Southern North Sea operating costs are 20% lower than in Scottish sector

Dr Mariesha Jaffray
Dr Mariesha Jaffray

Unit operating costs in the southern North Sea off eastern England are 20% lower than in the Scottish sector in the northern North Sea.

While this is due in part to differences in natural geography within the North Sea basin – such as shallower waters in the southern region – co-operation and collaboration between operators and the oil and gas supply chain also provide a part explanation.

And this year for the first time, delegates at Southern North Sea conference next week in Norwich will be able to take part in an Oil & Gas UK Efficiency Task Force roadshow to learn about what is being done to encourage the industry to share the common goal of becoming more efficient and globally competitive.

Dr Mariesha Jaffray, continuous improvement manager with the Aberdeen-based Oil & Gas UK industry association, will be at the event – themed Collaboration, Innovation and Rejuvenation – to explain how the Efficiency Task Force is helping the industry to up its efforts to secure a sustainable future for the sector.

She said yesterday: “2018 will be a critical year for the UK offshore oil and gas industry to improve its competitiveness.

“The industry’s world-class supply chain is spread throughout the UK and we want to make sure the efficiency message is spread far and wide. We’re focused on extending our programme of roadshows which are designed to encourage interaction and highlight how businesses can benefit from the initiatives, tools and guidance the Efficiency Task Force has developed.

“The events also provide an invaluable opportunity for participants to explore areas of inefficiency and identify projects that are great examples of smarter working practices.

“These initiatives are having a positive impact as the industry has safely delivered both cost reductions and increased production and capital efficiency. This year we’ve already seen evidence, including the news about drilling activity in the SNS’s Chiswick field, that the basin is attracting investment – and the key priority is ramp up our efficiency efforts to maintain and build on that momentum.”

The Southern North Sea 2018 exhibition is free to attend: 

27 Feb 2018

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