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New online tool promotes collaborative approach to problem-solving

20 May 2020

OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has launched a new online knowledge-sharing network aimed at encouraging companies to work collaboratively to share problems and source solutions to their efficiency challenges.

Users can access the Problem-Solving Network via OGUK’s Efficiency Hub, where they can post their problems and have them reviewed by OGUK’s Continuous Improvement Network whose members will apply their expertise to sourcing specialists in their field and finding answers.

Commenting, Emily Taylor, OGUK’s Continuous Improvement Manager,
“Making oil and gas production more efficient is a huge undertaking for companies facing the triple whammy of oil and gas price reductions plus Covid-19, but the Problem-Solving Network enables companies to make quick connections and find support amongst their peers to help them achieve continuous business improvement.

OGUK is achieving constructive engagement with members via highly attended webinars and online meetings of its many forums and groups. From testing the demand for the Network, we’ve seen participants requesting information on topics including how to donate personal protection equipment (PPE) to the NHS and where to find examples of collaboration good practice. We can harness our sector’s ingenuity to find solutions to support our world-class supply chain, prolonging the productive life of the North Sea to ensure we have a sustainable industry that can help deliver a net zero basin.”

Phil Simons, VP North Sea and Canada at Subsea 7 and chair of the industry’s Efficiency Task Force:
“Recognising the value of collaboration when tackling any immense challenge – The Problem-Solving Network can quickly partner good practice and expertise with ingenuity and opportunity. Solving problems can be a complex and lengthy process, but it is speed and simplicity that we should push for now. This network provides a vehicle for connecting knowledge in a simple, structured and accurate way, to help quickly and clearly understand each problem and then form the foundations of a safe and cost-effective solution.”

Colin Black, Managing Director of Carjon-NRG Ltd and OGUK Efficiency Task Force Steering Group member commented:
“Maintaining safe and efficient operations will occasionally present challenges that teams encounter for the first time. That’s where the Problem-Solving Network plays a key role in providing a central place for questions to be asked and feedback shared by an experienced OGUK peer group often working across the global oil, gas and energy sector as well as in other industries”.
The Problem-solving webpage can be found here


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