Offshore Oil & Gas NPT Benchmarking Report

Press Release
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Crew shortage & integration issues identified as major contributors to control systems-related NPT (Non Productive Time) in Athens Group report.

Athens Group has published its fourth annual international benchmarking report on control systems software-related non-productive time (NPT) in the oil & gas industry. The report, subtitled Focus on Metrics, is based on the results of Athens Group’s annual industry surveys.

Highlights from the Focus on Metrics report include:

    •        Lack of the right skill set in-house was this year’s highest-ranked organizational barrier to reducing control systems-related NPT
    •        Hardware integration-related NPT has decreased somewhat; however, 84% of respondents said that hardware integration issues still account for up to 40% of NPT
    •        Respondents report that in 2011, actual NPT on high-specification offshore assets was still 88 – 127% higher than the reported acceptable rate, depending on the age of the rig

Athens Group’s annual NPT surveys are designed to help the oil & gas industry identify:
    •        Costs and causes of control systems software-related NPT and safety incidents
    •        Opportunities for, and barriers to, reducing NPT at the company level

Athens Group maintains that the high rate of non-productive time (NPT) and project delays on today’s highly-automated offshore assets is unacceptable! From topsides to subsea, they promise to ensure that integrated systems are effectively designed, developed and tested, and remain compliant with the customer's performance, reliability, and safety requirements.

The free report can be downloaded here.


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