U.S. Offshore Ops Safer: Report

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 01:04 PM gHale

The U.S. offshore oil and gas industry is safer than ever, but there is still room to improve, according to the first performance report released by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS).

The report, based on 2013 operations data collected from COS members, highlights metrics for conducting scheduled maintenance and inspections, as well as completing safety and environmental audits. The report is for the 2013 reporting year based on data voluntarily reported by exploration and production Operators and Contractors operating in the United States.

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COS found there were zero fatalities or losses of well control in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico during more than 42 million work hours in 2013.

Figures for the report were U.S.-based and over a period of time. There was, however, a fatal accident earlier this month aboard the Mexican-based Pemex dehydration and pumping platform in the Gulf of Mexico that killed four workers, left three missing and injured 42 others.

“This is the first report off its kind to be published by U.S. regulators or industry,” said COS Executive Director Charlie Williams. “America’s offshore oil and natural gas industry is even safer than before, but our goal will always be zero accidents and zero spills.”

Williams said sharing data and lessons learned throughout the industry is fundamental to COS achieving its mission of enhancing safety. As long as there is room for improvement, the consortium’s work will not be complete.

The top three areas for improvement cited in the inaugural safety performance report:
• Safe mechanical lifting, such as with cranes and hoists
• Process safety, with emphasis on risk management, maintenance, inspection, and testing
• Adherence to operating procedures and safe-work practices

COS will use the report’s findings as a baseline for year-to-year comparisons to track improvement or regression.

Click here to download the report.

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