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Oil & Gas Upstream Solutions

Whether you are building a new on or offshore oil exploration or production facility or operating existing ones, your supply chain is complex and immense in scope and can involve hundreds of suppliers from all corners of the world. In both capital projects and ongoing operations, streamlining the supply chain to improve the flow of materials to construction sites or production facilities can have an enormous impact on project time, cost delivery and your bottom line.

At DHL, we design, implement and operate efficient supply chains for every phase of the oil and gas upstream sector, including construction, exploration, production and primary processing. Our supply chains reduce costs by improving productivity and project delivery. This is achieved by ensuring ready access to materials and fewer interruptions for maintenance and manufacturing personnel, increasing infrastructure availability and equipment utilisation, whilst maintaining your focus on health and safety.

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Specific & Complex Logistics Requirements

Oil and gas upstream projects are capital intensive and complex with very specific logistics requirements.

Global Footprint & Integrated Logistics Solutions

Oil and gas companies need logistics services providers with a global footprint and the ability to provide integrated solutions across the supply chain.

Significant Industry Liabilities

Oil and gas companies risk significant liabilities associated with violation of anti-corruption, health and safety and environmental legislation and regulation.

Remote & Difficult Geographies

New projects are increasingly implemented in remote and difficult geographies with significant political challenges, where key players lack operational experience and infrastructure.

Capital Project Logistics & Transportation

The massive scope of capital projects in the oil and gas upstream sector often results in highly fragmented supply chains. Responsibility for supply chain management has historically been divested to a large number of different subcontractors from different regions and countries. In this way, Oil & Gas companies often lose control and visibility of the supply chain and cannot easily track the flow of materials. Thus, materials don’t get to the engineering staff on time or to plan, reducing productivity and preventing projects from coming in on time and budget.

DHL’s end-to-end approach to supply chain management helps you take back control of your supply chain. Through careful planning, design and management, DHL can create a supply chain that gets the right materials to the right workers at the right time. Our services can reduce build costs and increase worker productivity by up to 40% or more, improving the time and cost certainty of your project.

Learn more about our capital project logistics and transportation services

Rig Moves & Support

Efficient rig move management is a key to maximising the profitability of onshore oil exploration and drilling and pumping operations. DHL has the expertise to work as a fourth-party logistics provider (4PL), overseeing the various 3rd party (3PL) transport companies and drilling companies servicing your onshore operation. We provide one point of contact for all rig transport activities and we work to balance logistically efficient moves with the need to get rigs to most productive oil sites, ultimately maximising the profitability of your operation.

DHL services include forecasting, planning and validating rig move sequences, overseeing and managing 3PL providers and managing the inbound movement of materials to support the land rigs (e.g. rig consumables, water, drilling muds, etc). We also play a key role in ensuring HSSE compliance and reducing lost time incidents (LTIs) and fatalities in dangerous operating environments.

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Inbound-to-Operations (MRO)

Inbound-to-operations, also known as materials re-supply or maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) is critical to upstream oil and gas operations. Keeping the right equipment and parts on-site to repair and maintain production equipment is a balancing act. You need to keep manufacturing running, and engineering teams productive while minimising unnecessary overhead.

DHL inbound-to-operations (MRO) solutions involve sourcing and supplying materials when and where they’re needed to optimise staff productivity and increase plant availability. Our expertise includes planning, managing inventory and collecting or coordinating deliveries from a wide variety of suppliers to help improve efficiency and reduce cost. We give oil and gas companies real-time visibility of every part in the materials ‘pipeline’ while streamlining the complex, resource-intensive supply chain for the most cost effective solution.

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Supply Base Management

Effectively supporting and maintaining offshore platforms and construction sites, including Floating Production, Storage & Offloading Vessels (FPSOs), in a way that maximises the productivity of offshore operations is no simple task. It takes an experienced logistics partner with the right capabilities to manage and oversee its efficient operation.

At DHL, we have the expertise and proven experience it takes to offer a comprehensive solution to your complex supply base management needs. Our approach begins with consultancy, international sourcing and procurement of materials, inbound logistics (national, international & multi-modal), warehousing and inventory management, kitting, packing and coordination and management of supply vessels and helicopter charters for personnel transport. With all services, we aim to remove inefficiencies, reduce overall costs and achieve the highest service levels for your engineering and manufacturing teams while ensuring your compliance with your world class HSSE standards.

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Many materials within the oil and gas markets are expensive, potentially dangerous and intended for specific uses only. Whether compliance relates to Health Safety Security Environment (HSSE), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), or other national or international compliance legislation, DHL is committed to following the strictest standards in managing your materials supply chain, irrespective of location. These standards are applied to both DHL’s own teams and direct supply chain activities, as well as to DHL’s sub-contractors and suppliers operating as part of your broader materials supply chain (e.g. transportation sub-contractors, specialist suppliers, customs agents, etc).

