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Turning off the taps – efficient, cost-effective, accountable decommissioning

In mature oil and gas fields around the world, decommissioning is fast becoming one of the biggest issues for owners and managers. While decommissioning can present an array of challenges it’s also a field of great opportunity, particularly for specialist contractors. Long considered a &lsq...
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Making sense of how it happened. Post-STO management and learning for the future

When you’re managing shutdown, turnaround or outage projects in the energy industry, it can seem like the job’s just started when the STO is practically over. The post-STO stage - demobilising, cleanup, reporting and making sense of the data - is a major part of the process. It’...
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Earned value management – Measuring performance and progress, on the go.

  Earned value management - commonly abbreviated to EVM - is an important tool in the project manager’s repertoire. A set of techniques for objectively measuring progress on any major project, EVM was first developed in the 60s by the US Defense Department and quickly became standard pra...
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Planning for performance - how to make the best of shutdowns and turnarounds

In the energy industry, shutdowns, turnarounds and outages - collectively known as STOs - are unavoidable, like death and taxes. And any STO event inevitably presents the operator with a double whammy - the cost of the event itself, plus the loss of revenue while production is on hold. Given the ...
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mpower onside for Woodside

In the energy business, standard maintenance tasks are anything but standard. Predicting how long a routine procedure will take can be tricky, and varying estimates have a significant impact on schedules and cost. For a major energy company like Woodside - with thousands of maintenance tasks to orga...
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