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Norman Chambers to Speak at Next UKOOA Energy Breakfast

Norman Chambers, President of Halliburton Energy Development, will be the guest speaker at the next UK Offshore Operators Associations (UKOOA) Energy Breakfast meeting on Tuesday, 18th May in Aberdeen at the Marcliffe at Pitfodels Hotel. Titled Prospering in a Low Oil Price Environment, Norman Chambers presentation will offer the perspective of [...]

Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Welcomes Launch of Dedicated Parliamentary Group

The launch of the All Party Group for the British offshore oil and gas industry is welcomed by the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative organisation for companies licensed to operate on the UK Continental Shelf. Director-General James May said: We are delighted that Parliamentarians recognise that the UK offshore oil and [...]

Greater Collaboration is Key to North Sea’s Future Says UKOOA President Bob ConnonGreater Collaboration is Key to North Sea’s Future Says UKOOA President Bob Connon

The UK oil and gas industry must engage in greater collaboration if it is to shape up to the challenges created by current low oil prices, the Aberdeen business community was told today (8 April) at a breakfast meeting organised by the UK Offshore Operators Association. Initiating the UKOOA Energy Breakfast meetings at the Marcliffe at Pitfodels [...]

UKOOA Response To Government Measures To Boost North Sea Oil And Gas Exploration

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), one of the representative organisations for the UK oil and gas industry, welcomes Energy Minister John Battles announcement today that the Government is to change its licensing system for exploration and production on the UK Continental Shelf. James May, Director-General of UKOOA, said: This initial [...]

UKOOA 1998 Annual Report Reflects Association’s New Direction

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) has published its 1998 Annual Report in a new style format reflecting the Industry bodys focus on providing added value for members during a year dominated by low oil prices, corporate restructuring and a slew of Government policy reviews and regulatory initiatives. Reporting on his year as President [...]

UKOOA Cartoon Highlights Dangers Of Fishing Near Pipelines

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has commissioned the services of top cartoonist Bill McArthur, to use humour to deliver a serious message to fishermen about the dangers of fishing near pipelines. A regular contributor to Fishing News for 11 years, and the Heralds daily [...]

Uk Offshore Oil And Gas Industry’s Response To The Budget

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, is disappointed that the Chancellor has missed an opportunity to recognise and respond to the depth of the difficulties currently facing the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Urgent measures are needed to halt the erosion of the [...]

Oil and Gas Industry’s Future Is On Breakfast Menu

Key oil and gas figures will share their views on the future of the industry in a series of breakfast meetings aimed at the Aberdeen business community. Organised by the UK Offshore Operators Association, the UKOOA Energy Breakfast meetings will kick off on Thursday April 8 at the Marcliffe at Pitfodels Hotel with an event hosted by UKOOA President [...]

The Environment Council Issues Report On Drill Cuttings Seminar

The Environment Council today (22 December 1998) releases its report on the seminar it held on behalf of the offshore oil and gas industry in November when a range of interest groups met together to discuss how best to deal with drill cuttings piles on the sea bed the legacy of 30 years of offshore well drilling activity in the North Sea. The seminar [...]

HSE Figures Put Focus On Offshore Safety Priorities

Four trade associations representing different sectors of the UK offshore oil and gas industry UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), Offshore Contractors Association (OCA), International Association of Drilling Contractors - North Sea Chapter (IADC) and British Rig Owners Association (BROA) have issued the following joint statement in response [...]

Workforce Contributes to Safety Initiative

Over 340 delegates attended the Cross Industry Safety Leadership Forum (CISLF) Step Change Workforce Workshops last week to define important action points for improving safety in the North Sea oil and gas industry. The delegates represented the workforce of most North Sea platforms, drilling rigs, vessels and some onshore facilities. Following an [...]

UKOOA Faces Challenges of 1999 with New President and Executive Officers

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) has announced the appointment of its Executive Officers for 1999 with Bob Connon, Managing Director of Chevron UK Ltd, elected as President for the forthcoming year. UKOOAs Executive Officers for 1999 are: President: Mr Bob Connon, Managing Director, Chevron UK Ltd Vice President: Mr Francis [...]

