Improving offshore safety - beyond Macondo

Is EU regulation for the North Sea good news? 0

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, London, The Geological Society

Our free conference in London on May 22nd enables you to keep up to date with the most important regulatory, practise and technology developments with offshore safety since the Macondo disaster.

Topics covered include EU plans for offshore safety regulation / directives; management of procedures; getting procedures off the page and onto the front line; training people to work out what to do in a crisis when there are no procedures; and using 3D modelling for training, practising and developing safety procedures.

If people already have as many rules as they can handle, will increasing the regulatory / procedures burden lead to a decrease in safety - or make it harder for smaller companies to participate in offshore operations?

SPEAKERS INCLUDE

Martin Shaw, managing director of Marine Operations and Assurance Management Solutions Ltd, and a past fleet manager and Technical Vice President, BP Shipping, Safety, Health, Marine and Engineering

Taf Powell, adviser offshore regulation, European Commission, a past director of the UK HSE's Offshore Division, and leader of the UK government's investigation into Buncefield explorations)

Mike Hogan, senior consultant with crisis management training consultant Link Associates, and a past head of global PR with Shell (1996 to 2003, covering both the Brent Spa debate and Ken Saro-Wiwa)

Steve Prast, founder and managing director of EOS Solutions of Detroit, a company which has developed 3D simulation models for ExxonMobil, Shell, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and GE Energy

Rod Thonger, special projects director with RPS Energy, and a founder of Thonger Safety Associates, an oil and gas health and safety consultancy acquired by RPS in 2005.


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Agenda

9:00 Arrivals and Registration

9:30

David Bamford - Director - Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction



David Bamford is well known around the oil & gas industry both as an explorer and a geophysicist. He holds a Physics degree from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from the University of Birmingham.

Since 2004, he has been a non-executive director at Tullow Oil plc, being recruited for this position especially for his exploration knowledge. He serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committees, and was chairman of the latter, and Senior Independent Director, for 3 years prior to his retire from the board at the end of April 2014.

He was on the board of Premier Oil from May 2014 to May 2016.

He retired from BP plc in 2003, his last four positions being Chief Geophysicist (1990-1995), Business Unit Leader (General Manager) for first West Africa and then Norway (1995-1999), and finally Head of Exploration until 2003.

He has served on the boards of Paras Ltd, a small exploration and IS/IT consulting company in which he held 22% equity, until its sale to RPS Energy in 2008 and Welltec a/s, a Danish well engineering company, as the nominee of the private equity investor Riverside.

From 2012 to 201 he was on the board of ASX-quoted Australia Oriental Energy as a non-executive director.

He was a founder of Richmond Energy Partners, a small oil & gas research house, and several media companies that focus on the oil & gas sector, and has served as an advisor to Alliance Bernstein, Opus Executive, the Parkmead Group plc, and Kimmeridge Energy LLP. Since retiring from BP, he has undertaken asset and company valuation projects for investment banks, hedge funds and small oil companies.

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on the latest technological developments. It does this via hosting regular events and with an online social network of nearly 10,000 members.
9:40

Martin Shaw - managing director - Marine Operations and Assurance Management Solutions Ltd

Safety lessons from maritime operations, especially tankers


Martin Shaw is ex VP technical, fleet manager and vetting service manager, BP Shipping.:

· 37 years with BP 3 years consulting on marine operations and marine assurance
· In addition to involvement in tanker operations substantial involvement in the offshore sector
· As an officer on Iolair while building and into service as well as on PSV’s
· Involved with FPSO projects in Australia ( Cossack Pioneer) and West of Shetland ( bought Loch Rannoch shuttle tanker for Schiehallion)
· Involved in buying the Project Jigsaw Regional Support Vessels
· As Regional Director EMEA and TVP involved with Angola, Skarv, GoM
· Developed , negotiated, and gained approval for the Group Marine Standard which amongst other things covers the marine elements of FPSO’s. The standard is still in place in more or less its original form today.

