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Hess Okume Complex: 200 Million Barrels of Oil, 10 Years With No Lost-Time Injuries

Safety and efficiency are inextricably linked at the Hess Okume Complex in West Africa.

The offshore Equatorial Guinea operation recently celebrated two significant milestones:

  • Production of its 200 millionth barrel of oil

  • Ten years - or more than 3.6 million man-hours - without a lost-time injury

Hess credits a collaborative culture and Lean principles for enabling the team to consistently achieve its goals in the safest possible way.

Located in about 1,600 feet of water about 150 miles south of Bioko Island in the Gulf of Guinea, the Okume Complex consists of the Elon, Okume, Oveng and Ebano reservoirs.

Since production began  on December 14, 2006, the Okume team has successfully drilled 48 producing wells and completed three distinct seismic campaigns.

The team has effectively managed high risk activities such as personnel transfers, swing rope transfer, lifting and hoisting and marine operations by consistently following Hess processes for ensure safe operations.

The team, comprised of workers representing nearly two dozen nationalities, collectively embraces the Hess safety mantra: Everyone, everywhere, every day, home safe.

The Okume complex has a long history of exceeding both safety and production expectations. The asset earned the company's highest awards for safety excellence in 2006, 2008 and 2012 and has been recognized as a cornerstone of Production Excellence at Hess, with learning and skills transferable across the business.