March 2017, personnel of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in charge of well operations (Wells Leaders), organized a HSE Forum for CEOs of contracting firms. Our CEO, Kayode Thomas, was represented at the event by Assistant QHSE Manager, Chudi Ethelbert and Senior Product Specialist – Flow Control, Chinedu Nnenanya.

The forum was chaired by Mr. Isaac Iyamu, General Manager, Wells, at SPDC. He brought a message of hope to contractors amidst the difficult times in the oil and gas industry, indicating that new business prospects and proposed projects in 2017 and 2018 abound.

Several discussions were held on the need to maintain Goal Zero in 2017. The Goal Zero is used to describe the SPDC’s quest to guarantee zero Lost Time Injury (LTI) and prevent workplace fatalities. The responsibilities across both company and contractors that will make the Goal Zero a success were also highlighted. There were presentations by nominated contractors and individuals on the importance of a good Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) culture, environmental friendly operations and the need for good health planning and relaxation. The presence of ‘black soot’ in Port Harcourt was also deliberated upon at the sessions and recommendations proffered for identifying the source of the soot and managing it.

On business prospects for 2017, the Well Engineering Manager, SPDC, Mr. Mathias Akhideno, informed participants at the forum that the company projected drilling about 12 wells and carry out testing of about 20 wells. He also explained that the Assa-North Well would be delivered within the shortest possible time.

The representatives of BOG’s CEO at the session returned with points for improvement, covering needs for robust and effective HSE planning; need for alignment of such with SPDC methods; the importance of Senior Management leadership commitment to HSE plans and programmes; standard journey management and security; need for continued HSE competence development; and health planning.

L-R: Departmental Head of Well Head Maintenance, SPDC, Olatunji Williams; Assistant QHSE Manager, BOG, Chudi Ethelbert; and Senior Product Specialist – Flow Control, Chinedu Nnenanya, during the forum.

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