UK oil and gas industry trade body expands to include low-carbon energy production
08 February 2022
On January 31, Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) – the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry – announced its expansion to include low-carbon offshore energy technologies that its members are developing. The expansion, which will include offshore wind, hydrogen production, carbon capture and storage systems, and other emerging low-carbon technologies, will see the organisation’s name also change to Offshore Energies UK.
The expansion and name change follows a year-long strategic review and will take effect from 14 February 2022.
Deirdre Michie, CEO of Offshore Energies UK, said the organisation would be a unifying voice for an offshore energy sector that was undergoing rapid and positive change. Existing members approved the new strategic direction at their AGM in December 2021.
Offshore Energies UK will continue to work with regulators, policy-makers and stakeholders to champion the offshore energy industries and help achieve a managed transition towards the UK’s climate goals, it said in a statement.
Deirdre Michie said: “Our members are investing in cleaner energies, boosting the technologies needed to support jobs, communities and the UK’s energy security – and to drive the transition to low-carbon energy.
“Following an extensive strategic review, we recognised that we too need to evolve to reflect what is happening in our sector. Working with our members, we are driving forward towards the net zero energy future we all want to see. Our innovative companies, people and communities will add value to the UK economy as we build an integrated offshore energy sector. This is a natural next step for our organisation, which builds on our heritage of proudly championing the UK’s oil and gas industry.
“Extending our representation to include renewable and carbon cutting industries will better reflect the agile nature of the companies involved in energy production. We share the same interests, determination and ambition to deliver an integrated net-zero energy system that is cleaner and greener but also secure and sustainable.”