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Problem Statement

It is widely acknowledged that a significant proportion of oil and gas production is lost each year through plant downtime and system-related issues.

Aims

  • Explore new technologies that make use of existing operational data sources to provide analytical insights which enable decisions and interventions to maximise production uptime, enhance business performance and mitigate risk.

Method

  • Nexen engaged Operational Excellence (OPEX) Group to apply a predictive analysis service on the Buzzard platform to detect warning signs and identify emergent system failures, prior to the event occurring.
  • The scope of work covered the full process gas compression system on board Buzzard, including process separators, coolers, exchangers, gas compressors, drivers, valves and system instrumentation.

Impact

The service has delivered significant value, including:

  • A reduction in critical system failures or downtime
  • Reduced maintenance costs and the high cost of unplanned equipment repairs
  • Identification of performance improvement opportunities
  • Highlighted rapidly escalating problems and longer term threats at a very early stage

Following the initial pilot in 2015, the service has been implemented on a longer-term basis on additional systems on Buzzard and other Nexen assets.

Total savings anticipated

 

$20 million production revenue safeguarded in 2016.

Organisers of a prestigious industry awards event have said it’s still not too late to recognise industry talent.

Nominations for the Oil & Gas UK 2017 annual awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, will close on the afternoon of Friday 11 August.

A key event in the upstream industry calendar, Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre is the venue for the November 2 awards, which are expected to attract interest from key energy hubs around the UK.

Oil & Gas UK Business Excellence Director Stephen Marcos Jones said: “Our industry is driven by the talent and expertise of its people. There is still time to put forward your nomination and shine a light on the individuals or companies you believe champion good practice.”

Nominations are open in the following categories:

• Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OPITO

• Graduate of the Year – sponsored by ECITB

• Mentor of the Year• Diversity and Inclusiveness

• Business Innovation (SME and Large Enterprise)

• Workforce Engagement (SME and Large Enterprise)

• MER UK Award – sponsored by Oil and Gas Authority

• Ultimate Gold Award – in association with the Press and Journal

Find out more information on the categories and how to nominate here.

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK.

Contact Natalie Coupar 01224 577343 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

A suite of updated guidelines published today, which ultimately aim to ensure the safety of offshore wells, underline industry’s commitment to continuously improve, Oil and Gas UK said today.

The trade body’s award winning guidelines are written by industry, for industry, and provide a true reflection and balanced perspective on industry good practice.

The guidelines were devised by the organisation’s Wells Forum, one of Oil & Gas UK’s formal bodies through which members’ representatives can share good practice, review wells-related industry issues, and interact with other industry stakeholders.

Oil & Gas UK’s Operations Optimisation Manager Katy Heidenreich said:

“Oil & Gas UK is grateful to the Wells Forum for their continued engagement and expertise. The guidelines are a prime example of the industry collaboration that our basin is becoming widely acknowledged for.”

Of the three guidelines published today, two are competency guidelines, with one aimed at assessing, managing and developing competency of wells personnel and teams and the other aimed at ensuring the competence of Well Examiners.

Guidelines for Well Operators on Competency of Well Examiners and Guidelines on Competency for Wells Personnel were updated as part of a scheduled review process. This review process aims to ensure that guidelines remain current and fit for purpose, and anticipate the challenges foreseen by the industry.

Guidelines for Well Operators on Well Examination has also been updated to reflect changes to safety regulations.

Katy Heidenreich added:

“The competency guidelines were introduced to address the core competencies for the key roles required to support safe and effective well operations. These are particularly important at a time when the UKCS is experiencing flux in the profile of its workforce.

“It is an important reflection of industry’s ongoing commitment to safety and best practice.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

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

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

  1. The guidelines today comprise: Guidelines for Well Operators on Competency of Well Examiners (Issue 2), Guidelines on Competency for Wells Personnel (Issue 2), and Guidelines for Well Operators on Well Examination (Issue 2)
  2. Oil and Gas UK was awarded by a national engineering institute for its contribution to improving the safety and efficiency of UK offshore operations by publishing more than thirty peer-reviewed guidelines for the industry.
  3. Oil & Gas UK’s Wells Forum comprises representatives from over 45 well-operators and provides an interface with other industry stakeholders such as the drilling contractor and well services contractor communities.
  4. The Wells Forum is responsible for reviewing the following documents on a regular basis.
  • Blowout Preventer Issues
  •  Competency, Behaviours, Human and Organisational Factors
  • Well Integrity
  • Well Suspension and Abandonment
  • Well Capping
  • Relief Well Planning Requirements
  • Verification
  • Well Examination
  • High Pressure High Temperature
  • Process Safety Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

Supply chain firms supporting the oil and gas sector have been urged to grab an opportunity for growth and innovation as leading trade organisation Oil & Gas UK launched its 2017 Share Fair.

