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Key Themes

The current key themes are listed below. The TLB maintains an active dialogue with the industry, academia and research institutions on the pipeline of future themes to bring into focus:

  1. Small pools: Unlock economic recovery of unsanctioned discovered hydrocarbons in small and/or difficult accumulations by reducing "all in" costs by 30 to 50%
  2. Wells: Reduce total well costs by 50% to increase drilling activity and develop resources
  3. Asset integrity: Enhance asset inspection to improve production efficiency and reduce maintenance costs
  4. Digital Technology: Stimulate use of digital technology to reduce costs and unlock reserves
  5. Decommissioning

Actions and resolutions

  • 9th board meeting held on May 25th Additional key theme of digital technology agreed.
  • Small pools, wells and asset integrity business cases developed to support OGTC planning and handover of relevant workscope.
  • Terms of Reference updated




GE Oil & Gas – Paul White
OGA – Carlo Procaccini

Amec Foster Wheeler – Andy Ewens
Baker Hughes – Crawford Anderson
BP – Dave Lynch
Centrica - TBD
Chevron – Greta Lydecker
EnQuest – Neil McCulloch
Heriot Watt University – John Underhill1
IMES Group – Melfort Campbell
Magma – Charles Tavner
NERC – Sophie Laurie2
Oil & Gas UK – Mike Tholen
Total – Elisabeth Proust
Shell – Paul Goodfellow

BEIS – Jeff Asser
Innovate UK – Derek Allen
ITF – Patrick O’Brien
NSRI – Gordon Drummond
OGIC – Ian Phillips
OGTC – Colette Cohen
Scottish Enterprise – David Rennie
Scottish Government – Simon Coote

OGA Secretariat (Margaret Copland)



  1. Professor John Underhill represents four universities: Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh University, Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University
  2. Dr. Sophie Laurie represents all the UK Research Councils

Terms of reference objectives

  1. Be the single industry voice giving strategic technology clarity, direction and priorities
  2. Define and prioritise the technology needs in UKCS, setting “demand-led” priorities for technology development and deployment
  3. Balance the near-term technology priorities, creating and maintaining a longer-term “research led” pipeline, identifying further priorities
  4. Develop evidence-based technology strategy and plans which maximise economic recovery from UKCS and the additional value from the UK oil and gas industry
  5. Communicate with Government, funding bodies and research/technology development communities, recommending priority areas for funding
  6. Steer the TLB priority Themes, through the appointed Leads, so that
    • clear objectives, scope and plans are agreed with the delivery workgroup(s) and organisation(s)
    • progress, deliverables and “return on investment” are tracked
    • in addition to technology, also commercial and operational aspects of the Themes are addressed in order to accelerate deployment and benefits
  7. Develop and intervene to progress strategic technologies, including facilitating field trials
  8. Benchmark technology development and adoption in UKCS, fostering sharing of best practices, and industry collaboration between operators and with the supply chain, and reviewing progress against KPIs
  9. Have clear interfaces with the MER UK task forces to agree synergies and alignment to maximise benefits and avoid effort duplications
  10. Support the MER UK Forum