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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 [...]

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 [...]

Survivex awarded technology-led training contract for BP

Aberdeen-based offshore training provider, Survivex, has started work on a contract with BP to develop and deliver a bespoke four-week training programme for the operational personnel on the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim development project. The contract will see Survivex, part of the 3T Energy Group, train BP personnel in safety-critical operating procedures [...]

Bethan Customs explores deferred Customs entries

As of 1 January 2021, HMRC is allowing businesses to defer entry of their Customs declarations on goods imported or exported for up to six months. In essence this will maintain the security of the supply chain during what promises to be a period of upheaval for businesses which trade with EU partners. When considering this, the most important consideration [...]

Digital courses launched to improve industry safety standards

A new collaboration that brings two major operators together with a leading energy e-learning firm is aiming to raise standards and improve training levels across the UK and wider North Sea oil and gas sector. The joint venture between Spirit Energy, Neptune Energy, and Norwell EDGE will deliver a digital well integrity training programme based around [...]

Xodus Group expands emissions team to support Net Zero

Energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its emissions team to support clients and the wider energy industry in achieving its Net Zero goals. Xodus has added experienced atmospherics expert Natasha Howlett to lead an in-house emissions management division, which will support clients’ emissions reduction initiatives around the world. This new [...]

Tendeka appoints new Production Enhancement Manager

Global completions service company Tendeka has appointed a new product line manager to drive its production enhancement offering around the world. Dr Li Jiang will be responsible for bringing new products to market to bolster Tendeka’s Production Enhancement portfolio, generating revenue through fluid technologies that complement the company’s [...]

Proserv, Intelligent Plant sign strategic agreement to drive digital evolution

Controls technology company Proserv Controls has penned an innovative strategic alliance with Intelligent Plant, an award-winning software engineering firm. The aim of the tie-up is to combine the two firms’ respective expertise in control systems and data analysis to provide operators with digital solutions tailored to their needs. This would [...]

Costain gains Kitemark certification for innovation in industry

Smart infrastructure solutions company Costain is one of the first to achieve the BSI Kitemark for innovation. Costain worked in partnership with BSI, the business improvement company, to help design and pilot the new global certification scheme for innovation. Designed to help organisations improve their innovation management performance and demonstrate [...]

Petrofac partners with Intoware to drive digital deployment

Petrofac has signed a three-year partnership with Intoware, a provider of workflow automation software for mobile applications, to develop and deploy automation software specifically tailored to the requirements of the oil and gas industry. The development of ‘WorkfloPlus Oil and Gas’ will further optimise the efficiencies that Petrofac has gained [...]

bp, Ithaca start up Vorlich field

bp’s head of North Sea has praised the resilience and determination of the team which has brought the 30-million-barrel Vorlich field online safely – despite the challenges of COVID-19. Vorlich is the second North Sea fast-paced, high-return subsea tieback to come onstream in as many years, following the successful start-up of Alligin, west of [...]

Bethan Customs explores business implications of Free Trade Agreement

As the end of the Brexit transition period looms ever closer, many businesses are waiting to find out whether the UK government and their EU counterparts can reach a Free Trade Agreement. Any such agreement would allow ‘free’ trade between the EU and the UK. It would mean that, if we have a full Free Trade Agreement covering all the relevant [...]

TÜV SÜD to build UK-first mobile hydrogen testing facility

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has secured Government funding to build the UK’s first mobile primary standard facility for testing hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) to ensure they deliver the correct amount of fuel. Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through the National Measurement System [...]

Safety start-up Salus launches pioneering risk-assessment software

Aberdeenshire-headquartered start up Salus Technical has launched a new software solution aimed at enhancing and streamlining the risk assessment process across the energy industry and beyond. Bowtie Master has been developed with the intention of helping organisations to understand and manage the risks of major accident hazards, thereby reducing [...]

Craig International offers Space Bands to aid social distancing

Since the coronavirus pandemic erupted in early 2020, energy companies have introduced various worksite measures to ensure social distancing – and keep tabs on contacts – all with varying levels of success. In response, Craig International has secured exclusive access to an out-of-the-box wearable tech solution to help address this issue. A Space [...]

DEKRA helps identify ICS cyber security risks

Industrial control systems (ICS) are prone to cyber-attacks, DEKRA experts have warned. Cyber defense measures usually focus on computers, IT networks and data highway, but process control and ICS is often a little-noticed gateway for attacks. If these control systems are not secure, the process industry in particular could face huge losses. DEKRA experts [...]

AMS Global Group welcomes significant contract as it invests in growth

Marine consulting and safety specialist AMS Global Group has secured a five-year contract with major North Sea independent E&P company, Premier Oil. The deal comes as AMS confirms it has doubled revenues in its most recent financial year. AMS Global Group has recently recruited five new employees to meet demand across all its divisions, bringing [...]

ASCO awarded two-year extension from Equinor

Integrated materials and logistics management company, ASCO, has been granted a two-year extension by Equinor for terminal and warehousing services in Sandnessjøen. The contract with ASCO’s Norwegian unit, which commences in July 2021, secures activities and jobs in Sandnessjøen until 2023. The award is part of a larger round of contracts for [...]

AGR begins decommissioning operations offshore Ireland

AGR has begun decommissioning operations at Ireland’s first indigenous gas wells, on behalf of PSE Kinsale Energy. PSE Kinsale Energy Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of PETRONAS, is decommissioning its gas fields in the Kinsale Area in the Celtic Sea, approximately 50 km off the south coast of Cork, Ireland. AGR’s Aberdeen-based team is overseeing [...]

Sky-Futures signs Flock as drone insurance partner

Drone inspection and survey service provider Sky-Futures, an ICR company, has appointed connected insurance provider Flock as its drone insurance partner. The partnership will enable Sky-Futures to seamlessly scale its drone insurance in line with its global expansion plans. The company has now conducted hundreds of large-scale projects in over 33 [...]

Swire rebrands with commitment to energy transition

Global offshore services provider Swire Oilfield Services has unveiled a new corporate brand, as the business continues to embrace the current energy transition. The company has changed its name to Swire Energy Services after more than 40 years’ operating in the oil and gas industry. The move follows a period of diversification for Swire, which [...]

Global Energy Group appoints new director of renewables business

Global Energy Group has appointed Iain Sinclair to the newly created role of Executive Director of Renewables and Energy Transition with plans to launch a new operation in Edinburgh. The former professional rugby player, who has over 18 years’ experience in senior energy and infrastructure roles, previously held managing director positions at Forth [...]