GL Noble Denton to support detailed development of Irish Petroleum Safety Framework
6. Jun. 2012 | [Group,Oil & Gas] |
Aberdeen, UK - The Irish Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has selected GL Noble Denton to support the detailed development of the new Petroleum Safety Framework for Ireland.
Legislation passed in 2010 gives the CER the responsibility for developing a Petroleum Safety Framework. The framework will be based on the CER’s approval of Safety Cases, which demonstrate how petroleum undertakings will ensure that the risk associated with their operations is reduced to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP). The framework will apply to drilling, production and other operations both on- and offshore.
As the CER’s independent technical advisor, GL Noble Denton will draft a series of documents for the Petroleum Safety Framework, defining what oil and gas operators must do to comply with Irish Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety Act 2010 and how the CER will regulate them.
The seven-figure contract extends GL Noble Denton’s work with the CER, which saw the independent technical advisor to the oil and gas industry assist in the development of the high level description of the Petroleum Safety Framework in 2011. GL Noble Denton will now work alongside the CER to develop key aspects of the framework, including documents that define the required contents of Safety Cases, ALARP demonstrations and compliance assurance methods, including those for well examination, verification, audit and inspection.
GL Noble Denton will also provide the CER with support during the public consultation phase before the Petroleum Safety Framework is published, helping to ensure that the framework meets the expectations of the Irish government and people.
Dr John Morgan, GL Noble Denton’s Head of Consulting and Compliance, said: “I’m delighted that the Commission for Energy Regulation has taken the decision to continue working with GL Noble Denton to further develop its Petroleum Safety Framework. The decision clearly represents the CER’s confidence in our ability to provide Ireland with a world-class set of petroleum regulations.
“The GL Noble Denton team of up to ten people appointed to this project includes some of the oil and gas sector’s most technically proficient advisors on energy regulation, with experience in key areas such as safety management, on-and offshore legislation, and verification.”
About the Commission for Energy Regulation The CER is the independent body responsible for regulating the electricity and natural gas sectors in Ireland. The CER protects customers by working for a safe, secure and sustainable supply of electricity and natural gas, as well as a competitive market which delivers reasonable prices and a good quality service.
For further details please visit: www.cer.ie.