Safety first ...

IOGP 2014 accident reports. ConocoPhillips’ PIER emergency response. DNV certifies GE’s overpressure detection solver. Nexen self-reports maintenance documentation failings. Helm on crew safety.

The UK’s IOGP has issued its reports for 2014 covering fatalities and high potential events in the oil and gas industry, enumerating causes of accidents and recommending preventative measures.

An article in ConocoPhillips’ Magazine (Issue N° 30) describes the company’s Public information for emergency response (PIER) system. The website was developed by Witt-O’Brien’s.

GE Oil & Gas has commissioned DNV GL to carry out inspection and certification of the logic solver element of its overpressure protection system for subsea pipelines. The project involves verification of equipment design, configuration and architecture to ensure it meets the IEC 61511 standard.

Under its process safety management program, Nexen Energy ULC initiated an internal audit of its corporate pipeline integrity management system and identified a number of non-compliances related to documentation of maintenance activities. Following self-disclosure, Nexen is working with the regulator to fix the issues.

DNV GL is working with ExproSoft on a risk-based subsea barrier valve test procedure combining ExproSoft’s WellMaster repository of reliability data for wells with DNV GL’s risk management expertise.

A study by Kate Pike and Emma Broadhurst of Southampton Solent University for Helm Operations finds that 50% of offshore support vessel crews are willing to compromise safety rather than say ‘no’ to clients or senior management.

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