Equinor Promises To Improve Safety After Rising Number of Incidents in 2020
Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor said it would work to improve safety in its operations following several serious incidents and injuries in the past year.
Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor said on 1 February that it would work to improve safety in its operations following several serious incidents and personal injuries in the past year.
"Equinor experienced several serious incidents throughout the year but also achieved a reduction in the number of serious incidents and personal injuries in 2020 compared to the previous year," the company said in a release. "The results support a good trend in safety performance during the last decade but also demonstrate the need to further improve our safety work."
Anders Opedal, Equinor's chief executive officer, said, “Fires and other serious incidents in 2020 demonstrate that we are not where we need to be in terms of our safety work. We will therefore strengthen this work further to run our operations at an even higher safety level. The progress we see in the number of incidents and personal injuries indicates that we are working on the right measures across the company, and that inspires us in the work ahead.”
According to the 2020 safety statistics of incidents and personal injuries in Equinor, as shared by the company, last year, the average serious incident frequency per million hours worked dropped from 0.6 in 2019 to 0.5. The total recordable injury frequency per million hours worked was reduced from 2.5 to 2.3.
The number of hydrocarbon leaks, however, at onshore plants and offshore installations went up from 10 in 2019 to 11 last year.
"We can be motivated by the results and improvements we achieve over time. However, we must understand risk better and demonstrate that we learn from earlier incidents by avoiding new incidents," Opedal said. "Only then will we succeed in taking our safety work to the next level.”
In the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 15 serious incidents and near-misses, including hydrocarbon leaks, dropped objects, personal injuries, and incidents involving processing and production equipment, were recorded in the company.
Two serious fires at onshore plants, at Melkøya in September and at Tjeldbergodden in December, are still under investigation. Reports of these incidents are expected to be completed in the first quarter. A total of 67 serious incidents and near misses were recorded in 2020 in Equinor, the company said.