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Health & Safety

CSIRO confirms ‘good air quality’ in coal seam gas region

The air quality of the Surat Basin in Queensland is well within air quality typical of similar rural areas, according to the first comprehensive ambient air quality study in a coal seam gas (CSG) region of Australia released today. Conducted by CSIRO’s Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA)*, the independent research assessed and modelled air quality in the Surat Basin gas region to investigate the influence of CSG activities on air

Oil, Gas and Pipeline Guide to Workplace Safety 2018/19 released

POORLY maintained, or run-down plant and equipment can lead to the development of unsafe workplace conditions and procedures. This becomes of a particular concern when large quantities of dangerous goods and chemicals are housed on site. In the oil, gas and pipeline industry, the safety and prevention of risk relies on employers and operators of the facility who need to take reasonably practicable steps to protect the health and safety

Siverhorse’s Completions Connect chosen for FPSO contracts

SILVERHORSE Technologies has secured two new contracts with Upstream Production Solutions (UPS) and PTTEP Australasia (PTTEP AA) for its hazardous area inspection technology. The Perth-based company will provide UPS with its Completions Connect technology platform to support the management and execution of hazardous area inspections for the Northern Endeavour FPSO. Silverhorse has also implemented Completions Connect to manage hazardous area inspections for the PTTEP AA’s operated Montara FPSO. The Completions

Oil, Gas and Pipeline Guide to Workplace Safety 2017/18 – Released

Pro-Visual Publishing, in cooperation with the Australian Drilling Industry Association (ADIA) and the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT), has released the 2017/18 edition of the Oil, Gas and Pipeline Guide to Workplace Safety, with interactive Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities. The Guide aims to provide facilitators and workers with information on current health and safety issues prevalent in the industry. Key areas covered in the guide include, identifying

Woodside turns to space and robotics for winning edge

WOODSIDE Energy is looking to the aerospace industry to help give it an edge. The company has announced a new collaboration programme with NASA under which Woodside will work to develop applications for NASA’s Robonaut in its own operations. Under the partnership NASA will loan Woodside an Anthropomorphic Robonaut System for a 60-month deployment in Perth. Together the two organisations will explore how the robotic technology could be used to

Bechtel and Curtis Island LNG take out international award

BECHTEL has been announced as the winner of the ENR Global Best Project Award in power/industrial category for the Curtis Island LNG programme in Queensland. “We are thrilled to have received the ENR award for the unprecedented scale of engineering and construction work on Curtis Island in Australia,” said Alasdair Cathcart, president of Bechtel’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals business unit. Queensland Curtis LNG (a joint venture of QGC – now

CME project to improve safety

A TRAINING framework led by WA’s Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) in conjunction with some of WA’s biggest resources companies will improve safety and efficiencies in the workplace. CME said the project also aims to reduce costs and duplication across the sector. The pilot project, which will be rolled out for use across all high risk workers, will provide a framework across the industry for verifying work competency of

Coordination critical for Ichthys support

AUTOMATED safety systems are relied on by the oil and gas sector, but HIMA project director Dieter Specht said the group’s scope on INPEX’s Ichthys LNG project is more than just safety systems. “We have worked for several years to synchronise all the steps necessary to ensure safe operations and a successful start-up,” he said. “In the process, we’ve functioned on a tight time schedule with multiple companies across national

Injury rate grows in 2015

MORE injuries occurred on projects offshore Australia in 2015 than in 2014, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) said – ending a four-year downtrend in the area. While no fatalities were reported on offshore facilities in 2015, there were 12 serious injuries, compared to nine in 2014, and 85 other injuries – up 49 per cent on the 57 recorded the previous year. Despite the increase,