Marine Operations and Assurance Management Solutions Ltd
MOAMS,Marine Operations and Assurance Management Solutions, is a different type of consultancy. MOAMS combines a deep knowledge of marine operations with research into the future of the industry.
10:15

Rod Thonger - Special Projects Director - RPS Energy

Macondo viewed from 2 years on

Talk Description.
The causes and effects of the Macondo well and the roles played by all the parties are known, and the share of blame is being slowly and painfully fought through the courts. What seems clear is that the event followed a common 'bow-tie' type pattern. Weaknesses in the system allowed there to be the single event of high pressure, high temperature gas escaping, followed by the explosion and weakness in systems to restrict the results.

The risks of major incidents are increasing as wells are drilled in deeper water, equipment becomes more complex, and reservoirs with higher pressures and weaker formations are broached. In reports to date we find the finger being firmly pointed at the culture of safety, and the attitudes of cost cutting and risk taking, so there is work to do. Following the Macondo event, the European Commission showed readiness to introduce legislation that would impinge on the combined efforts of operators, unions and regulators to find the best solutions to their activities. Strong representation has been able to influence these intentions, but as I write the Elgin gas blow out, in our own back yard, can only increase the possibility of a more restrictive regime.

The Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (CCRM) in its report of March 2011 identified the need for Risk Assessment and Management (RAM) and Best Available and Safest Technology (BAST) as matters for the US legislators to address. There are also statements about enhancing the safety culture of the organisations. This is more like the regime we are used to in the UK. It is certainly true that legislation is not enough; good operators will make their own standards that go much further, poor operators will see them as a necessary evil. The good companies have developed techniques for getting the standards and attitudes off the page and up to the front line of handling the equipment. This is why the culture is so important, and how much of an effect an experienced and knowledgeable HSE advisor can contribute. Techniques such as behavioural attitudes to safety, the 'soon certain and positive' trigger points and nudge theory all have a part to play alongside quality engineering and operating procedures. And now we wait to see where the legislators on both sides of the Atlantic will take us.

RPS Energy
RPS Energy provides a range of technical, commercial and project management support services to the international energy industry, covering geoscience, engineering and HS&E, with offices around the world.
10:50 Coffee & tea

11:15

Steve Prast - Founder and Managing Partner - EOS Solutions

Safety by Simulation!


Mr. Prast is the Founder and Managing Partner of EOS Solutions, LLC, where he has overseen the Company’s growth into a global leader in 4D simulation modeling and 3D visualization technologies. As one of the world’s foremost experts in discrete event simulation software and systems modeling, he has led a number of major 4D simulation projects for clients in the oil and gas, aerospace and defense industries. During nearly two decades of work in the engineering and software development sector, Mr. Prast held senior positions with Dassault Systemes, General Motors and managed a global service and implementation business. He holds a B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.

EOS Solutions
EOS Solutions, LLC uses 4D simulation and 3D visualization technology to neutralize the financial risk associated with operating large scale complex systems. The Company's advanced systems modeling techniques produce 4D simulations that make it possible to assess the viability of operational plans prior to making major capital investments. The 4D simulations EOS creates can help you understand any number of issues that may affect the profitability of a project during its life cycle, including: new technology, staffing levels, weather, equipment failure and delivery schedules.
As a global leader in operations research and systems modeling, EOS understands that poor collaboration among cross-functional groups can bring operations to an abrupt halt. That is why EOS offers 3D PDF Converter software to help ensure that critical 3D data moves efficiently throughout the supply chain in a universally accessible format. As the exclusive training, support and service provider for 3D PDF Converter software, EOS is equipped to help you integrate the collaborative power of 3D PDF into every aspect of the design and engineering process.
11:50

Mike Hogan - senior consultant - LINK Associates

Sustainable Reputation Management

Talk Description.
Don't let a Crisis turn into a Disaster!
After an initial career as a journalist with the London Financial Times and economics reporter with the BBC (including editing the famous ‘Panorama’ program), Mike Hogan joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers as head of European media relations, then joined Shell as head of global public relations.

