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Nigeria: Shell Achieves Zero Lost Time Incidents

COMMENT RECEIVED FROM A SHELL RELATED EXPERT: “And pigs can fly….remember that at the time of the Macondo blowout, the crew were also celebrating a period without an LTI”

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Shell Companies in Nigeria said they have worked 10 months without lost-time injury, surpassing the previous safety record set in the Pearl gas-to-liquid (GTL) project in Qatar in 2010.

This means that staff and contractors of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) and Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) worked between December 2012 and September 2013 without any injury requiring time off work.

A spokesman of Shell, Mr. Precious Okolobo, said at the weekend that the record translated to 78 million hours worked by a total of 31,973 people without any significant injury. He said Pearl GTL achieved 77 million LTI-free working hours during the construction phase in 2010

At its peak, it brought together 52,000 workers from 60 different countries, which required a major, co-ordinated safety effort. “This is a truly remarkable achievement, more so when we consider our challenging operating environment.

Many have contributed to this, and it feels good to demonstrate safety performance which shows what can be done when everybody is focused on the same goal,” said Vice-President Nigeria & Gabon, Markus Droll.

A good example of focused delivery is SPDC’s SODA projects, which were recently recognised with the Shell Chief Executive Officer’s Health Safety, Security, Environment (HSSE) and Social Performance (SP) Award for “demonstrating visible HSSE commitment and leadership.” SODA is an acronym for a portfolio of projects covering the Southern Swamp Associated Gas Solution (SSAGS) Project, the Forcados-Yokri Integrated Project (FYIP), the Associated Gas Solutions-1 Projects, and a number of domestic gas supply projects.

Okolobo said the safety record in Shell Nigeria also resulted from hundreds of other activities including pipeline repair following sabotage, operating 60 flow stations, or shooting several thousand square kilometres of seismic in difficult swamp locations in the Niger Delta. The record has been inspired by the mapping out of clear rules and strict implementation, including HSE inductions for staff and contractors, Toolbox Talks, contractor safety training and project training school, leadership site visits, safety stand-downs to address specific issues, and annual contractor CEO safety workshops.

Upstream International Director, Andy Brown who oversaw the Pearl GTL project in his former role as Executive Vice President, Qatar, said: “Nigeria is showing us all how dedication and commitment can lead to a safer working environment and yet another landmark moment for Shell and our journey towards Goal Zero.”

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