The high profile one-day event will be hosted at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 1. Its distinctive format attracted over 650 delegates in 2016.

Major operators and contactor companies will gather at the granite city venue to highlight forward work plans for the sector over the next 12-18 months.

Oil & Gas UK today revealed that more one-to-one sessions will take place this year than ever before.  The event will also include presentations from operators, tier 1 contractors and an exhibition showcasing the innovative products and technologies within the supply chain.

Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, said:

“Share Fair 2017 is a great opportunity for the UK’s oil and gas supply chain.

“As confidence slowly returns to the basin, companies will be looking to build on the efficiency gains achieved in the last two years. The distinctive format of this event allows companies to directly identify the innovative solutions needed by major purchasers.

“It is why this event continues to be a huge success for the industry.

“We’re delighted to have secured the most one-to-one sessions of any Share Fair and look forward to revealing more exciting event details in the weeks leading up Share Fair 2017.

“We would urge any supply chain business looking to engage in the UK Continental Shelf to utilise this exciting chance to showcase their expertise.”

Leading service provider, Petrofac, is a keen supporter of the Oil and Gas UK Share Fair. Graham Wallace, Head of Commercial and Supply Chain for the Group’s Engineering and Production Services, West, business said:

“The personal format of this event ensures delegates have access to first-hand information about future development plans in the UKCS, and the challenges facing operators and contractors. It provides an excellent platform to showcase and share ideas, and to identify areas of collaboration that will help the supply chain drive further value through innovation and efficiency. We look forward to returning again this year.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Natalie Coupar on 01224 577 343 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

  1. Share Fair 2017 will take place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 1st November 2017. Tickets and sponsor opportunities are now available
  2. Oil & Gas UK’s annual one day event aims to improve the quality and quantity of information available to suppliers on the forward activity plans of operators and major contractors.The individual company presentations held through the day include a 20-30 minute seminar on major client purchaser project plans in the UKCS for the next 12-18 months, followed by a question and answer session.
  3. Presenting operators and contractors also offer dedicated ‘one to one’ sessions where suppliers can make pre-arranged appointments with key subject matter representatives and pursue client purchasing opportunities.

 

Oil & Gas UK has today welcomed the announcement by the Oil and Gas Authority that it has launched its 30th Offshore Licensing Round focusing on mature areas of the UKCS.

Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, Mike Tholen, said:

“The launch of the 30th Offshore Licensing Round offers companies the exciting opportunity to bid for fresh acreage and an interesting inventory of yet to be developed discoveries.

“The OGA has worked closely with industry to prepare for the round and provide a wealth of data offering fresh insight on the potential of the UKCS.

“Cost effective deployment of technology will be critical to the success of the round and we support the 30th Round Technology Forum which the OGA and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre are co-hosting on 22 August 2017 to help make a success of the Licensing Round.

“Given the improved efficiency and cost effectiveness of the UKCS, the 30th Licensing Round has all the ingredients to prove successful for the UKCS, and indeed for the UK economy.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

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

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Highly anticipated industry guidelines designed to boost production efficiency in the UK Continental Shelf have been published by Oil & Gas UK.

Between 2004 and 2012 the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) faced the significant challenge of a sustained decline in levels of production efficiency (PE), falling from 80 per cent to 60 per cent.

 

Guidelines to maximise compression system efficiency

Guidelines to Maximise Compression System Efficiency

 

Guidelines to Maximise Compression System Efficiency aims to address gas compression losses, which accounted for over 40 million boe (barrels of oil equivalent) in unplanned production losses in 2015.

The document was devised by the Production Efficiency Task Force, a cross-industry work group facilitated by Oil & Gas UK. The guidelines will be championed by the Efficiency Task Force and are available for free to Oil & Gas UK members through the recently launched Efficiency Hub.

