ECITB calls for MER volunteers to become N. Sea Oil and Gas ‘Collaboration Champions’

The Engineering & Construction Industry Training Board is calling on N. Sea operators and supply-chain companies to demonstrate their commitment to ‘collaboration working’ now required under the latest Energy Act by voluntarily registering projects with the board’s new Project Collaboration Toolkit (PCT).

This requirement – along with the creation of the Aberdeen-based OGA regulator – is one of the keystones of the new legislation so as to deliver Maximum Economic Recovery (MER) of N. Sea oil and gas.

Consequently, the ECITB, in partnership with the Oil & Gas UK Efficiency Task Force is presently offering to support to a selected range of oil and gas projects which wish to benefit from adopting a collaborative strategy. 

The ECITB will support a consultant facilitated training and evaluation programme to help associated parties deliver better project performance through collaboration. The practical support will be a catalyst for driving change to help embed good collaborative behaviours, create ‘Industry Champions’ and bridge the gap between collaboration theory and practice.

A spokesman for ECITB said: “We are calling for current or future planned projects to register with us to access this support.

“In return, ECITB will gather and evaluate comparative data to share with OGUK ETF which will demonstrate to the Industry the benefits and cost efficiencies that can be achieved using a collaborative strategy.

“Our business case behind this initiative is to evaluate the effectiveness of the PCT within current oil and gas projects and share the lessons learned with industry. As part of the process the objective is to educate operators, contractors and wider supply chain partners in adopting a collaborative strategy for future tendering of work, and to create ‘Industry Champions’ within their respective organisations.

“However, although progress has been made in operator-to-operator collaboration, there is little sign that across the supply chain collaborative behaviours are being embedded. 

“By supporting up to 10 current projects of varying size and complexity, and training the project teams in the use of the Partnership Collaboration Toolkit, the ECITB will gather and evaluate comparative data.

“There is a real opportunity here to demonstrate the benefits achieved by good collaborative practices in current oil and gas projects. 

“This will be publicised through case studies so the value of the Partnership Collaboration Toolkit is clearly communicated – along with cost / benefit savings-  this approach can deliver.

“In taking this approach the creation of ‘Industry Champions’ within Operators, Service Providers and wider supply chain organisations can support the ambition for collaborative strategies being the ‘norm’ in the future.

If YOU want to be an Oil and Gas Collaboration Champion, e-mail: before 10 February 2017.

The Partnership Collaboration Toolkit can be found at:

Scottish Energy News pioneered the industry’s first Collaboration Conference and Delivering MER The Issues event with the Institute of Energy at Aberdeen University earlier this year.

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