New oil, gas guidelines to boost production efficiency

New industry guidelines designed to boost production efficiency on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) have been published. They aim to address gas compression losses, which accounted for more than 40 […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

New industry guidelines designed to boost production efficiency on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) have been published.

They aim to address gas compression losses, which accounted for more than 40 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in unplanned production losses in 2015.

Between 2004 and 2012, the UKCS also faced “significant challenges” of a sustained decline in levels of production efficiency (PE), falling from 80% to 60%.

The document, devised by the Production Efficiency Task Force (PETF), a cross-industry work group facilitated by Oil & Gas UK, sets out recommendations and good practice for improving compression system performance.

That includes areas such as compression maintenance system, integrity assurance, equipment and process condition monitoring and training and competency.

It also recommends companies to have a “lessons learned” process to ensure continual improvement of maintenance procedures.

A basic review would involve an assessment carried out after every maintenance activity, improving efficiency by providing a real-time response to any issues that arise.

Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s Director of Business Excellence said: “The drive to increase industry efficiency requires companies to adopt new ways of working and share lessons and good practice. By streamlining our procedures and working practices across industry, we can continue to minimise downtime and maximise economic recovery.”