Andy Samuel

Oil & Gas

Exclusive OGA: The North Sea’s most “significant change” is yet to come

The chief executive of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has called on the sector to invest in the next generation or risk perpetuating crippling sector skills gap. In the OGA’s official call to action, the industry leader said despite actions already taken in the wake of a dramatic oil price decline more significant change was needed. However, he added the sector’s “expertise, imagination and tenacity” would see it weather the storm. “Irrespective of the oil price, the UK offshore oil and gas industry needs to change,” he said.

Oil & Gas

OGUK Conference: What to expect from OGA’s Andy Samuel’s keynote speech

Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) chief executive Andy Samuel will deliver the keynote speech at today’s Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) conference. The industry leader, who was tasked with carving out the new regulatory body’s role in the sector, will discuss why the industry must simplify its current landscape and ‘ruthlessly prioritise and focus on the things that really matter – value and urgency’.

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OGA chief exec star speaker at Gold Awards

The boss of the new oil and gas regulator has been revealed as the keynote speaker at the first Press and Journal Gold Awards. Andy Samuel, chief executive of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) which is set to usher in a new era of collaboration in the North Sea, said events such as the Gold Awards would help the industry “create a positive future”. The announcement of the evening’s highlight comes just days before the deadline for submitting entries to the awards comes on Friday. Mr Samuel said: “I am delighted to be speaking at the Press and Journal Gold Awards in June. At this challenging time for our industry, it has never been more important to recognise and reinforce the positive impact oil and gas companies and their employees have on Aberdeen and the north-east.”

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OGA recruitment drive raises concern about pay

A trio of recruits to the senior management team at the new North Sea oil and gas industry regulator are poised to join the ranks of the UK’s best-paid civil servants. Their salaries and those of existing members of the Oil and Gas Authority’s executive lineup has prompted concern about excessive pay. The recently launched OGA is offering £150,000-plus salaries for the people it needs to fill three top level posts. Two of the vacancies are in Aberdeen, with the Granite City-based regulator seeking a director for offshore exploration and production and another for technology and projects to join its top team.