OGUK Forums & Workgroups


Data and Digital

  • Heads of IT Special Interest Group
    The Heads of IT Forum provides a leadership role for industry for the digital agenda, promoting the development of digital skills, and developing and sharing best practice across the sector. The Forum also works to...
  • Information and Samples Coordinators’ Special Interest Group
    Section 35 of the Energy Act 2016 requires ‘Relevant Persons’ to appoint an individual to act as an Information and Samples Coordinator (“ISC”), responsible for monitoring that organisation’s compliance with its obligations under Chapter 3...
  • Service Organisations Cyber Security Special Interest Group
    The Service Organisations Cyber Security Forum (SOCS) is a special interest group open to all in the supply chain (except IT providers) operating weekly calls to share threat intelligence on cyber risks; and quarterly face-to-face...
  • Information Management Forum
    Effective information management (‘IM’) has been demonstrated to deliver substantial business value in the oil and gas industry and in many other sectors. The contribution made by IM is significantly enhanced by practitioners working together,...

Finance and Corporate Services

  • The Joint Operating Agreement Task Finish Group
    The Joint Operating Agreement Task Finish Group was created to update the OGUK JOA to address the treatment of environmental loss with respect to the Operator Indemnity (Clause 6.2.4) and, for the sake of consistency,...
  • OGUK Advisory Councils
    OGUK’s Operator, Contractor, and Joint advisory councils provide a space for member companies to discuss operational and tactical issues and to voice their individual perspectives, helping to direct the focus of OGUK and the industry...
  • Legal Issues Forum
    The purpose of the Forum is to provide a formal and active body where representatives can have constructive discussions and undertake relevant action on industry-wide legal issues such as; international arbitration, competition law, environmental and...
  • Legal Issues Forum – LOGIC Standard Contracts Task Finish Group (TFG)
    This LOGIC Standard Contracts Task Finish Group was established in 2012 and reports to the Legal Issues Forum (LIF). The remit of the Work Group is to review, analyse and discuss recommendations on amendments to...
  • Operators Legal Committee
    To provide a formal and active body where operators’ and non-operator licensees’ representatives can raise issues, voice their companies’ position on legal issues of common interest. Available to: Operator members of OGUK.

HSE

  • Medications Task Finish Group
    To review and improve the current approach to the carriage and notification of use of medications when working offshore. The Occupational Health and Hygiene Group asked for the Task Finish Group to be convened. Available...
  • Assurance & Verification Task Finish Group
    The Assurance and Verification Task Finish Group, endorsed by OGUK’s H&S Operators Technical Group, was formed to consider the identified weaknesses and identify solutions and/or good practice already in place that would provide robust means...
  • Accident and Failure Frequency Data Group
    This group exists to identify a suitable process for maintaining and updating accident and failure frequency data. Available to: OGUK member companies working in the field of major hazard management and includes persons in roles...
  • Role of Technical Authority Task Finish Group
    The Major Hazards Technical Group identified themes to discuss; one of those concerned the role of the Technical Authority. It was agreed that a small working group be formed to review the requirement for; •...
  • Offshore Vent & Flare System Safety Task Finish Group
    The Vent & Flare TFG exists to share how industry good practise is assessed and to ensure that incidents involving vent and flare systems do not occur. Available to: OGUK member companies with a specific...
  • Radiological Issues Technical Group (RIG)
    The Radiological Issues Group has been running since 2004, with a remit to: • identify, understand and, as necessary, propose actions to resolve current and emerging operational issues associated with radioactive substances activities, • to...
  • OSR Technical Group
    The Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group (OSPRAG) recommended that a new forum be established, under the governance of Oil & Gas UK, to take forward projects initiated under OSPRAG and to maintain a...
  • Occupational Health & Hygiene Technical Group
    The Occupational Health & Hygiene Technical Group brings together key and interested parties to ensure that relevant and timely inputs and outputs are achieved and shares key issues and operational solutions. Available to: All OGUK...
  • Major Hazards Management Technical Group
    The Major Hazards Management Technical Group shares knowledge and expertise to promote good management of major hazards, especially process hazards and the important focus areas of People, Process and Plant, and improve industry performance. Available...
  • Operators Health & Safety Technical Group
    The Operators Health & Safety technical group exists to regularly engage with duty holder members to inform, share, test policy positions and strategies and provide updates on any work group progress on issues of specific...
  • Environment Operators Technical Group
    The purpose of the Environment Operators Technical Group is to help members to manage environmental issues through the exchange of specialist knowledge and operational experience and raise issues with the regulators. This group is open...
  • Chemicals Technical Group
    The Chemicals Technical Group was established to review and improve the current approach to the carriage and notification of use of medications when working offshore. The Occupational Health and Hygiene Group asked for the Task...
  • Aviation Safety Technical Group
    The Aviation Safety Technical Group (ASTG) provides Oil & Gas UK with expertise across all elements of aviation operations supporting UKCS oil and gas activities. The purpose of the ASTG is to identify, understand and...
  • Atmospherics Technical Group
    The Atmospherics Technical Group was established for member company specialists to share specialist knowledge, experience, lessons, understanding of potential environmental impact, comment on guidance with respect to atmospheric emissions and other associated issues. Each member...
  • Health & Safety Forum
    The Health & Safety Forum exists to regularly engage Oil & Gas UK’s membership on health and safety issues. The Forum informs, shares, tests policy positions and strategies and provides updates on work group progress....
  • Environment Forum
    The Environment Forum has the function to regularly engage membership, inform, share, test policy position / strategy, provide updates on work group progress, typically aligns with regulator who may, when invited, attend sessions. Open to...

