Mideast’s oil and gas sector sees HSE standards rising

Mideast’s oil and gas sector sees HSE standards rising

DIPEC 2014 is showcasing the regional industry’s achievements and sharing best practices so that we can continue with responsible development.



By Staff Report

Published: Fri 14 Nov 2014, 1:33 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:38 PM

Abu Dhabi — The Middle East’s oil and gas industry has seen significant improvement in Health Safety Environment or HSE issues in recent years, as according to the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, the average number of lost working days to an incident has decreased from 26.2 in 2012 to just 13.6 last year.

“Here in the Middle East, HSE is central to everything that we do, but there is always scope for improvement. ADIPEC 2014 is showcasing the regional industry’s achievements and sharing best practices so that we can continue with responsible development,” said Christopher Hudson, Senior Vice President, Energy at dmg events, the organisers of Adipec.

“As we see unprecedented growth in the oil and gas industry we will experience further challenges. The Middle East is well positioned to lead the way in confronting these challenges and setting an example for the rest of the industry.”

The regional oil and gas industry needs to place Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) issues at the centre of planning during the post “easy oil” era, a distinguished panel of international experts and industry thought leaders announced at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (Adipec) 2014 on Thursday.

With 86.5 per cent of workers in the region last year being expatriates, according to recruiter Hays, key challenges that organisations’ are dealing with include the lack of experienced manpower along with the difficulty of recruiting and developing competent personnel with a strong commitment towards HSE.

Under the theme of “Aligning Cultures, Communication and Competence” the panel urged delegates to share best practices amongst organisations on how to deal with the vast number of nationalities amalgamating into teams, with distinct cultural backgrounds and differing levels of risk appreciation. “HSE should be a core value for every company, but what does this mean? It means that the principles of HSE are passed through the entire work pyramid, from those in management to the employees doing the job on the field,” said Thierry Debertrand, Senior Vice President of Health, Safety, and Environment at Total E&P.

“Many companies have a top-down view, but what is even more important is a bottom-up approach. It has been shown that HSE is completely linked to efficiency. Our industry often requires large-scale work across multi-cultural and geographical levels, and the acceptance of these policies across all levels is essential.”

Speakers on the panel also included Abdalla Rashid Al Naqbi, Vice-President of HSE and Quality at the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company; Ahmed Abbas, HSE Manager at the Kuwait Oil Company; John Raine, Global HSE Director at Weatherford, and Manfredi Giusto, Senior Vice President of Safety, Environment and Quality at Eni.


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