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JRC-DGRME Workshop on Offshore Oil & Gas Safety - "European Practices in the Assessment of Major Hazards Documentation and the Acceptability of Risks"

Date(s): 
Monday, 20 October, 2014
Tuesday, 21 October, 2014
Place: 
Grand Hotel Villa Politi,Siracusa, Italy

The Workshop on Offshore Oil and Gas Safety took place on October 20th-21st, 2014 in Siracusa, Italy.

This Workshop - organized jointly by the Joint Research Centre and the Italian Ministry for Economic Development - Directorate General for Mineral and Energy Resources (MiSE-DGRME), and supported by the Commission's Directorate General for Energy (ENER) - intended to provide a forum for the experts of the national regulatory authorities and the industry to exchange information on the practices related to the content, use and assessment of the Major Hazards documentation, as well as the acceptability of relevant risks.

The agenda of the Workshop was the following:

TimeItemLead
08:30Registration 
Day 1: Workshop on Oil & Gas Safety: EU Practices in the Assessment of Major Hazards documentation and the Acceptability of Risk
09:00

Opening of the Workshop – Welcome by the organizers

Ing. F. Terlizzese (Director General, MiSE-DGRME): Welcome - Introduction;

M. Christou (EC-JRC-IET): Presentation of Workshop's program.

 
09:30

Session 1 - Structure and content of the Report on Major Hazards (RoMH)

  • Requirements of the Offshore Safety Directive (I. Lambie, EC-DG ENER);
  • Major Hazards documentation in Italy (S. Carbone/A. Caliri, MiSE, Italy);
  • Industry's position on the content and structure of the RoMH (P. Cavanna, Assomineraria);
  • Major Hazards documentation for drilling activities (J. Hoffmark, IADC);
  • Discusssion.

Chair:A. Caliri (MiSE-IT)

 

COM

 

MiSE

 

Assomineraria

 

IADC

11:00Coffee/Tea Break 
11:30

Session 2 – EU/EEA practices in the assessment of Major Hazards documentation

  • Assessment of Safety Case & Well Notification in UK (K. McCabe, HSE, UK);
  • Assessment of Major Hazards Report in Norway (T. Husebo, PSA, Norway);
  • Assessment of Major Hazards documentation in Denmark (L. Moller, DEMA, Denmark).

Chair: J. Koehli (EC-DG ENER, B.3)

 

K. McCabe, HSE

 

T. Husebo, PSA

 

L. Moller, DEMA

 

13:15Lunch break 
14:15

Session 3 – EU/EEA practices in the assessment of environmental aspects in the Report on Major Hazards

  • Assessment of environmental hazards (K. O'Carroll, DECC, UK);
  • Other practices / discussion.

Chair:M. Christou (EC - DG JRC, F.3)

DECC

 

15:00

Session 4 - Acceptability of risk

  • Offshore risk acceptability practices and criteria, including environmental risks (R. Cullinan, IRE-CER, T. Husebo, Norway-PSA, Other);
  • Offshore risk acceptability criteria (L. Scataglini, ENI).

Chair: M. Christou (EC - DG JRC, F.3)

 

CER/PSA/Other

 

 

ENI

 

16:10Coffee/tea break 
16:30

Group discussions

  • Split into four teams and discuss for 30 minutes the following topics:
  1. Given the presentation of a RoMH and the discussion, do you see the need for further guidance on the writing of a RoMH?
  2. Which are the most critical stages in the assessment of the RoMH? Is there lack of competences in your jurisdiction related to any of these stages? Is there need for adoption / development of common systems supporting the assessment of RoMH?
  3. From the presentations, discuss the key principles for the acceptability of risk and consider whether a common approach can be adopted.
  • A rapporteur from each team summarises the main findings/comments of each team;
  • Discussion

Chair: M. Masera (EC-DG JRC, F.3)

All

18:00

Discussion and planning of any follow-up activity

Wrap-up – Conclusions of the Workshop

 
18:30End of the Workshop 
20:00

Gala dinner, offered by Edison SpA

Welcome and Keynote speeches

Welcome speech by Edison, Ing. Nicola Monti

Welcome speech by the Director of JRC-IET, Dr. Giovanni De Santi

Keynote speech by the Italian Secretary of State for Economic Development (Sottosegretario di Stato allo Sviluppo Economico), Hon. Senator Simona Vicari.

 
   
Day 2: Visit to the Offshore Platform Vega-A
08:00Departure from the hotel 
09:00

Transfer to the offshore platform

  • Welcome by the operator;
  • Presentation of the company and the installation;
  • Visit;
  • Lunch offered by the company;
  • Discussions.
 
15:00Return to Catania airport - Foreseen arrival at the airport around 17:00.