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Industry efficiency chair hosts first roadshow of 2018

9 February 2018

The chair of industry’s Efficiency Task Force has kicked off 2018 with a rallying call to his own employees

Phil Simons, ETF Chair


Phil Simons, VP North Sea and Canada at Subsea 7 and head of the industry-led efficiency initiative, urged his employees to “challenge the status quo” at an ETF roadshow held at his company’s Westhill campus on Thursday (8 February).

The roadshow is the first of a fresh programme of activity for 2018. It builds on the success of last year, where several offshore oil and gas companies hosted an ETF roadshow, reaching more than 500 workers.

Oil & Gas UK Continuous Improvement Manager Dr Mariesha Jaffray

Alasdair Morrison, Nexen Petroleum UK Subsea Manager

Scott Cameron, Project Manager Subsea 7

Speaking to Subsea 7 colleagues at the event, Phil Simons said:

“Promoting smarter ways of working is a serious business if we are serious about the future of our industry.

“In the past, bystanders have made easy assumptions that the UK’s oil and gas industry will slip back to old ways. Our recent successes put this myth to bed and show that our hard work is driving up the global competitiveness of the UK Continental Shelf.”

Phil Simons discussed how his company applied ETF initiatives. The event included a presentation from Oil & Gas UK highlighting efficiency initiatives taking place across the basin, and a collaborative session with operator Nexen as it outlined how it is applying the ETF’s subsea standardisation guideline to an ongoing project.

Amidst a growing cautious optimism in the sector, Mr Simons urged the audience to stay alert to industry’s efficiency drive:

“2018 is the year we need to ward against complacency and permanently embed new ways of working.  As tentative signs of improvement continue I encourage you all to challenge the status quo and champion efficiency.”

ETF Cultures Lead Mike Backus

Oil & Gas UK Lead Business Adviser Ross Dornan


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