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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 on offer. The 18th Offshore Licensing Round ...
Tuesday 15 September , 1998
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 in the Visions for the Future of North Sea Oil...
Monday 7 September , 1998
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, introduced by this Government, has be...
Monday 7 September , 1998
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 expediency rather than on sound scientific ...
Thursday 23 July , 1998
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.   * The proposals will impact on gas explorati...
Wednesday 22 July , 1998
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, said: I am concerned that the Governments po...
Friday 17 July , 1998
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 (UKOOA), the representative body for t...
Thursday 16 July , 1998
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 of UKOOA, comments: Our primary focus on ...
Monday 6 July , 1998
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 Industry Group (AMJIG) - a body representing oil ...
Thursday 2 July , 1998
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 restrictions on gas fired power in the int...
Thursday 25 June , 1998
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 view expressed in the Coal Report that the morato...
Tuesday 9 June , 1998
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 the review of the fiscal regime has not yet been ...
Tuesday 9 June , 1998
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 deep. They vary in size from small rock chips ...
Wednesday 3 June , 1998
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 report, incorporating a study by Petroconsultants...
Tuesday 2 June , 1998
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 will be looking at the report in detail and wil...
Wednesday 13 May , 1998
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 of the Board of Trade and Industry, the Rt Hon. ...
Wednesday 15 April , 1998
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 and is designed to remind people of the vital ...
Thursday 19 March , 1998
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 Chancellors strong commitment to fiscal stab...
Tuesday 17 March , 1998
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 in the North Sea because it is unique. The...
Thursday 29 January , 1998
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 at the Department of Trade and Industrys Oil and ...
Monday 5 January , 1998