STAVANGER, Norway – Equinor is working on a new process safety project.
The company is seeking to improve its understanding of risk, compliance, and competence to operate its offshore and onshore installations more safely, and prevent major accidents occurring in the future.
According to CEO Anders Opedal, the project team will devise recommendations and co-operate with relevant individuals at Equinor on execution plans for safety measures, supported by safety delegates and employee representatives.
The company continues to co-operate on safety initiatives involving suppliers and operators sharing their experience.
Some are participating in the web-based safety co-operation Always Safe (alwayssafe.no), established by Equinor, Aker BP, and Vår Energi.
During 4Q 2020, Equinor reported 15 serious incidents and ‘near-misses.’ These included hydrocarbon leaks, dropped objects, personal injuries, and incidents involving processing and production equipment.
In the North Sea, the company has received permission from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to use the semisubmersible Deepsea Atlantic for plugging, drilling and completion of wells on the Tordis field.
Tordis is in between the Statfjord and Gullfaks fields, in a water depth of 150-220 m (492-722 ft). Production started in 1994: the field was developed via a central subsea manifold tied-back to Gullfaks C, which also supplies water for injection.
Seven single-well satellites and two subsea templates are currently tied back to the manifold.