At least 15 new jobs will be created in Aberdeen after Add Energy – an international oil and gas upstream consultancy – won a new global maintenance build data centralisation contract with BP
The contract, valued at approximately £15 million, is expected to secure jobs for at least 30 people over the next three years – mostly in Scotland with the remainder in Houston, USA.
The contract covers global maintenance data centralisation for all of BP’s upstream operating regions. Add Energy will deliver maintenance excellence, bills of materials data and efficiency improvements and global data cleansing and enhancement.
It will also provide a quick response team for maintenance and business process improvements on a regional level from BP’s central maintenance function.
Add Energy will deploy qualified and dedicated specialists to collect cleanse and enrich the maintenance data and collect it centrally to accelerate the results and value delivered to the operator.
Peter Adam, Add Energy executive vice-president, said: “BP was looking for a cost-effective and consistent approach to the cleansing and enhancing of its maintenance and materials data, and we have a reputation for delivering.
“With this contract we have been able to demonstrate that whilst we are small enough to care we are big enough to get the job done, backed up with a wealth of experience in delivering corporate visions through regional implementation.”
“Operators are looking for contract performance and value for money, whilst assuring the safety of their assets remains the foremost concern.”
Meanwhile, the oil and gas industry is undergoing a digital transformation in its drive to cut costs and improve efficiency.
Digitalisation is being heralded by many as the answer to reshape and rejuvenate an industry of mature assets, an ageing workforce, and traditional technologies that fail to exploit recent advances in sensors and analytics.
Brian Crockett, a senior manager with Accenture who works with oil and gas companies to achieve production optimisation, said; “The appropriate way to move forward in this digital environment is to take hold of the Industrial Internet of Things and have the sight, insight and foresight to enable safe optimisation of facilities in order to maximise production.
“The oil and gas industry has been relatively laggard in applying the full capabilities of the ‘Industrial Internet’. Various industries, such as utilities and manufacturing, are already applying the concepts and technologies of the Internet of Things (IoT) and are participating in or driving IoT standardisation and security efforts.
“We can make sense of big data if we capitalise on the way we have used information in the past and utilise that to map out a digital pathway into the future.
“If we can visualise data in real-time from sensors and devices we can determine sooner when potential trips or shutdown events are likely to occur and provide decision-makers with the information they need to act rather than react. The future can be bright if we start to act right now.”