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 (forecast)
Exploration Wells 13 14 14 10 to 12
Development Wells 129 88 71 60 to 80
Capital Investment (£bilion) 11.7 8.3 5.6 5.5-6
New Field Approvals 5 2 2 12 to 16
Cost & Efficiency
OPEX (£billion) 8.3 7 7 7 to 7.5
UOC ($/boe) 21 15.2 15.2 15.8 to 16.4
Production Efficiency % (1) 71% 73% 74% 80% (target)
Production (Million boepd) 1.57 1.64 1.64 1.7-1.75
(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 (forecast)
Efficiency Case Studies submissions(1) 30 50 100 150
ETF Guidelines Downloads (1) 50 500 600 700
Efficiency Champions (companies/participants) (1) 40/70 60/100 80/150 80/200
Continuous Improvement Network (companies) (1) 30 30 50
ETF Roadshows (companies/attendees) 6/150 10/500 14/1000
(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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    ECITB - Applying the Project Collaboration Toolkit Total E & P (UK), wood plc.
    ECITB - Applying the Project Collaboration Toolkit EDF Energy (nuclear sector) to ECITB PCT (oil & gas) project management collaborative practice comparison
    Equinor – My Vantage
    New: Nexen – Gas Lift Optimisation Decision Analysis
    New: Nexen – Installed Production System Capacity and Locked In Potential
    New: Nexen – WellFARM – Well Flow Assurance Risk Management
    New: Nexen – Risk and Opportunity Management System
    New: Nexen – Allocation & Measurement Dashboard
    New: Peterson – Breaking down the silos, multi-skilling and redesigning the way we work
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    Why efficiency matters
    Press Release
    Industry initiatives
    Industry's impact
    How you can help
    Efficiency tools
    Current activity
    Cultural Change

    New interactive dashboard to unlock industry efficiencies and “optimise” businesses
    Company experts join forces to re-launch key Oil & Gas UK network
    Industry efficiency taskforce to host key roadshow on subsea knowledge and best practice
    Upstream Supply Chain Collaboration Survey
    The case for change in 2018
    Subsea UK
    Cultural Change case studies
    Cultural Change Champion
    Efficiency Task Force at a glance
    Efficiency Champions Network
    Meet the Efficiency Task Force chair
    Industry Behaviours Charter
    The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC)
    East of England Energy Group (EEEGR)
    Oil & Gas Authority (OGA)- Asset Stewardship
    Inventory Management Tools
    Compression Systems
    ETF Steering Group
    About the ETF
    Simplification of Engineered Products Tools
    ECITB Project Collaboration Toolkit
    Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) - MER Strategy
    Scottish Enterprise - Knowledge Hub
    The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC)
    Case for Change
    Compression System Tools
    Cultural Change Tools
    Host a Roadshow
    Join a Work Group
    Logistics Tools
    Maintenance Tools
    Subsea Standardisation Tools
    Tendering Efficiency Tools
    Submit an efficiency case study
    Subsea Standardisation
    ETF Cultural Change programme
    Inventory Management
    Logistics optimisation
    Tendering Efficiency
    Simplification of Engineered Products
    Get Involved