UKOOA Responds To Licence Awards Announcement

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has welcomed the award by Government today of 78 North Sea blocks in the 18th Offshore Licensing Round. The 18th Offshore Licensing Round has attracted interest from companies wishing to expand or establish their presence on the UK Continental [...]

Offshore Oil And Gas Industry Sets Benchmark For Environmental Reporting

The UK offshore oil and gas industry has just published its first Environmental Report, marking the start of what will be an annual process of describing more publicly the impacts the Industry as a whole has on the environment. Published by UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative body for 35 oil and gas companies operating in [...]

The UK offshore oil and gas industry has just published its first Environmental Report, marking the start of what will be an annual process of describing more publicly the impacts the Industry as a whole has on the environment. Published by UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative body for 35 oil and gas companies operating in UK waters, the report gives an Industry perspective on current environmental issues of significance, including the first quantified statement of discharges and emissions from offshore installations and onshore terminals. Details are given for chemical and oil discharges, including oil in produced water, accidental spills and drill cuttings, atmospheric emissions and waste management. Prominent environmentalist David Bellamy has provided the foreword. In his introduction to the Report, UKOOA President Steve Suellentrop said: Most people accept that the availability of oil and gas brings enormous benefits to society. But as with nearly every technologically based aspect of modern life, oil and gas production also brings inherent impacts to the environment that need to be managed. The environment is important at a business and a personal level. Failure to apply good environmental practice has a consequence for long-term business prospects. We in the Industry take pride in our work and need to be able to describe how we ensure the environment is protected. Although we are proud of what we have achieved, we make no claim to having achieved perfection in a changing world. What we can promise is to measure and consistently report our environmental performance. Our goal is, and will continue to be, to meet the United Kingdoms needs for oil and gas in an environmentally sensitive manner. Note to Editors; * UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) is the representative organisation for the UK Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. Its 35 members are companies licensed by Government to explore for and produce oil and gas in UK waters. * The UK government regulates the environmental performance of the offshore oil and gas industry. This enforcement is applied through the offshore licensing system administered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and by other legislation covering individual aspects. * In 1992 UKOOA set up an environmental emissions and discharges monitoring database (EEMS) in response to Government and Industry requirements for aggregated data. In 1997 the UK Government accepted the use of this database as the statutory record. It provided the source of much of the data used in the UKOOA 1998 Environmental Report. * A copy of the UKOOA 1998 Environmental Report is enclosed with this Press Release. For more information, please call 020 7802 2400.

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative body for the UK Offshore Oil and Gas Industry, warmly welcomes the announcement today (17 November 1998) that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is to set up a new government and industry Task Force to deal with the impact of continuing low oil prices on the offshore sector. James [...]

Dialogue Opens On Seabed Cuttings

A wide range of interested parties, including environmentalists, academics, fishermen, regulators, government and oil industry representatives, will meet in London on 13 November 1998 to debate how best to deal with drill cuttings on the seabed a legacy of early offshore oil and gas exploration and production activity. The seminar is a key step [...]

Climate Change Debate: Offshore Industry Response

The UK offshore oil and gas industry welcomes todays launch of the Governments consultation paper on climate change. James May, Director-General of UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), said: We are pleased to note the Deputy Prime Ministers determination not to introduce measures that will damage competitiveness or have unacceptable social [...]

Key Appointments Bolster London Secretariat Team

UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) has further strengthened its team of key personnel with the appointment of two new senior members of staff, David Odling as Assistant Director Policy and Nigel Essex as Company Secretary. Both will take up their posts on 1 November. David Odling succeeds Michael Knowles, who left to join Premier Oil earlier [...]

Wanted – Recruits For New Offshore Training Programme!

Twenty-four young candidates willing to rise to the challenges of working offshore are being sought for a new technician training initiative to attract fresh recruits into the offshore oil and gas industry. The first intake of trainees on the Offshore Petroleum Industry Technician Training Programme will start at Aberdeen College in January next [...]

UKOOA Response To OCA Warning About Tightening Contractor Margins

UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) firmly rejects the Offshore Contractors Associations warning that the future of the contracting sector is being compromised by unreasonable demands by the oil and gas operating companies to reduce margins. In response to OCA chairman Syd Fudges speech at the Associations annual dinner in Aberdeen (22 October [...]

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 [...]