Global Oil and Gas Incidents Call for Dramatic Shift in Attitudes to Managing Operational Risks


8 October 2012

Petrotechnics introduces new Operational Performance and Predictive Risk software platform at 8th Annual HSE Forum in Energy

The incidences of major oil spills and international crises in the oil and gas sector has caused a dramatic shift in attitudes to managing operational risks, an industry expert has said today, with executives now seriously questioning their approaches to risk management and its impact on commercial and operational performance.

Iain Mackay, Executive Vice President of Petrotechnics, said that oil and gas operators are now becoming more proactive in gaining a greater insight and assurance over operational performance and risk, as stakeholder expectations continue to grow.

“There is increasing recognition across the oil and gas industry that serious incidents can be the result of a combination of factors and events,” said Mackay, a headline speaker at the 8th Annual HSE Forum in Energy, taking place from 8-10 October at the Doha Grand Hyatt Hotel.

“Many of the existing Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) control systems used by the energy sector are unable to manage multiple points of activity and their associated risk.  Organisations now need to consider the elements that contribute to cumulative risk and how data can be used to analyse and predict this risk.”

According to the 2011 Ernst & Young report, ‘Oil and Gas Business Risks’ which lists the top ten largest threats to industry organisations’ business performance, HSE risks were included for the first time, taking fifth position, with analysts expecting them to climb further.

At the core of HSE, Mackay said that any organisation operating in hazardous industries such as oil & gas must consider three primary elements; the plant, the people, and the interaction between the people and the plant.


He added: “The interaction of people with the plant equals a key area of operating risk representing millions of man hours per year for the typical organisation; thousands of people every day routinely intervene in plant operations to do repair and maintenance work. The intervention of plant operations results in the introduction of new hazards, inhibiting safety systems, isolating parts of the plant and interfering with standard operating procedures.”

“It’s not surprising then that the biggest operational risk occurs when people interact with the plant.  This interaction is the leading cause of High Potential Incidences (HiPo), the second leading cause of fatalities and a significant contributing factor in process safety incidents.”

Tackling this issue head on, Petrotechnics is launching their latest Operational Performance and Predictive Risk software platform in the Gulf region at the HSE Forum in Energy.

Called Proscient, the software provides senior management in the oil and gas sector the ability to reduce risk, optimise performance and drive continuous improvement across their global operations.

Mackay will demonstrate at the forum how Proscient can mitigate onsite operational risk by capturing valuable data and intelligently embedding corporate, regional and local HSE policies and processes ensuring they are consistently delivered in frontline practice.

He continued: “Some companies in the oil and gas industry are still failing to realise the importance of investment into the systems and processes that will enable them to collect the kind of data that allow for a change of operational practice.”

“Historically, organisations have had to reactively ‘juggle’ risk in order to maintain performance and production. With the visibility that Proscient delivers, organisations can utilise valuable frontline data to proactively balance work activities with operational risk.   For the first time, senior executives can start to understand the relationship between performance and risk and proactively manage the organisation to less risky and more optimised performance.”
“The HSE Forum in Energy will provide a valuable opportunity for experts focused on these issues to discuss experiences, best practices and insights into best operational performance.  We believe that Proscient and our experience should form a key part of addressing this challenge.”

Held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry and Chairman of Qatar Petroleum, the 8th Annual HSE Forum in Energy will host more than 45 regional and international HSE experts to discuss HSE best practice and operational excellence.

The dedicated industry conference and exhibition will put a spotlight on the latest developments and technological solutions essential to ensuring the effective health and safety management and sustainable environmental practices in the energy sector.

The two-day conference in Doha will feature 30 presentations, two panel discussions and five hours of networking sessions, before culminating with four half-day post conference workshops on the final day.

Headline speakers include Saad Al Kubaisi, Corporate HSE Manager at Qatar Petroleum, Dr. Osama Ibrahim, Chief Medical Officer, QatarGas Operating Company, Brett Doherty, SHE Group Manager, RasGas Company Limited, Pamela Norman, Senior Advisor, Safety Health & Environment, ExxonMobil, and Teresa Budworth, Chief Executive of NEBOSH.

The 8th Annual HSE Forum in Energy is supported by Qatar Petroleum, and organised by Fleming Gulf.  Gold Sponsors include Dolphin Energy and Industrial Scientific, while ChemSafe, Petrotechnics, Ras Laffan Industrial City, and SHEields are on board as Silver Sponsors.

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