Extract from The Observer 20 December 1998 page 34 Article headline: Oil behemoth that must evolve Our pdf file The Observer 20 December 1998 Page 34
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Nexus: Thanks John for the update on OSSL. It is disappointing to read that this saga has not been concluded satisfactorily. I expect something interesting is about to be announced about Nigeria strategy first week of September.
Relieved: LondonLad: Cheers to you. The oil field is indeed no place for any form of drug abuse, at any time, and that includes alcohol.
Elmer Fud: You misunderstand, LondonLad. I am not a user and would want to see any users among my colleagues. My point is: if "No drugs" is you company policy, then fine - nothing wrong with that. As multinational corp you really don't have an option of imposing a different policy upon your employees. But having a policy of something: "No drugs at work", if you think about it actually implies: "What you do off duty (including drugs) is your own business". And after that they speak of how they want you to be their ambassador, also outside work - taking drugs - that’s some proper ambassadorship. Or they trying to appeal to the recreational drug-users among their employees, in a desperate attempt to make employees love Shell like it’s their mother. I don't know… Maybe they just phrased it wrong, in which case someone was not thinking straight. Hey, maybe that someone took drugs the night before he drafted the policy…
Outsider: Beer and wine were available in Shell canteens in the Netherlands until the early 1990s. On North Sea production platforms two cans of beer were available to everyone each day until at least the early 1980s, and also on many European flagged drilling vessels. On French (Forex Neptune, Foramer) and Italian (Saipem) rigs alcohol was available comparatively recently - I haven't been offshore for a while so I don't know the current situation. Transocean and Pride probably do not allow alcohol on the former Forex Neptune and Foramer rigs.
LondonLad: Wow I unusually find myself agreeing with both “Outsider” and “Relieved” over drugs and alcohol usage on the rigs / in the office etc. Neither were acceptable in RDS during my time (and weren’t in any other major company). Seems that old “Elmer Fud” has fired a dud with his stupid commentary on the issue – off to the Betty Ford clinic for you my lad.
Nexus: SNEPCO office relocation to Warri - good points raised. I also remember Warri being a thriving community and Shell roots being in Warri for many years, before the violence and local corruption commenced. Zik I would suggest that you also need to petition a number of authorities, such as NNPC, NAPIMS and the Federal Government, as they have more local producing assets / blocks than SNEPCO, which has one block 121 km from Warri. Please also note Shell has the Forcados Terminal near Warri, the only operator in Nigeria to do so. I am personally appalled that the so called Governors, Lawmakers and people who say the represent the people of Nigeria continue to support that idiot of a President. In some respects times were better under Abacha,
Nexus: Addressing the comments on drugs and alcohol - Shell has a clear D&A Policy, and those who seek help will receive it from Shell. Please also bear in mind that the D&A policy is not just about illicit narcotics, but also covers prescribed medicine that May effect an individual's ability to perform a task. I would like to know what has happened with OSSL and their grievances with Shell.
Outsider: Working and living offshore is not the most satisfying experience, and there is no doubt that in spite of drugs testing and termination of people failing urine tests, there are people who seek respite from the rig environment by using substances that are illegal in some jurisdictions. The most effective way to stop this is to permit small quantities of alcohol as was the case in the past.
Relieved: With regard to the 'drugs' comments, I don't know about any of you folks, but I wouldn't want to be working the big rigs with people who were shooting up on their 'off time'. The oil field is no place for people who do drugs. These people put others at risk of serious injury or death.
Outsider: I'm not familiar with the rules, but Shell is a Dutch company