Simplifying our structure and ways of working

June 25, 2015, 13:12 CEST

Eldar Sætre, President and CEO of Statoil.

The changes support and are an integral part of the ongoing efficiency work through the STEP (Statoil Technical Efficiency Programme) and OE (Organisational efficiency) programmes.

The key changes include:

  • In Development and Production Norway (DPN): Statoil will increase its focus in Mid- and North-Norway by consolidating the operations in one business cluster, Operations North. The activities at the various office locations will continue like before, and the management team will be spread on the respective locations. The Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea are two of Statoil’s core regions, with considerable activities and large frontier areas with a long-term potential. By combining the expert communities in both regions, the goal is to capture synergies, cost savings, and deepen our position for future business opportunities.

  • In Technology, Projects and Drilling (TPD): A merge between today’s TPD TEX (technical excellence) and TPD RDI (Research, development and innovation) into a new Research and Technology unit (TPD R&T) which will integrate «end-to-end» technology development and implementation in Statoil and provide technical expertise and advice in selected areas. In addition the project development process will be simplified. The current project organization will be merged with Field development in Development and Production Norway (DPN), Development and Production International (DPI) and Marketing, Midstream & Processing (MMP) and renamed Project Development (PRD). This unit will take on full ownership to the totality of project development.

  • COO: The Chief Operating officer role will further strengthen safe and efficient operations across Statoil. COO responsibilities will cover safety and security, analysis of operational efficiency, operational improvement projects, management system and operational efficiency. To fully integrate and further strengthen our work with safe and efficient operations also at the corporate level, Corporate Safety and Security will transfer to the COO organisation 1 August.

"We need to continue our efforts to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Our aim is to become a more cost efficient and fit for the future organisation. These changes will support this ambition by reducing organisational complexity, clarifying roles, utilising people resources more efficiently and strengthening line accountability. A pre-requisite is that we will continue to deliver safe and efficient operations, including high-quality support to our assets," says Eldar Sætre, President and CEO of Statoil.


COO Anders Opedal

The changes will be fully detailed in the business areas between now and end of October. The new organisation (where there are structural changes) will be fully operational towards the end of the year.

"Being efficient today is about winning the competition and earning the right to grow and do exciting things tomorrow. This is about changing our work processes, strengthening the commercial intensity of our culture, and fully implementing STEP," says COO Anders Opedal.