Oando drill ship achieves 3-year uninterrupted drilling, zero LTI

Yemie Adeoye

11 September 2012, Sweetcrude, LAGOS – OANDO Plc, a leading player in Nigeria’s Energy industry, says one of its subsidiaries, Oando Energy Services Limited, OESL, has recorded a safety milestone of three years of continuous operations without Lost Time Injury, LTI, on its flagship rig, OES Integrity as at August 10, 2012.

This achievement reflects Oando’ s commitment to Health, Safety, and Environment, HSE. values, and affirms its determination to remain a leading service provider in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, the company said.

LTI is an industry key performance indicator, KPI, which measures adherence to safety and environmental requirements by evaluating the number of injury-bearing incidents capable of preventing a worker from performing or continuing with a task or resulting in downtime in operations.

The company made this known in a statement by its Group Head of communications, Mr. Meka Olowla, and made available to Sweetcrude in Lagos over the weekend.

The company stated that OES Integrity rig was contracted to a leading international oil company in December 2009, and has successfully drilled, completed and worked over more than 14 wells, without any show-stopping incident.

OES Integrity is a 3,000 hp modern swamp barge equipped with 15,000 psi Blowout Preventers, BOP. It is the only rig in Nigeria capable of drilling in High Pressure/High Temperature wells to depths of 30,000 feet.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Badejo Bandele, Chief Executive Officer, OESL said: “We are pleased with this feat achieved on the strength of our zero tolerance policy for stopping incidents in all our operations.

“The OES Integrity team has demonstrated their competence in world-class drilling operations and sound Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) values. We are committed to delivering consistent value to our clients’ drilling operations to the highest safety standards”.

Also commenting, Mr. Chijoke Akwukwuma, Chief Environment, Health, Safety Security and Quality Officer, Oando Plc, said: “The health and safety of our employees are of the utmost importance to us.

“We strive to always be a bastion in oil and gas operations in terms of safety and environmental-friendliness, and we ensure our employees are always well-versed in the Oando culture of uncompromised safety and environment protection. We are committed to deploying best practice that meets global standards across our operations in conformity with world-class aspirations”.

The statement further read: “Oando PLC has embraced vibrant policies and procedures covering product quality, safety, environment, health, security and emergency readiness to ensure that all its operations meet international safety requirements, guided by its 14 life-saving rules”.

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