Our business is based around exploration and discovering new sources of hydrocarbons which involves the use of advanced technology and systems. The integrity of these assets must always be maintained to ensure they are productive, efficient and, above all, safe.
When we begin to develop a new operation, both our CRMS and Risk Management System play vital roles in helping us to assess any potential risks and impacts to our assets. Should any be identified we work to reduce them in line with the ‘As Low As Reasonably Practicable’ (ALARP) principle.
All major projects, such as drilling programmes, are subject to our gated project delivery process, so that risks can be re-evaluated at each stage, from concept selection through to execution and close-out.
In order to protect the integrity of our assets once we move into the development phase, we place a huge focus on designing facilities that will operate effectively and safely for the full duration of a project.
Our procedures ensure that all vessels and drilling rigs involved in our operations are comprehensively audited prior to a contract being issued. We back this up by using independent specialists to assess specific aspects of our work, such as well design and rig management. Where necessary, they will run training workshops to cover any skills gaps among our employees and contractors.
All our operations are designed to comply with national and international legislation, such as the Norwegian NORSOK regulations for well design and UK Safety Case requirements for rigs. In instances where there is no local legislation, our default position is to adopt industry good practice and UK regulatory standards.