It sets out recommendations and good practice for improving compression system performance, covering areas such as:

  • Compression system maintenance
  • Integrity assurance
  • Equipment and process condition monitoring, and,
  • Training and competency

It is recommended that companies have a “lessons learned” process to ensure continual improvement of maintenance procedures. A basic review would involve an assessment carried out after the execution of each maintenance activity, improving efficiency by providing a real-time response to any issues which arise.

Matt Nicol, Chairman of the Production Efficiency Task Force (PETF) and Operations Director of North Sea Midstream Partners, said:

“Since the establishment of the PETF in 2012, industry has improved for a fourth consecutive year and increased production efficiency from 60 percent to 73 percent in 2016.

“Gas systems are a key priority for our group, having been identified as being one of the largest sources of production loss.

“The Gas Compression Work Group, which produced this new guidance document, is made up of cross-industry expert volunteers who have worked together to share lessons learned and best practices.

“We have made great progress but still have more to do to achieve the PETF’s 80 percent production efficiency target. I encourage all operators to utilise this gas compression best practice guide.

“I’d like to thank all the industry volunteers who continue to provide their time and knowledge to support the PETF. Their hard work is making a real difference to the people who work in our industry.”

Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, added:

“The drive to increase industry efficiency requires companies to adopt new ways of working and share lessons and good practice. By streamlining our procedures and working practices across industry, we can continue to minimise downtime and maximise economic recovery.

“These guidelines are the result of a collaborative, cross-industry effort and I would like to thank our work group member companies for their invaluable expertise and commitment.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

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

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

  1. The guidelines are now available to Oil and Gas UK members on the Efficiency Task Force website.
  2. Gas compression systems are used by the offshore oil and gas industry to reduce the volume of gas for exporting, injection to the well, and artificially raising oil by introducing bubbles of compressed gas (gas lift).
  3. Further information about UKCS production efficiency can be found in the Oil and Gas Authority 2016 report UKCS Production Efficiency”
  4.  Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Hub is the industry’s gateway to initiatives that aim to improve efficiency across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

New: Nexen deploys Predictive Analysis technology service

Problem Statement

It is widely acknowledged that a significant proportion of oil and gas production is lost each year through plant downtime and system-related issues.

Aims

  • Explore new technologies that make use of existing operational data sources to provide analytical insights which enable decisions and interventions to maximise production uptime, enhance business performance and mitigate risk.

Method

  • Nexen engaged Operational Excellence (OPEX) Group to apply a predictive analysis service on the Buzzard platform to detect warning signs and identify emergent system failures, prior to the event occurring.
  • The scope of work covered the full process gas compression system on board Buzzard, including process separators, coolers, exchangers, gas compressors, drivers, valves and system instrumentation.

Impact

The service has delivered significant value, including:

  • A reduction in critical system failures or downtime
  • Reduced maintenance costs and the high cost of unplanned equipment repairs
  • Identification of performance improvement opportunities
  • Highlighted rapidly escalating problems and longer term threats at a very early stage

Following the initial pilot in 2015, the service has been implemented on a longer-term basis on additional systems on Buzzard and other Nexen assets.

Total savings anticipated

 

$20 million production revenue safeguarded in 2016.

Still time to recognise industry talent

Organisers of a prestigious industry awards event have said it’s still not too late to recognise industry talent.

Nominations for the Oil & Gas UK 2017 annual awards, sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited, will close on the afternoon of Friday 11 August.

A key event in the upstream industry calendar, Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre is the venue for the November 2 awards, which are expected to attract interest from key energy hubs around the UK.

Oil & Gas UK Business Excellence Director Stephen Marcos Jones said: “Our industry is driven by the talent and expertise of its people. There is still time to put forward your nomination and shine a light on the individuals or companies you believe champion good practice.”

Nominations are open in the following categories:

• Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by OPITO

• Graduate of the Year – sponsored by ECITB

• Mentor of the Year• Diversity and Inclusiveness

• Business Innovation (SME and Large Enterprise)

• Workforce Engagement (SME and Large Enterprise)

• MER UK Award – sponsored by Oil and Gas Authority

• Ultimate Gold Award – in association with the Press and Journal

Find out more information on the categories and how to nominate here.

ENDS 

Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK.

Contact Natalie Coupar 01224 577343 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

Updated guidelines are prime example of industry collaboration

A suite of updated guidelines published today, which ultimately aim to ensure the safety of offshore wells, underline industry’s commitment to continuously improve, Oil and Gas UK said today.

