Petrotechnics Improving Production Efficiency & Lowering Operational Risk Thu, 08 Oct 2015 03:23:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Petrotechnics Featured In Rigzone: Focus on Operational Efficiency Needed in North Sea Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:23:34 +0000

The North Sea oil and gas industry’s main reaction to low oil prices needs to focus on addressing the underlying of operational inefficiency, an industry official told Rigzone in a recent interview.

While unit cost and increased activity have contributed to increased North Sea operating costs, the single biggest cause of rising costs in the basin is inefficiency in operations. What’s interesting about the latest efficiency initiative launched by Oil & Gas UK is the move from cost-cutting to efficiency to transformation, Petrotechnics Ltd. CEO Phil Murray told Rigzone in an interview on the sidelines of the SPE Offshore Europe Conference Tuesday in Aberdeen.

Operational inefficiencies are not new to the oil and gas industry, but oil price upswings in a cyclical market has offset the effect of inefficiencies, allowing them to remain. Seven years ago, Murray was asked to speak at a conference on operational inefficiency in light of the 2009 oil price decline. But by the time the conference rolled around, oil had rebounded to $70/barrel and kept rising, saving the industry from inefficiency.

If the industry is to survive in what BP CEO Bob Dudley expects to be a “lower for longer” price environment, the industry will need to address these inefficiencies and the costs associated with them, said Murray, whose company focuses on improving operational efficiencies in oil and gas.

“Historically, we’ve let ourselves off the hook.”

The industry has been good at cost reduction, but not good at addressing inefficiency, Murray said. Transformation is even more difficult. The industry’s cyclical nature makes this so – if everyone is waiting for oil prices to rebound, they don’t have to change.

In upstream oil and gas, inefficiencies and poor quality don’t hit companies like they would automobiles on a showroom floor, Murray said. The lack of consumers in upstream oil and gas means that that drive and competition doesn’t exist like it does in the automotive industry.

“We need to work harder to build that drive into the way we operate.”

This drive includes standardization of equipment, said Murray, who saw attempts towards standardization while working in industry 25 years ago. In a margin-driven business, a company will seek ways to save while enhancing revenue and productivity. In a business not driven by standardization, the luxury of bespoke production can be afforded.

“We constantly say we can learn lessons from the automotive and aerospace industries,” said Murray. “We know what those lessons are. We need to apply them.”

Will this finally change? If there was ever a time for change, that time is now, particularly in the North Sea Basin, due to the perfect storm of low oil prices, high costs, mature basins, declining production efficiency and aging infrastructure. Companies will need to look at and address their risks in a new way to boost production performance.

Digital oilfield technology has transformed other industries, but has yet to hit the oilfield. Murray believes this technology is one of the levers that oil and gas companies can pull to enhance efficiency.

Workers from the executive level to the oilfield worker holding the wrench need the power to make better decisions; the intelligent use of digital technology is the solution to industry’s Big Data problem, Murray added. Being able to visualize data in a new way can help CEOs determine if their company faces more or less risk in a year, or whether supervisors can postpone a job.

“Everybody is talking about risk, but we don’t have tools to help people manage that,” said Murray. “What we’re talking about is using technology we have now to create a common currency of operational risk.”

By looking at risk in the same way a financial balance sheet is examined, companies can determine whether to invest in improving maintenance, standardization, or another area.

And rather than setting safety against production, risk should be managed in a holistic way to lower risk while raising production. “This is what manufacturers have learned,” Murray commented. “When they built quality into their manufacturing system, their quality went up.”

By implementing routine risk management into oil and gas operations, quality will rise as well.

“The industry has a track record for meeting challenges and meeting them well,” said Murray. “The North Sea is a great example.”

But events such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident serve as reminders of the consequences of getting it wrong. There’s no substitute for expertise, Murray said, noting that the industry can’t afford to lose expertise. More collaboration and sharing of lessons learned is needed in the industry.

“The number of times of repeating mistakes is not a smart things to do.”

