Health, Safety, and Environment
In 2020, the HSE department continued the focus on improving HSE Management Systems by completing ISO:45001 and obtaining stronger employee involvement (both on an individual and management level) in matters pertaining to HSE. The Stage 2 Audit (Certification Audit) was conducted successfully with only one (1) minor non-conformity, which was closed and verified immediately. As a result, the Company officially obtained the ISO45001:2018 certification, which must be maintained during the year 2021. In addition, the Company obtained membership status in the National Safety Council.
Following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, significant efforts were made to ensure the safety of Company employees. The Company published new procedures and guidelines and ensured a quick response to any positive cases, implementing robust contact tracing and testing for those who were in contact, which kept the Company’s infection rate tremendously low.
In addition, despite the outbreak of COVID-19, activity in the Bahrain Field increased which required longer shifts to ensure appropriate safe distancing and separated shifts. Nevertheless, Tatweer Petroleum employees recorded zero lost time injuries since November 2018, an equivalent to approximately 4 million man-hours. This is the best employee safety performance since the inception of Tatweer Petroleum. Unfortunately, contractors had a higher incident rate in 2020 than in the previous year. One serious lost time incident resulted in a contractor employee being away from work for more than sixty (60) days.
Tatweer Petroleum focused on improving HSE performance in all Company levels and departments in collaboration with contractors by introducing a Safety Leadership Program. The program aims to help develop effective safety leadership and improve the Company’s safety culture by introducing different leadership and behavioral approaches and workshops. The program was launched in January 2020, however, due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the program was put on-hold and was resumed in January 2021.
Environmental performance has improved in 2020 compared with 2019. However, flaring has increased due to upsets in Banagas facilities and Banagas inability to handle the large quantities of gas sent to them.