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Poor Collaboration & Collective Real-Time Decision Making Leading to Inefficiency

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Oclas Drives Collaboration
Background

An Oil and gas company was facing significant operational challenges due to siloed operations and a lack of real-time decision-making. This fragmentation led to distrust between onshore and offshore teams and within disciplinary silos, resulting in inefficiencies, reduced productivity, and increased HSSE risks. Recognising the need for improved collaboration and data-driven decision-making, the company sought Oclas Consulting's expertise to transform its operations.

Challenge

The primary challenge was to break down silos and foster a collaborative work ethic across functional groups, including production, reservoir engineering, facilities, and operations. The company aimed to:

  • Enhance collaboration and trust between onshore and offshore teams and within disciplinary silos.

  • Streamline decision-making processes through real-time data exchange and analysis.

  • Reduce operational inefficiencies, HSSE risks, and travel costs.

  • Increase overall productivity and equipment availability.


Approach

Oclas Consulting adopted a comprehensive approach to address these challenges:

  1. Guided Workflows: Revised existing business processes and procedures, emphasising guided workflows across multi-discipline asset teams and supporting functions. This implementation ensured a consistent approach to problem-solving and decision-making.

  2. Infrastructure Upgrade: Developed custom, state-of-the-art facilities and workspace planning to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing. This included dedicated collaboration spaces, break-out areas equipped with advanced AV technology and interfaces, and real-time data visualisation tools.

  3. High-Performing Teams: Created cross-discipline production and support teams capable of effective and efficient decision-making. These teams received comprehensive training and were empowered to make informed decisions based on real-time data and insights.

  4. Analytical Tools Integration: Supported decision-making through the deployment of analytical and productivity tools. This included targeted visualisations for situational awareness, exception-based surveillance, and real-time monitoring of wells and production facilities.

Impact

The comprehensive program led to significant improvements in efficiency, collaboration, and HSSE performance:

  • Production Efficiency: Achieved an annual benefit estimated at over $75 million in production efficiency gains.

  • Management Improvements: Enhanced management of production, operations, and facilities, contributing to a halt in production decline and even a 3% increase in one year.

  • Operational Efficiency: Reduced the average time for restarting wells from six days to less than three, significantly improving operational agility.

  • Surveillance Capabilities: Achieved a 0.2% reduction in deferment due to improved surveillance capabilities, ensuring proactive maintenance and reducing downtime.

  • Inter-Team Cooperation: Fostered improved cooperation between asset teams, leading to over 97% reliability, 93% overall availability, and a near-zero maintenance backlog.

  • HSSE and Travel: Reduced travel to the field by 15% or more, thus lowering HSSE exposure and associated costs.

  • Equipment Availability: Improved equipment availability to over 90%, minimising operational disruptions and enhancing production uptime.


Conclusion

Oclas Consulting's engagement significantly transformed the client's operational dynamics. By fostering a culture of collaboration, integrating advanced technological solutions, and empowering cross-functional teams, the company not only enhanced its production efficiency but also established a sustainable model for safe, productive, and environmentally responsible operations. The project stands as a testament to Oclas Consulting's expertise in driving transformation and delivering exceptional results in the Oil and gas sector.


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