In addition to digital technology, business processes must be developed to allow information to be shared across the process gaps that exist within companies. A company may have great key performance indicators, but the world could be falling apart around them, Murray said.

“The equipment on an offshore platform doesn’t care who you work for. Without the cohesive force of a customer such as in the automotive industry – where if a car doesn’t work, it doesn’t work – it’s easy for silos to crop up within companies.”

The other sort of gap that exists is between the plans and the reality of oil and gas operations. Particularly in the North Sea, many plans are done onshore. Better collaborative technology exists to address the gap between plans and realities for oil and gas, but better business planning and processes are needed with the actual execution of projects, Murray said.

“It may be complex, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.”

Read the article on Rigzone here.

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Promoting efficiency and reduced operational risk Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:56:25 +0000


Petrotechnics, a leading provider of Enterprise Operations Excellence Management software solutions, is strengthening its Middle East presence in response to the growth in demand for its flagship solution Proscient.™

Introduced in 2013, Proscient is the Enterprise Operations Excellence Management platform specifically designed to enable organisations in hazardous industries to optimise production efficiency and lower operational risk. With powerful capabilities to ensure the strategic intent of policy is systematised in operational practice, organisations can ensure workload is consistently managed against risk, according to policy, across one or many of their plants.

“One of the main drivers behind digital oilfields is to enable operators to get more out of their existing assets,” comments David Bleackley, vice president of sales at Petrotechnics. “This offers many parallels with what we’re doing and how we fit into operational excellence programmes — it is all about enabling people to get more out of their existing assets, by which we mean both capital assets and human assets. In order to do that, companies are striving to understand the gaps in their business processes to enable them to drive these business processes more effectively — that’s where we fit in. It is not sufficient to keep individual plant, assets or operators safe, you need a much wider understanding of the operational risk you face as an organisation in order to be able to make safe and effective operational decisions.”

How does Proscient work? “All our customers have a range of operational management systems and risk control systems associated with their plant, and for each of those systems they will have a set of performance standards or criteria which they are managing those systems to,” explains Bleackley. “The challenge comes when the system fails to meet those criteria; what are the operational decisions that need to be made to keep operating in a safe way and above a safe threshold, and how do you prioritise your work activity in light of those deviations from your own performance standards?

“The software identifies what those deviations are. It then allows you to understand the significance of those deviations, both individually and collectively, and based on that understanding of the level of risk created by those deviations enables operators to prioritise a) how they continue to operate the plant and, b) what interventions they are going to make — both in the near term and in the medium term. There are a number of disparate business processes associated with that, because traditionally these individual risk control systems have been managed by different technical authorities or different functional groups within an operator; Proscient brings that collective view and collective impact of all those deviations occurring.

“So our technology allows people to make better decisions about how to continue to operate, as well as to prioritise what to do to rectify the situation. It is not immediately intuitive, because of the large number of people and the different business processes involved. We provide a common understanding of the challenge an operator is faced with.”

The Middle East is a key growth area for Petrotechnics and the company sees huge potential in the region, says Bleackley. “Proscient is now a recognised solution within the global oil and gas sector, and we’ve seen strong growth in demand for our technology over the last few years worldwide. But there are some specific factors in the Middle East which are driving us to look at this region with increased focus. Firstly, there is a certain degree of cultural change occurring in the Middle East at the moment, related both to fundamental safety culture and to operational excellence culture — both aspects are sweet-spots for our platform, and we are well placed to capitalise on these cultural changes. And secondly there is the long-term, strategic outlook of the Middle East operators.

“We have several ongoing installations in the Middle East due soon to go live, and a couple of pending awards, as well as a number of installations in North Africa,” adds Bleackley. “We see the need for a strong presence in the region and are building up our team in the Gulf states, where we currently have offices in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This will strengthen our ability to service existing clients, while identifying and developing new opportunities David Bleackley, vice president of sales, Petrotechnics in the region.”

This article was published in Vol. 18 of Oil Review Middle East.

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Petrotechnics launches new competency and training centre Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:46:24 +0000

New facility will meet increasing demand for operational excellence training in hazardous industries.