During his time at Shell, 1996 to 2003, Shell ended up involved in two very challenging public debates, how to dispose of Brent Spa, and pollution in the Niger delta, with events leading to the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa by the Nigerian government.

Since working at Shell, Mr Hogan has also led a master’s degree in international public relations and crisis management at Cardiff Business School, Wales.

LINK Associates
Established in 1986, and with corporate centres in the UK, today we deliver an unrivalled training and consultancy service throughout the world. It's a service that's truly integrated and incorporates all areas of managing corporate risk including business continuity, crisis and emergency management, and health and safety.

We have over 50 consultants who combine the very latest academic theories with their professional expertise to bring innovative solutions to organisations across all continents and equip your management team with the right skills to manage today's and tomorrow's risks.
12:25

Taf Powell - Adviser, Offshore Regulation - European Commission

Facing the Challenge of the Safety of Offshore Oil and Gas Activities

Talk Description.
Introducing the European Commission proposal for regulation of offshore safety and environmental protection...............
Taf Powell is in the European Commission as an expert to advise the Commission in its programme for an offshore Regulation. He is from the UK where previously he was Director of HSE's Offshore Division, joining HSE from industry to work on the post Piper Alpha reforms and between 2006 and 2008 led the Government's independent investigation into the Buncefield explosions and fires.

European Commission
The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union. The body is responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the Union's treaties and the general day-to-day running of the Union
13:00 Raffle prize draw, followed by Lunch & refreshments

Sponsors of this event

RPS Energy
RPS Energy provides a range of technical, commercial and project management support services to the international energy industry, covering geoscience, engineering and HS&E, with offices around the world.

Tanker Operator
Tanker Operator is the world's leading publication for the tanker industry and a sister publication of Finding Petroleum / Digital Energy Journal. Edited by Ian Cochran, who has 45 years experience as a maritime industry journalist

Concept Smoke Systems
Add Realism to Fire Training - add Smoke

A fire at sea can be devastating. Ensuring that crews are trained in safe but highly realistic conditions can help them tackle a real fire with greater speed, efficiency and confidence - helping to minimise the damage to the vessel, its contents, the environment and of course the risk to life in the event of a real fire.

Concept's smoke systems are used throughout the world to create realistic, yet completely safe and controllable smoke conditions. Used exclusively on board every RN / RFA vessel - as well as operators (naval and merchant) throughout the world - and by major offshore training schools and organisations.

Exhibition Stands

Concept Smoke Systems
Add Realism to Fire Training - add Smoke

A fire at sea can be devastating. Ensuring that crews are trained in safe but highly realistic conditions can help them tackle a real fire with greater speed, efficiency and confidence - helping to minimise the damage to the vessel, its contents, the environment and of course the risk to life in the event of a real fire.

Concept's smoke systems are used throughout the world to create realistic, yet completely safe and controllable smoke conditions. Used exclusively on board every RN / RFA vessel - as well as operators (naval and merchant) throughout the world - and by major offshore training schools and organisations.

Registered Delegates

Tony Grindrod
Trustee
AAPG Europe
United Kingdom
Adam Marmaras
Event Organiser
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
Ramesh Shukla
Shareholder of exploration companies
None
United Kingdom
crispin jessop
Sales Manager
Allocate Software plc
Oluwafunsho Daniel

Greenwich Maritime Institute
United Kingdom
Peter Henley
Associate
Norton Rose LLP
United Kingdom
Lee Clarke
Product Manager
Allocate Software plc
United Kingdom
Alexander Chalke
Partner
Grosvenor Clive & Stokes
United Kingdom
Stuart MacCormack
Senior Consultant
OTM Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Laura Spencer
Associate Consultant
Bain & Company
Gary Warner
Business Development Manager
Haztek International
United Kingdom
David Bamford

