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Working in partnership

We work with key contractors and partners in different ways to deliver diverse projects in line with our Corporate Responsibility (CR) expectations.

As a result of our reorganisation in late 2014, we have adapted our approach to outsourcing resources. While we retain our main processes, including the Cairn Project Delivery Process (CPDP) and our revised CR Management System (CRMS), we have formed partnerships with organisations to aid us in the delivery of our projects. In all cases, we retain a strong assurance that contractors adhere to our high CR standards.

For our initial preparations for the postponed Spanish Point appraisal well in Ireland, we contracted a well management company to oversee all aspects of the well delivery on our behalf while retaining accountability as operator. We also maintained all health, safety and environment (HSE) permitting roles, our CRMS requirements still applied, and we remained the interface with key stakeholders such as regulators and local communities.

In a similar way, in 2015, we contracted seismic providers to perform the 3D shoot over the Sangomar deep and Rufisque blocks, offshore Senegal. All HSE arrangements and management systems were bridged, and all roles and responsibilities defined to ensure effective communication and risk management.

We continue to work collaboratively on the Senegal exploration and appraisal well programme, using the Ocean Rig Athena, under contract from our joint venture (JV) partner ConocoPhillips, to deliver our three-well programme. ConocoPhillips was appointed well-activities delegate, while Cairn retains control of onshore matters, accountability with the regulatory authorities as operator and responsibility for the engagement with our stakeholders and social investment.

This has presented a unique opportunity to draw on the expertise of both companies, adding value to the project. However, it also presented a challenge in creating clear lines of responsibility and defined linkages, which was overcome by the partnership developing a delegation agreement and project execution plan.

An important factor in delivering success was the collaborative working between ConocoPhillips and Cairn HSE departments to ensure all aspects of CR management were covered. For example, ConocoPhillips as the well-activities delegate, was the party responsible for provision and delivery of a suitable Emergency Response Management Plan linked and bridged to the Cairn Crisis and Emergency Response Team (CERT) arrangements. This involved understanding the standard approach of each organisation and ensuring that foreseeable emergency scenario responses were in place and any gaps were filled. We employed a variety of tools to do this, including regular meetings and discussions, and arranging briefing and training workshops in Dakar and Edinburgh. Furthermore, emergency exercises were carried out for the duration of the project.

Cairn maintained an assurance role throughout, including application of a modified Project Delivery Process (PDP) to allow both organisations to fulfil their ‘gated’ requirements.

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