Oil & Gas

Shell handed improvement notice over North Sea gas leak

Oil major Shell has been handed an improvement notice by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) after a gas leak earlier this year. The company launched an investigation in January this year after a suspected gas leak near to the Curlew FPSO(Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel in the North Sea. Shell has now been ordered to make improvements by the HSE following the incident.

Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas UK HSE director to step down

The current director of Health, Safety, Security and Employment (HSSE) at Oil & Gas UK is set to retire this week. Robert Paterson will step down from his position after eight years with the industry body after originally joining from the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) offshore division. Paterson was closely involved with the post-Piper Alpha offshore regulatory framework for health and safety, operational strategy development and direction and in providing legal and enforcement advice and guidance to inspectors.

Oil & Gas

HSE: Maintaining safe production on the UKCS

Oil at $50 a barrel or less is having a huge impact on the North Sea industry. Thousands of jobs have been shed already or are vulnerable. Cutbacks are to the fore . . . capex and opex and while it is claimed that safety will never be compromised, offshore workers are worried and, as should be clear from this exclusive Q&A with Susan Mackenzie, director of the Hazardous Installations Directorate, the HSE will be uncompromising. Mackenzie: Our basic approach won’t change. The key objectives in our strategy including asset integrity, competence, workforce engagement and leadership are as important now as they have ever been. Operators and contractors must still control risks to their workers, especially those risks that could give rise to a major accident. Failure to do so threatens workers, production and profitability. My inspectors will continue to focus on major accident risk control and take action if they find standards are inadequate. I want to see safe production maintained, and I believe my inspectors have a key role in stimulating the industry to achieve this.