Shell is the largest operator in the North Sea and a Multi National in the top 50 Companies in the world. To have an Improvement notice served on them by the HSE for the repair of corroded facilities beggars’ belief, especially following the recent fatal accident case prosecution and fatal accident enquiry result.
What has happened to the Management processes that are in position to take care of such mundane matters?
Shell consistently shouts from the rooftops that safety is the highest priority at all times. Any critics who raise doubts are barraged with extreme denial that there are any problems. Mr Bill Campbell has found that out even when acting in his capacity of an employed internal Auditor. (see www.shellnews.net for more details) .
Oil and Gas Platforms have been in the Northern North Sea for more that 35 years and corrosion is an expensive item to keep at bay. Being proactive is the name of the game but then Shell has been caught using neoprene strips and hose clips for solving corrosion problem repairs, even not maintaining Emergency Shut Down Valves, as a result two ordinary Offshore workers died in tragic circumstances .
Meanwhile the HSE is sitting on its hands in Lord Cullen House not implementing its own guidance documents (links below) for the Policing of Offshore Operators Safety Cases and their compliance with.
This includes visits to Offshore to ensure that the Office based records are fact and not fiction. Talking to people at the “coalface” is a rich source of the real situation.