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Coronavirus Statement

26th March 2020

From this week onwards, ODE will be operating  exclusively on a working-from-home basis in response to COVID19, reacting to government advice and guidelines, and prioritising the wellbeing and safety of our company.

During this period of working from home, ODE business will continue as usual. You can still get in touch with us through phone, email or Skype with key information available on our website; contact-specific details can also be found in email footers. Receptions are being remotely manned with work telephones redirecting to personal phones to ensure we function as closely to normal as possible.

ODE remains committed to delivering a high-quality service in complete alignment with our clients’ objectives in spite of global events. True flexibility as a company is demonstrated in uncertain and challenging times and we maintain our commitment to be a dependable and innovative service provider for the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.

In order to continue to meet our company vision and our responsibilities to our clients, our IT department in conjunction with senior management has worked tirelessly to ensure as seamless a transition as possible. Such a transition prevents any delay or impact on project work for our clients and provides as stable an environment as possible for our employees. From project team group-chats to company-wide bulletins, we are ensuring that communication is clear and coherent.

For ongoing updates on ODE’s status, please visit https://www.ode-ltd.co.uk/news.

ODE wins Gold Award at ECITB Active Cup 2020

31st January 2020

At the 2020 Active Cup, ODE was represented by Team cODEsign with team members all coming from different disciplines and roles; Beatrix Sibley (Process Engineer), Sam Lawson (Operation Resource and Logistics Coordinator), Kirsty Hamilton (Business Development/Proposals Administrator), Samuel Wakerley (Interface Engineer) and Michael Cowles (Integrity Engineer). Unfortunately, the morning of the Active Cup, Michael headed home after being very unwell. Thus, with a team of 4, the Active Cup began…

Friday – Day 1:

Preparation day started with lectures on what the weekend would hold; we started to understand what we had put ourselves forward for. Cost prediction, effective project management, the lectures flew past until suddenly a university-wide power-cut struck. Despite this, we tried to keep on track and went through our plan and budget for the simulation. As the day went on, our plans were finalised but the lack of lectures meant we struggled to understand our costings. With the rumours of cooking dinner by the Cranfield firepit floating around the groups, there seemed to be no hope of the power returning. Luckily, at around 5pm, the power returned and we were able to finish off the lectures on cash flow, earned value and critical path analysis. Along with the finance lectures, we received help from another team on our cash flow which allowed us to improve our estimation for our budget and negotiate with the bank manager. Finishing the day, we headed the bar for one last drink and a good night of rest before the hard work started.

Saturday – Day 2:

With an early start of 7:30 am, we gathered as a team to finish off the last few parts of the preparation and to nail down our first presentation of the weekend: who we were, what we wanted to achieve, and why we were there. Presentation done; it was now time to start the simulation by handing in our first Action Form. After the first round, we quickly fell into a methodical routine with Beatrix and Kirsty tracking finances and Sam and Samuel sorting resources. With only a few hiccups and the odd mad dash to hand in an Action Form, we did well.

Throughout the day, we realised the importance of working alongside the other teams, viewing them not as competitors within the simulation but as sponsors. From there on, we were in and out of other teams’ rooms asking for advice, passing on information and tips, and sharing a laugh or two. We were all working within the Active Principles and collaborating. As Day 2 came to an end, the simulation was paused; after dinner, we presented our forecasted profit and scheduled end date to the client before heading to the bar for some networking.

Sunday – Day 3:

Another early start: we finalised the last loan and confirmed out game plan to ensure we would end our project on schedule. During lectures, it was announced that our PMs were being swapped out; Beatrix was removed with Wood’s PM swapped in. Sam swiftly ensured that the team were confident staying on track without Beatrix and he introduced the new PM to our processes of working before the simulation started again. Beatrix was gone for an hour but in the fast-paced Active Cup it felt no more than ten minutes. Beatrix returned as the simulation moved into its concluding weeks.

As a final four, we handed in our last Action Sheet and waited, slightly bewildered at the idea of having free time. As news started filtering in from other teams about their profit expectations (or rather, lack thereof), we started to realise we had done well and had potential to finish in the top three. We received our last progress report: we had missed our target profit. Our Wild Card – a guarantee of extra points for accurate cost and schedule predictions – seemed to be wasted. We began to doubt how we had done overall…

Time for the final presentations. Shaun Hutchinson, Regional Operations Director of ODE AM, had arrived to support us in our final presentation and asked us a tough question on how we would support and advise the ODE’s 2021 Active Cup team. Our answers? Don’t over plan, make sure you support one another, and get enough sleep. We presented our costs, discussed what we had learned, and tentatively admitted we were proud of ourselves.

The awards began. The Silver Award was given to KBR who had been tracking extremely closely with us that morning. Did we have a chance?

“The Gold Award goes to ODE”.

We had smashed it, despite being a man down! We proudly collected our awards, congratulated Wood plc. for achieving first place, and said goodbye to the brilliant organisers of the Active Cup and all the helpful people we had met along the way. We happily headed home, lured by the prospect of a good night’s sleep and content with the amazing results we had achieved. We all universally agreed that the Active Cup provided valuable experience on the importance of collaborating within our organisation and externally with our clients.

ODE makes significant Tokyo appointment ahead of major trade shows

23rd October 2019

ODE, one of Europe’s most experienced offshore wind engineering, design and project management contractors, has appointed a new Japan Country Manager as it prepares for further expansion in Tokyo.

Takao Sato will apply his extensive experience in electrical engineering and offshore projects, as well as an intimate knowledge of the Japanese supply chain, to the post as he looks to expand ODE’s offices in the Roppongi district of Tokyo and to prepare for further local recruitment. Sato-san, who has held a number of director and senior management positions at both Japanese and international companies, joins ODE from Chiyoda Corporation, a major Japanese engineering company specialising in oil and gas, LNG and other industrial facilities. > Read More

ODE appointed Installation Operator for Tolmount Platform

4th October 2019

Source: Premier Oil

ODE Asset Management (ODE AM), a wholly owned subsidiary of the international engineering and operations support services contractor ODE Group Limited, has been appointed as Installation Operator (Duty Holder) of the Tolmount Platform, a Normally Unattended Installation (NUI).

The Tolmount platform and associated gas export pipeline comprise the Humber Gathering System, which is owned by Humber Gathering System Limited (HGSL), a Kellas Midstream company, and Dana Petroleum.  The Humber Gathering System will initially deliver gas from the Tolmount field, owned by Premier Oil and Dana Petroleum, to the Easington onshore gas terminal. The Tolmount platform is now in construction, with first gas planned for the fourth quarter of 2020. > Read More

Update: Earth, Wind and Tyre 2019

9th August 2019

In June, ODE’s team Fuel to Win took part in Renewable World’s Earth, Wind and Tyre 2019 cycle challenge. The total fundraised for the challenged reached £76,700 and will help to transform the lives of those who live in poverty overseas.

6 members of ODE joined 50 other cyclists to complete the challenge with ODE also acting as a Silver Sponsor in support of the event.

With the fundraising, Renewable World are closer to achieving their long-term target to move 100,000 people out of energy poverty by 2022. This is done by providing clean lighting and clean water to communities and power sources to small businesses.

An example of Renewable World’s work includes their construction of solar pump systems. For £40,000, a solar pump can be installed to help bring clean water to communities living at high altitudes, improving the health of the community and subsequently improving their access to education and a steady income.

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