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North Sea Oil’s Festival Success!

Do they really use North Sea Oil in chocolate?; These fact sheets will be really useful for my school project; That was really cool better than Disneyland!; Can I have another go please? These comments typically sum up the publics response to UK Offshore Operators Associations (UKOOA) North Sea Oil exhibition stand at the International Festival of [...]

UKOOA Responds To Government Energy Review

UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) is disappointed that the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry sees the need to continue the moratorium on gas-fired power generation development. This will impact on the oil and gas exploration industrys investment and employment. Furthermore UKOOA is concerned that the Secretary of State has not indicated [...]

Atlantic Seabed Survey Finds Intrigue Scientists

Scientists surveying the sea floor environment of the Atlantic to the north and west of Scotland have discovered a phenomenon not previously recorded in an area 90 miles to the north west of Cape Wrath, it was revealed today (6 October 1998) at the Atlantic Frontier Environmental Conference in Aberdeen. Data collected in the 1998 Atlantic Margin [...]

Offshore And Marine Industries Join Forces To Publish New Guidelines For Support Vessels

UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), in conjunction with the Chamber of Shipping, today (2 October 1998) publishes new Guidelines for the Safe Management and Operation of Offshore Support Vessels. The Guidelines aim to develop a common approach to the safe management and operation of vessels involved in offshore supply and anchor handling activities [...]

UKOOA Responds To Government Announcement On 18th Offshore Licensing Round

James May, Director-General of UK Offshore Operators Association, the representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, said: It is not surprising that the 18th Offshore Licensing Round should attract interest from companies wishing to expand or establish their presence on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), given the nature of the blocks [...]

Students Present Visions For Future Of North Sea

Young people from around the country will challenge senior North Sea oil and gas representatives with their own visions for the future of the industry at the British Association Annual Festival of Science at Cardiff University, 10-11 September. Thirty-two 16 to 18 year olds from four secondary schools in England, Scotland and Wales won their places [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]