Gas Market Information: UKOOA Welcomes Completion in July of Two Year Improvement Programme

Friday 1st July is due to see the completion of a two year programme of measures, led by DTI and supported by UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), Transco and Ofgem, to enhance substantially the amount of information provided to the UKs gas market, with the publication of near-to-real time flows of gas into the National Transmission System (NTS). In [...]


Responding to today's publication of the Department of Trade and Industry's "Strategy for Developing Carbon Abatement Technologies for Fossil Fuel Use", the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the industry body representing oil and gas producers in the North Sea, said that a number of its members have studied the feasibility of capturing or sequestering [...]


The record number of applications for blocks in the UK offshore Oil and Gas 23rd Licensing Round announced today by the Energy Minister is a massive vote of confidence for UK oil and gas, said Malcolm Webb, chief executive of the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA). The round, which included the innovative Frontier and Promote licences alongside [...]

£5 Million North Sea Safety Upgrade Pioneers Flight Tracking Technology Offshore

The risk of "near misses" involving helicopters travelling offshore to oil and gas installations and other aircraft, including the military, will be substantially reduced from next summer on completion of a £5 million upgrade to the North Sea's communications and flight surveillance system. At present, offshore flights are tracked by pilots giving [...]

Energy Breakfast Probes Local Politicians for Views on UK Oil and Gas Industry

Representatives of the four main political parties will take part as panellists in next weeks Energy Breakfast hosted by the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA). The breakfast event, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bridge of Don on Friday, 29 April, will be led by UKOOA chief executive Malcolm Webb.  He will reflect on the [...]

UKOOA Response to UK Norwary Treaty Signing

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) welcomes todays formal signing of the Treaty between the UK and Norway. Malcolm Webb, UKOOAs chief executive, said:  "The Treaty will reduce the barriers caused by the maritime boundary between the UK and Norway, opening up new possibilities in cross-border oil and gas activity.  We expect to see new [...]

UK Gas Producers Welcome Exoneration in Gas Price Inquiry

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative body for oil and gas production companies in the United Kingdom, welcomes the publication today of the Trade and Industry Committee Report on Fuel Prices, which clears gas producers of withholding supply to drive up wholesale prices in Autumn 2004. Malcolm Webb, UKOOAs Chief Executive, [...]

UK Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Budget Response (March 2005)

Responding to the Chancellors announcement today that he intends to align more closely the payments made by oil and gas companies in Corporation Tax and Petroleum Revenue Tax, Malcolm Webb, Chief Executive of the industry representative body UKOOA (the UK Offshore Operators Association), said: "We can appreciate the Governments desire to align and [...]

UKOOA Welcomes Announcement of 23rd Offshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round

Welcoming todays announcement of the 23rd Offshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round, the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative organisation for oil and gas producers in the UK, said that it sends a clear signal to prospective investors that the North Sea is now fully open for business. Malcolm Webb, UKOOAs Chief Executive, said: Strategic [...]

UKOOA Announces New President

Ian Hewitt, Vice President - UK Upstream at BG Group plc, is to take over as the new President of the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), with immediate effect.  Ian is currently a Vice President of UKOOA and he replaces Alan Booth who has stepped down from the UKOOA presidency following his resignation as managing director of Nexen Petroleum [...]

UKOOA Response to AAIB Report into Fatal North Sea Helicopter Accident

A copy of the Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) report into the S76 helicopter accident on 16 July 2002, in which 11 lives were lost, has been published today. The report largely addresses the aviation technical issues surrounding the main rotor blade failure. It also addresses various operational issues and makes a specific recommendation to [...]

UKOOA Response to the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber Oil and Gas Survey

The Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce today published its latest survey of the oil and gas sector, covering business confidence, trends and activity.  While it revealed further evidence of a sustained upturn in the industry echoing the UK Offshore Operators Associations (UKOOA) own Activity Survey published at the end of last month - it also [...]

Perenco Swells UKOOA’s Growing Ranks

Perenco, one of the new wave of independent North Sea oil and gas operators, has joined the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative body for exploration and production companies in the UK continental shelf (UKCS). Perenco, a European petroleum, exploration and production company, first moved into the North Sea in 2003.  The [...]

Southern Gas Sector’s Future Depends on Actions of Industry and Government

East Anglia will remain a key hub for UK gas for many years to come, senior industry figures claimed today in a keynote address to the SNS Conference in Norwich (2 February 2005).  However, both industry and government must continue to work together to maintain investor confidence and maximise recovery of reserves in the southern gas basin. Malcolm [...]

UK Oil and Gas Industry Invests to Check Production Decline

Efforts to check the decline in UK oil and gas production appear to be paying off, as investment in the North Sea continues to recover from the unexpected tax hit in 2002 and is reflected in higher predicted volumes for the first time in four years.  However, rising costs in the UK continue to undermine global competitiveness. Figures released today [...]

UKOOA Response to WWF Marine Health Check 2005

The UK Offshore Operators Association issued the following statement in response to WWFs Marine Health Check 2005: "The offshore industry supports the concept of good stewardship of the marine environment and the adoption of a strategic approach to the management of Britains seas.  However, even if protected areas were to be established, there would [...]

UKOOA Announces 2005 President and Board Members

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the representative body for UK offshore oil and gas exploration and production companies, today announces the names of the senior industry managers who will form its Advisory Board for 2005. Alan Booth (managing director, Nexen Petroleum UK Limited) will continue as president of the UKOOA Board and Council [...]

UKOOA Announces Winner of Pearl Award 2004

Jonathan "Jono" White, a 28 year-old engineer with Talisman Energy (UK) Limited, was announced the winner of the prestigious UK Offshore Operators Association Pearl Award at a ceremony last night at the Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. He was presented with his prize, a trophy and a cheque for £500, by Michel Contie, managing director of Total E&P [...]

Chancellor’s Pre-Budget Report Statement – 2 December 2004

Response from the UK Offshore Operators Association, the industry organisation representing UK oil and gas producing companies: "The UK oil and gas industry has been assured that there will be no changes to the North Sea tax regime for the rest of Parliament.  We therefore did not expect the Chancellor to make any specific announcement regarding [...]

Steady Hand Required to Keep North Sea Renewal on Even Keel

North Sea oil and gas activity has seen a notable turn-around over the past twelve months but remains vulnerable nonetheless and will only be sustained by continued and substantial investment from the oil companies, a stable and predictable fiscal regime and a continuous and constructive engagement with Government, warns industry trade body, the UK [...]