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The HSE Evolution – Building an Effective Strategy
Nawaf Saud Nasir Al-Sabah
Chief Executive Officer
Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company
15 February 2017
Kuwait International HSE Conference
A 19th century quotation sometimes attributed to Thomas Jefferson says that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. In our industry, eternal vigilance is also the price of safety.
All too often, unfortunately, our industry has not appreciated this maxim. Major advancements to HSE standards have come reactively, usually after major catastrophic events. These events involve destruction and devastation of the surrounding environment or a heavy loss of life, and in some cases both. The wider effects are no less catastrophic: communities lose their livelihoods, children lose their parents, and the injured lose their way of life.
Let me take you back in time and recount some of the major accidents that triggered a change in HSE mindset.
In the North Sea, where oil production began to increase rapidly in the 1970s, Occidental Petroleum, Getty, and their other OPCAL joint venture partners obtained an oil exploration license in 1972 and discovered the Piper oilfield the following year. Production began in 1976 with 250,000 bpd. Oxy was the operator.
On July 6, 1988, an explosion on the Piper Alpha Oil Rig resulted in the deaths of 167 individuals.
As a result, the industry adopted 106 recommendations for changes to North Sea safety procedures. The recommendations targeted 24 subjects and fall within three main areas: