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Industry bodies strengthen partnership with new agreement

16 November 2017

The leading trade body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, Oil & Gas UK, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Aberdeen branch.

The agreement formalises the longstanding relationship between the two industry organisations.

Signatories Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie and SPE Aberdeen Chairman Ian Phillips pledged to work together on selected new technology-based events. This will provide an important platform for industry to share case studies, highlighting the value that innovative technology is bringing to the exploration and production lifecycle.

Commenting, Oil & Gas UK chief executive Deirdre Michie said:

“This is good news for the future of our industry and good news for the future generations of engineers who will work in the UK Continental Shelf.

“Oil & Gas UK and SPE Aberdeen have cooperated informally for many years; this MoU reflects our mutual desire to develop a closer relationship with each other.

“With focus continuing to shift towards society’s use of technology, Oil & Gas UK is keen to work with partners including SPE Aberdeen to achieve a more co-ordinated approach and ensure that events are leveraged to the best effect for the UK oil and gas industry.

“Whilst our plans are in their initial stages, our respective members can look forward to reaping the benefits of this partnership, which will include the joint delivery of relevant technical events.”

SPE Aberdeen Chair Ian Phillips said:

“Formalising our long-standing relationship with Oil & Gas UK will enable us to better access the operator case studies that can make our technical conferences much more relevant to our members.

“We envisage collaborating to bring this benefit to our existing events – and to develop new industry-driven technology conferences that can really make a difference”.


Notes to Editors:

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Natalie Coupar, Communications Advisor, 01224 577343 / [email protected]

  1. Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative body for the UK North Sea oil and gas industry, acting on behalf of its corporate members across the full spectrum of operators and the supply chain. It hosts over 50 industry-leading events each year.
  2. Formed in 1957, the SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry.

    The SPE aims to enable the global oil and gas E&P industry to share technical knowledge needed to meet the world’s energy needs in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

    The SPE Aberdeen Section is one of the largest Sections across the world, serving over 3000 members, including 450 student members from five student chapters.  Any profits made are invested into supporting the educational and professional development of students and professionals in Scotland; STEM initiatives and scholarships to support students studying oil & gas related qualifications. The Aberdeen Section has won the SPE President’s Award for Excellence for eight consecutive years.

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