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At Hess, our first priority is the safety of our workforce. Through our safety programs and practices, we seek to maintain a culture in which employees and contractors keep each other safe on the job, so that everyone across our operations returns home safe every day.


Our commitment to occupational and process safety begins at the top of our organization and is reinforced at every level. For example, we include key enterprisewide safety metrics in our annual incentive plan formula for executives and employees. In July 2018 we held our 10th Global Safety Appreciation Day, an annual event that provides an opportunity for the Hess workforce to stop and reflect on safety issues and discuss how we can further embed safety in the Hess culture. And each year, our Chief Executive Officer and our President and Chief Operating Officer present awards for safety excellence to the Hess teams and individuals who exemplify outstanding safety performance.

 

Hess’ process safety program aims to prevent unplanned or uncontrolled loss of primary containment of any material, including materials that are nontoxic and nonflammable (e.g., steam, nitrogen, compressed air), that could result in an incident such as an injury, fire, explosion, toxic release or environmental impact. Our efforts focus on understanding and identifying key points within process safety systems that could impact integrity and the safe and proper operation of equipment, as follows:

  • Design integrity – reducing risks in the design and construction of facilities
  • Technical integrity – inspecting, testing and maintaining hardware and software barriers
  • Operational integrity – working within operational design parameters
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Highlights of Local Safety Performance

The real test of our safety programs is how thoroughly and effectively they are implemented each day at the local level – and whether they correlate to strong safety performance. The following are some examples of outstanding safety performance across our assets.

 

In Malaysia, Hess’ Tok Bali Supply Base has been operational for three years and has never had a lost time injury. The supply base, which provides logistics support for our North Malay Basin offshore production operations, has had a rigorous EHS program from the start – including monthly safety and health committee meetings and weekly and monthly hazard hunts, among other activities.

 

In addition, our North Malay Basin asset operated between May 2017 and July 2018 with no injuries of any kind. That means that more than 400 days and 3.3 million workhours – often involving high-risk activities, including construction, production, offshore hookup, commissioning and drilling – were completed without injury. In early 2018 Hess Malaysia was given an award from the national oil and gas company PETRONAS for Best Drilling HSE Performance in Malaysia.

 

In the Gulf of Mexico, the Paul Romano – a semisubmersible rig operated by Noble and performing drilling operations at multiple Hess leases – achieved notable safety metrics in its last two-and-a-half-year tenure for Hess. The rig experienced no severe safety incidents in 2016, 2017 or 2018; no recordable incidents in 2017 or 2018; and no dropped object incidents in 2018. Hess credits teamwork, leadership, alignment and collaboration between Hess and Noble for this performance.

 

The Gulfstar 1 production platform operated by Hess in the Tubular Bells Field (Gulf of Mexico) achieved two years without a recordable incident as of September 2018. The platform’s safety team met with representatives from other Hess assets in the region to share their experience and the daily practices that enabled them to achieve this safety record. In particular, the team highlighted the importance of good communication and attitudes among crewmembers, as well as a readiness to use stop-work authority.

 

Finally, in North Dakota, our Subsurface Maintenance, Reliability and Integrity (MRI) team achieved its lowest total recordable incident rate in three years in 2018, while also reducing losses of primary containment by 75 percent. This result was facilitated by developing and implementing standard work instructions (SWIs). SWIs describe the sequence of steps needed to do a particular task correctly and safely. They are an example of Lean processes in action, and are used as a baseline for continuous improvement. The Subsurface MRI team, which is responsible for 22 workover rigs and 15 separate contractor companies, built the SWIs from the ground up, with contractor input and involvement, and continually refines them as new lessons are learned.