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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 [...]

Drive for renewables sees AREG membership grow

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) has grown its membership over the past 12 months, with sign-ups coming from leading companies within the renewables sector, renowned industry bodies and energy companies who are placing an increased focus on clean energy. Among the 40 new sign-ups are Montrose Port Authority, a leading service hub for the North [...]

Archer wins two-year contract extension in the UK North Sea

Archer has secured a two-year contract extension with a major North Sea operator for the provision of platform drilling operations and maintenance services on seven UK North Sea installations. The extension will commence 1 November 2020 in direct continuation of the current contract. Over the next two years Archer will continue to deliver platform [...]

Costain supports hydrogen feasibility project Smart infrastructure solutions company Costain, in collaboration with UK gas networks, has produced a feasibility study that will contribute to the ongoing assessments of the ability to use the existing UK gas transmission and distribution networks to transport hydrogen. The project is the first to [...]

Petrofac first to secure OPITO renewables standard approval

Energy industry training provider, Petrofac, has become the first company globally to be approved by OPITO to deliver its ‘Emergency Coordinator for Renewable Energy (Wind Sector)’ course. The move comes after energy industry skills body OPITO announced the launch of a new suite of safety and technical training standards, and qualifications, [...]

Neptune Energy adopts Halliburton cloud applications for drilling and wells

Neptune Energy is to adopt Halliburton’s DecisionSpace 365 well construction suite of cloud applications to consolidate all global drilling and wells activities, improve efficiency and reduce non-productive time. The three-year agreement – part of Neptune’s digital subsurface programme – will create a platform for Neptune’s digital well [...]

Xodus supports Massachusetts offshore wind consultation

Xodus Group and BW Research Partnership will conduct a research project to assess the local and regional supply chain in support of the growing offshore wind industry in and around Massachusetts, USA. Working on behalf of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), Xodus and BW Research, in coordination with Greentree Consulting and the Massachusetts [...]

Apollo celebrates centenary green project

Apollo Offshore Engineering has hit a milestone in its renewable energy timeline, securing an award for the 100th project issued by Bombora. Project 100 is in support of Bombora’s innovative megawatt-scale wave energy conversion device, mWave. Bombora had previously developed a fixed bottom seabed solution with Apollo’s assistance, nearly 500 [...]

Add Energy’s Canadian office secures business wins

The Calgary office of Add Energy’s asset integrity and management (AIM) division has secured almost US$2.9 million worth of new business contracts within six months of launching. The team, based in Suncor Energy’s building in downtown Calgary, has announced new contracts with three oil and gas companies to deliver inventory management optimization [...]

Proserv and Synaptec sign strategic alliance agreement

Controls technology company Proserv Controls has penned a strategic alliance with power system monitoring leader Synaptec to develop a cutting-edge integrated holistic cable monitoring system, which will reduce downtime, improve safety and lower operating costs at offshore wind farms. The partnership aims to move both companies forward in several [...]

Fraser Well Management secures new well operatorship contract

UK-based independent Bridge Petroleum has appointed well engineering and project management specialist Fraser Well Management (FWM) to operate the suspended appraisal well in the Galapagos field in the northern North Sea. FWM launched its new turnkey well operatorship division earlier this year, providing end-to-end well operator support for the [...]

EnQuest and ORE Catapult join AFBE-UK Scotland AFBE-UK Scotland, a social enterprise which promotes diversity and inclusion, has announced that EnQuest and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have signed up as new corporate partners. Aberdeen-based AFBE-UK Scotland encourages all young people, particularly those of black and minority [...]

On-the-rig simulator helps Wellesley reduce exploration risks

Drilling a well on a simulator before the real project in the Norwegian North Sea begins has proved so successful for oil and gas exploration company, Wellesley Petroleum, it is now looking to roll out the initiative across other well projects. Wellesley commissioned a mobile ‘On-the-Rig’ (OTR) drilling simulator, which is designed and manufactured [...]

Neptune Energy appoints Pierre Girard as Director of New Energy

Neptune Energy has announced the appointment of Pierre Girard to the newly created role of Director of New Energy. The company announced the formation of a New Energy team in August to scale partnerships and investments in low carbon technologies, particularly hydrogen, CCS and electrification. Pierre is currently Director of Commercial and Joint [...]

DEKRA merges UK Process Safety and Organisational Reliability businesses

DEKRA has announced the merger of its UK process safety consulting, testing, and advisory firm Chilworth Technology Ltd (trading as DEKRA Process Safety) with its UK behavioural change consultancy DEKRA Organisational Reliability, to form DEKRA Organisational and Process Safety (DO&PS) from 1 October 2020. The new organisation is now a one-stop [...]

Drilling Systems COO appointed as IWCF UK Branch Chair

Drilling Systems’ Clive Battisby has been announced as the new UK Branch Chair of the International Well Control Forum (IWCF). Clive previously held the position of Vice Chair from 2017 and has worked to serve the interests of the global oilfield community. After an election process amongst the UK Branch members, he was elected to serve as Chair for [...]

Salus Technical joins OGUK membership

Process safety consultancy firm, Salus Technical, is pleased to announce its membership of Oil & Gas UK (OGUK). Westhill-based Salus Technical works with customers to help them understand and manage the risks of major accidents within their operations and continually improve the safety of the industry. The company offers three complementary services: [...]

Archer secures a four-year contract extension with Apache

Oil service company Archer has secured a four-year contract extension with Apache Corporation for the provision of platform drilling operations and maintenance services on Beryl Alpha and Bravo, Forties Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta in the UK North Sea. Based on current and expected future activity, including additional services through its engineering, [...]

Mintra announces NOK 1.3 billion listing on Oslo Stock Exchange

Aberdeen and Norway-based Mintra has announced its listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, at a price of NOK 1.3 billion. Mintra provides workforce management systems and online training courses for safety critical industries worldwide. It has seen a surge in demand for virtual and online delivery of courses and training management support during global [...]

Strathclyde backs NSRI commercialisation tool

The University of Strathclyde has endorsed a methodology developed by NSRI (National Subsea Research Institute) to accelerate the commercialisation of technology in support of the green recovery. NSRI, which works with underwater technology companies and academia to collaborate on bringing forward new technology, has developed a way of measuring [...]

Neptune Energy commences subsea construction on Seagull project

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX have announced the beginning of the subsea construction phase of the Seagull tie-back project. TechnipFMC, working under the Neptune Energy Alliance Agreement, has deployed the Apache II pipelay vessel to start the pipe-in-pipe installation, laying approximately 5km of pipe connecting the [...]