Monday, 14 December 2020 09:33

Industry Behaviours Charter signed by Oil & Gas UK Board

John Pearson - Amec Foster Wheeler, Deirdre Michie - Oil & Gas UK, and Trevor Garlick - BP

Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force has launched the Industry Behaviours Charter – a collective commitment to work effectively, efficiently and co-operatively in order to achieve “transformational” change.

The Charter was launched at the trade association’s AGM and Joint Council on 9 December, with full support from its Board, whose members include a cross-sector of the industry, with representatives from operators and contractor companies.

By signing, the representatives pledged to follow five key points:

  1. Be an early adopter of efficiency initiatives and new technology, sharing learnings with others
  2. Provide access to decision makers through a specific, fast access point, in order to escalate issues
  3. Strengthen industry co-operation through continual improvement in and support for, industry codes of practice, forums and standards
  4. Contribute to performance improvement by ensuring transparent and time-bound legal, commercial and contractual engagements
  5. Commit to continuous improvement through regular review of the delivery of this Charter, across all levels of my business

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK chief executive, said: “Improving the performance of this industry will only come about through real collaboration between operators, major contractors and SMEs, embedding new ways of working and creating new business models. The ETF aims to support that shift and the Industry Behaviours Charter, which has the full backing of the Oil & Gas UK Board, will be one of its principal mechanisms. We need the rest of industry to get fully behind it, taking the principles and incorporating them within their own organisations to help deliver a safe, competitive and enduring future for our sector.”

Sir Ian Wood, whose review of the industry recommended greater co-ordination of activities and collaboration, said: “There is absolutely no doubt that the drive to industry collaboration and greater efficiency needs an Industry Behaviours Charter and it’s great that the Efficiency Task Force has now brought this out. Achieving the essential collaboration requires a change in behaviours both between operators and also with the supply chain.”

Andy Samuel, chief executive of the Oil and Gas Authority, added: “Cultural change and greater collaboration is needed, more than ever, to reinvigorate the basin and drive simplicity and efficiency. It is great to see industry making this commitment. It is particularly good to hear companies offering to hold each other to account and sustain a new way of working and the OGA will happily support this change. The UK Continental Shelf has very significant remaining potential and this is a good step towards maximising economic recovery.”


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