DHL operations are run in a manner acceptable to local communities and governments. Our solutions comply with the relevant laws and regulations and we take any additional measures we consider necessary to ensure continuous improvement in safety, security, health and environmental performance and compliance. It is worth noting that all of DHL’s staff involved in the Energy sector undergo rigourous FCPA compliance, Code of Conduct, Anti Competition, Anti Corruption and HSSE training to ensure that standards are never compromised.

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Procurement Services

We provide a range of services, from procurement consulting and outsourcing, to an integrated service combining procurement and logistics management, to ensure that procured products are delivered when and where they are required.

DHL's procurement specialists can deliver substantial cost savings on a wide range of core and non-core products (non-technical); everything from consumables and work wear, to operational spare parts and equipment. By leveraging DHL's global reach and supply chain expertise, we can effectively manage the risks associated with global sourcing and integrate procurement activities with material logistics and delivery - removing fragmentation from the supply chain and providing clarity of accountability.

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Lead Logistics Provider (LLP)

At DHL, being Lead Logistics Provider (LLP) means instigating and managing change across your entire supply chain to meet changing business and customer demands. We do this by bringing continuous improvement and cost reduction, introducing lean logistics processes and optimising logistics networks.

As a Lead Logistics Provider (LLP), DHL is responsible for planning and implementing tailored supply chain solutions that optimise performance, cost and development of supply chain functions, transactions, systems and logistics suppliers. We establish service level agreements across the supply chain, and can even provide one contact point and one invoice. Our approach also involves the management, optimisation and execution of inbound and outbound logistics, including the implementation of origin-based networks.

Within the Energy sector, the LLP approach can be applied to upstream and downstream operations, from capital project logistics through to operational support - managing all aspects of the materials supply chain on an integrated basis from national and international suppliers through to on and off-shore worksites.

A successful LLP is built upon a strong and effective partnership arrangement with our customer to deliver value to their business, and encompasses a whole range of skills and experience that we deploy to meet the needs of your business.

Expanded Aviation Services in Remote Locations - West Africa and Caspian

When you work with DHL in West Africa or the Caspian, you can take advantage of our exclusive aviation services and regional distribution network in these regions.

DHL is one of the only logistics companies to support the air transport of oil and gas freight in the West African and Caspian regions. Every day, our aircraft carry oil industry freight up and down the coast of West Africa and into the Caspian, providing our energy clients with exclusive access and the ability to do business in these regions of the world.

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Manpower, Travel and Administrative Support Services - Hull Blyth Angola

DHL offers specialised manpower, travel, shipping, maintenance and other administrative support services designed exclusively for the oil industry, saving our customers the hassle of securing these essential services from multiple local providers. In Angola, the services are available through Hull Blyth Angola, part of the DHL group of companies. DHL also offers rig and supply vessel agency services in other areas of the world, including the UK and Singapore.

Oil companies, resupply companies, drilling companies and seismic survey companies in Angola trust DHL to provide the labour needed to fuel the success of on and offshore operations. As the largest manpower service provider in Angola, DHL provides the country’s oil industry with 2,000 to 3,000 workers each year. DHL recruits, trains and takes legal responsibility for radio operators, welders, rigging specialists and other semi-skilled and unskilled workers, freeing oil industry companies from staffing tasks and allowing them to focus on core competencies.

Additionally, DHL offers meet and greet, crew change and travel arrangement services for employees who enter and exit the country for the purpose of working on Angola’s offshore rigs and onshore supply bases. From arranging work visas prior to workers’ arrival, to providing transportation to and from the airport, to arranging overnight and short term accommodations, DHL makes sure workers get to work and back home safely and on time.

In Angola as well as the UK, Singapore and other parts of the world, DHL provides rig and supply vessel agency services exclusively to the oil and gas industry. These services include the chartering of vessels as well as securing husbandry, bunkering and pilot services to operate the vessels. Our extensive expertise in coordinating these services can save you time and effort, while ensuring your access to the equipment and support staff you need to keep operations running smoothly.

In-plant Services

In-plant logistics services for the oil and gas industry includes a range of operations that occur within our customers’ facilities and property fence lines. DHL is dedicated to achieving the highest level of safety when operating on your site. We can support your team - or be your team - by handling labour management, warehousing, yard management, plant and tool store management, railcar switching and cleaning, and many more.

Our first step is often to assess the effectiveness of your existing supply chain. We work to understand where you are currently, and more importantly, where you need to be. We offer solutions to help you cut costs, increase productivity, and get the best out of your most valuable resource: your people.

DHL's in-plant site logistics services are not about taking control - they are about giving you more control. Quality and safety are part of our culture, and we invest substantial time building consistent processes and training to achieve our goal of zero recordable incidents.

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