Michail Tzouvelekis, regional segment manager for oil and gas at DrÃ¤ger Marine and Offshore, said efficiency improvements are urgently needed to help sustain activity in the North Sea. He added that he fully supports the idea of a task force that focuses on behavioural change within the industry.
The task force, which is supported by Oil & Gas UK and its industry members, aims to encourage cooperation and focus on initiatives that add real value for the sector â€“ helping the UK to compete globally.
Mr Tzouvelekis, said: â€œThe approach to drive improvement, looking at business processes, standardisation and cooperation all fit with what we believe in here at DrÃ¤ger. We strive to provide a holistic
solution to enable companies to do things differently.
â€œWeâ€™re more than happy to have a conversation with companies that are looking to take steps to reduce costs and become more efficient, and we believe that being safe is by definition being more efficient.
â€œDepending on a companyâ€™s needs, we can share our expertise, resources and ideas to develop a long-term safety strategy which will ultimately reduce safety equipment inventories and standardise
detection and protection across multiple offshore assets. This can save hundreds of thousands of pounds per year in operating expenditure.
Tzouvelekis added that some operators of oil and gas platforms have simply inherited numerous contracts put in place by previous operators.
He commented: â€œSome owners have found themselves with separate existing accounts for renting, maintaining, buying equipment and also for training their staff on how to use it.
â€œWe can simply offer a one-stop shop to cover everything, whether it be DrÃ¤ger products in the field, third party equipment requirements, rentals or training needs.â€
As a leading provider of safety solutions in the oil and gas sector, DrÃ¤ger is all too aware of the importance of safeguarding workers and the public efficiently and the company recently attended SPE
Offshore Europe to showcase its innovative life-saving products and cost saving solutions.
One which received much attention at the show was the GasSecure GS01, the worldâ€™s first wireless, infrared hydrocarbon detector which due to its efficient design, can be operated completely wireless with
typical battery life of 24 months.