A major digital resource developed for the oil and gas industry, has received £50,000 from the Scottish Government.
This supplements the £800,000 received from industry, the universities and other sponsors to enable the research, development and launch of this multi-disciplinary project.
The International Centre for Oil and the Environment (ICOE) is working with industry, academia and regulators to produce this authoritative resource for today and tomorrow’s industry leaders. This platform captures the accumulated knowledge and inter-disciplinary expertise of the last 40 years of offshore operations to transfer it to the next generation.
Entitled Encompassing the Future: Offshore Oil & Gas Operations, Environment Safety and Performance Management, the resource pulls together authoritative and researched material on the successful development of the North Sea offshore. Covering best practice, this digital resource will enable practitioners to meet the challenges of producing and operating safely and without harm to the environment in a cost effective manner.
William Cairns, Executive Chairman, ICOE Research Limited, said that the resource will distil and develop the intellectual and operational expertise of the industry, and promote access and collaboration between industry, academia and regulators. It will create a safer, innovative and more competitive management approach to and facilitate evolution of best practice.
Paul Warwick, chairman of ICOE’s advisory council, said: “Against a backdrop of oil price volatility, a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and the gradual loss of experience in maturing and increasingly-challenging provinces, the global oil and gas industry is entering one of its most defining periods.
“The loss of personnel through today’s and previous downturns has created a gap in knowledge and experience. Our survivability and sustainability depend upon filling this vacuum.
“ICOE’s resource will help close the knowledge and experience gap by providing expert guidance on the best solutions to the challenges of low morale, knowledge loss, ageing infrastructure and declining investor confidence as a result of the urgent need to bring costs to more realistic and sustainable levels in a lower for longer oil price environment.”
Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy said: “I am pleased to have the opportunity of supporting this ambitious project which seeks to harness the knowledge and expertise built up by the North Sea industry. This is a resource that is being created by industry, for industry. It will provide a comprehensive evidence base to ensure that efforts to tackle inefficiencies and change behaviours all draw on best practice experience for environmental and safety performance. This project has the opportunity to capture a wealth of knowledge, which will be of significant value to the industry going forward”
The accumulated knowledge built up in the North Sea over the past 40 years has been trawled, re-assessed and distilled to build a global offshore resource which will be launched on August 3rd at Kings College, University of Aberdeen.
ICOE was founded by Sir Alastair Dunnett and William J Cairns in 1978 with charitable status and existed in this form for twenty four years. Its aim through conferences, seminars, publications and research is to transfer knowledge gained from an industry at the forefront of technological and environmental expertise. ICOE took on the joint industry, government, consultancy and academic task to produce the initial twenty year environmental performance record of North Sea oil and gas developments published by Elsevier in 1992, entitled ‘North Sea Oil and the Environment, Developing Oil and Gas Resources, Environmental Impacts and Responses.’ This seminal project was sponsored by BP.
ICOE formed its present centre for environmental research to undertake specific assignments on a project by project basis including studies on Carbon Capture and Storage for Scottish Enterprise Energy, and a feasibility and scoping study on Global Petroleum, ‘Meeting the Sustainability Challenge’ sponsored by BP. ICOE with the Crown Estate and the Offshore Renewables Institute organised the Workshop on Exploring the Interfaces between Offshore Oil and Gas and Renewables
ICOE has evolved as a project-oriented, innovative research centre whose purpose is to promote technology and EHS management best practice for the global petroleum industry.