Welcome to Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Hub, industry’s gateway to initiatives that aim to improve efficiency across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Faced with a tough downturn, the oil and gas industry has been working harder than ever to find smarter ways to do business. The Efficiency Hub is here to promote the Efficiency Task Force as it works to seek out, promote and provide access to efficient practice while maintaining safe operations.

This is your one stop shop for all things efficiency – information, news, case studies, industry initiatives and how you can get involved.

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Efficiency Dashboard

Get an overview of Industry business activity & performance optimisation year after year and more.


Business Activity, Cost & Efficiency

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KPI 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 (forecast)
Exploration Wells 13 14 14 8 10 to 15
Development Wells 98 87 16 85 80 to 90
Capital Investment (£bilion) 11.7 8.3 5.6 5 5-5.5
New Field Approvals 5 2 2 13 12 to 15
OPEX (£billion) 8.3 7 7 7.1 7 to 7.5
UOC ($/boe) 21 15.2 15.2 15.3 15 to 16
Production Efficiency % (1) 71% 73% 74% TBC Target – 80%
Production (million barrels of oil equivalent) 571 598 595 619 610-630
(1) Defined as total annual production divided by the maximum production potential of an asset (click here for more detail)

Performance Optimization – ETF Engagement & Industry Collaboration

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KPI 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 (forecast)
Efficiency Case Studies submissions(1) 30 50 100 150 175
ETF Guidelines Downloads (1) 50 500 600 650 750
Efficiency Champions (companies/participants) (1) 40/70 60/100 80/150 80/200 90/250
Continuous Improvement Network (companies) (1) 30 30 50 TBC
ETF Roadshows (companies/attendees) 6/150 10/500 14/1000 18/1300
(1) Cumulative

Performance Optimisation – ETF Projects

Business Process Optimisation
Workstreams Quantitative benefit – potential/realised Qualitative benefit – potential/realised Case Studies Examples
Logistics-Platform/Pooling 5% saving annual marine logistics costs (which are 40% of industry total logistics spend). This will be achieved through fuller utilisation of assets & infrastructure alignment. Key metrics include marine (PSV) costs, supply based costs, PSV deck utilisation, PSV time utilisation, removal of production deferment and stand-by time reduction. TBC
  • Shell Case Study
  • Equinor Case Study
  • Logistics-DIGI Lean WERC (Warehousing Education Research Council) benchmark baseline measurement for industry materials management. Benefits anticipated include Identification of industry value leakage/improvement opportunities for materials management
    Creation of an operating model for material management that incorporates best practice
    Procurement – Tendering Efficiency Framework Overall industry saving estimated in region of £25m TEF and implementation findings informing revision of the SCCOP/creation of supply chain principles Conoco Phillips case study (in progress)
    Compression Systems Production Efficiency improvement (target 80%) Improvements in compression system efficiency have contributed to a reduction in production losses associated with ‘Gas Systems’ of more than 10 million boe per year between 2015-17 Guideline to Maximise Compression System Efficiency
    Maintencance Optimization
  • Improvements in operational efficiency
  • Increased equipment reliability
  • Reduced maintenance manhours (20%)
  • Improved preventive to corrective maintenance ratio
  • Reduced equipment and infrastructure downtime. More efficient work execution Maintenance tools
    Standardisation & Simplification
    Workstreams Quantitative benefit – potential/realised Qualitative benefit – potential/realised Case Studies Examples
    Subsea Standardisation, Design & Analysis
  • 13-25% overall Project cost reduction
  • Small pools within tie
  • Back range economically viable
  • Schedule optimisation & offshore time reduction
  • Economically challenging projects now progressed to further investment decision gates (Centrica Pegasus & Chevron West Wick, Shell Fram & Penguins)
  • Subsea standardisation guideline implemented into Worley Parsons BMS and applied to projects going forward
  • Nexen Telford Pipeline Replacement
  • Subsea standardisation applied to GE Tieback SP2
  • Subsea Standardisation Guideline
  • Engineered Products 13-25% overall project cost reduction TBC Engineered Products Case Study

    Over 120 efficiency case studies are available here, listed most recent first.
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    Iron Ocean/OGIC - Collaborative working for life-saving technology
    CONSUB – Safety Critical Valve Inspection
    CONSUB – ESDV Condition Monitoring
    Safehouse - Safehouse Habitat applied to LPG Tanker
    Repsol Sinopec - Remote Tank Inspection
    Repsol Sinopec - Chemical Injection Management
    INEOS Oil & Gas - Marine PSV Sharing Solution
    RINA - Reducing Maintenance Spend through Risk Based Inspection
    RINA - Asset Life Extension Through Reverification
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    Why efficiency matters
    Press Release
    Industry initiatives
    Industry's impact
    How you can help
    Efficiency tools
    Current activity
    Cultural Change

    About the ETF
    Case for Change
    Company experts join forces to re-launch key Oil & Gas UK network
    Compression System Tools
    Compression Systems
    Continuous Improvement Network (CIN)
    Cultural Change case studies
    Cultural Change Champion
    East of England Energy Group (EEEGR)
    ECITB Project Collaboration Toolkit
    Efficiency Champions Network
    Efficiency Task Force at a glance
    ETF Cultural Change programme
    ETF Steering Group
    Get Involved
    Host a Roadshow
    Industry efficiency taskforce to host key roadshow on subsea knowledge and best practice
    Inventory Management
    Inventory Management Tools
    Iron Ocean/OGIC - Collaborative working for life-saving technology
    Join a Work Group
    Latest industry collaboration efforts to be unveiled at key event
    Logistics optimisation
    Logistics Tools
    Maintenance Tools
    Meet the Efficiency Task Force chair
    New interactive dashboard to unlock industry efficiencies and “optimise” businesses
    OGUK’s Efficiency Task Force announces hat-trick of new members
    Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) - MER Strategy
    Oil & Gas Authority (OGA)- Asset Stewardship
    RGU – Fit 4 Energy
    Scottish Enterprise - Knowledge Hub
    Simplification of Engineered Products
    Simplification of Engineered Products Tools
    Submit an efficiency case study
    Subsea Standardisation
    Subsea Standardisation Tools
    Subsea UK
    Tendering Efficiency
    Tendering Efficiency Tools
    The case for change in 2018
    The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC)
    The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC)
    Upstream Supply Chain Collaboration Survey