The oil and gas industry and Indigenous Peoples have increasingly coming into contact over the past few decades as the search for new oil and gas resources has led to more exploration and development in lands that Indigenous Peoples traditionally occupy or customarily use. These distinct social groups require special consideration from the companies which impact their territory and livelihoods. Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) is a process whereby affected Indigenous Peoples have the free choice, based on sufficient and timely information concerning the benefits and disadvantages of the project, of whether and how these activities occur, according to their systems of customary decision-making. Although there is a certain amount of consensus between governments, NGOs and companies on the need for FPIC with Indigenous Peoples in negotiation and decision-making processes, the concept of consent is hard to implement. Many governments question the right to consent for Indigenous Peoples over oil and gas developments of national significance in their territories, while many companies have concerns over the practicalities of applying and enforcing FPIC. As a result of this ongoing debate FPIC is interpreted differently in different contexts, creating an uncertain operating environment for companies. The panel will seek to better understand Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and its concepts, and the varied interpretation and practical approaches related to it bringing in views from oil and gas, mining, international finance institutions and non-governmental organisations.
Anupama Mohan, Statoil, Chair of IPIECA Indigenous Peoples and FPIC Task Force
The Macondo incident has had far-reaching consequences on the offshore oil and gas industry. Industry has delivered technical and operational innovations to address lessons learned, partly through the use of Joint Industry Projects (JIPs). Regulators have also increased oversight in this area including the 2014 European Union Safety of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations Directive. This session will highlight advances and practical solutions for spill response planning such as technical developments, compliance with new regulations, and operational implementation.
Safety is a journey that began decades ago and went through different phases to tackle incidents: engineering, management, systems, certification and “culture.” It is now several years since the concept of a “safety culture” has been successfully introduced into the oil and gas industry. In this panel session, we will try to answer some basic questions that have arisen during this time from operators, drilling contractors, and third parties.
John M. Karish, GtZ Consulting
Tony Johnson, Transocean
Liv Nielsen, ENI Norge
Tore Wirum Sand, Statoil
When projects go well, we also know that there are aspects that go less well, in relation to social engagement and social impact. How do these tie together, what more could be done, and what could be done better? The extensive experience accumulated by the speakers is worth sharing, and debating. Our panellists believe that a candid exchange will be worth a thousand pages of dense analysis. We welcome all those who have been waiting for an opportunity to hear about concrete real life stories, and to exchange in a dispassionate and concerned manner for the advancement of social responsibility.
Kelly J. Moynihan, ExxonMobil
O&G operations occur in a wide range of natural environments with different degrees of ecological sensitivity, in different operational and socioeconomic contexts, and in compliance with varying regulatory regimes. This panel session will provide perspectives and practical experiences on good practices, innovative conservation concepts and the use of the mitigation hierarchy in order to timely and effectively mitigate all potential impacts on biodiversity and generate conservation benefits in collaboration with key biodiversity stakeholders such as science-based local and international NGOs, Universities and scientific Institutions. Different approaches, challenges and opportunities will be addressed by representatives from NGOs, O&G industry and consultants.
Jeffrey Jeter, EBRD
This panel presents an opportunity for six informed speakers to describe and discuss the holistic issues around worker health and wellness. The first part of the panel will focus on the ways in which off-the-job factors, including stress, the camp environment and the fly-in-fly-out commute, affect job satisfaction and performance. The second part of the panel focuses on how management systems can influence corporate decision-making around health resourcing.
Alexander Barbey, Schlumberger
Philip Sharples, United Healthcare International
We all say “HSE first" but when it comes down to making practical decisions under performance pressure, things may not always pan out as planned. With many different and often competing demands on limited human and financial resources, prioritising decisions and assessing the HSE implications of orders or actions is not easy. The session starts with a short film based on a true story of how “HSE first” policy is difficult to turn into practice - and how the clearest of initial messages, as it travels along the chain of command, can become lost against the background of competing demands. During the session, you are invited to reflect on challenges in translating policy into practice, and the mindset this requires. The panellists will debate these issues and share their experiences of how practical time- and resource constraints can impact on the operator at the "sharp end“, leading to potential HSE risks materialising, despite clear policies.
Ylva Maria Gilbert, Gaia Consulting
Historically the energy prices have fluctuated dramatically over short periods of time due to small changes in demand-supply function. Rapid fluctuations have a significant impact on the number of drilling rigs working, the number of projects that are initiated, and the number of people employed within the industry. In cases of both rapidly increasing or rapidly decreasing prices, there is a potential impact on safety due to cost pressure in downturns and skills gaps in upturns. Currently, there is considerable pressure to reduce costs in operating facilities and support services to sustain their businesses. The challenges to the HSE discipline during these fluctuations, are: • Acquiring or retaining high quality people, contractors and corporate memory during fluctuations. • The need to innovate and focus on delivery efficiency and value added HSE activities Incidents have tended to occur during peaks and troughs. • Maintaining the focus of leadership, management and front line personnel to HSE matters when their livelihoods are potentially at risk, or to deliver aggressive development programmes. This challenge often results in opportunities to rethink, re-engineer, and optimise our efforts to improve HSE performance. The panel discussion will present the views of operating companies, drilling contractors, engineering contractors, fabricators, and service companies in responding to these challenges. Further, it will provide a venue for a discussion on the opportunities created by these challenges, and suggest ways in which working together could result in HSE performance improvements aligned with business improvements.