May 17, 2020

Brunei Shell Petroleum: improving efficiency and performance 

Georgia Wilson
2 min
oil and gas offshore
Oil and gas giant, Brunei Shell Petroleum selects SMARTby GEP to improve its procurement efficiency and performance.

Leading provider of procurement so...

Oil and gas giant, Brunei Shell Petroleum selects SMART by GEP to improve its procurement efficiency and performance.

Leading provider of procurement software and procurement services worldwide - GEP  - has been selected by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) for its ‘SMART’ unified procurement software platform.

GEP’s comprehensive 'SMART' solution includes: spend analysis, sourcing, contract management, supplier management, procure-to-pay, savings project management and savings tracking, invoicing and more.

What does this mean for Brunei Shell Petroleum? 

The ‘SMART’ platform will manage the company’s complete source-to-pay across its subsidiary operations. Its functions will include: spend analysis, savings tracking, sourcing, contract and supplier management, purchasing and invoice handling. Overall, the platform will improve BSP’s direct and indirect procurement efficiency and performance.

Did you know? SMART by GEP won Best Procurement Technology at the World Procurement Awards in 2019, as well as being named a leader in Gartner's 2019 Magic Quadrant.


Who is Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP)? 

Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP)'s operational focus is primarily for the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, from on and offshore fields. 

BSP in facts and figures:

  • 350,000 barrels of oil and gas equivalent are supplied daily to multiple countries such as Japan, KOrea, Indonesia, Australia and more

  • BSP has over 200 offshore structures that are linked by over 5,000km of pipelines

  • Oil and gas is recovered from over 4,500 individual reservoirs produced through more than 800 wells

  • 3,500 staff (local and international), plus a further 8,000 contractors’ staff

The Government of His Majesty, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam and the Asiatic Petroleum Company limited are equal shareholders.

Did you know? BSP also owns the Brunei Refinery. 

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Jun 16, 2021

EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs

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Supply chains embroiled in Airbus-Boeing dispute will no longer be impacted by $11.5bn tariffs imposed on food and beverage, aircraft and tobacco

The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years. 

It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC. 

The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn. 

In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products. 

Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers  

  • The dispute began in 2004
  • Tariffs suspended for 5 years 
  • $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
  • $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date 
  • 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended

Both sides welcome end to tariffs 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.

“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.

Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”. 

The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."

This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.

Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”

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