Managing our offshore operations

Corporate Responsibility

Managing our offshore operations

Our North Sea and Offshore Africa oil and natural gas facilities are subject to intense waves, highly corrosive elements and extreme operating conditions that can present significant challenges to managing infrastructure integrity for mature assets. To maintain asset integrity while safeguarding lives and the environment, Canadian Natural Resources International (CNRI) operates a robust Asset Integrity Management System that ensures our assets are fit for purpose over their lifetime.

For example, we have an annual Technical Authority audit program which included 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.

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 the Ageing and Life Extension (ALE) program. The ALE program was developed to 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 CNRI, 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.