Aberdeen, UK, 4th August 2015 – Petrotechnics, the enterprise operations excellence management solutions provider, today celebrates the opening of its state-of-the-art competency and training centre. Located at the company’s Aberdeen headquarters, the new facility will address changing demands for operations excellence training in hazardous industries, including oil and gas, chemical and rail.

To date, over 70,000 people have been through Petrotechnics’ training programmes, with more than 4,000 delegates enrolled in the last year alone. The new centre will offer increased capacity to meet growing demand for a range of courses, including Petrotechnics’ leading software platform, Proscient.

The centre’s new classrooms feature state-of-the-art interactive facilities and a broader range of training programmes, from traditional classroom training to “self-paced” and “on-demand” options for online learning.

“Petrotechnics has been delivering training for over 25 years and during that time we have experienced a significant shift in industry demands from simple control of work to integrated operational risk and operations management best practices. Our investment in this new facility is part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining quality competence practices and addressing complex training needs across hazardous industries,” says Iain Mackay, Executive Vice President, Petrotechnics.

Petrotechnics’ team of 26 veteran trainers and coaches have a combined industry experience of 460 years. Their global expertise and knowledge is unrivalled in helping companies in hazardous industries improve how they manage risk, hazards and operational safety. Petrotechnics’ trainers have supported over 48 major projects with courses delivered in 24 countries on every continent.

“Hazardous industries have long understood the value of having a competent, trained workforce, and its contribution to productivity and safety,” adds John Broomfield, Training Operations Manager, Petrotechnics.

“However, the means of achieving and maintaining a competent workforce have changed, and we have seen a steady evolution in industry training requirements, leading us to enhance our facilities and courses to meet this demand.”

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CIO Review Recognizes Petrotechnics as a Leading Enterprise Risk Management Solution Provider Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:55:50 +0000 Proscient awarded for empowering organizations to proactively manage operational risk

Houston, TX — July 9, 2015Petrotechnics, the leading provider of enterprise operations excellence management software solutions, is proud to announce it was recognized by CIO Review as a 2015 “Most Promising Enterprise Risk Management Solution Provider” for its Proscient solution. Petrotechnics’ recognition is based on the evaluation of its proven Integrated Operational Risk Management solution.

Petrotechnics was selected by an independent panel of experts and members of CIO Review’s editorial board. “Petrotechnics has been on our radar for some time for stirring a revolution in the Enterprise Risk Management space,” said Harvi Sachar, Publisher and Founder, CIO Review. “We are happy to showcase them this year due to their continued excellence delivering top-notch, enterprise-wide operational risk management solutions that transform the way companies in hazardous industries understand, manage and mitigate risk.”

Proscient allows organizations in hazardous industries to better understand the cumulative operational risk they are carrying at any given time – which can be used to improve operational decision making at all levels of the organization. With a better understanding of the level and nature of risk being carried, risk mitigation can become an integral way of achieving efficient and effective operations. The benefits to the industry can range from an early warning system for potential major accident hazard (MAH) incidents – allowing organizations to make proactive interventions, better prioritize maintenance, and make more informed decisions around risk and activity at the frontline operations level.

“Petrotechnics is honored to be recognized by CIO Review’s panel of experts and thought leaders,” said Mike Neill, Petrotechnics President – North America. “This recognition affirms Petrotechnics’ vision to deliver world-class, game-changing solutions to help customers to reduce risk, improve operational performance and keep people safe. Proscient provides hazardous industries the ability to better understand risk and its impact on the operational reality of the plant. As a result they can make better decisions to safely improve operational effectiveness and efficiency of how they operate and maintain the plant to improve asset productivity,” added Neill.

Click to download the CIO Review article recognizing Petrotechnics’ Proscient as a Top Enterprise Risk Management Solution.

About CIO Review
CIO Review constantly endeavors to identify “The Best” in a variety of areas important to tech business. Through nominations and consultations with industry leaders, our editors choose the best in different domains. Enterprise Risk Management Special Edition is an annual listing of 20 Most Promising Enterprise Risk Management Solution Providers in the U.S.