Incident Management

  • Pandemic Steering Group
    The Pandemic Steering Group (PSG) has been formed to represent OGUK member companies to ensure effective and coherent responses to COVID-19. The PSG has formalised sub-groups of subject matter experts to conduct specific workstreams under...

Operations

  • Decommissioning North Sea Trade Association collaboration
    The North Sea Trade association decommissioning collaboration group is set up to regularly engage, inform, share, ensure alignment, and avoid duplication across North Sea trade associations. Available to: Representatives from relevant North Sea trade association
  • Decommissioning Benchmarking Task Finish Group
    The Operators Decommissioning Technical Group (ODTG) has identified that the operator community would value from a set of cost benchmarks to assist in developing performance metrics for decommissioning across the Work Breakdown Structure. This TFG...
  • Well Services Contractors Network
    A subset of the wells forum, the objective of the wells services contractors network is to provide a formal body through which well service providers can discuss shared industry challenges and identify possible solutions, to...
  • Southern North Sea Operators Forum
    Comprised of Southern North Sea area managers and operations managers, the SNS Ops forum looks to create an effective network of SNS Operations managers through increased cooperation and collaboration. This includes working on agreed areas...
  • Decommissioning Operator Technical Group
    The Decommissioning Operators Technical Group is a focussed forum for operators. The aim of the forum is to discuss detailed technical issues surrounding decommissioning and allow a forum for specialist knowledge to be shared. The...
  • Decommissioning Forum
    The Decommissioning Forum is open to all members with an interest in decommissioning. The overall aim of the Decommissioning Forum is to discuss relevant decommissioning issues, share best practices, interact with other industry stakeholders, interact...
  • Reserves Progression
    The UKCS expected Recovery Factor has remained unchanged for over 10 years. The level of decline in UKCS reserves base is high and in the field determined areas there is a contingent resource base of...
  • Well Decommissioning Operator Network
    To provide a formal body through which members’ representatives can share best practices, review decommissioning cross-industry issues, create and resource task finish groups (“TFGs”) for any specific tasks, interact with other industry stakeholders, Oil &...
  • Wells Forum
    The objective of the forum is to provide a formal body through which members’ representatives can share best practices, review well life cycle cross-industry issues, create and resource task finish groups (“TFGs”) for any specific...
  • Wells Guidelines Task Finish Group
    The Wells Forum is part of a project team with at least one dedicated resource to compile a series of well life cycle integrity guidelines like the Guidelines for the suspension and abandonment of wells....
  • Reservoir and Wells Optimisation Task Finish Group
    The Reservoir and Wells Optimisation Task Finish Group identifies, communicates and promotes methods to ensure the addresses the maximisation of production from the existing industry well stock in a cost effective and efficient manner. The...
  • FPSO Network
    To provide a pan-industry, regular network where issues of common interest, relevant experiences and incidents can be aired and discussed to share good practise and enable the sharing of lessons learned (operator and supply chain...
  • Exploration Manager’s Special Interest Group
    This group will work to identify opportunities where industry can work together, without the OGA, to improve exploration and appraisal activity, avoiding replication of work being undertaken elsewhere, and will provide input to the MER...
  • Commercial managers forum
    The Commercial Managers Forum (CMF) exists to provide sustainable leadership for developing and embedding the collaborative and problem-solving commercial behaviours needed to efficiently deliver MER UK. The Commercial Managers Forum (CMF) operates in a transparent,...

