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Step Change in Safety issues new hydrocarbon release reduction target

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Following the near halving of hydrocarbon releases by the UK offshore oil and gas industry between 2010 and 2013, Step Change in Safety is challenging the industry to achieve another 50 per cent reduction by March 2016. Hydrocarbon releases can be precursors to major incidents offshore and are a key indicator of safety performance relating to asset integrity, as set out by the Health and Safety Executive.

This drive to reduce hydrocarbon releases still further is supported by a commitment from industry to share the lessons identified from the past and to take action to apply those lessons to procedures and working practices.

Geoff Holmes, CEO of Talisman Sinopec and co-chair of Step Change in Safety''s Asset Integrity Steering Group, said: "It is important to recognise this is an aggressive target but it is one which I am confident will drive the further step change in the level of engagement between senior leaders and the workforce. Focusing on process safety and protecting people from harm remain top priorities at all times."
Alan Johnstone, AMEC''s Brownfield managing director and also co-chair of the Asset Integrity Steering Group, said "The significant achievement made so far in reducing hydrocarbon releases demonstrates the whole industry''s commitment to safety and our combined ability to achieve through collaborative effort. We will be enthusiastic in stepping up to the challenge of a further 50% reduction in hydrocarbon releases by March 2016."



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