10th EPC Roundtable - Cost Containment for Sustaining Capital Projects

10th EPC Roundtable - Cost Containment for Sustaining Capital Projects

Date and Time


The event will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm in Calgary -  Breakfast and lunch will be included. There is no charge to attend the session. The session will be held at Fireworks Cooperative, 1008 - 14 Street SE, Calgary. Parking at this location is free. As this is a special workshop, only attendees that have expertise in this subject matter will be invited.


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Fireworks Cooperative


1008 - 14 Street SE, Calgary


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Energy companies are currently focused on reducing the cost per flowing barrel within their existing operations. A key element of the strategy is to reduce the overall spend on sustaining capital projects. As costs come under closer scrutiny, the “ask” from senior management is to improve the predictability and efficiency of these projects to contribute to the overall bottom line of the company.

As an example, existing thermal in situ heavy oil facilities have a program of building new well pads to offset the declines in reservoir production. These well pads can, in theory, be based on standardized design and construction techniques. There are opportunities to reduce the cost per well pad as each project is relatively similar to the others. Yet some companies struggle with the discipline required to implement the “design one, build many” approach, incurring additional engineering and construction costs that impact their bottom line.

In the workshop, attendees will explore solutions for containing costs for sustaining capital projects in the 2017 Oil and Gas environment.   A number of themes will be explored by interactive groups that consist of representatives from owner companies, engineering contractors, and construction contractors. Each group will have representation from all of these participants.



The Use of Standardized Designs

Standardized designs developed and agreed to by all stakeholders have the potential to minimize the engineering effort required for each project. One approach is to have a standardized design with a series of options available for selection by each new project. Rather than completing a bottom-up, customized design for each new project, the zero-based design can be modified slightly according to a set of predetermined options. Will this approach help us with cost efficiency, or just lead to operational problems later in the lifecycle?

Fit for Purpose Project Delivery Models

It is generally understood that following a stage gate process intended for large greenfield capital projects, is not well-suited to smaller highly repetitive projects. What can we do to make our project processes fit for purpose, but still address and understand all of our risks?   How do we avoid incurring excessive cost escalation and schedule delays due to creating deliverables that are unnecessary and applying rules that are onerous to the project teams?   How do we make our processes support sustaining capital projects?

The Right Contracting Strategy

Given that the sustaining capital projects are highly repetitive in terms of scope and execution strategy, what is the best contracting strategy to use? Contractors want repeat business. Owners want to benefit from the competitive market.   Are there contract models that will satisfy both? What contracting strategy and form of contracts is best suited to support sustaining capital projects?

Managing the Cost of Continuous Improvement and Technology Adoption

Any owner companies begin the sustaining capital projects with all the right intentions. But as various stakeholders become involved, attempts to use standardized designs are sometimes thwarted by stakeholders’ desire to improve using lessons learned from the last project. What can we do to find a balance between continuous improvement, and attaining the cost certainty that our business requires? How can we use standardized designs that are field proven, and yet take advantage of new technologies and processes when they become available?



The facilitator for the session is Scott Diehl. Scott is a past Board Member with PMI-SAC and has facilitated many of the previous sessions. Scott is a Senior Project Manager with Pathfinder and provides Independent Project Assessments, Training and Consulting for many major construction projects in Canada and the US.

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Any questions regarding this workshop can be addressed to peaksolution99@gmail.com

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