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Top 4 Benefits of an Effective Portfolio Analysis for Oil and Gas Companies

Balancing production, investments, and returns in today’s lower-for-longer oil price environment are critical challenges for oil and gas companies. Top oil and gas companies are continuing to strive for the right balance of geographies and resource types. An important question that arises is what portfolio of resources can deliver the optimum results across a range of price scenarios?

In an era of higher shareholder expectations and uncertain oil prices, an effective business portfolio analysis is likely to be the priority for oil and gas companies. However, with the availability of innumerable narratives and tools in the marketplace, this is easier said than done. Therefore, oil and gas companies need to do a better business portfolio analysis. With the help of a comprehensive portfolio analysis tool, oil and gas companies can not only optimize their portfolio but also be in sync with the way markets evaluate portfolios in this period of uncertainty.

At SpendEdge, we understand the impact that an effective portfolio analysis can have on your business. And to help companies thrive in the competitive marketplace, our team of experts has highlighted four significant benefits of portfolio analysis that can help in maximizing ROI and deal with the competitive pressure.



Top Oil Spill Solutions Providers in the World

Oil spill solutions: Market overview

In recent years, there has been a boom in oil exploration and production activities. Consequently, the oil spill hazards related to such operations have increased the importance and growth of oil spill solutions providers around the world. Oil spill solutions are a set of techniques or solutions that are used to minimize environmental damage caused by oil spills. They also contribute to reducing the financial loss to stakeholders involved in spills. Oil spills commonly occur during the transfer of oil to ships and the transportation of oil. Another notable cause of oil spill could be due to leakage in pipelines that carry the oil from sea to land. The growing concern against environmental damage caused by oil spills and the consequent government mandates for ensuring accountability of oil and gas companies with respect to controlling oil spills are also playing a key role in driving demand for oil spill solutions.

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Top oil spill solutions providers



The company was founded in the year 1977 and is currently headquartered in the UAE. They provide a full range of oil spill services including incident evaluation & consultation, spill management, technical support, response logistics, planning & admin, deployment/operation of equipment & management of waste. The Polyeco Group has developed its expertise over the years in more than 2,100 operations across the globe. The company not only offers the most extensive range of environmental services available but also responds promptly to any size emergency oil or HNS incident as well as process and treat any volume of waste.request proposal


Lamor is a Finland based company that was established in the year 1982. The company’s oil spill solutions include a complete range of skimmers, oil booms, pumps, power packs, landing crafts, workboats, storage, and ancillary equipment. They have also invested significantly in R&D to discover new and effective oil clean-up solutions. Lamor has over the past 36 years developed its expertise in oils spill response and recovery, especially in the Arctic and offshore operations.     

NRC International

NRC International is the global leader in oil spill response, containment, and remediation. The company was established in the year 1992 and is currently headquartered in the US. In its rich history of 26 years, the company has contained and remediated over 1,000 oil spill incidents. Their emergency response network includes a workforce of over 1,250 personnel. NRC International operates from over 50 office locations in 13 countries worldwide, including in the United Kingdom, the Caspian and the Black Sea regions, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Americas.Request Demo

Marine Pollution Control

Marine Pollution Control offers comprehensive environmental solutions that range from emergency response and clean-up to industrial maintenance and training. Founded in the year 1967 in Detroit, MPC has played important roles in many of modern history’s most serious pollution incidents.

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Global Oilfield Services: A Comprehensive Market Overview

What are oilfield services? 

Oilfield services (OFS) refer to all the services that support onshore as well as offshore oil and gas extraction and production processes. These services include identification of oil and gas reserves, drilling and formation evaluation, oil well construction, completion services, and oil and gas production. Oilfield services also include identification of oil and gas reserves, drilling and formation evaluation, oil well construction, completion services, and oil and gas production.

The good news for oilfield services companies is that the industry is expected to soar to greater heights and profitability in the years to come. In fact, the spend in this industry will rise at a rate of over 4%. (Source: Global Oilfield Services Market Intelligence Report). Here is a comprehensive oilfield services market overview that encapsulates various market factors and growth patterns that are likely to affect the oilfield services market in the next five years:Get Free Sample_SE

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Market insights

The gradual recovery of global oil and gas prices will be the major factor contributing to the growth of the oilfield services industry. In 2017, North America was the largest market for OFS. The demand for OFS from the shale industry was the major factor contributing to the demand from the region. Furthermore, with the rising demand for energy, especially from the APAC region, the consumption of oil and gas for power generation has increased. Factors such as growing population and industrial development are driving the need for energy is fueling the demand for oil and gas, which is a major raw material for power generation companies.

