Aker BP shall be a safe workplace, where the goal is to prevent any kind of harm. All who work for us – our employees, hired personnel and contractors – shall be able to perform their work in an environment where the emphasis is on the safety of all individuals in the workplace. Our facilities shall be in good condition, and they shall be planned, designed and maintained in a manner ensuring their technical integrity.
Aker BP shall achieve this goal by means of good risk management and by ensuring that health, safety and environment (HSE) is an integrated part of all our activities.
No activities can take place without an element of risk being present. This also applies to petroleum exploration and production. As an oil company, it is our responsibility to reduce this risk as much as possible, to avoid that our activities have adverse effects on people, the environment, or financial assets.
Identifying risk and understanding risk is necessary to prevent accidents and to ensure adequate emergency preparedness and reduce uncertainty. For each project, the miscellaneous variables that may induce risk in the project are reviewed and followed up throughout the duration of the project. Aker BP may reduce uncertainty by performing various analyses and studies, by exploiting amassed know-how and experience, and by employing scientific methods.
Risk management in drilling projects
Qualitative risk analyses and emergency preparedness analyses are carried out for the drilling rigs employed by Aker BP. On the basis of these analyses, we perform area-specific assessments and identify specific actions aimed at reducing risk in our drilling operations.
Area-specific assessments include: Mapping of natural resources and environmental issues, collision studies, rig relocation, anchor handling, well design and weather conditions.
Determining whether the decision-making basis is sufficient constitutes an essential part of Aker BP’s risk management, and the company assesses the need for additional risk reduction before the decision to initiate the activity is made.
If risk changes, or if a situation should arise during the course of a project, Aker BP will always perform an assessment of whether the change will have an impact on the assumptions. If this is the case, a new risk assessment is performed.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has published information pertaining to risk, risk management, and facts and statistics related to the risk level on the Norwegian Shelf, read more here.