The trade body’s award winning guidelines are written by industry, for industry, and provide a true reflection and balanced perspective on industry good practice.

The guidelines were devised by the organisation’s Wells Forum, one of Oil & Gas UK’s formal bodies through which members’ representatives can share good practice, review wells-related industry issues, and interact with other industry stakeholders.

Oil & Gas UK’s Operations Optimisation Manager Katy Heidenreich said:

“Oil & Gas UK is grateful to the Wells Forum for their continued engagement and expertise. The guidelines are a prime example of the industry collaboration that our basin is becoming widely acknowledged for.”

Of the three guidelines published today, two are competency guidelines, with one aimed at assessing, managing and developing competency of wells personnel and teams and the other aimed at ensuring the competence of Well Examiners.

Guidelines for Well Operators on Competency of Well Examiners and Guidelines on Competency for Wells Personnel were updated as part of a scheduled review process. This review process aims to ensure that guidelines remain current and fit for purpose, and anticipate the challenges foreseen by the industry.

Guidelines for Well Operators on Well Examination has also been updated to reflect changes to safety regulations.

Katy Heidenreich added:

“The competency guidelines were introduced to address the core competencies for the key roles required to support safe and effective well operations. These are particularly important at a time when the UKCS is experiencing flux in the profile of its workforce.

“It is an important reflection of industry’s ongoing commitment to safety and best practice.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

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

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

  1. The guidelines today comprise: Guidelines for Well Operators on Competency of Well Examiners (Issue 2), Guidelines on Competency for Wells Personnel (Issue 2), and Guidelines for Well Operators on Well Examination (Issue 2)
  2. Oil and Gas UK was awarded by a national engineering institute for its contribution to improving the safety and efficiency of UK offshore operations by publishing more than thirty peer-reviewed guidelines for the industry.
  3. Oil & Gas UK’s Wells Forum comprises representatives from over 45 well-operators and provides an interface with other industry stakeholders such as the drilling contractor and well services contractor communities.
  4. The Wells Forum is responsible for reviewing the following documents on a regular basis.
  • Blowout Preventer Issues
  •  Competency, Behaviours, Human and Organisational Factors
  • Well Integrity
  • Well Suspension and Abandonment
  • Well Capping
  • Relief Well Planning Requirements
  • Verification
  • Well Examination
  • High Pressure High Temperature
  • Process Safety Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

Industry Behaviours Charter

The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC)

Event heralded as opportunity for oil and gas supply chain

Supply chain firms supporting the oil and gas sector have been urged to grab an opportunity for growth and innovation as leading trade organisation Oil & Gas UK launched its 2017 Share Fair.

The high profile one-day event will be hosted at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 1. Its distinctive format attracted over 650 delegates in 2016.

Major operators and contactor companies will gather at the granite city venue to highlight forward work plans for the sector over the next 12-18 months.

Oil & Gas UK today revealed that more one-to-one sessions will take place this year than ever before.  The event will also include presentations from operators, tier 1 contractors and an exhibition showcasing the innovative products and technologies within the supply chain.

Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, said:

“Share Fair 2017 is a great opportunity for the UK’s oil and gas supply chain.

“As confidence slowly returns to the basin, companies will be looking to build on the efficiency gains achieved in the last two years. The distinctive format of this event allows companies to directly identify the innovative solutions needed by major purchasers.

“It is why this event continues to be a huge success for the industry.

“We’re delighted to have secured the most one-to-one sessions of any Share Fair and look forward to revealing more exciting event details in the weeks leading up Share Fair 2017.

“We would urge any supply chain business looking to engage in the UK Continental Shelf to utilise this exciting chance to showcase their expertise.”

Leading service provider, Petrofac, is a keen supporter of the Oil and Gas UK Share Fair. Graham Wallace, Head of Commercial and Supply Chain for the Group’s Engineering and Production Services, West, business said:

“The personal format of this event ensures delegates have access to first-hand information about future development plans in the UKCS, and the challenges facing operators and contractors. It provides an excellent platform to showcase and share ideas, and to identify areas of collaboration that will help the supply chain drive further value through innovation and efficiency. We look forward to returning again this year.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact Natalie Coupar on 01224 577 343 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

  1. Share Fair 2017 will take place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 1st November 2017. Tickets and sponsor opportunities are now available
  2. Oil & Gas UK’s annual one day event aims to improve the quality and quantity of information available to suppliers on the forward activity plans of operators and major contractors.The individual company presentations held through the day include a 20-30 minute seminar on major client purchaser project plans in the UKCS for the next 12-18 months, followed by a question and answer session.
  3. Presenting operators and contractors also offer dedicated ‘one to one’ sessions where suppliers can make pre-arranged appointments with key subject matter representatives and pursue client purchasing opportunities.

