A senior Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) official has insisted the North Sea trade body’s expansion to cover lower carbon forms of energy will lead to greater unity in the fast-changing offshore sector while rejecting accusations of fossil fuel "greenwashing".

As part of a wide-ranging set of changes that follow a year-long review, OGUK will adopt the new name Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) from 14 February.

OGUK’s communications director Natalie Coupar told Upstream the move is a natural step that reflects the “remarkable changes” the offshore industry is going through as the UK transitions towards becoming a net zero economy by 2050.