Oil & Gas UK launches new guidelines in effort to boost production efficiency


LONDON -- Highly anticipated industry guidelines designed to boost production efficiency in the UK Continental Shelf have been published by Oil & Gas UK.

Between 2004 and 2012 the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) faced the significant challenge of a sustained decline in levels of production efficiency (PE), falling from 80% to 60%.

Guidelines to Maximize Compression System Efficiency aims to address gas compression losses, which accounted for over 40 MMboe in unplanned production losses in 2015.

The document was devised by the Production Efficiency Task Force, a cross-industry work group facilitated by Oil & Gas UK. The guidelines will be championed by the Efficiency Task Force and are available for free to Oil & Gas UK members through the recently launched Efficiency Hub.

It sets out recommendations and good practice for improving compression system performance, covering areas such as: 

  • Compression system maintenance
  • Integrity assurance
  • Equipment and process condition monitoring, and,
  • Training and competency

It is recommended that companies have a “lessons learned” process to ensure continual improvement of maintenance procedures. A basic review would involve an assessment carried out after the execution of each maintenance activity, improving efficiency by providing a real-time response to any issues which arise.

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