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Protests Halt Output From Libyan Fields

Source: Upstream | 1 July 2013

Protesting workers demanding better work conditions have halted production at a number of oilfields operated by Libyan state operating venture Zuetina Oil Company, reports have said.

Demonstrations have affected output at three fields, an engineer at the Zuetina export terminal in eastern Libya told Reuters.

“The protest started at the 103 D field then spread to 103 A and Zala oilfields, and now the port has been affected, too,” the engineer said.

 

SPE Holds First HSE Conference in Latin America

Source: 18 June 2013

SPE is holding the first Latin American conference on HSE 26–27 June in Lima, Peru. The SPE Latin American and Caribbean Health, Safety, Social Responsibility, and Environmental Conference will bring together experts from two geographic locations to share best practices, technological advances, and new ideas for HSE.

Experts from Latin America and the Caribbean will conduct more than 50 technical and poster presentations that showcase the latest technological advances and innovative applications in HSE. The opening plenary session, “How to Address and Obtain a License To Operate in Sensitive Areas,” features an in‐depth discussion on social and safety risks, control and transportation of hazardous materials, wastewater treatment, and more.

The second day’s plenary session, “Measures and Improvements After Industry Accidents,” addresses the lessons learned from previous accidents and the latest measures and improvements in managing the prevention and response of oil spills.

“This conference is important to the Latin American and Caribbean regions,” said Carlos Arturo Rosas Mota, conference program committee chairman and HSE manager for Schlumberger Peru. “It is a great opportunity to share best practices and case histories and to learn from each other’s experience. Doing so will help us in our efforts to improve HSE performance for the betterment of the entire industry and all its stakeholders.”

Technical sessions, which will have simultaneous translation in English and Spanish, fall into five categories.

  • Environment: Topics include “Designing an Optimal Offshore Pipeline Route To Minimize Impacts on Coastal and Marine Biodiversity,” “The New Structure for International Oil Spill and Preparedness & Response,” and “The Challenges for the Treatment of Drilling Fluid Wastes Generated by E&P Industry in Brazil.”
  • HSE Management: Topics include “The Human Chain—A Different Approach to Behavior Safety Program Through the Use of Social Marketing Concepts,” “Assessing Risks and Regulating Safety Standards in the Oil and Gas Industry: The Peruvian Experience,” and “Building Strong Stakeholder Relations and Minimizing Operational Risks in the Oil and Gas Industry Through Market‐Based Certification.”
  • Social Responsibility: Topics include “The Social Side of Unconventional Oil and Gas in Latin America,” “Innovative Ways to Inspire New Employees to Embrace an HSE Culture,” and “Social Responsibility: A Comparative Study of Oil Majors—Who is the Best?”
  • Safety: Topics include “Integrity Management System Based on Risk Analysis: A Tool to Prevent Failures on Pipelines Which Cross Amazonian Jungles and the Andes,” and “A Study of Rollover Occupant Injury Mitigation Using Dynamic Testing To Evaluate Alternative Protection Systems.”
  • Health: Topics include “Improving the Health of the Workforce May Improve Work Performance,” “Cardiovascular Risk Impact in the Oil Industry,” and “Obesity in the Oil and Gas Industry Population.”

The conference includes an exhibition that will showcase some of the latest developments and trends in HSE.

BP Withdraws Staff From Libya

Source: Rigzone | 13 May 2013

BP is withdrawing some of its staff from Libya amid the potential for violence in the country.

BP said on 12 May that it was withdrawing nonessential overseas staff from Libya “as a precautionary measure” following advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. However, BP said that its Libyan staff remain in its office in the country.

DOE Recognizes WIPP Security Force for Outstanding Safety

Source: US Department of Energy | 10 May 2013

US Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco (right) presents the Star of Excellence Award to Security Walls Manager Richard De Los Santos.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Security Walls, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s (WIPP) Security Protective Force, with a Star of Excellence Award in the Voluntary Protection Program for the fifth consecutive year.

“I’m very pleased to present this recognition to the WIPP Protective Force, which is the only security force within the DOE complex to receive ‘Legacy Star’ status,” said DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager Joe Franco, who presented the award to Security Walls Manager Richard De Los Santos this week. CBFO has responsibility for WIPP and the National Transuranic Program.

“They can be very proud of this accomplishment and the close attention to detail it takes to achieve it,” Franco said. “It shows a strong commitment to safety and security at WIPP.”

To receive a Star of Excellence Award, an organization must achieve an injury rate 75 percent below the industry average.

Algerian Complex Restarts Oil Production After Attack

Source: Rigzone | 9 May 2013

El Merk oil complex in Algeria’s Sahara, in a rare piece of positive news for the country’s hydrocarbons sector after a January terrorist attack, has restarted oil production.

Algerian state news agency APS, citing sources close to the operation, said Anadarko and Sonatrach had started pumping from El Merk’s fields in March but had only delivered its first oil outside the complex on 3 May. The complex, which includes a plant to process the hydrocarbons, will produce 127,000 B/D of crude oil and condensates by the end of this year, according to APS. Anadarko also said late Monday it had started production from El Merk.

