Managing our Offshore Operations

Corporate Responsibility

Managing our Offshore Operations

Our North Sea and Offshore Africa facilities are subject to a range of operating conditions that can present challenges to managing infrastructure. To maintain asset integrity while safeguarding lives and the environment, our International operations have a robust Asset Integrity Management System that ensures our assets are fit for purpose over their lifetime.

For example, our annual Technical Authority audit program includes visits to all our North Sea platforms and each of our Offshore Africa operations. These internal audits evaluate the effectiveness of our Asset Integrity Management System every year, and findings are used for improvement plans. We also have a Well Integrity Management Policy and procedures that follow industry best practices, and are independently verified. 

Our PSM framework addresses regulatory requirements of the UK Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) regulatory body. The United Kingdom's goal-setting legislative regime is one of the most stringent in the world. Our risk management approach incorporates key performance indicators (KPIs) into all aspects of our business to ensure that our performance is measurable and continuously improved upon. 

Our efforts have a particular emphasis on ensuring a consistent approach to Operational Risk Management, which includes a risk-based focus on mature production facilities. Such an approach helps us monitor the integrity of our offshore installations and ensure that performance standards of safety critical components continue to be achieved throughout the life extension phase of our facilities.

At our International operations, our framework for successful integrity management follows best practices and lessons learned within the international oil and natural gas industry by adopting the following management model:

  • Clear policies and objectives: to set a clear direction for the company to follow in the improvement of operational reliability, standards for measuring performance and elimination of safety related risk.
  • Organizational structure and responsibilities: effective management structure and integrity management practices are required to deliver the policy and strategy. The establishment of a positive 'integrity culture' means less risk to individuals and less damage to the integrity of a facility.
  • Corrosion risk assessment and planning: using tools such as Risk Based Inspection (RBI) to identify integrity threats and rank the risks they present and then plan appropriately for their effective avoidance or mitigation.
  • Implementation and analyzing: to ensure effective implementation of plans and analysis of data, leading to timely corrective action where necessary.
  • Monitoring and measuring performance: performance measured against agreed standards to reveal when and where improvement is needed.
  • Review system performance: the organization can learn from all relevant experience, apply the lessons and achieve continuous improvement.
  • Independent audit: to provide an independent and objective comparison between the integrity management system requirements and the system as implemented to enable corrective actions and improvement.