Oct 31, 2018

BP posts strongest quarterly profits in five years

Oil and Gas
Marcus Lawrence
2 min
BP posts strong profits and operational performance in Q3 2018 financial statement
British multinational gas and oil firm BP has posted its Q3 financial results, including its strongest profit figures in five years

British multinational gas and oil firm BP has posted its Q3 financial results, including its strongest profit figures in five years

BP’s main profit metric, its underlying replacement cost profit, reached US$3.8bn (£3bn).

The figure is an increase of more than 200% on Q3 2017, while the firm’s operating cash flow for the quarter, excluding payments for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, was $6.6bn.

BP also lauded its strong operating performance, “with the highest quarterly refining availability for 15 years and BP-operated Upstream plant reliability of 95%.”

The firm’s reported oil and gas production for Q3 hit 3.6mn barrels per day, marking an increase of 6.8% for its upstream underlying production on the previous year.

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Bob Dudley, group chief executive of BP, said in the company’s statement:

“Our focus on safe and reliable operations and delivering our strategy is driving strong earnings and growing cash flow. Operations are running well across BP and we’re bringing new, higher-margin barrels into production faster through efficient project execution.”

BP is due to complete its acquisition of US onshore assets from BHP for $10.5bn on 31 October.

“This will transform our position in the US Lower 48 and we expect it to create significant value for BP. This progress all underpins our commitment to growing distributions for our shareholders,” Dudley said.

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Jul 22, 2021

5 Mins With ... Travis Parigi, CEO of LiquidFrameworks

Oil
assetmanagement
Technology
Digitalisation
Dominic Ellis
3 min
Travis Parigi, Founder and CEO of LiquidFrameworks, reflects on the recent ServiceMax deal and how oilfield service providers can raise digital profiles


ServiceMax, a leader in asset-centric field service management, has bought LiquidFrameworks, the mobile field operations management solutions company, specialising in the energy industry, from Luminate Capital Partners, a private equity firm. The acquisition enables ServiceMax to expand its field service management solutions to meet the unique challenges of the energy sector. Travis Parigi, CEO of LiquidFrameworks, reflects on the mutual benefits from the deal and how oilfield service providers can transform their legacy field operations management processes to digital systems

Briefly outline how the LiquidFrameworks acquisition benefits both companies?

Both companies are focused on providing solutions to a common business problem, field service management for enterprise organisations, using a common technology platform, Salesforce. There are rich opportunities across both companies to leverage people, knowledge and many years of domain and technical expertise that will undoubtedly benefit the combined product suite.

LiquidFrameworks will continue to support its customers through this combination with ServiceMax, further extending its competitive differentiation across the field service management landscape. On the other hand, this acquisition will better position ServiceMax to meet the demand for digital service execution in this industry while expanding its product portfolio and go-to-market channels.

How can oilfield service providers transform their legacy field operations management processes to digital systems?

Moving from legacy, paper-based systems often siloed in various departments to a digital process can be done in phases across one or more product lines on a location-by-location basis.  We find that companies achieve the best results by leveraging the FieldFX product suite as the platform to deliver the most domain-specific functionality to their user base as quickly as possible yielding high ROI through increased cash flow, revenue recapture, invoice accuracy and labor reduction. 

Companies often start by modeling the complexities and mechanics of their global price books and customer-specific price books using the FieldFX CPQ engine. As the foundation for all transactions the Price Books are used throughout the logical next steps of rolling out digital processes for Quoting, Scheduling, Ticketing, Timecards and Invoicing. Asset Management plays an important role as a common thread found throughout all of the modules and processes.

Field Technicians are responsible for delivering service to the customer along with operating new digital systems - anything more specific, which systems or new technologies (eg AI/ML) should they be targeting?

In the oil and gas industry the field technician or field engineer is responsible for leading the crew that delivers the service such as an open hole wireline job or a casing job or a pressure pumping service performed on location for the customer at the well site in the case of the upstream oil and gas industry.
In the case of the downstream industry, the service might be a hydro-blasting job to clean a heat exchanger at a refinery. 

In either case, the field engineer must safely and effectively complete the complex and often times dangerous service for the customer during which time they must also complete various business process to track the work being executed in order that the back office can accurately invoice for the service. The FieldFX Mobile product from LiquidFrameworks enables the field engineer to track the required information for both operational data and financial data in a manner that is fast, effective and easy. 

Does the post-COVID landscape provide a new start for digital field service management? What should be companies' immediate priorities?

With the recent layoffs and the workforce getting younger, the oil and gas industry is at the cusp of transformation. The oil and gas industry has been slowly digitising for many years now, but with the pandemic, this push has accelerated a pivot and implemented new ways of working.

When it comes implementing digital field service management, companies need to have a vision of totality across the organisation but be nimble and agile about taking bite-size chunks to effect change – take the highest return on investment items and divide them up and down into the service line and geography level – for the highest probability of success.

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