New BP safety group shuts oil platforms, rejects rigs - CEO

08 March 2011 20:59  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The new safety organisation created by BP in the wake of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has already led to the shutting of platforms and turning away of potentially unsafe rigs, the chief executive of BP said on Tuesday.

The BP organisation is headed by Mark Bly, who led the company’s internal investigation of the accident, said CEO Robert Dudley, who took the helm for BP in October 2010 after Tony Hayward stepped down.

Bly reports directly to Dudley and other members of BP’s executive team.

Based on the safety group’s findings, Dudley said BP had already shut in one production platform to repair fire water pumps, while another platform was shut down after the discovery of incorrect specifications for some fasteners.

In addition, a producing field was shut down to enable pipeline integrity work to be carried out, Dudley said.

The BP executive, who spoke at the CERAWeek 2011 energy conference in Houston, did not specify locations for those events.

Dudley also noted that there were a “number of cases” in which BP had either turned away oil rigs or was negotiating for modifications which could bring the rigs up to the company’s standards.

BP is also conducting a major review of all of its risk management systems to make sure standards are consistent across the company, Dudley said.

“In short, we are taking what had been a fairly de-centralised 80,000-person global organisation and making it into a more systematic and standardised one, where decisions are taken at the right levels and everyone understands exactly what standards apply to him,” Dudley said.

The CERAWeek 2011 conference lasts through Friday.

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By: Ben DuBose
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