About Petrotechnics
Petrotechnics was founded with a vision to keep more people safe in hazardous industries around the world. For over 25 years, Petrotechnics has delivered proven software solutions that empower organizations to improve the sustainability of their businesses through improved operational decision-making. Petrotechnics’ flagship enterprise operations excellence management platform, Proscient, integrates operations management and risk management at the enterprise level to help clients standardize initiatives, policies, processes and procedures across their organization, driving a culture of excellence. For more information on Petrotechnics or Proscient, please visit

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Interview with RPME: Move PSM Beyond Compliance for Safer, More Efficient Operations Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:44:01 +0000

Refining and Petrochemicals Middle East delves below the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the industry’s leaders tick. This month Andrew Bartlett, Petrotechnics’ HSE Consultant, is interviewed.

Tell us a little bit about Petrotechnics’ main areas of focus here in the Middle East.

Petrotechnics has recently increased its presence in the Middle East by opening up an office in Abu Dhabi. The reason for this is that demand is growing amongst our Middle East clients.

We have an office in Saudi Arabia as well. We think that the main opportunities to grow our business are here in the Middle East. The customers here are appreciative of the fact that we offer enterprise solutions for process safety, which help them achieve their aims with regard to operational excellence.

How seriously does the Middle East take the issue of Process Safety, and does it invest enough in process safety technology?

Attending numerous conferences in the region has confirmed my belief that process safety is top of the list here.

We’ve heard some speeches from CEOs and presidents of some enormous companies, who are all telling us that process safety is top of their agenda. Really, you can’t afford for it not to be.

Companies cannot afford to fail to drive their process safety programmes.

In terms of finances, from what I’ve seen, process safety budgets are in good shape here.

Maintaining the equipment as well as maintaining process safety regimes all help to keep your assets working harder and working for longer.

What is the biggest single contributing factor in process safety incidents in the region?

Nearly all of the incidents that we have seen mentioned in recent conferences, and looking at the Marsh 100 Largest Losses report, most of the incidents concern loss of containment. Loss of containment, most of the time, is caused by process safety events, such as failing to monitor your corrosion, not letting people know what is happening in the plant, despite their being silos of information. That’s where we come in – we provide an enterprise software solution that allows those silos of information to be brought together and to be visible in one single place.

What is new about the product and which aspects of it are you most proud of?

We are proud of our barrier management facility which allows the ‘Swiss cheese’ or the ‘bow tie model’, the barriers that are affected by process safety deviations, to be seen in virtually real time. So that everyone can be aware if there is a relief valve which is out of service or there is a gas detector out of service in a particular area, then it is visible via our software.

If somebody needs to go and do some hot work in that particular area then it would be visible that they would need to take extra precautions. Our software helps do the risk assessment also.

What regional trends are you noticing in terms of process safety?

Yes, one of the big discussions that we are having in the Middle East at the moment is taking the idea process safety down to the front line operations and maintenance people. Instead of it just being with the engineers, the idea is to involve the operations and maintenance teams as well.

Training programmes are being put in place to give them the competencies to be able to recognise the risk in process safety.

At Petrotechnics we are proud of our ability to provide a solution that allows the close monitoring of process safety in any given facility. You only have to look at the Marsh 100 Largest Losses to see the devastation that can occur from the business interruption of process safety incidents.

Organisations do a fine job of analysing failures after an incident but Proscient allows us to think outside of the box and analyse barrier failures and take action before an incident occurs.

Read the full magazine here.

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Interview with Petrotechnics: Well-worn paths to innovation Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:09:32 +0000

Petrotechnics is interviewed by the Press & Journal on the path to innovation:

“Scotland’s economy can only benefit from firms constantly innovating and expanding their horizons to take advantage of emerging opportunities. Phil Murray, chief executive at Aberdeen-headquartered Petrotechnics, tells Keith Findlay there are ‘well-trodden’ paths to follow.