Stakeholder and Communications

  • Communications Network
    The Communications Network has the function to regularly engage membership, inform, share, test policy position/ strategy on a range of communications activities relevant to industry. Available to: All OGUK member companies.
  • Government Relations Forum
    The purpose of the Government Relations Forum is the to help facilitate a coordinated industry approach to government and stakeholder relations through sharing political intelligence and stakeholder engagement strategies. Each member may nominate one primary...

Supply Chain

  • Off-payroll working group
    Changes to off-payroll working legislation (IR35) were be implemented in April 2020.  These changes will have a significant impact in terms of cost, risk and workforce engagement. This group provides guidance to members and responds...
  • Security of Supplies and Materials Group
    This group has been convened to address security concerns identified by audits in the supply chain, particularly regarding freight transport to offshore facilities.   Through sharing good practice from logistics and security experts, producing industry guidelines...
  • Tier 1 Contractors Forum
    The overarching objective of the T1CF Special Interest Group is to provide its members a forum and a mechanism to discuss the challenges that major contracting companies and the wider supply chain in the UK’s...
  • Inventory Sharing Network
    OGUK has an Inventory Network where urgent requests can be put to industry colleagues. It is a list of the appropriate representatives in organisations, each of whom can reach out to the other members for...
  • SME Forum
    To offer a platform for the SME membership within OGUK to collaborate, share challenges and learn from each other. Available to SME members of OGUK, where SME is defined as a small to medium enterprise...
  • Efficiency Task Force (ETF)
    The Efficiency Task Force was established in response to the sharp increases in cost, decreases in efficiency and a fall in production volumes that left the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) exposed to the decline in...
  • Workforce Engagement Work Group
    The Group was proposed to the Employment and Skills Forum and supported by members of the Forum.  The Group has been set up to support members in their workforce engagement by providing guidance, sources of useful...
  • Supply Chain Forum
    The purpose of the Supply Chain Forum is to provide an active body through which representatives from the UK upstream offshore oil and gas sector’s operators, suppliers and contractors can have constructive and meaningful dialogue...
  • Employment and Skills Forum
    The forum exists to share information pertinent to members in the employment or skills areas, e.g. changes in employment law, and to ascertain the views of member companies in specific policy areas e.g. introduction of...
  • Continuous Improvement Network
    Collaboration is key to the delivery of operational excellence, necessary for survival of our industry and at the heart of all successful continuous improvement programmes. The aim of this network is to facilitate collaboration between...

Sustainability

  • Carbon metrics TFG
    The carbon metrics TFG exists to identify; standard emissions KPIs to be benchmarked from operators NIMS data submissions, and standard carbon metrics to ensure level of like for like benchmarking (e.g POB, wells, export etc)...
  • Fiscal Policy Forum
    The fiscal regime is a significant lever in driving and attracting investment into the UK North Sea. The basin has a bespoke fiscal regime, which in the past has been flexed by governments in place...
  • Energy Transition Forum
    · Develop an oil and gas industry position with regard to the overall objectives and target dates relating to the transition to the low carbon economy, responding to e.g. CCC and government. · Overall policy...
  • Gas Market Regulation Forum
    The Gas Market Regulatory Forum (GMRF) looks to coordinate the interests of different upstream member businesses in gas market regulation. This includes the costs, tariffs, terms and conditions for access to the UK gas transition...