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Control of Major Accident Hazards

17 – 20 February 2013

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam | The Empire Hotel & Country Club

About this workshop


Insufficient lifecycle considerations in projects can have a major impact, in terms of project delays and costs. However, more importantly incidents or accidents can affect the lives of individuals and their families, impact the company’s reputation or can significantly impact the community in the event of an environmental incident.

The management of lifecycle risks in projects is a key component of a project’s planning process. Currently, a risk based approach to decision making, design development, planning and project execution has had widespread acceptance in many countries. In light of recent major accidents, some regulators are beginning to focus on combining environmental, safety and sustainability cases into a single document as failures in one area can lead to consequences in another. A similar shift can be seen with some regulators requiring demonstration that the worst consequences of an incident can be dealt with rather than allow ALARP to demonstrate that further risk reduction is not warranted on the basis of cost/benefit. The workshop will explore techniques used to keep in line with regulatory trends and provide attendees with access to expert speakers who will lead discussion on methods and practices in this important area.

Key areas of focus include:

  • Industry failures to learn through a variety of recent case studies.
  • Sustainable Design and Operations refers to those activities undertaken during a project execution and subsequent facility operations that lead to increased social and environmental sustainability.
  • Technical Integrity of the activities undertaken during project execution that ensure the design conforms relevant internal and statutory design codes and requirements.
  • HSE in Design which refers to those activities undertaken during project design that lead to inherently safer asset lifecycle solutions.
  • Safety and the human factor
  • Aging facilities management and decommissioning

Focus and Objectives

This applied technology workshop will provide a platform for E&P industry practitioners of various disciplines, service providers, regulators as well as academicians and researchers to interact with each other, discuss and share concerns and experiences with respect to emerging issues, good practices and learning from incidents/failures.

Who Should Attend

This workshop will be of interest to E&P industry practitioners of various disciplines (project leads, project engineers, discipline engineers, HSE professionals and facilities engineers), service providers, regulators as well as academicians and researchers i.e. especially those that work in the areas of:

  • Front end and lifecycle engineering
  • Well, subsurface and facilities design
  • Verification and standards assurance
  • Operations and project management

Workshop Guidelines


1. Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
2. Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
3. Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten viewgraphs are entirely acceptable.
4. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees. A one-page summary will be prepared by the workshop co-chairpersons, which will be posted on the SPE website, and published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), if space permits. The copyright of the summary report will belong to SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, excessive commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation at the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

This workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the ATW.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be forwarded to registrants with the attendee package prior to the scheduled workshop in December 2012.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The workshop atmosphere is informal.


Delegates are advised to book their international airline tickets early from their country to Brunei Darussalam. Further detailed transportation information will be available and included in the attendee package, which will be sent to registrants in December 2012.

Delegates travelling to Brunei must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return or through tickets. Visa requirements depend on country of origin. Please check with your travel agent or the Brunei Embassy on regulations relating to immigration/visa before your departure.