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2017 Offshore Achievement Awards

PlanSea has been shortlisted in the Emerging Technology Award category of the 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards – one of three nominees to be shortlisted for the category

These awards recognise some of the industry’s most innovative technology developments as well as talented individuals and exceptional large and small company performance. This year’s shortlist comprises a wide cross-section of the offshore sector, with companies large and small, spanning a variety of sub-sectors.

Ian Phillips, chairman of SPE Aberdeen and chief executive of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (Ogic), said: “The sheer quality and variety of entries we have received this year reflects everything that is great about our industry, particularly our ability to adapt to a volatile economic environment. It’s clear that the UK’s oil and gas operators and service companies have truly risen to the challenge, in particular developing some of the world’s most advanced technology whilst remaining as cost effective as possible.

“As ever, our expert industry judging panel has spent a significant amount of time judging each entry before selecting the strongest contenders. I would like to congratulate all those who have been shortlisted for the 2017 awards, and I look forward to celebrating the winners at the ceremony in March.”

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PlanSea speak at Innovating Oil & Gas Logistics Conference in London

Jim Cargill of PlanSea was an invited speaker at the Innovating Oil & Gas Logistics Conference held at Canary Wharf in London in May.

Alongside operators and other logistics-related companies, PlanSea was able to update attendees on the capabilities of the company’s software and our recent progress.

“This was a stimulating and valuable event and some interesting opportunities may have come from our participation.” Jim commented.

Organisers Hanson Wade noted that “the Oil & Gas Logistics function faces the constant challenge of aligning its capabilities with business demands to improve performance and gain competitive advantage.

Logistics costs are escalating while bottom lines are shrinking. Oil & Gas is proving harder to find and its worth less once extracted. The current market downturn has put logistics departments in the difficult position of re-evaluating their strategies to streamline and improve their performance whilst aligning themselves more closely with the wider business needs.

Networks become outdated as suppliers, customers, channels and the expectations of stakeholders evolve. This contributes to escalated costs, reduced efficiency and increased logistical complexity. Meaning there is a capability gap between where companies are currently and where they need to be to fuel business growth and enable project delivery.

Everyone knows that the solution is to get closer to the business, to be proactive rather than reactive in anticipating demand, and to move from a supply function to a value driven function. However, few have found the answers as to how to make this happen in practice, and most agree that a change in the way logistics is carried out will be needed to stay ahead of business needs.

This is that forum which brings this community together to identify what needs to change to deliver a high-performance, customised, fit for purpose logistics network.”

Nexen and PlanSea collaborate on efficiency and cost reduction

Nexen uses optimisation and scheduling technology to realise significant costs savings in marine logistics

Ground breaking optimisation and efficiency technology for offshore marine support operations has been developed for the oil and gas industry.

The innovative software, which has been developed by PlanSea Ltd., a spin out company from Robert Gordon University (RGU), has been applied by Nexen to remove significant cost from its North Sea operations.

Working with PlanSea, Nexen was able to simulate 65 weeks of its full North Sea marine operations using different schedules and combinations of its platform supply vessel (PSV) fleet. The results showed that significant reductions in fleet size and improvements in vessel utilisation could be achieved by re-organising its operations.

Nexen’s Managing Director UK and SVP Europe, Ray Riddoch, is delighted with the progress Nexen has made. He said: “In order to live at a low oil price, operators need to make a step change in eliminating waste in the supply chain and this requires a step change in thinking about new modes of operation. Through working with PlanSea, we have been able to enhance vessel utilisation and so reduce our North Sea PSV fleet from four vessels to two, resulting in a 2016 saving of some £6.5M.”

Prof. John McCall of RGU whose expert team at the university developed the system, explained: “Our system uses advanced algorithms to optimise vessel utilisation while still meeting all operational objectives. We have spent several years working with industry partners to model supply vessel operations so that we can be confident we have captured all of the constraints and delays that make offshore logistics such a complex task.”

PlanSea Managing Director, Jim Cargill, is optimistic about the potential for the newly proven technology. He said: “The ability to accurately identify feasible ways in which reduced fleets can operate and validate that in realistic simulation is a game changer. There is a tremendous opportunity for the industry to collaborate with shared PSV fleets, potentially taking 40% – 50% out of resource costs. In the North Sea that could mean continued viability for assets that are struggling to break even in the current environment. Looking forward to a recovery in price, the value of savings made now will increase – as activity rises the cost base will rise at a slower rate as efficient fleet sizing is maintained.”

Stephen Marcos Jones, Business Excellence Director, Oil & Gas UK, was supportive of the initiative. He added: “Oil & Gas UK launched the Efficiency Task Force in September last year to drive forward efficiency improvement across the industry, as such we are delighted to see this collaboration by PlanSea and Nexen achieving these great results. Their work together shows how taking an innovative approach and harnessing technology can drive efficiency improvements and is another small step in the transformational change required by industry to ensure the sustainability of the UK Continental Shelf.”

Margaret Copland, Senior Wells & Technology Manager, at the Oil & Gas Authority also welcomed the news. She said “As Operators and the Supply Chain work hard to reduce costs there is a recognition that harnessing new technology to help collaboration and reduce costs is essential to allow the industry to prosper. Technologies such as digital have the potential to transform the industry and this example of utilising algorithms and machine learning to optimise vessel utilisation is part of that journey. The progress that Nexen and PlanSea have made in utilising software technology to make significant savings in offshore supply costs is therefore very encouraging.”



For further information, please contact :

Jim Cargill, Chief Executive, PlanSea Limited jim@plansea.co.uk   Tel : 07514-088766

About Nexen www.nexencnoocltd.com

Nexen is an upstream oil and gas company responsibly developing energy resources in the UK North Sea, offshore West Africa, the United States and Western Canada. A wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, further information on Nexen can be found here : www.nexencnoocltd.com

About PlanSea www.plansea.co.uk

PlanSea is a Limited Liability company that offers operational management control, fleet optimisation and vessel scheduling software for the offshore oil and gas marine support sector.

About Robert Gordon University www.rgu.ac.uk

RGU provides industry led undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to highly relevant awards and degrees. Situated on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK, the university is investing £120m in a master plan development project aimed at providing all staff and students with state-of-the-art facilities.

Teaching staff have an outstanding reputation for quality and academic research and our track record in graduate employment is the best in Scotland. The range of degree courses include online degrees as well as traditional taught courses in subjects as diverse as art and design, management and engineering.

About Oil and Gas UK www.oilandgasuk.co.uk

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.

The Oil & Gas UK executive formally launched the Efficiency Task Force in September 2015 to drive forwards efficiency improvements, lower costs and streamline operations. You can read more on our website.

About Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) www.ogauthority.co.uk

The OGA has been set up by the UK Government to regulate, influence and promote the UK oil and gas industry and has been provided with a range of new powers to enable it to do so.

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