Industry consultation with 60 energy stakeholders, including operators, EPCs, yards and academics, brings industry-wide agreement on rule-sets and ‘best practice’ guidance on how to maximise safety in offshore operations.
The Offshore Technical Committee held its annual meeting this week at Lloyd’s Register Energy’s head office in London, UK. It follows previously held Offshore Technical Committee meetings in Brazil and Singapore.
The event focuses on the Lloyd’s Register’s Rules for Offshore Units which set appropriate standards for the design, construction and lifetime maintenance of floating offshore assets. It was attended by Committee members representing ExxonMobil, Aker Solutions, Babcock, Bluewater, BP, Chevron, Curragh Consulting, DSME, ENI, Gulf Drilling International, Heerema, HHI, KBR, Keppel, Linde Engineering, Petrobras, Reliance, SBM, Shell, SHI, Singapore University, Southampton University, Statoil, Strathclyde University, Technip, Teekay, and Total.
Richard Sadler, CEO of Lloyd’s Register, said: “This is the first time Lloyd’s Register Energy has held the Offshore Technical Committee in London and we are delighted that so many of industry’s key stakeholders are in attendance for the three day meeting.”
Sadler, who hosted the Committee’s welcome reception, discussed the major issues facing the oil and gas industry and highlighted industry’s challenge of reducing costs across the supply chain without downgrading safety. He reinforced the need for consistent operating standards across the world.
“I strongly believe that collaborating on an agreed approach to managing risk, assessed by highly knowledgeable independent third parties with close links to academia, fundamental science, business and well informed governments, provides the best risk mitigation in challenging and complex environments that are evolving quickly. Safety and new technology is at the heart of what we all do and this is our combined responsibility.”
Joanna Pohorski, Senior Vice-President of Lloyd’s Register Energy’s Compliance services business explained the collaborative nature of bringing industry operators together through the Offshore Technical Committee:
“Over the past three years the Committee has travelled to Asia, South America and now Europe, demonstrating our long term commitment to what is a global oil and gas industry that is constantly evolving.”
“Consultation with industry on a globally recognised Rules set through our Offshore Technical Committee brings about improvements to an internationally recognised standard which better supports industry in their decision making around how offshore assets should be designed, operated and maintained,” says Pohorski.
Over recent years the Rules have been regularly updated to meet industry demands for how new technologies should be applied in operations.
During the three day event the Committee approved changes to the Rules, which includes updates to sections of the Rules on corrosion, regasification, helidecks, rules usability, FLNG, moorings and foundations.
On the final day of the event the Committee were joined by additional representatives from the oil and gas industry to take part in workshops intended to scope future technical development work.
“We see this as another good example of the level of service industry expects from a world class safety and risk management service provider such as Lloyd’s Register Energy,” said Pohorski.
In July this year, Lloyd’s Register Energy will officially launch its updated Rules for Offshore Units 2015. It signals a move by the leading compliance, integrity and specialist risk consultancy services group to modernise the way in which Rules and their guidance notes are presented to industry – and importantly how they are used by designers and operators of Offshore Units.
Pohorski believes that improving the Rules in this way is particularly interesting for the offshore industry where knowledge retention is a concern.
Find out more information at www.lr.org/offshorerules