DTI introduces web-based system for oil production reporting

Jul 07, 2000 02:00 AM

DTI once again showed it means e-business with the introduction of a web-based system for oil production reporting -- a world-first in the industry.
Energy Minister Helen Liddell welcomed the new system: "This initiative is aimed at cutting red-tape and speeding up the reporting process. It is a world-wide first, a sign that Britain is in the lead. "This is the start of a number of e-business initiatives to be introduced as the DTI continues to lead the way in modernising the oil sector. "This new initiative is a result of government and industry working together, through PILOT, to ensure that the UK industry harnesses technology and remains competitive in the global market." The new system goes live, ahead of schedule, following tests in the Shell operated Eider field and the Neptune field run by BG.
Malcolm Brinded, Chairman of Shell UK and joint Chairman of PILOT said: "I am pleased that Shell have been able to work with the DTI to convert our production reporting procedures to the modern web environment. Systems such as this show that the many types of partnership between Government and industry can deliver benefits, in this case simply by cutting paperwork and saving costs. "

1. PILOT is the successor body to the Oil and Gas Industry Task Force. It was set up in November 1998 to improve the competitiveness of the UK oil and gas industry and secure the future of offshore operations on the UK Continental Shelf. It brings together Government departments, industry representatives and trade unions to develop mutual understanding of the key issues for the industry both in the short term and over the next ten years.
2. The report "A Template for Change", and information about PILOT activities, is available on http://www.dti.gov.uk/ogitf or in hard copy from Cara Noble, Oil and Gas Industry Development, DTI, Atholl House, 86-88 Guild Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6AR.
3. The DTI is building a secure electronic business infrastructure to allow data to be collected, validated and eventuallypublished on the web directly from internal databases. The infrastructure, based upon Oracle technology, incorporates a number of firewalls and encryption techniques that enables all users to have complete confidence in the security of the data.
4. The DTI has been consulting with POSC, the Petroleum Open Software Corporation, with regard to formulating data exchange standards based upon XML. They have also been discussing co-operation with the American and Norwegian governments on this issue. The DTI is the first to implement a web based solution based upon these new standards.
5. XML, extensible mark-up language, is the emerging standard for developing and building business data exchange formats for structured data on the web.
6. POSC is the not for profit international IT standards body for the oil and gas industry. It celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
It is currently working with a number of regulatory bodies and oil companies to produce data exchange standards for electronic regulations on the web. DTI are early adopters of some of the emerging recommendations.
7. The DTI Oil and Gas directorate has had its own website since 1995, and uses it to publish and exchange information of interest to the industry in line with the Government's policy of increasing the amount of communication with business conducted electronically. The measures announced are part of that process.

Source: M2 Communications Ltd. via Newspage
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