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 [...]