29 January 2013

Nigeria: Oando's Rig Celebrates Three Years Without Loss Time Injury

Oando Energy Services Limited (OESL), Nigeria's indigenous provider of swamp drilling rig services and a subsidiary of Oando Plc has stated that one its four rigs has recorded a safety milestone of three years of uninterrupted operations without a Loss Time Injury (LTI).

LTI is an industry Key Performance Indicator (KPI), which measures adherence to safety requirements by evaluating the number of injury-bearing incidents capable of preventing a worker from performing or continuing with a task.

Head of Corporate Communications, Oando Plc, Mr. Meka Olowola, said in a statement that the rig, christened, 'OES Teamwork' was the second rig in Oando's drilling fleet to achieve this safety feat.

He noted that another rig, OES Integrity had recorded the same achievement on in August last year.

Chief Executive Officer, OESL , Mr. Bandele Badejo, said the feat was a very significant and commendable milestone for all the company's stakeholders.

"Operating the rig for 1,096 days without a Lost Time Injury is a demonstration of the emphasis we place on Environment Health, Safety, Security and Quality processes in the company, as well as the commitment of our people to these processes. This feat further demonstrates to the industry that indigenous drilling services providers with the right people and attitude are capable of sustaining safe, efficient and incident-free operations," he said.

Chief Environment, Health, Safety Security and Quality (EHSSQ) Officer, Oando Plc, Mr. Chijioke Akwukwuma, said the group was proud of the OES teamwork for achieving this remarkable safety milestone, which is in line with the Oando Group's zero tolerance for unsafe conditions and practices. "We are committed to achieving our world-class aspirations of incident-free operations every day across all of our operations," he said.

OESL Teamwork rig, which is contracted to a leading international oil company, has successfully drilled, completed and worked over wells in the course of its campaign..

Oando Plc has robust policies and procedures covering product quality, safety, environment, health, security and emergency readiness to ensure that all its operations meet international safety requirements, guided by its "14 life-saving rules".

The company runs a dynamic Environment, Health, Safety, and (EHSSQ) framework for its employees that include training, regulatory certifications and a "stop work" policy which empowers employees to halt an operation on the account of unsafe work conditions.

In addition, it hosts an annual 'Safety Week' to deepen awareness and strengthen an incidence-free work life culture.

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