Health, Safety and Environment (“HSE”) is of paramount importance to Aker BP. Our HSE objectives are to conduct our operations in a prudent manner that prevent harm and injuries to personnel, the environment and assets. The company shall carry out its operations in a manner ensuring that it avoids injuries, ensure the technical integrity of facilities, and comply with all relevant rules and regulations.
Aker BP shall achieve these objectives through integrating HSE in all operations managed and carried out by the company. Tasks related to HSE and reducing the risk of major accidents shall be prioritised at all levels within the company.
As part of the project to merge Det norske and BP Norge AS, the following aspects were prioritized from an HSE point of view:
- Minimal changes to offshore operations and procedures and ensuring day to day business was prioritized
- Designing the HSE organisation for Aker BP and selection of personnel
- Establishing a common enterprise risk management process
- Integrating the emergency response organisation into one structure with a common second and third line of response
- Establishing a common Incident command system (“Aksjonsledelse”) for the Company
Building a strong, robust and common HSE culture will be a priority in 2017 as well as establishing common HSE processes and procedures through utilizing the best of both companies.
Health, safety and the environment in our operations
2016 has been a year characterized by a high level of activity for Aker BP. The Total Recordable Injuries Frequency for 2016 was 2.6, which was an increase from 2015. However, it is still significantly lower than the average on NCS. One recordable finger injury was classified as serious.
During 2016, Aker BP had two incidents with high potential – a leak from a flange on the stripping system in the pump room on Alvheim FPSO, and a dropped helifuel filling nozzle on Maersk Interceptor. The leak was contained and the dropped object did not have any actual consequences to personnel or equipment. There were no major spills to the environment.
All events were investigated according to procedures and lessons learned implemented. With the challenging market situation, organisational changes and high current activity level, special attention is paid to preventing injuries at all levels in the organisation.
The improvement activities in the company’s 2016 HSE programme have been completed and new HSE programmes for 2017 have been issued for each asset.
The Petroleum Safety Authority (“PSA”) carried out a total of ten audits of Aker BP operations/activities. Other authorities like The Norwegian Environment Agency, the Norwegian Maritime Authority and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Agency conducted totally seven audits towards BP Norge and Det Norske’s activities. BP Norge received two notification of orders following audit of materials handling, cranes and lifting, and late life. Aker BP did not receive any orders from the PSA related to the Company’s operations in 2016.
Aker BP has responded to all audits according to the expectations in a timely manner.
Aker BP works actively to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations. This includes optimizing usage of energy as well as chemical substitution. Aker BP also strives to reduce the amount of waste from our operations. The CDP (Climate Disclosure Project) score was improved from a D score in 2015 to a C score in 2016. The average emission of CO2 from Aker BP’s operated fields in 2016 was 7.3 kg/boe which is below average for NCS (9.2 kg/boe) and significantly below the average in the Industry Internationally (17.5 kg/boe).
Employees and working conditions
Aker BP recruited 32 new employees in 2016. In addition, the company gained 2 employees as a result of the acquisition of licences from Noreco, 3 employees through the acquisition of Premier Oil Norway. On December 1, 2016, 834 employees were transferred from BP Norge to Aker BP following the merger between the companies.
Aker BP has a long-standing collaboration with graduate schools, university colleges and universities in order to recruit talents as well as student internships.
Status of employees
At year-end, the company had 1371 (534) employees.
The company endeavours to maintain a working environment with equal opportunities for all based on qualifications and irrespective of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability.
In December 2016, women held 20 (25) per cent of the positions. The percentage of women on the Board of directors was 40 (40) per cent. The percentage of women in the executive management was 20 (18) per cent and in middle management with personnel responsibility 19 (22) per cent.
Men and women with the same jobs, with equal professional experience and who perform equally well, shall receive the same pay in Aker BP. The type of job, discipline area and number of years of work experience affect the pay level of individual employees.
At year-end, 7 (11) per cent of the employees were of non-Norwegian origin.
The working environment
Aker BP has a working environment committee (AMU) as described in the Norwegian Working Environment Act. The committee plays an important role in monitoring and improving the working environment and in ensuring that the company complies with laws and regulations in this area.
The company is committed to maintaining an open and constructive dialogue with the employee representatives and has arranged meetings on a regular basis throughout the year. Three local trade unions are registered as being represented in the company, Tekna, Lederne SAFE and Industri Energi.
In the Board’s view, the working environment in Aker BP during 2016 was good.
In 2016, sickness absence in Aker BP was 2.4 per cent for offshore personnel and 1.6 per cent for onshore personnel compared to a total sickness absence of 3.4 per cent in 2015, including absence due to child’s sickness.
Aker BP’s code of ethics sets out requirements for good business conduct and personal conduct for all employees of Aker BP and members of its governing bodies. The code also applies to hired personnel, consultants and others who act on behalf of Aker BP.