Oil & Gas Projects

Project Title Client Industry Date Duration Project Summary

Safety Case Handbook

Marathon Oil (UK)

Oil & Gas

1993

1 months

Working under sub-contract to FETL, PM Safety Consultants Limited took the lead technical role in Stage 1 of the preparation of the Safety Case handbook for Brae A, Brae B and East Brae. The Safety Case handbook was aimed at demonstrating work-force participation and understanding of the Safety Case to the HSE. Stage 1 of the process was the interview of key post holders to outline and scope out the detailed requirements for the Safety Case. One of the key issues was interpretation of the Quantified Risk Analysis (QRA) using data from risks in other industries and other types of voluntary activities such as smoking.

Peer Review of Safety Cases

Conoco UK Limited

Oil & Gas

1993

1 month

Working under sub-contract to the FETL/ALTRA Joint Venture, PMSC Limited took a lead role in the technical aspects of the peer review of the Section 5s (Control of Major Hazards) for the following installation safety cases:

  • Murdoch and Caister (NNMI)
  • Lyell (sub-sea) fixed and combined operations
  • Murchison

This work required firstly a broad review of the Section 5 content, and secondly a point by point review of content against HSE safety case regulations. The later stage was undertaken with the use of a proforma matrix, which PMSC personnel helped to develop.

The results of this peer review, together with a description of the methods used, were proposed to be included within the Conoco Safety Case for submission to the HSE (OSD).

Post Project Note

The Conoco Safety Cases were accepted by the HSE OSD.

Risk Analysis Specification for the West of Shetland Field Development

Allott & Lomax for Allomax

Oil & Gas

1995

1 week

Working directly for Allott & Lomax on behalf of British Petroleum, PM Safety Consultants Limited personnel prepared a specification for a Risk Analysis framework for the West of Shetland field development. The specification focused on providing a framework within which engineering decisions could be made, to ensure that the risk posed by the sub-sea facilities was acceptable and as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).

Production of a Generic Quantified Risk Assessment Template

British Gas Exploration & Production

Oil & Gas

1995

4 months

Working directly for British Gas E&P, PM Safety Consultants Limited personnel prepared a generic risk analysis template using the Fault and Event Tree construction and analysis tool "Fault Tree Plus".

The model developed was for a representative range of initiating fault conditions, and considered the level of fatality and injury under certain cascading conditions. The full details of the model are confidential, however, the model is capable of being fully automated to produce a cumulative frequency versus consequences curve as the end product. Since the model is fully automated, if the demographics of the platform are changed, the model can be edited electronically within a few hours to produce the new answer. Hence, the model provides the user with great power and flexibility in the production of sensitivity analysis.

Secondment of PMSC Personnel

Stratex Worley Joint Venture

Oil & Gas

1996

7 months

Working directly for the Stratex Worley Joint Venture, PM Safety Consultants Limited personnel prepared a reliability model using the Reliability, Availability, Maintainability Package (RAMP) software for a gas conditioning plant for a client in Brunei. Further details are confidential.

Secondment of PMSC Personnel to Australia

Qest Group

Oil & Gas

1996/1997

30 months

Working directly for Qest in Melboune, Australia, PM Safety Consultants Limited personnel were seconded to work on drilling work over safety case production. This work involved the traditional frequency and consequence assessment in support of the safety case development. Further details of this project are confidential and cannot be disclosed.

Secondment of PMSC Personnel to Australia

Qest Group

Oil & Gas

1997/1998

20 months

Working directly for Qest in melbourne, Australia, PM Safety Consultants Limited personnel were seconded to work on various safety projects for a range of oil and gas operators and design companies, including Premier Oil, Kvaeverner, Australian Department of Defence, ESSO Australia and various confidential gas clients. The specific details of each assignment remain confidential.

HSE CDM File for Lockerly Gas Compression Station

Stone & Webster for Transco

Oil & Gas

1997

3 months

PM Safety Consultants Limited was contracted by Stone & Webster, on behalf of Transco, to set up the HSE Management System and CDM Health & Safety file for a new build gas compression station project. During the course of the project several visits were made to the site and to contractors' premises to audit their Safety Management procedures for site construction works. Site audits were also conducted and the Health & Safety file maintained pending audit by the HSE.

Safety Management & Hazards Identification

Transco

Oil & Gas

1997/1998

12 months

A PM Safety Consultants Limited senior engineer acted as the Safety Manager for a series of upgrades to existing gas compression stations at Bishop Auckland and Carnforth, and for a new build project in Aberdeen. The work involved management of safety at the design stage, and several visits to the site were made to ensure compliance with both CDM site safety regulations and design safety requirements. Additionally, several HAZOP (Hazards Identification) sessions were chaired by PM Safety Consultants Limited, and a detailed hazards log was maintained. PMSC Limited also project-managed the Quantified Risk Assessment (QRA) for potential fires and explosions at each site. During the project the emphasis was clearly placed on cascading design controls into the actual work on site to assure safety.

Following on from the successful conclusion of the safety work within the scope of SWEL, PM Safety Consultants Limited was retained directly by Transco to perform safety analysis work beyond the scope of SWEL but within the overall scope of the project. This involved a series of HAZOPs associated with the operation of the Dresser Rand gas turbines being used at Aberdeen. The existing Hazards Log was thus extended to include the actuating gas system and the gas calorimeter devices. Additionally, a full scale reliability analysis of a gas compression station was conducted on behalf of Transco, using FMECA and Fault Tree Analysis. Fault Tree Plus software was used in the study, which involved a further three months working directly for Transco.

RCM / Safety Management for VICO, Kalimantan

VICO (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Oil & Gas

1998/1999

12 months

Working on a sub-contract arrangement with Worley Engineering in Jakarta (Ceria Worley), PM Safety Consultants Limited seconded an engineer to a gas compression station in Kalimantan, owned and operated by VICO. The remit was to conduct hands-on RCM and other site safety management functions on a one month on, one month off cycle.