ABERDEEN, UK – Britain’s Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) is introducing new measures this month to ensure UK offshore operators work with the supply chain to maximize value from project activity.
The OGA plans to initiate Supply Chain Action Plans (SCAPs) which will oblige operators to develop effective action plans for all new projects, includingdecommissioning activities.
To assist operators in this process, the OGA has issued a ‘Supply Chain Action Plan Guidance’ report.
The concept of SCAPs was established some years ago in other sectors and according to OGA, has led to improvements in value and collaborative behaviour for new projects.
However, the OGA has adapted SCAPs for the offshore environment with three companies piloting the process, based on actual projects.
Results are said to demonstrate that early collaboration with the supply chain can bring down costs through process efficiencies, reduced administration, and use of alternative methods.
The OGA expects SCAPs to be included in all UK offshore field development and decommissioning plans from April 1, 2018. At the end of the first year, it will seek feedback from the industry and streamline the process as necessary.