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Procurement in the oilfield services market could often prove to be a difficult task. One of the major hindrance faced by oilfield services companies is that oil and gas E&P activities are subject to various regional and federal regulations. These regulations are affected by factors such as changing governmental policies. Buyers need to keep track of these changes to ensure suppliers’ compliance with the same. This is essential to ensure that suppliers do not face any regulatory actions that will affect the drilling schedule of buyers. Also, buyers can face regulatory actions in case of any non-compliance on the part of suppliers during operations at buyers’ facilities.

Pricing models

There are basically three types of pricing models in the oilfield services market:

  • Project-based model: In this model, buyers are charged a fixed amount for an entire project, and oilfield services companies provide all the services required for the project. The charges for these services do not vary during the service contract period. Buyers are charged additional fees for any additional services that are not part of the actual service agreement.
  • Cost-per-day model: In this model, buyers are charged based on the time during which oilfield services companies’ resources are utilized. This model is ideal for situations where consulting and advisory services are required as part of OFS. This model can also be used in case of drilling equipment rentals, where buyers need to rent equipment such as drilling rigs for a portion of the entire OFS operation.
  • Volume-based model: This model can be used in cases where procurement of products such as drilling fluids and OCTG is required. In this model, the prices are mutually agreed upon by the buyers and sellers for the duration of the contract period. The pricing is arrived based on pricing and demand forecasts. These prices include transportation and freight charges.

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Technological innovations

With the growing exploration of deep-water oil and gas reserves, increasing use of ROVs is observed. These devices enable drilling operators to access undersea locations that cannot be reached safely by divers and help perform inspection and repair of undersea structures and components. ROVs aid the development and maintenance of oil and gas resources in deep-water environments. They provide operators access to locations where divers cannot reach safely, helping them manage undersea operations such as inspection and repair of undersea components and structures at deep-water oil and gas sites.

SpendEdges’s latest report on the global oilfield services market provides in-depth insights on the procurement best practices, pricing insights, supply market insights, and top oilfield services companies.


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Sourcing and Procurement Challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry is recognized as the engine for development in most economies. However, the companies in this industry are known to operate in dynamic and complex environments, where they constantly face challenges, especially in terms of supply and demand. But in the current market scenario, it is advisable for companies in this sector to evaluate the supply chain, sourcing and procurement techniques, and costs. Furthermore, as the industry faces the likelihood of a long-term low-price environment, procurement teams need to look beyond short-term tactics and take a more proactive and strategic stance within their organizations—for example, working further upstream in project design and collaborating with the engineering and design teams to reduce complexity before it is locked into long-term procurement cost. Although the technology is helping oil and gas companies to find and extract more oil, there is a need to seriously consider more effective sourcing and procurement systems that provide additional real value. But the catch here is that the process is not easy as it sounds. Here are some of theSE_Demo2 key sourcing and procurement challenges in the oil and gas industry:

Locally sourced supplies

In many cases, there is a requirement for the oil and gas sector to award various contracts to local companies (i.e. tool and dye operations, pipefitters etc.). That requirement can be the result of government regulations, or due to location (oil and gas companies often work in remote locations and will deal with service companies located near their operations). But these contracts can often prove to be lucrative and are “sought after by local companies.” That competition can result in circumstances where there is a higher risk of bribery, fraud, corruption, and other abuses.

Single-supplier sourcing and procurement

There is a general tendency for oil and gas companies to purse sourcing and procurement contracts with sole suppliers. Sometimes, companies offer specialties and expertise that make sole-supplier sourcing and procurement a reality. However, this could lead to undisclosed conflicts of interest and kickback schemes. Additionally, in case the processes have not been conducted properly, financial losses can be incurred that can compromise the quality of goods and services provided.

Third-party companies

Companies in the oil and gas sector need to be aware when third-party companies specializing in sourcing and procurement, engineering, and construction management work on their behalf. The sourcing and procurement activities carried out by these firms are susceptible to improper practices, and companies may find themselves liable for the acts of third parties. Oil and gas companies that operate in remote locations may end up working with third-party sourcing and procurement companies. And in those remote locations, the difficulty in monitoring these companies is higher because they are often not connected to corporate systems and electronic controls.  Geographic isolation could further cause challenges and limit internal audit monitoring, thus paving the way for fraud, bribery, and corruption.

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Supply Chain Analysis Helps a Drilling Rig Manufacturer to Identify Appropriate Supply Chain Strategies

Overview of the drilling rig manufacturing space

Over the past few years, the drilling rig market has started moving from a manufacturing-based business model to a more service-oriented business model. As a result, prominent players in the drilling rig market are redefining their business models to improve their production capabilities. However, drilling rig companies have started experiencing setbacks in terms of losses faced and low return on investments. Consequently, firms operating in this industry space have begun adopting new technologies to identify potential value opportunities. The growth prospects of the drilling rig manufacturing industry are spurred by the increasing mining and oil and gas extraction activities around the globe.

