LONDON – OGUK, which represents the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, is expanding its remit to include the low-carbon offshore energy technologies its members are developing.
These include offshore wind, hydrogen production, carbon capture and storage, and others.
As a result of this development (a year-long strategic review), OGUK will change its name to Offshore Energies UK.
The new organization, due to take effect from Feb. 14, will continue to champion the oil and gas sector while also supporting companies with an interest in carbon capture and storage, hydrogen production, and offshore wind.
CEO Deirdre Michie said the organization would be a unifying voice for an offshore energy sector that was undergoing rapid and positive change.
Offshore Energies UK will also continue to work with regulators, policy makers and others to advance the interest of the offshore energy industries and to help manage the UK’s transition in line with climate goals.
Some elements of this work are already under way for carbon capture and hydrogen production, through the North Sea Transition Deal that OGUK signed with the UK government last March.
Michie added: “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.” Existing (OGUK) members involved in low-carbon projects include:
Acorn Hydrogen & CCS – converting natural gas to clean hydrogen
Equinor’s Dogger Bank – said to be the world’s largest offshore windfarm
West Anglesey Tidal Energy Project – turning tides into electricity
Hywind Scotland – the world’s first floating wind farm
Drax Zero Carbon Humber Projects – Decarbonizing the UK’s largest industrial region
OGCI Climate Investments – Promoting leadership and investment in low-carbon technologies
Net Zero Teesside – deploying carbon capture technologies to decarbonize Teesside in northeast England.
Under the recent Crown Estate Scotland ‘ScotWind’ leasing round, 13 member companies secured leading roles in the 17 ScotWind projects, and plan to pay more than £570 million ($765 million) in leasing fees to construct offshore wind farms and develop more than 20 GW in potential capacity.
Other member companies involved in the supply chains for these projects such as Worley and Xodus are supporting ScotWind developments as project partners.