30th Licensing Round welcomed by Oil & Gas UK

 

Oil & Gas UK has today welcomed the announcement by the Oil and Gas Authority that it has launched its 30th Offshore Licensing Round focusing on mature areas of the UKCS.

Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, Mike Tholen, said:

“The launch of the 30th Offshore Licensing Round offers companies the exciting opportunity to bid for fresh acreage and an interesting inventory of yet to be developed discoveries.

“The OGA has worked closely with industry to prepare for the round and provide a wealth of data offering fresh insight on the potential of the UKCS.

“Cost effective deployment of technology will be critical to the success of the round and we support the 30th Round Technology Forum which the OGA and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre are co-hosting on 22 August 2017 to help make a success of the Licensing Round.

“Given the improved efficiency and cost effectiveness of the UKCS, the 30th Licensing Round has all the ingredients to prove successful for the UKCS, and indeed for the UK economy.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

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

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC)

East of England Energy Group (EEEGR)

New guidelines launched in effort to boost production efficiency

Highly anticipated industry guidelines designed to boost production efficiency in the UK Continental Shelf have been published by Oil & Gas UK.

Between 2004 and 2012 the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) faced the significant challenge of a sustained decline in levels of production efficiency (PE), falling from 80 per cent to 60 per cent.

 

Guidelines to maximise compression system efficiency

Guidelines to Maximise Compression System Efficiency

 

Guidelines to Maximise Compression System Efficiency aims to address gas compression losses, which accounted for over 40 million boe (barrels of oil equivalent) in unplanned production losses in 2015.

The document was devised by the Production Efficiency Task Force, a cross-industry work group facilitated by Oil & Gas UK. The guidelines will be championed by the Efficiency Task Force and are available for free to Oil & Gas UK members through the recently launched Efficiency Hub.

It sets out recommendations and good practice for improving compression system performance, covering areas such as:

  • Compression system maintenance
  • Integrity assurance
  • Equipment and process condition monitoring, and,
  • Training and competency

It is recommended that companies have a “lessons learned” process to ensure continual improvement of maintenance procedures. A basic review would involve an assessment carried out after the execution of each maintenance activity, improving efficiency by providing a real-time response to any issues which arise.

Matt Nicol, Chairman of the Production Efficiency Task Force (PETF) and Operations Director of North Sea Midstream Partners, said:

“Since the establishment of the PETF in 2012, industry has improved for a fourth consecutive year and increased production efficiency from 60 percent to 73 percent in 2016.

“Gas systems are a key priority for our group, having been identified as being one of the largest sources of production loss.

“The Gas Compression Work Group, which produced this new guidance document, is made up of cross-industry expert volunteers who have worked together to share lessons learned and best practices.

“We have made great progress but still have more to do to achieve the PETF’s 80 percent production efficiency target. I encourage all operators to utilise this gas compression best practice guide.

“I’d like to thank all the industry volunteers who continue to provide their time and knowledge to support the PETF. Their hard work is making a real difference to the people who work in our industry.”

Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, added:

“The drive to increase industry efficiency requires companies to adopt new ways of working and share lessons and good practice. By streamlining our procedures and working practices across industry, we can continue to minimise downtime and maximise economic recovery.

“These guidelines are the result of a collaborative, cross-industry effort and I would like to thank our work group member companies for their invaluable expertise and commitment.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

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

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

  1. The guidelines are now available to Oil and Gas UK members on the Efficiency Task Force website.
  2. Gas compression systems are used by the offshore oil and gas industry to reduce the volume of gas for exporting, injection to the well, and artificially raising oil by introducing bubbles of compressed gas (gas lift).
  3. Further information about UKCS production efficiency can be found in the Oil and Gas Authority 2016 report UKCS Production Efficiency”
  4.  Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Hub is the industry’s gateway to initiatives that aim to improve efficiency across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).
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