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Community of Practice (CoP) Sharing during COVID19- Offshore Lifting and Flare tip removal and installation by CONBIT

Categories: Industry


During the Movement Control Order (MCO), the initiative has been initiated by the CDD CoP team to organise CoP on the method for removal existing flare tip and installation of new flare tip at D18MP-A platform and offshore lifting method.

Sample of the project is D18MP-A flare tip replacement. The execution of the hook-up and commissioning completed in 2019 where the engineering and construction of the flare tip started in 2018 as the overall duration take about 4-6 months ( plus year end holiday).

What was supposed to happen?

In previous practice, the CoP is performed at office meeting room and will be invited to all staff within the department. Some challenges if the CoP perform at the office;

1. Not all staff able to participate due to external works, outstation, clash with other meeting.

2. Presenter need to be physically come to venue for presentation/sharing session.

3. No video recording during presentation, thus for those who not able to join, they're not able to retrieve back the presentation video.

What actually happened?

1). CoP sharing session perform through Microsoft team Meeting (MT), and the presenter from CONBIT is not within the organisation ( external parties). The participants of the sharing session among Petronas colleagues and all of us remotely around Malaysia and still able to join the session.

2). All participants and presenter connected via MT, able to perform online video-conferencing presentation and the presenter able to deliver with power point presentation and even sharing video via MT.

3). The session lasted for 1 hours , with 45 minutes presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A. It has benefited to all HUC engineers especially on understanding the method of lifting without using the workbarge/workboat crane. Some best practices of installation and removal of flare tip that perform within the industry.

Why were the differences?

1) The differences, the CoP is performed using the Microsoft Team meeting (MT) for webinar concept. The speaker able to present the topic smoothly using the system and participants able to engage with the speaker during the Q&A sessions.

- Participants more than 15 pax where typical COP at office less than <10 pax

- Q&A able to perform via verbal question or even the participants jot down at the chat box to speaker

- Able to record the presentation and able to share with others who not able to join the session

What can we learn from this?

During this MCO while most of staff working from Home (WHO), we're actually able to explore and maximise the advantages that we have via all the available technology within the company provided. With the introduction of Microsoft Team Meeting , we able to conduct a meeting with participants from various places ,even in this case, the presenter was from outside KL yet he able to present the sharing session.

Less effective during the MCO? It is evidence that, we can be more effective if we're able to push beyond the normal practice and able to maximise the technology that available within the company. All the record very seamless for future reference as the video/audio recorded via MT.  Even with MT, we able to join many meeting in one time without need to move ourself physically from one meeting room to another, thus we can quickly rejoin the CoP sharing session once our meeting has been completed.

Posted on: May 14, 2020 11:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Project Management in Oil and Gas Industry.

Categories: Industry

Assalamualaikum and Hi all,

We global issue on oil and gas on recession, all global oil & gas company need to diligently in handling theirs projects. All major company start to lay off some of their staffs and only maintain economical projects that to be done in year 2016. Now each of projects that need to be done in year 2016, need to run with optimise cost , schedule and scope.

All what we can see is that, the project management knowledge is crucial to make this happen. What I can say is that, we currently global recession in oil and gas business, all project managers need to enhance theirs skills and knowledge in handling projects. 

Some of the major company that already lay off their staff such as:

1.Shell plans to layoff 10,000 employees during merger as new statistics show employment in the U.S. oil industry has dropped by 100,000.

2.Shell Malaysia tops the list with a projected 1,300 job cuts in two years.

3.Petronas with a projected 1,000 job cuts in 2016.

Thus, in year 2016, we can foresee than handling projects much more tougher in oil and gas industry. With the current scenario, you need to run the project with smaller budget and less Project Management Team, as such previously 1 project we might have 50 pax member, but this year might only have 30 pax to handling the same size of project.

Let, during the project evaluation they put the return of investment (ROI) for the project with oil price $50 , but suddenly this year in January 2016, the price drop to below $30 which further impact to run on-going projects.








The slump price of oil starting Quarter 3 last year, and further decrease this year, mostly effected all big oil and gas company. It will reflect on how the way of each company handling the project. Also, with current scenario, to optimise the running cost, we saw a few company take plan to merger among their division or subsidiary, by having this theirs PMO will be integrated and manage by single point instead of previously each subsidiary do have their individual PMOs. Like Shell announces successful completion of BG merger. It is also capturing the plan for Halliburton to merge with Baker-Hughes. All the plan of merger for facing with trending of world oil price.

However something to ponder with, it is will be effective enough for all company or its subsidiary in oil and gas business to merge? We all know that in oil and gas business, we do have downstream business and upstream business. Typically we can say in project management, it can be done as well as we follow the overall project life cycle knowledge area. But the different will be handling the mindset and area of expertise for each of project managers and PMT.

The human resources will be play a big roles to make all the changes in any organisation to success. Without the acceptance from all workers in the company, the changes of the entire organisation as such merger will be not successfully as we tend to. Nevertheless, all the plan for merger shall be done details analysis and etc. In summary, it is crucial for all managers in oil and gas industry to equip themselves with knowledge in project management. 

This will help them  a lot in effectively managing theirs projects and can make sure the project success as define scope and complete as planned schedule. Honestly, I'm also understood with the current oil market price, it challenging for all of us to managing our projects, but rest assure with depth understanding in project management will make it better.

Thank You.

M Sahir B A Shatiry

Posted on: March 17, 2016 07:49 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

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