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Joint Venture Audits

Joint Ventures are common amongst non-operating and operating partners in the Energy Sector to mitigate risks and spread costs. Even with well-constructed agreements, discrepancies can emerge which our Audit processes will identify and correct. 

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  • Ian McPherson
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    The team

  • Oil & Gas. Exploration & Production. Oilfield Services.  

    Who we can help

  • Joint Venture & Contract Audit. Contract/Vendor Audits. Completion Accounts. Audit & Assurance. Virtual Finance Function. Corporate Finance. Global Mobility. Litigation Support. Whistleblowing. Fraud Prevention & Investigation. 

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Accurate audits are essential for joint venture projects, particularly in the energy industry where substantial costs are the norm. Our joint venture audit service will give you the reassurance that agreed practices are being adhered to. If they are not, then there is the potential to recover significant amounts. 

Effective joint venture audits require a thorough knowledge of the industry and how it works. Our joint venture audits are provided by a team of specialists with extensive experience of energy projects in upstream oil and gas. Through supporting clients worldwide, and by establishing relationships with operators based on mutual trust and respect, they consistently deliver prompt and dependable audits. 


Whilst joint venture audits are our core activity, our services extend beyond this so we can deliver a full range of practical support. We also provide:  

  • Contract/Vendor Audits 
  • Drilling Audits  
  • Completion Accounts 

Through integration with AAB’s other teams, that extends to other relevant and beneficial services such as: 

  • Virtual Finance Function 
  • Fraud Prevention and Investigation 
  • Transaction Support  
  • Litigation Support.

What’s most important of all, of course, is providing exactly the service you want. Our flexible approach means we will dovetail with your needs, for example in what we deliver in our Contract Audits. You may want us to focus more on identifying and recovering overcharged costs, to concentrate more on the vendor’s controls and procedures or to combine both services in one all-inclusive audit. Your requirements come first and we will tailor our response accordingly. 


Naturally you’ll want your joint venture audit to provide the best possible value for money. We deliver this by ensuring the most talented people work on your audit. Our consultants and accountants bring all their relevant industry and senior management experience to your assignment, using their insights to get straight to the heart of matters to make their balanced, pragmatic analysis. 

This in turn means we are frequently able to highlight operators’ errors in relation to licences, mechanisms and billing that result in cost recoveries that easily exceed the audit costs. This also encourages operators to improve their processes and run the project with closer compliance with the agreement, thereby keeping future spend under tighter control. 

Providing incontrovertible evidence usually has the desired effect, but where absolutely necessary, we can draw on the expert litigation services available to us through our membership off the AAB Group. We will work resolutely to achieve the settlement you seek. 


Maintaining a productive working relationship with your chosen operators is crucial, so bringing us in as independent auditors allows you to remain separate from the probing, often critical investigations required for a candid and accurate audit. It also eliminates the workload and internal costs associated with using your own people to conduct the audit.   

We will take a diligent, non-partisan stance on reviewing, monitoring and negotiating on contract compliance, disputed payments and cost recovery. We investigate procurement and cost allocations and interview managers to determine how operators have arrived at their accounting figures. By highlighting to the operators any potential improvements in their accounting procedures through the latest industry best practice, we can help achieve mutual benefits and enhance relationships, making it easier for you to collaborate with them on future projects. 

  • AAB encouraged us to submit an R&D tax relief claim. The team clearly understand the process to allow that to happen and were tremendous assistance in facilitating our submissions.

    Adrian Smith, Scotia Instrumentation Limited

  • The Corporate Finance team at AAB understood our business and led us towards concluding a tremendous deal. The team at AAB were thorough, proactive and efficient showing command and control of all the key elements of getting a deal done.

    Keith Wallace, EPC Offshore

  • I was particularly impressed by AAB’s appreciation of the strategic importance of the deal. Additionally, the AAB team quickly understood the very complex structure of the target and were pivotal in advising on how best to approach this.

    Ross Baxter, Harbro Limited

  • We now have access to AAB’s online dashboard system which is providing the business with a real opportunity to identify cost and assist in the global mobility planning process. The solution implemented has been truly customised for us.

    Witland LeBlanc, Oceaneering

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