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Up your licensing application process by 70%

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Kris Sæther



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On July 31, 2023, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the United Kingdom government would grant 100 new North Sea oil and gas licenses. Do you have all the tools you need to respond quickly and faultlessly? Or do you want to hear three tactics to speed up the process?

In an ideal world, responding is a simple proposition. You evaluate the technical data package, define your strategy, assemble your bid, submit your application and win. 

To achieve this goal, however, always requires more time than you think and more experts than you expect. And a frustrating writing process easily derailed by strict regulatory compliance requirements, shifting priorities, and competing deadlines that drive constant bottlenecks and delays as you race the clock.    

Are you still struggling with revenue-blocking coordination logistics like this?    

If you’re at you’re breaking point, stick with us. Here our experts reveal three proven tactics for getting your process on track to produce licensing applications 70% faster - without the stress and without sacrificing compliance and quality. Tactics that are the standard across the Norwegian shelf and proven success across Mexico, United Kingdom, Greenland, Iceland and Denmark.

Time to Win

When it comes to licensing round bids, there are a lot of moving parts to manage. So, you established your process to avoid the miscommunications, missteps and detours that can easily consume time and derail your efforts. Over time, however, bad habits and simple mistakes naturally creep into your process. The search for information makes experts wait which delays content. File sharing and version control issues make experts wait which delays reviews. This is the state of a serial bid process; one task, such as writing or reviewing, is performed at a time. And it’s slowing you down. 

How do you eliminate these challenges and accelerate your bid process?  

Co-authoring, or working in-parallel, eliminates these challenges: 

  • Instead of searching for tasks and deadlines, experts consult a real-time dashboard, sort by urgency and click to access their assignment. 
  • Instead of searching through past bids, experts consult their content library and insert relevant information.  
  • Instead of file sharing and email, experts collaborate and write together in the same document, at the same time. 
  • Instead of waiting to review, experts review in-parallel with writing, expediting completed sections.
  • Instead of bringing your process to a halt for review, your process keeps flowing forward with more time for sections that require more attention. 

In other words, instead of consuming time, your in-parallel process saves time. More time to focus on what it takes to win instead of just the logistics of bidding.  

100% of the APA 2022 operator licenses in Norway went to Xait clients.

Time to Think

Your licensing round bid may look good and read well, but if it’s not clearly in response to fulfilling the government’s need, evaluators will not give it the score you need to win. On the other hand, when your bid content maturity and quality includes expert insights and context, it is better positioned to convince evaluators of your capabilities and strengths. You can’t do that without your experts. And they can’t do that without time to think and write amidst their competing priorities and shifting deadlines. 

How do you better leverage your experts? 

You give them time to think, and the tools they need to efficiently take advantage of that time.  

  • Instead of searching email and hard drives, your experts find exactly the content they need quickly and invest their time in tailoring for the application.
  • Instead of emailing colleagues, and losing track of important conversations, your experts are collaborating and sharing information inside the document they are working on. So they stay on top of what needs to get done.
  • And you stay on top of whether it's been done or not. 

In other words, instead of consuming time, your writing and reviewing process saves time. More time to think and develop and communicate a concept that aligns with strategic objectives and resonates with evaluators. 

Learn how Xait accelerates the speed and quality of Aker BP’s licensing rounds, APAs, well reports, field development plans (PDOs) and many other mission-critical documents.

Time to Write and Review

  • Instead of waiting for formatting to write, your experts are writing in expertly formatted documents - and anything they paste in is automatically formatted to your template.
  • Instead of waiting for formatting to review, your experts are reviewing submission-ready formatted documents - exactly how the evaluators will review.
  • Instead of waiting for formatting to submit, your documents are automatically formatted to your specifications. 
  • Instead of repetitious reformatting activities, your experts are focused on compliance checks, polishing and submission. 

In other words, instead of consuming time, your automatically formatted documents save you time. More time for more licensing round bids with the same expert team.  

Oil and gas licensing boosts a country’s economy, and governments work diligently to attract you as an investor. Responding to their invitation is complicated, and anything that slows you down impacts your ability to win and grow. 

For over two decades now, Xait has been the standard licensing round application solution provider for Norway, with success in a range of other production license application rounds in Mexico, United Kingdom, Greenland, Iceland and Denmark. In fact, 100% of the APA 2022 operator licenses went to Xait clients. 

Learn how Xait helps oil and gas business leaders accelerate their licensing application process and deliver winning bids and documents 70% faster.


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Kris Sæther

Kris Sæther is Chief Commercial Officer of Xait. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Media Studies, and has worked in financial communication in London and Frankfurt prior to joining Xait. He has 20+ years experience from the information management industry. Kris is an avid runner and skier, and a passionate fan of the world’s coolest soccer team, Tottenham. If he is not working or running you will find him cheering for his two daughters on the handball court.

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