Applying maintenance strategies from the space and satellite sector to the upstream oil and gas industry : a research agenda

Perrons, Robert K. & Richards, Matthew G. (2013) Applying maintenance strategies from the space and satellite sector to the upstream oil and gas industry : a research agenda. Energy Policy, 61, pp. 60-64.

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Practitioners from both the upstream oil and gas industry and the space and satellite sector have repeatedly noted several striking similarities between the two industries over the years, which have in turn resulted in many direct comparisons in the media and industry press. The two sectors have previously worked together and shared ideas in ways that have yielded some important breakthroughs, but relatively little sharing or cross-pollination has occurred in the area of asset maintenance. This is somewhat surprising in light of the fact that here, too, the sectors have much in common. This paper accordingly puts forward the viewpoint that the upstream oil and gas industry could potentially make significant improvements in asset maintenance—specifically, with regard to offshore platforms and remote pipelines—by selectively applying some aspects of the maintenance strategies and philosophies that have been learned in the space and satellite sector. The paper then offers a research agenda toward accelerating the rate of learning and sharing between the two industries in this domain, and concludes with policy recommendations that could facilitate this kind of cross-industry learning.

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ID Code: 60961
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Oil and Gas, Maintenance , Space
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.05.081
ISSN: 1873-6777
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 27 Jun 2013 06:34
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2013 01:50

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