Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
The design and layout of offshore oil and gas facilities will come under scrutiny at the upcoming Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) as part of a session designed to improve understanding of the safety risks associated with oil and gas production.

In a presentation titled ‘Designing Offshore Facilities for Inherent Safety’, Clive Rawson of Perth-based Oracle Risk Consultants will discuss the inherent hazards of offshore facilities and explain how they can be best designed to achieve a safe working environment.

“The fire and explosion risks associated with hydrocarbon production, the need to travel in all weather conditions via helicopter or boat and the remoteness of offshore facilities usually means the people working on these facilities are required to live in a hazardous environment for the duration of their working cycle,” said Mr Rawson.

Mr Rawson said one way of reducing safety risks was to ensure the layout of offshore facilities was optimised to segregate people from major hazards and facilitate escape and evacuation during an emergency.

He will show how this can be done on modern offshore facilities compared to older facilities at the AOG Conference.

The presentation will be one of several in the Safety Session at AOG 2011, with other presentations set to look at managing hazard and risk in a diving environment, human failure and major accident risk, health and safety regulatory trends in Australia, and the Montara Commission of Inquiry.

Mr Rawson said he hoped session attendees would take away: “an improved understanding of the hazards and types of incidents that can occur within the oil and gas industry, an appreciation of the challenges and pitfalls in minimising safety risk, and an understanding of how attention to an inherent safe design can have an impact on risk.”

There will also be a strong focus on safety on the AOG exhibition floor with a dedicated Health & Safety Zone set to display the latest in OH&S products and services including training, fire protection, risk analysis, risk management, marine safety and rescue and HSE management systems.

Australia’s largest oil and gas exhibition, AOG 2011 will take place at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 23-25 February.

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AOG 2011

The Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) is the premier Australasian oil and gas industry event. Staged in the city of Perth, it is held annually and has grown to become the only event of its kind to attract more than 9,000 visitors. AOG 2011 will be the largest event yet and will showcase the latest technical challenges and solutions connected with oil and gas exploration, production and transportation. Further information: www.aogexpo.com.au
Paul Fahy
P: 02 9368 7277
W: www.aogexpo.com.au


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