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Operations readiness and assurance

The name Operations Readiness and Assurance (OR&A) Ltd. is a registered UK company who has also registered the acronym OR&A® as a registered trade mark. The company also market book on the subject for OR&A practitioners, as referenced below.s a text


The need for OR&A in oil and gas projects was recognised long before there was a name to collectively identify the problem. In the late 1990s, there were a large number of high cost oil and gas projects moving into their operational phases that were already exhibiting major problems.

Operations readiness

Operations readiness is the process of preparing the custodians of an asset under construction, and their supporting organisation, such that, at the point of delivery/handover, they are fully ready to assume ownership of the asset. Furthermore, that they accept responsibility for, and are capable of, performing the safe and efficient operation of that asset in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.


Assurance refers to stakeholders in a project who cannot wait until a project is completed, and handover to the operations team imminent, to discover that something has been omitted or overlooked which would subsequently prevent operation of the asset in the manner stated above. The word 'assurance' refers to the act of reassuring the various stakeholders in a project or venture that their asset and organisation is in a state of operations readiness, or providing a measure of assurance that it will be by the time it is required.

Project delivery assurance (system)

OR&A is synonymous with project delivery assurance in as much as both concepts have the same functionality. They both work within the same field, but whereas OR&A is geared to the operations/asset owners viewpoint, a project delivery assurance system (PDAS) focusses on the viewpoint of the project management to provide that same assurance for every aspect of the entire project.


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  • S. Ashbury & P. Ashwell, Health & Safety, Environment & Quality Audits (2007), Elsevier Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7506-8026-4
  • Edward W. Merrow, Industrial Megaprojects, Concepts, Strategies and Practices for Success, ISBN 978-0-470-93882-9
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