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Wood Mackenzie Upstream Digitalization Report

November 20, 2018 at 4:29 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Industry Insights, upstream

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With cost volatility and a need to continue adapting to an evolving industry, Oil & Gas firms have increasingly turned to innovations such as "digitalizaton" as solutions, with many industry leaders citing it as a top of mind focus in 2018 and beyond. But what is digitalization, and how can firms think about leveraging it effectively to drive greater cost competitiveness and overall higher EBITDA?

To help answer these questions, PowerAdvocate's sister company Wood Mackenzie recently published a report outlining the digitalization landscape in Oil & Gas, including a case study of how one operator drove >$1B in savings and a 25% reduction in third party costs through digitalization and big data from PowerAdvocate.

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New Section 301 Tariffs Put Energy Supply Chains at Risk

November 7, 2018 at 4:10 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Industry Insights

Global trade continues to keep energy companies on their toes. With 60-80% of business line costs coming from supplier activities, owners and operators need data and insights to better understand supply risk. With that in mind, our analysts have built out a comprehensive report summarizing the latest impacts of the 301 trade case.

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What Utilities Need to Know about Energy Storage Cost Drivers

November 27, 2017 at 4:31 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Utility, Cost Transformation, Data and Analytics, should-cost, Cost Reduction

More likely than not, your utility is already or soon will be procuring battery energy storage as part of its grid modernization strategy. In fact, according to BCC Research, the global market for grid-scale battery storage technologies is projected to reach nearly $4.0 billion in 2025, up from $716 million in 2015.  Battery costs have fallen dramatically over the past decade. However, events in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are putting the brakes on further cost reductions. Here’s a look at what’s happening and how you can approach your battery procurement planning in light of these events.

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[Webinar] Buckeye Partners Presents: Driving Out Cost with Data

July 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Cost Reduction, E&P, Midstream

Buckeye Partners presents a webinar in our Q&A with the Experts series. 

In this webinar recording, Buckeye Shares:

  • How they've used data to achieve >$10M in cost reduction through improved supplier negotiations and bids
  • Specific strategies they've used across CapEx and OpEx categories
  • How they've prioritized and executed on specific cost reduction opportunities
  • And lots more... 

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Annual Oil & Gas Executive Forum: The Highlights

July 7, 2017 at 3:01 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Cost Reduction, E&P, Midstream, Downstream

We’re thrilled to share that more than 60 Oil & Gas executives attended our Annual Oil & Gas Executive Forum on June 22, for our best event yet.

The 2017 Executive Forum provided a platform for sharing and discussing new cost-cutting strategies

2017 Executive Forum

Each Executive Forum is designed to enable operators to exchange innovative approaches to cost reduction with one another. This year’s event featured:

  • A keynote speech by the Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Hess Corporation
  • Spotlight presentations on pressing Supply Chain concerns led by 7 industry leaders:

A New Mindset for a New Market. Former CEO of Maersk Oil Houston discussed the importance of cost control in Oil & Gas and provided a new perspective on the market

Cost Reduction in Practice. Director of Strategic Sourcing at DCP Operating Company, Sr. Commercial Manager at Motiva Enterprises, and Head of Procurement at Jonah Energy shared how supply market insight and data were used to decrease their operating costs

Cost Reduction Outside the Box. Vice President of E&P Services at WPX Energy and Head of Procurement at Statoil explained how rising costs were averted by their companies

Elevating Costs. Director of Supply Chain at Southwestern Energy spoke about the factors that drive business unit engagement and their effects on category management success

  • Networking opportunities that brought together over 67 executives across 38 firms

A keynote speech on current economics of Oil & Gas and how to envision Supply Chains of the future

Keynote Speech

We want to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all who attended the Forum and shared their perspectives on the Oil & Gas market. If you would like more information about any of the presentation topics, please send us an email at costinsights@poweradvocate.com.

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How a NAFTA Renegotiation and New Executive Orders Could Affect O&G Supply Chains

May 26, 2017 at 1:41 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Downstream, Midstream, Cost Reduction, E&P

In this latest clip from our Energy Intelligence Group, we share how recent political actions could affect Oil & Gas supply chains.