Escalating Violence Holds Back Libya’s Oil, Gas Sector

Source: Rigzone | 17 April 2013

Two years on from the revolution that ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi and his regime, Libya is still suffering from violence that is threatening to hold back the country’s oil and gas sector from returning to prewar levels of production.

Before the 2011 revolution, Libya had been a major oil producer. With Africa’s largest proven reserves of sweet oil (some 40 billion bbl), the country had been producing at a rate of around 1.6 million BOPD, according to the Libyan National Oil Company. Libya’s Deputy Oil Minister Omar Shakmak recently stated that the government plans to increase current production from 1.5 million BOEPD to 1.7 million BOEPD by the end of this year.

But recent violence between various militias, along with less-violent actions such as strikes and protests, could scupper that plan.

Oil Explorers Beware: Hackers Are Eyeing What You Know

Source: Oilprice.com

While most would think that the risks junior oil and gas companies are taking in exploring new frontiers as far away as the remote reaches of Africa are related to government instability and conflict, another risk they face is right at home and lies right beyond their network firewalls.

Cyber security breaches are becoming more commonplace as the ranks of junior companies swell and take on new exploration venues with a great deal of energy. But, at home, their firewalls are not safe and hackers are being paid to find out what juicy exploration news is being discussed in their boardrooms.

Industry Seeks To Address New Face of Risk

Source: Rigzone

The risks facing today’s oil and gas industry have grown in number and complexity, with companies having little time in some cases to sit and think before they react, according to a panel of industry officials at the recent IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston.

The industry not only faces risks on new fronts such as cyberattacks, such as the one experienced by Saudi Aramco last year, but its process of how companies deal with governments and how it defines political risks has changed, said Bob Fryklund, vice president of energy research at IHS, who moderated the panel.

On one side of political risk is expropriation of assets and on the other is regime change, such as the recent death of Hugo Chavez and realm of uncertainty it brings. Geopolitical events such as last year’s uprising in Libya add an additional layer of risk.

“We need to think of these risks in the totality, not just the initial reaction,” Fryklund commented.

Report Examines Cyber Security in Energy

Source: PWC

The recent cyber attack on the Energy Department and the executive order issued titled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” proves that cyber security is a major issue in the energy market that needs to be addressed.

A report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers  attempts to show how a business-focused strategy can help companies navigate through the uncertainties of cyber incidents.

The report, titled “Embedding Cyber Security Into the Energy Ecosystem: An Integrated Approach To Assessing Cyber Threats and Protecting Your Assets,” lists key points that energy companies should consider when developing a cyber security strategy, including

Take charge of your cyber security: Energy companies that embed security into strategic decision-making across the business are able to recognize current and future security risks, navigate the threat landscape in pursuit of business opportunities, and allocate security resources more effectively.

Know what you need to know: Knowing how an adversary regards an organization and the fact that the cyber-threat landscape changes daily is important when developing a leading cyber security strategy.

Have a smart, proactive action plan: Successful companies implement a security information sharing plan that encompasses enterprise ecosystems, industry peers, cross-industry groups, and government agencies.

Total CEO Wants To Raise Security at Installations Abroad

Source: Platts

France’s Total is looking to improve the security of its installations abroad in the wake of the attack on the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria, Total CEO Christophe de Margerie said Thursday.

He also said Total had already acted to reduce the threat to its staff in Nigeria given the continued insecurity in parts of the country.

“We are concerned about security in 2013 after what’s happened,” de Margerie told reporters at a briefing in London.

Militants seized and killed a number of workers at the In Amenas facility last month, with some reports saying the attackers had help from inside the plant.

Report: Oil and Gas Infrastructure Vulnerabilities Drive Security Spending

Source: Security Week

Recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan shows that the security of critical facilities remains the topmost priority for the global oil and gas industry. Accordingly, these markets are increasing the amount spent on security offerings, including those offering integrated and flexible solutions with rounded protection.

Escalating demand for oil and gas, the construction of new facilities, and physical and cyber threats to these installations have led to growth in the oil and gas infrastructure security market, the report explains. The market earned revenues of $18.31 billion in 2011 and estimates this to reach $31.27 billion in 2021.

 

Energy Firms Seek New Answer to Security Risks

Source: Dow Jones Newswires via Rigzone

This month’s attack on an Algerian gas plant is forcing global oil giants to rethink protection of oil fields from the Middle East and Africa, a new reality that could potentially boost the cost of crude production.

Major oil companies have long been a target of kidnappings and low-level sabotage, but the unprecedented scale of the Algeria attack will likely result in new levels of protection.

The growing threat was underscored again late Sunday when unknown attackers assaulted guards protecting an Algerian natural-gas pipeline on the southern edge of Kabilya, an al Qaeda stronghold, leaving three dead and wounding others, an official with Algerian state-oil company Sonatrach said.

Meanwhile, BP said the Algerian attack had prompted it to review plans to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas in neighboring Libya later this year. “No decisions have been taken,” a spokesman said.