Students from four universities benefit from Prestige programme

December 23, 2018

Dateline 2018-11-05, The Star:

AIMING to create a broader understanding of the natural gas industry and the importance of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) aspects among university students, Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) held its annual Practical Environmental, Safety & Industrial Guidance for Student Engineers (Prestige) programme in Sabah recently.

HSE management in Malaysia’s Oil & Gas industry

July 27, 2013

Dateline 2013-07-02, Borneo Post Online:

PETROLEUM exploration in Malaysia started in Sarawak when oil was first discovered in 1909 and first produced in 1910. Malaysia has the world’s 25th largest oil reserves and the 14th largest gas reserves. The oil and gas (O&G) industry is a complex and high risk field due to the location of its operations and proximity to hazards (Ken-Worgu 2011).

The Piper Alpha incident saw the destruction of an entire oil platform from fire and explosion, killing 167 people within 22 minutes. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 killed 11 people and 4.9 million barrels of oil were discharged into the sea —- the largest oil spill ever. Both incidents indicate that accidents in the O&G industry can have catastrophic effects on people, the environment, assets and reputation.

In general, O&G projects take several years to complete and involve large capital outlays. Some are considered mega projects, due to the huge magnitude, high costs and significant number of interfaces, interdependencies, complexity, and risks (Jergeas 2008).

The use of time, cost and quality as indicators of project success have been applied to almost every industry. However, the inclusion of health, safety and environment (HSE) as a success factor in O&G projects has not been investigated; neither has it been included as part of project management models despite its big impact to the industry.