Petromall Ltd
Emma Lonsdale
Associate Consultant
Bain & Company
United Kingdom
Michal Akrabi
International Oil and Gas Recruiter
Haztek International
United Kingdom
John Hother
MD
Proneta
United Kingdom
Brian Sowerby
IT Architect
BG
United Kingdom
Norman Hempstead
Director
Hempstead Geophysical Svcs
United Kingdom
Josh King
Analyst
RAB Capital
United Kingdom
John Pearce
Enterprise Architect
BG Group
United Kingdom
Alan Evans
Managing Director
Hydro Projects Limited
United Kingdom
Geraldine Tyas
Marketing Executive
Reed Exhibitions
United Kingdom
Steven Brooker
Senior Associate
Bond Pearce LLP
United Kingdom
Neena Makadia
Event Producer
IBC Energy
United Kingdom
Robert Snashall
Consultant
RGSConsult
United Kingdom
Alastair Shakeshaft
Director
BusinessPort Limited
United Kingdom
joseph cleary
commercial manager
IBC Energy
United Kingdom
Tim Endean
Principal Consultant
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Ian Moore
Principal
Capgemini
United Kingdom
IRINA BYCHKOVA
GLOBAL MARKET & SOLUTION DEVELOPMENT LEADER
IBM
United Kingdom
Martin Smith
Business Development Manager - Operations
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Andrew Dunnington
Operations
Concept Smoke Systems
United Kingdom
Nick Hough
technical adviser
IMCA
United Kingdom
Bernie Steel
Associate Director - Safety Services
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
trevor dunnington
MD
conceptr engineering ltd
United Kingdom
Luis Merida

Imperial College
United Kingdom
Dawn Murton
Events Manager
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Peter Farrington
Geophysicist
Consultant Geophysicist
United Kingdom
Irina Mosina

Imperial College
United Kingdom
Diego Dutra
Support Specialist
SafeKick
United Kingdom
Ann Barrett
Researcher in CCS
Cranfield University
United Kingdom
Martin Hayes
Drilling Advisor
Independent
United Kingdom
Martin Anderson
HSE Manager
Schlumberger
United Kingdom
John Wood
Industry Consultant
Dassault Systemes
United Kingdom
Boyd Ross
Principal Consultant
Infotechnics Ltd
Tom Martin
Director
Shikra Consulting
United Kingdom
Jennifer Simmonds
Client Executive - Oil & Gas
Dassault Systemes
United Kingdom
Mike Hogan
Senior consultant
Link Associates
David Murphy
Senior Account Manager
Spotfire
United Kingdom
David Reid

Dassault Systemes UK Ltd
United Kingdom
Richard Baldwin

Link Associates
Chris Jones
Senior Consultant
StrategicFit
United Kingdom
Humphrey Douglas
partner
Dentons
United Kingdom
Antonello Renno

Management Consultant
United Kingdom
Divya Patel

Student
United Kingdom
karl jeffery
Editor
Digital Energy Journal
United Kingdom
Martin Shaw
Managing Director
MOAMS Ltd
United Kingdom
Ian Cochran
Editor
Tanker Operator Ltd
Zoë Simms
Multi-client Survey Operations
Dolphin Geophysical
United Kingdom
neil dulling
Training manager
Mol tankship management (Europe) ltd
United Kingdom
George Reed
Director
Thorold Dewling Oil and Gas Recruitment
United Kingdom
Martin Blindheim
Managing Director
Energy Growth Partners Limited
United Kingdom
paul westgate
HSEQ Superintendent
MOLTANK Management
United Kingdom
Keith Capelin
Vice President
Troika International
United Kingdom
Stuart King
Hearts and Minds Programme Officer
Energy Institute
United Kingdom
Benjamin de Poumeyrol
Managing Consultant
Molten
United Kingdom
Keith Mutimer
Group Ops Mng
Tullow
United Kingdom
Steve Prast
Founder and Managing Partner
EOS Solutions
Elissa James

N/A
United Kingdom
James Gilmour
Senior Drilling Engineer
Tullow Oil
United Kingdom
Taf Powell
Expert advisor
European Commission
Belgium
Glen Burridge
Lead Consultant
NDB Consulting
United Kingdom
Conor Ryan
Geoscientist
Tullow Oil Plc
Ireland