Although the drilling rig manufacturing industry is expected to display substantial growth in the coming years, a few factors are expected to influence the growth prospects of the industry. Some of the elements include:

  • Shortage of raw materials: With the exponential growth in mining and oil and gas activities over the last few years, there are supply shortages for the products among the end-users of this industry. As a result, firms are forced to maintain supply consistency in their products offered.
  • Innovations: Several drilling rig companies are in the early stage of growth and are heavily relying on obsolete techniques to meet the end-user requirements. Nevertheless, companies have started using innovations in their production capabilities due to the advances in technology. As a result, it becomes essential for players in this industry to efficiently meet the business requirements.

Such factors are compelling firms in the drilling rig manufacturing space to leverage the use of supply chain analysis solutions. request free proposalSupply chain analysis solutions help companies to capture the competitive advantage and increase overall profit. These solutions also help firms to map out specific activities within the generic value chain activities and look for ways to create efficiencies.

The Business Challenge and Journey

Client background: A UK-based manufacturer of the drilling rig equipment. The company recognized that there was no defined fallback position from which support could be maintained at appropriate levels at all time.

Client issue: The company was not able to provide an appropriate level of support to offshore facilities which could potentially jeopardize their objective to safely, efficiently and effectively deliver drilling rig products and services to customers.

The supply chain analysis experts at SpendEdge conducted a comprehensive research and carried out discussions with prominent stakeholders in the oil and gas industry space to help the drilling rig manufacturer overcome their predicaments.

Client journey: The client recognized the value in engaging with our experts to carry out the business continuity planning and support the identification of appropriate strategies with their IT provider and support their offshore facilities.

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The Results

SpendEdge’s supply chain analysis engagement helped the drilling rig manufacturer to plan and put strategies in place that would help meet future needs of the organization.

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How SpendEdge Helped a Leading Oil and Gas Industry Supplier Mitigate the Risks Associated with Unmanaged Indirect Spend

About the Client 

The client is one of the largest firms in the oil and gas industry. They deal with various domains like exploration, extraction, refining, transport, and marketing of these commodities. The company was looking to expand its services worldwide.

The Business Challenge

The client, a leading supplier in the oil and gas industry, was looking at improving their overall business efficiency. The oil and gas industry player sought to address issues pertaining to regulatory compliance through organized demand planning and optimization of inventory. The firm was also looking at maintaining oil and gas equipment uptime to improve their overall productivity.

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Our Findings 

In the oil and natural gas industry, the effective management of purchasing and supply plays a vital role. The procurement managers need to have excellent people skills, commercial and business skills, and the ability to communicate appropriately at all levels of the supply chain. As organizations in the oil and gas industry struggle to streamline their business processes, it becomes essential for them to invest in devising and implementing procurement best practices.

SpendEdge’s procurement best practices engagement offered insights that helped the oil and gas industry player to improve their sourcing practices. Moreover, the client was able to streamline their supply chain activities to drive profitability. It also assisted them in identifying areas of unmanaged indirect spend. This procurement best practices engagement also helped the oil and gas industry player to avoid the risks and threats associated with indirect spend.

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Oil and Gas Industry Trends

In today’s market scenario, even well-established players are struggling to retain their market share in the face of increased oil production. Advancements in drilling methods such as deep-water drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and lateral drilling have resulted in increased oil production in several parts of the world. However, the surplus output coupled with a decline in oil consumption has led to a decrease in oil prices along with reduced profits.

  • Exploring new forms of technology deployment: Digitization of processes can be a lever for innovation; thereby, enhancing efficiency and productivity in the oil and gas industry space. Adopting technology and implementing digital devices, sensors, and databases that predict equipment breakdowns before they occur helps companies in improving their efficiency in deep sea and offshore oil platforms.
  • New business models and forms of partnerships: The evolution and rapid transition of the oil and gas sector from being dominated by large companies to the one featuring specialists in narrower aspects of the operating environment necessitate collaboration, and implementation of newer methods to leverage specific skill sets of the individual firm.
  • Differentiated capabilities: For firms operating in the oil and gas industry sector, possessing differentiated capabilities proves to be a crucial factor for future success. In recent years, smaller oil and gas industry exploration and production companies with a particular set of capabilities have been able to acquire mature assets and outperform the super majors in specific segments.

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Such fluctuations in the global oil and gas industry pose significant challenges for suppliers in this sector. While a few oil and gas industry players are well-equipped to handle these challenges, the others players in the oil and gas industry have to adopt certain procurement best practices to increase their operational efficiency and reduce costs to preserve margins and maintain the reinvestment rates necessary for future growth.

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