01/06/2009 - 15:27

Woodside, Chevron win APPEA awards

01/06/2009 - 15:27

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Woodside Petroleum and Chevron have been recognised as leaders of safety and environmental practices at the 2009 Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference in Darwin.

Woodside Petroleum and Chevron have been recognised as leaders of safety and environmental practices at the 2009 Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference in Darwin.

The accolades were awarded based on companies that had the best safety performance and innovative approaches to safety.

The winner of the Safety Performance Award, Chevron, went a step further by implementing a successful workplace safety scheme.

"Chevron Australia implemented an extremely comprehensive and innovative strain and sprain injury prevention program for all of their employees, culminating in results that speak for themselves," APPEA chief executive officer Belinda Robinson said in a statement.

Woodside took out the Safety Innovation Award for its dedication to a safety culture that had appeal for wider industry use while Coffey won the Contractor Safety Innovation Award.

"Woodside Energy has successfully defined what it means to have a safety culture with a world leading approach that has potential for broad industry wide application," Ms Robinson said.

Woodside also won the APPEA Environment Award for their extensive research into the effects of appraisal activity to the surrounding marine environment at Scott Reef.

Also announced at the conference was the winner of the JN Pierce Award for Media Excellence.

In an APPEA first, the award was given to an editor, Chris Mitchell of The Australian.

"Over the past twelve months The Australian's in-depth coverage of a range of public policy issues affecting Australia's upstream oil and gas industry has been of a consistently high standard," Ms Robinson said.

 

Two announcements are pasted below:

 

A safer oil & gas industry: recognising and rewarding innovation

Australia's most innovative upstream oil & gas companies were recognised at the 2009 APPEA Conference this morning, as part of the prestigious annual APPEA Safety Awards sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Initiatives that prevent the incidence of strain and sprain injuries, a framework that makes tangible the concept of safety culture, and the application of new technology for the positioning of jack-up barges have received accolades from judges in the 2008 APPEA Safety Awards, announced by Chief Executive Belinda Robinson during the opening session of the 2009 APPEA conference.

"Each year APPEA recognises the outstanding efforts of member companies to improve their safety performance. Within our Industry, the safety and health of every employee, contractor, customer and member of the general public is central to the way we operate," Ms Robinson said.

The Minister for Resources and Energy, the Hon Martin Ferguson, AO, MP presented the Safety Performance Award to the winning company, Chevron Australia.

Woodside Energy Limited took out the Safety Innovation Award, and Coffey won the Contractor Safety Innovation Award.

Only companies with the best safety performance and innovative approaches are short listed for APPEA's Safety Performance Award with the overall winner chosen on the basis of an initiative or innovation that has led to a significant improvement in injury rates.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce that Chevron Australia is the winner of this year's Safety Performance Award. Chevron Australia implemented an extremely comprehensive and innovative strain and sprain injury prevention program for all of their employees, culminating in results that speak for themselves," Ms Robinson said.

The APPEA Safety Innovation Award is judged on the merits of a safety initiative undertaken or implemented in 2008.

Ms Robinson said that the judges were also impressed by the in-house development of Woodside's winning safety culture framework.

"Woodside Energy has successfully defined what it means to have a safety culture with a world leading approach that has potential for broad industry wide application," Ms Robinson said.

Announcing Coffey as the winner of this year's Contractor Safety Innovation Award, Ms Robinson commended Coffey for their innovative use of technology in substantially reducing risk during the positioning of jack-up barges.

Ms Robinson told conference delegates that the industry must continue to work together and work hard to improve our safety performance.

"Through participation in the APPEA Safety Awards, individuals and work teams are demonstrating a proactive approach to making the workplace safer. Improving safety is something we must consciously action every hour of the day, every day of the year if we are to meet our goal of becoming a global leader in safety" Ms Robinson said.

 

Woodside Wins APPEA Environment Award

 

Woodside Energy has won APPEA's 2008 Environment Award sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers for its pioneering research into the effects of appraisal activity on the surrounding marine environment at Scott Reef.

Announcing the award during the opening session of the APPEA conference, APPEA Chief Executive Belinda Robinson said that the extensive environmental research and monitoring prior to, during and after the Woodside-operated Browse Joint Venture's appraisal activities have demonstrated that these activities were, and can continue to be, carried out without a detrimental environmental impact.

"The judges were highly impressed by the Gigas and Maxima seismic survey research programs and the appraisal drilling undertaken by Woodside. The programs have significantly improved the understanding of the impact of oil and gas appraisal activities," said Ms Robinson.

Woodside's Gigas survey measured the impact of ocean bottom cable seismic surveys in shallow waters (< 20 m depth) on coral and fish communities.

The Maxima research program quantified the impacts of seismic activity on coral and fish as well as providing key results on the overall impacts of seismic on marine life.

Appraisal drilling on the Torosa-6 well at Scott Reef left a very small footprint, restricted to just the small legs of the jack-up rig through the innovative use of riserless mud recovery systems to recover all cuttings from the well. The result was verified through remotely operated underwater video surveys of the seafloor.

Ms Robinson said that the results of this research have demonstrated that the effects of oil and gas appraisal activity on the surrounding environment, even in sensitive areas, are much lower with quicker recovery rates than previously thought.

"Australia's oil and gas industry recognises that its environmental credentials and commitment to continuous improvement are critical factors in engendering and maintaining the confidence of Australian communities and governments," said Ms Robinson.

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