s market-leading learning and competence management system, Trainingportal, with ITB’s expertise [...]

Deltic, Shell make investment decision for Pensacola

Deltic Energy has confirmed that it and joint venture partner Shell U.K. Limited have made a positive well investment decision to drill the high-impact Pensacola Prospect on Licence P2252 in the UK Southern North Sea. Shell and Deltic have subsequently confirmed to the Oil and Gas Authority that the contingent well commitment is now firm. The drilling [...]

3t Energy Group wins training contract with Chrysaor

3t Energy Group has secured a contract with the UK’s largest oil and gas operating company, Chrysaor, to manage the training of its entire UK workforce using the latest innovative digital learning technologies. The contract will run for an initial three years with an option to extend for a further two. It will provide a complete workforce management [...]