AN online knowledge-sharing network for the oil and gas sector has been launched to encourage companies to collaborate to share problems and find solutions to their efficiency challenges.

OGUK, the representative body for the industry, launched the problem-solving tool yesterday on its efficiency hub. From there, users can post their problems and have them reviewed by OGUK’s continuous improvement network, who members will apply their expertise to sourcing specialists and finding answers.

“Making oil and gas production more efficient is a huge undertaking for companies facing the triple whammy of oil and gas price reductions plus Covid-19, but the problem-solving network enables companies to make quick connections and find support amongst their peers to help them achieve continuous business improvement,” said Emily Taylor, OGUK’s continuous improvement manager.

“OGUK is achieving constructive engagement with members via highly attended webinars and online meetings of its many forums and groups.

"From testing the demand for the network, we’ve seen participants requesting information on topics including how to donate personal protection equipment (PPE) to the NHS and where to find examples of collaboration good practice.

“We can harness our sector’s ingenuity to find solutions to support our world-class supply chain, prolonging the productive life of the North Sea to ensure we have a competitive industry that can help deliver a net zero basin.”

Phil Simons, a vice president at Subsea 7 and task force chair, added: “This network provides a vehicle for connecting knowledge in a simple, structured and accurate way, to help quickly and clearly understand each problem and then form the foundations of a safe and cost-effective solution.”