November 7, 2019

New guidelines promoting good practice in robust project delivery published by OGUK today provide companies with a systematic framework for ensuring oil and gas projects are on time and within budget.

Industry experts including operators, contractor companies and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) have contributed to the guidelines. They cover all stages of a project from initial concept through to commissioning, handover and close out, and are intended for use by project teams, senior management, joint venture partners, project owners, assurance & review teams, supply chain companies and the OGA.

Katy Heidenreich, OGUK’s operations optimisation manager, said:

“Improving how the sector stewards our oil and gas assets is vital to securing a safe and sustainable future for the UK Continental Shelf. These guidelines provide companies with a systematic method for strengthening their processes to achieve repeatable, predictable delivery of oil and gas projects which meet their cost and schedule targets.

The industry’s progress in this area has been recognised by the Oil and Gas Authority in its 2018 ‘UKCS Projects Insights Report’ which indicated that 60 per cent of major projects went into operation on time compared with an historic average of 25 per cent.”

Andy Brown, director, regional operations at Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, said:
“We know the oil and gas industry must improve project delivery and we therefore welcome the new OGUK guidelines, which provide an excellent framework to drive the consistent, predictable and sustainable working practices that are vital to the future success of the sector.

“The ECITB’s Project Collaboration Toolkit shares these goals and is designed to help project leaders create a collaborative approach to improve innovation and efficiency in project delivery across the North Sea.”

OGUK has published a series of guidelines that enable the sharing of industry expertise in support of the OGA’s Asset Stewardship Strategy including the Reserves Progression Tool, all of which aim to drive continuous improvement in performance.

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