We even invented the blackboard for goodness sake, so I reckoned it should not be too hard to find signs of innovative ideas being chalked up around modern-day Scotland.

Luckily I did not have to go too far to find an example of inspired thinking propelling one of our companies to success on the international stage.

It helped that I was in Aberdeen, from where innovative oil and gas technology has found its way to every big energy centre around the world.

If there is any lack of good ideas flowing from firms up and down the country, the owners would do well to spend a little time with the boss of oil and gas technology company Petrotechnics.”

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Petrotechnics Speaks to Oil & Gas Middle East About Growth in Region Tue, 26 May 2015 13:50:39 +0000


Petrotechnics New Regional Middle East Manager, Stuart Douglas speaks to Oil & Gas Middle East about his new position and Petrotechnics growth.

When Petrotechnics appointed two new members to its Middle East team, the company had one thing in mind – to grow the business in the region

Expanding Petrotechnics’ footprint in the region appears to be an ambition that Stuart Douglas, the company’s new regional sales manager, takes to heart. He said: “My personal strategy for the business is that we gain market awareness of Petrotechnics. The long-term is to then move that awareness into securing business.”

Having spent his entire career in business development, ten of which in oil and gas, Douglas certainly has a lot to offer. He has worked with oil and gas companies from all corners of the world, including this region, where he focused on supplying risk and reliability software.

“I have a lot of experience with the national oil companies and government organisations. That is why my experience fits with Petrotechnics platform to grow the business here moving forward over the coming years,” he said.

While many fear their business will be jeopardised by the lower oil price, Douglas says the volatility on the market is doing just the opposite – it is creating opportunities for those ready to seize them.

“We’ve got a low oil price environment at the moment. We find that in a low oil price environment companies are looking for ways to maximise their profit and make sure their operations are more streamlined. That in effect helped Petrotechnics because we are looking to help organisations streamline their processes and make their operations more efficient.”

Douglas arrived in the region three years ago and he now lives in Dubai with his wife and eight-year old son. But living in the U.A.E was not new to him at all.

“It’s kind of home from home. I spent all my primary years here in Abu Dhabi and then Muscat in Oman so I am very familiar with the culture and the business in the Middle East. My father worked for an oil and gas organisation in Abu Dhabi, a government owned oil operating company back in the 80s. I stayed here in Abu Dhabi with my family for a good number of years. Then we moved to Muscat in Oman where my father took up a position for another oil operating company in Oman. Although not exactly working on rigs, Douglas did follow in his father’s footsteps. With oil and gas being the industry he wanted to enter for a long time, he appears to have found his place with Petrotechnics.

To see the full article, head over to page 81 of Oil & Gas Middle East

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Network Rail Selects Petrotechnics to Improve Safety and Operational Performance Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:00:45 +0000

Network Rail Selects Petrotechnics’ Proscient to Improve the Safety – Productivity Dynamic with Risk Based Activity Management

Aberdeen, Scotland April 23rd – Petrotechnics, the leading provider of Proscient, the enterprise operations excellence management solutions for hazardous industries, announces a national contract with Network Rail. Working in partnership with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Petrotechnics will increase safety and improve productivity across 20,000 miles of Network Rail track by reducing the risk of delays, engineering overruns and spiralling maintenance costs.

Petrotechnics’ solution will form a key component of Network Rail’s ‘Planning and Delivering Safe Work’ programme, which is implementing a number of safety changes across the company’s infrastructure. Proscient will standardise actions around essential maintenance and repairs to reduce track time and mitigate the risk of injury and fatalities to staff.

“At Network Rail, safety is at the heart of what we do. Our vision that everyone goes home safe at the end of every day is something we must achieve. The plan and deliver safe work programme is one of the key strategic programmes that will help us to deliver this vision by improving decision making, conversations and behaviours for safer, more effective working,” said Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail.

“Proscient is essential to this programme as we believe that this deployment will allow us to reduce current levels of complexity and focus on considering and controlling operational risk more effectively. With tremendous expertise and capabilities, Petrotechnics was the best choice both for the technology solution and as a strategic partner.”

