Claxton joins Southern North Sea hackathons
The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) brought operators and the supply chain together at its first hackathon events on the 23rd and 29th of June 2016 to uncover cost efficiencies and innovative technological solutions applicable to the Southern North Sea’s (SNS) well plug and abandonment (P&A) market.
Both events held at Aberdeen University and Norwich City Football Club, highlighted the spectrum of challenges associated with efficient well abandonment in the SNS and provided a platform for supply companies such as Claxton – to bring to operators attention innovative solutions which they may not have been aware of.
Bill Cattanach, OGA Head of Supply Chain, said: “Well P&A costs account for approximately 60% of the overall cost of decommissioning to the SNS – so a smarter way of working could unlock tens of billions of pounds worth of business opportunities for the local supply chain and cost savings for operators and government.
“The innovative events are a first of its kind for the OGA. We recognise many of the bright ideas and technological solutions lie within the supply chain and the hackathons act as a platform to present these directly to influential operators and collaborate on challenges being faced by all those in the SNS basin. Lessons learned here can be applied elsewhere to establish a highly competitive and capable new decommissioning sector for the whole UKCS.”
The hackathon concept was originally developed by the computer programming industry and has since been adopted by other sectors. Last year’s project hackathon held by Centrica received an inaugural OGA Maximising Economic Recovery (MER) UK Award.
Andy Norman, Head of Brand and Marketing, Claxton
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