N. Sea oil and gas companies get the MER Collaboration message – three years after Wood Review

The first MER Collaboration conference - organised by Scottish Energy News and Aberdeen University - was held two years ago (with no collaboration from Oil and Gas UK)
The first MER Collaboration conference – organised by Scottish Energy News and Aberdeen University – was held in April 2016 (- with no collaboration from Oil and Gas UK)

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry is putting the recommendations of the landmark Wood Review into practice, according to the findings of an annual sector survey published by Deloitte.

The Wood Review identified collaboration as a fundamental behaviour towards securing the successful future of mostly Scotland-based North Sea oil and gas sector.

The 2017 UKCS Upstream Supply Chain Collaboration Survey – which sought the views of more than 150 North Sea operators and suppliers  – has returned a 7.1 Collaboration Index score – the highest score to date.

As part of the survey, the Collaboration Index measures the effectiveness of companies as partners in collaboration. Other key findings;

  • The Collaboration Index score has increased to 7.1 in 2017 from 6.6 in 2016 (out of 10)
  • Most (95%) operators and suppliers say collaboration is an integral part of their day-to-day business (86% in 2016 and 74% in 2015)
  • 43% of survey participants considered their collaborative engagements ‘successful’ in 2017 compared to 27% in 2015

Dr Mariesha Jaffray, Continuous Improvement Manager at Oil & Gas UK, said: “These results demonstrate that for most operators and suppliers, collaboration is shifting from being an aspiration to a reality.

“The third successive improvement to the Collaboration Index score has been achieved despite the prolonged period of flux faced by the offshore oil and gas industry, with many companies still experiencing tough conditions.

Graham Hollis, Deloitte’s senior partner in Aberdeen, commented: “While the extended period of lower oil prices has been very challenging, it has also given many companies the impetus to take a transformative approach to their own cost structures and ways of working.

“Many of these companies are now reaping the benefits of more direct relationships with their partners. Companies now need to accelerate the transformation and embed these new ways of working to ensure their future high performance, regardless of oil price.”

David Sinclair
David Sinclair

Aberdeen-based ROV subsea services provider MSubsea has appointed David Sinclair as business development manager for renewables and decommissioning. He was previously engineering and innovation manager at Bibby Offshore.

6 Dec 2017


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