By choosing Proscient, Network Rail will benefit from Petrotechnics’ 25 year history of delivering operational risk management and control of work solutions t o the oil and gas industry. The fundamental dynamic of improving safety at the same time as increasing productivity can be replicated across all hazardous industries and this new relationship will allow Petrotechnics to share its extensive knowledge with the rail industry.

“Petrotechnics is proud to be working with Network Rail to get more work done with less time and resources while reducing risk to its people and assets,” said Iain Mackay, Executive Vice President, Petrotechnics. “No matter which hazardous industry we look to, resources and time is becoming increasingly constrained and this must all be managed in the context of optimising work and reducing risk.”

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Petrotechnics Eyes Middle East Growth Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:00:02 +0000  

Petrotechnics strengthens business development team to meet growing demand for Proscient

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 31 March 2015 – Petrotechnics, the leading provider of Enterprise Operations Excellence Management software solutions, has appointed two new members to its Middle East business development team. Stuart Douglas and Suhas Jadhal will support Petrotechnics’ growing operations in the region, and help meet customer demand for its flagship solution Proscient™.

As part of its global strategy and to support new Proscient™ deployments in region, Petrotechnics has appointed Stuart Douglas and Suhas Jadhal to join the company’s Middle East Business Development Team. Stuart Douglas will take up the position of Regional Sales Manager at Petrotechnics’ Abu Dhabi office. Stuart’s career in business development spans over 20 years with experience in Europe and the Middle East. In his most recent role at DNV-GL, Stuart was responsible for selling risk and reliability solutions into major oil and gas operators and engineering procurement companies (EPCs). As part of the Petrotechnics team, Stuart will be responsible for maintaining and growing its Middle East customer base.

Joining Stuart is Suhas Jadhal, who has been appointed as Petrotechnics’ new Middle East Business Consultant. Suhas has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and MBA in Construction Management and Research, and brings with him extensive experience in implementing enterprise solutions such as SAP and Primavera to major refineries in the Middle East and North Africa. Suhas will provide hands-on customer support from Petrotechnics Abu Dhabi office, working closely with clients to achieve operational excellence through the deployment of Proscient.

“Following Petrotechnics’ recent success in the Middle East with a number of new Proscient deployments going live this year, the appointment of our new business development team will strengthen our ability to service existing clients, while identifying and developing new opportunities in the region,” said David Bleackley, Vice President of Sales. “The Middle East is a key growth area for Petrotechnics. With the impact of the low oil price being felt globally, the Middle East is leading the way in improving cost management, reducing operating costs and increasing profitability. These appointments are a key element of our strategic growth objective – to empower organisations worldwide to reduce operational risk and improve production efficiency. Proscient is now a recognised solution within the global oil and gas sector, and the new Middle East team will continue to provide the high standard of customer support the industry has come to expect from Petrotechnics,” added Bleackley.

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Nexen Implements Petrotechnics’ Proscient platform on UKCS Operations Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:00:32 +0000


Proscient plays a key role in improving operations and safety management systems.

Aberdeen, UK, 25 February 2015 – Petrotechnics, the leading provider of enterprise operations excellence management solutions for hazardous industries, has completed the implementation of its Proscient software platform on two UK offshore assets operated by Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited.

Proscient is an operational performance and predictive risk platform that improves the safety-productivity dynamic in hazardous operations. The software combines operational management systems with daily workflows to improve the efficiency of operational assets, enabling organisations to standardise work practices, simplify business processes and manage risk.

Proscient offers the ability to ensure more work is done safely, efficiently and sustainably and can establish consistent practices across operations, driving new efficiencies in the process.

“Petrotechnics has a large, well established base in the UKCS of 48,000 users. We’re pleased with the results of roll-out on Nexen’s assets,” adds Iain Mackay, Executive Vice President, Petrotechnics. “Proscient enables our clients to get more of the right work done safely and efficiently. This is becoming increasingly important in light of the current economic landscape and we are committed to helping clients achieve their goal of long term, safe production.”

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