Shell achieves 5 million man-hours without LTI on 3 projects

28 August 2012, Sweetcrude, LAGOS – Country Chair, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, SPDC, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu has expressed deep satisfaction over five million man hours without lost time injury, WLTI, on three of the company’s projects – Southern Swamp Associated Gas Solution, AGS, project; Domestic Gas Supply project and AG Solution project.

The three projects, known by the acronym, SoDA, targets domestic gas supply and implementing flares-down solutions on some of the company’s existing facilities where associated gas is being flared.

Sunmonu said of the development: “This is an excellent achievement that we should be proud of.

“A big thank you to everybody, let’s be happy and celebrate this achievement, let it be a motivation for continued goal-zero attainment in the SoDA projects.”

Work at SoDA has progressed since October 2006 without loss of time to injury or fatalities.

The Shell team has been working on the Associated Gas Solution project and pipelines extending over challenging terrains of the Niger Delta in both brown and green fields. It has achieved over five million man-hours lost time injury – LTI – and fatality-free as of February 2012.

Reacting to the development, Project Manager, SoDA and Domestic gas, Wolter Wienlenga, said: “This is a noteworthy achievement when you consider that the team is made up of over 400 regular and contractor staff, as well as community semi-skilled labourers has worked from October 2006.”

But he also cautioned workers on the projects to focus on improvements through strict Health Safety Security and Environment, HSSE.

Wienlenga attributed the team’s achievement to site behavioural safety programmes such as Injury-free club, proactive safety campaigns and improved front line supervision.

He added that consistent visible HSSE leadership played a big role in motivating the staff to doing the right thing.

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  • Shell has a long standing history of running projects without incurring lost time injury and despite how much the company has been vilified for its poor adherence to maintaining the integrity of the environment in its host communities, it goes to reason that the company’s ability to run projects without lost time injury is worthy of emulation.