20 Nov, 2018

PetroSkills Adds New Course

Christiaan Luca gives us an inside look at his new course and its benefits in this Q&A interview. Managing Non-Technical Risks is offered as a public course but should also be considered in our in-house format for teams charged with delivering capital projects that are potentially challenged by external stakeholders.  



Q: What are the main takeaways from this course? 

A: There are many important takeaways from the course. Participants will learn:

► About important trends in the relationship between business and society.

► To make the business case for active management of non-technical risks.

► Essential concepts of stakeholder engagement, including dealing with activist stakeholders.

► How to set up the internal structure and collaboration model to respond effectively to the external world.

► How to apply the tools to identify, assess, quantify, and mitigate non- technical risks.

► How to integrate non-technical risks into business decision-making processes.


Q: Who is this course designed for?

A: Most non-technical risks have their origin in technical and commercial choices, e.g. the location of a plant, the routing of a pipeline or the value proposition offered to communities. Prevention or mitigation of non-technical risks therefore requires a high level of internal alignment, understanding and cooperation. The course is relevant for all those that carry responsibility in capital project delivery or plant operations. Specifically, managers with accountability for business delivery, managers of technical and commercial teams that support projects or operations; and professionals in Health, Safety, Security & Social Responsibility; Government Relations; and Communications.


Q: How does Managing Non-Technical Risks benefit a participant’s career?

A: Delivering those technical designs and commercial propositions that have the best chance of being supported by key stakeholders is central to being an effective and value-adding professional. For those that aspire to management positions in capital project delivery or plant operations - this course is a must.


Q: Why is this course important/relevant in today’s industry?

A1. Non-technical Risks are directly affecting the bottom line of the company. About two-thirds of the underlying causes of major capital project delays are of a non-technical nature; that is far more than technical or commercial causes.

2. Societal trends indicate that non-technical risks will continue to gain prominence and will increasingly affect capital project delivery and plant operations both in the western and the non-western world.


If you would like to learn more or have additional questions please feel free to reach out to Christiaan Luca by email at christiaan.luca@petroskills.com. 

Register for an upcoming session of Managing Non-Technical Risks or receive an in-house quote today!

DISCIPLINE: Petroleum Business

LEVEL: Basic

INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Christiaan Luca

Non-technical or societal risks have become the main source of business delays and budget overruns in the oil and gas industry. Non-technical risks typically are related to political, regulatory, health, safety, security, environmental, and social issues. Mitigation requires good external awareness and stakeholder engagement skills, but also the willingness of technical and commercial teams to work closely together with the non-technical disciplines to accommodate non-technical perspectives in project designs and plans.