Specifically, we share which categories would be at risk in the event of a NAFTA renegotiation, as well as the impact of recent Executive Orders on "Buy American" rules and the importation of steel and aluminum. 

For more information on how these political actions could affect your U.S. supply chain activity, feel free to contact us here
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Beyond the Supply Chain Toolkit: Creative Approaches to Cost Reduction in Today's Oil & Gas Markets

April 13, 2017 at 9:32 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Cost Reduction, Downstream, Midstream, E&P

Oil & Gas Supply Chain teams have built up a tried and true toolkit of approaches to cost reduction spanning everything from negotiation strategies to RFP’s to demand planning.

But beyond that standard toolkit, what are the most innovative Oil & Gas firms doing to drive cost out of their organizations?

In today’s article, we provide specific examples of out-of-the-box ideas that other Oil & Gas firms are using to creatively reduce costs. We’ll also share several tools from renowned creativity experts to help Supply Chain teams think about how to brainstorm their next big idea.

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Hot and Cold Rig Stacking in Oil & Gas (Part 1)

April 12, 2017 at 7:47 PM / by PowerAdvocate posted in E&P, Midstream, Downstream, Cost Reduction

This post is the first of a two-part series on rig stacking. Part 2 will cover stacking in onshore drilling.

Are you actively tracking which Oil & Gas service providers have made the decision to stack their rigs? While rig stacking was the farthest consideration from our minds just three years ago, today it’s a concern of grave importance for E&P’s.

In today’s post, we cover the different methods of rig stacking, why they matter to E&P’s, and what impact they can have on your operations and cost structure.

Two Methods of Rig Stacking

Since the market downturn in mid-2014, stacking of rigs has become a strategy commonly employed by service providers to save money, helping weather the storm that is low-cost oil. For those new to the world of stacking, it can take two different forms:

  • Hot (or Warm) Stacking involves paying a skeleton crew to stay on the rig and conduct regular maintenance to ensure a smooth reactivation when the equipment is once again in demand and brought back online.
  • Cold Stacking is the equivalent of shuttering a factory in manufacturing—rigs and equipment are packed up and stored, and employees tied directly to the operation of the equipment are laid off.
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Risks of President Trump's Steel Memorandum to O&G Firms

April 7, 2017 at 9:28 AM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Midstream, Cost Reduction, E&P, Downstream

On January 24th, President Trump issued a memorandum mandating the use of domestic steel for American pipelines. For Oil & Gas firms, this could drastically alter the viability of existing capital and maintenance programs and pose a threat to procuring critical materials.

On March 8th, we were joined by 30+ Oil & Gas firms to discuss what risks the memorandum could pose, including questions like:

  • How will the memorandum affect steel plate prices?
  • What supply constraints will O&G firms face?
  • Which items are most at risk of price escalation and short supply?
  • What can we do to prepare?
  • And much more...

Click here to view our recording of the event

 

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3 Common Justifications Suppliers Might Use to Raise Prices

March 9, 2017 at 9:32 AM / by PowerAdvocate posted in Cost Reduction, E&P, Midstream, Downstream

As suppliers enter 2017 looking to recover lost margin with double-digit price increases, we’ve found that the operators with the most successful responses are the ones who most effectively use data.

In this post, we share how Oil & Gas Supply Chain teams can respond to the 5 most common arguments suppliers use to raise prices.

1. “My costs for X are up”

We often hear suppliers come to the negotiating table with arguments like “our overhead is up by 3% this year” or “our labor costs are up by 5%, which means that our costs are rising by 7%”. So what are some effective ways to respond to a supplier who necessarily has better visibility into their own cost structure? We suggest starting with 3 key questions:

  • Have the costs really gone up that much?
  • What are the other cost drivers doing?
  • Are factors like supply/demand offsetting the cost structure?

Developing a standard negotiation packet filled with market data on the particular item or service can be an effective way to respond. In this case, we suggest starting with a cost model that breaks down the cost of the item into its individual cost inputs, and then tracking how those inputs have moved with the market over time.

For example, if a joints supplier came to you saying “the price of labor for steel mills services is rising,” you could instead point to the other commodities that are exerting downward pressure on joints. In the graph below, we can see that steel has a much stronger impact on the price of joints than iron and steel mills services does, suggesting that the overall outcome should be a price decrease.

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