There is always a close relationship between business challenges and innovation, and Australia’s CSG-to-LNG projects are no exception.
Over the past five years University of Queensland (UQ) has written case studies on a number of innovations such as the pipeline installation system, the Spiderplough, and drilling processes that have dramatically increased the productivity of well crews.
UQ is currently researching new techniques in drilling that could significantly decrease the cost of well production.
While the owners of these projects will conduct their own ‘lessons learned’ processes at the conclusion of construction, UQ’s research points to some success factors that are relevant for the industry and the delivery of large projects in general.
In collaboration with Ernst and Young and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), the university conducted surveys of the industry in 2012 and 2014.
These surveys included project owners, producers and contractors through the supply chain, resulting in one of the most detailed surveys of a region of the oil and gas sector in the world.
In this 30-minute survey, questions focused on around 200 different variables and how they related to performance. What the data showed was that there were three very clear drivers of performance and that these were consistent across the supply chain.