You know you’re reading a classified document when it has on it the following stamp:
The oil and gas industry is full of secrets between operators, vendors and consultants – everyone trying to control knowledge as to extract the most revenue for it.
I remember working for a project where we optimised the pipeline buckling characteristics according to instructions of the operator. But each time we present the optimised results, the client would reject by saying that they know it wont work. When pressed for an answer, they would cite past project experience. When asked how to proceed, they would suggest using a different type of steel or another method of initiation a buckle.
It was only later that we found out that the client had already purchased sub-optimal pipes for their system and are stuck with using that but didn’t want to inform us – just incase we came up with a conclusion that specified the type of pipes they had already purchased. Or they had already decided on the type of ship to lay their pipeline and this ship would not be able to lay the pipe in the optimised manner for our lateral buckling solution.
If only they had shared this information with us earlier, we could have come up with a solution that satisfied their constraints in a shorter period. But we’re always made to run around in circles while they decide whether to divulge information (helpful information) to us.
And that is how secrecy works in this industry.