UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) is the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its members are companies licensed by the Government to explore for and produce oil and gas in UK waters.
Through co-operative solutions across industry, government and all
stakeholders, to strengthen the long term health of the UK offshore oil and
"Delivering solutions to increase the efficiency and lifespan of UKCS
operations (cost, production and new reserves) whilst ensuring overall
Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Directorate
"Supporting Step Change in Safety, managing safety issues, seeking real
and meaningful improvement in environmental practice, and sustaining a
skills base for the future."
Economics and Commercial Directorate
"Increasing the international competitiveness of the UKCS by securing a
fiscal and economic framework. Securing and influencing the
development of the UK gas industry (offshore and onshore) in the context of
the UK's Security of Supply."
"Creating an environment in which member companies can better pursue
their business objectives by consistent & constant communication with
UKOOA President, Board and Directorate
and Board Members
BG Group plc
Environmental Issues Manager
Safety Issues Manager
European Issues Manager
Learning and Development
Economics and Gas
Economics and Commercial Director
Gas & Commercial Issues Manager
Fiscal Issues Manager
Media Relations and
Public Affairs Manager (Westminster)
Marketing Services Executive
Business Support Manager
Business Support Assistant
Business Support Assistant
Chief Operating Officer
Venture Production plc
Advisory Board Members:
UK Joint Interest Manager
ExxonMobil International Ltd
Total E&P UK plc
Apache North Sea Ltd
Maersk Oil UK
Marathon Oil UK Ltd
Gaz de France Britain
ConocoPhillips (UK) Ltd
President and Managing Director
Shell Exploration & Production
ENI (UK) Ltd
RWE Dea UK Ltd
Regional Manager, North West Europe
Asset Manager, North West Europe
Burlington Resources (Irish Sea) Limited
Talisman Energy (UK) Limited
The Structure of the Oil and Gas Industry and UKOOA
This table shows the role that UKOOA member companies play within the upstream and downstream oil and gas businesses. There are exceptions to the above, but the table shows the generality of activities of integrated and independent companies.
There is often confusion when the general term 'Oil and Gas Industry' is used, implying a monolithic, highly co-ordinated structure, which is far from the reality. About half of UKOOA's member companies are subsidiaries of international corporations involved in refining and retailing of oil and gas products, as well as exploration and production. An even smaller number of companies are involved in the transport of oil and gas. Even for major integrated companies, the UKOOA member company is usually a separate business under separate management.
The tax regime in the UK treats the upstream sector as separate from any downstream activities and competition law also ensures that there is a clear dividing line between upstream and downstream.
Shipping oil and its products is carried out by companies independent of those undertaking exploration and production on the UK Continental Shelf. Although some of these have the same parent companies as the exploration and production businesses, they operate as separate entities.
The regulation and supervision of shipping follows international and regional or local laws, conventions and standards. It is undertaken by:
- the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a United Nations Body,
- the international classification societies (Lloyd's Register, Det Norske Veritas, American Bureau of Shipping among others),
- the flag states in which ships are registered, and
- the states through whose waters ships pass or whose ports ships visit.
The Oil Companies International Maritime Forum (OCIMF) in London, represents oil companies interests in marine transport and is primarily concerned with safe conduct of these operations and prevention of pollution. More information about OCIMF can be found at http://www.ocimf.com/.