Tuesday, May 29, 2012
By David Bamford, OilEdge
Last week we had an excellent Finding Petroleum Forum on “Improving offshore safety beyond Macondo”.I particularly want to draw your attention to the presentation by Taf Powell, an expert adviser to the European Commission on its proposals for the regulation of the offshore oil & gas industry.
Taf Powell is in the European Commission as an expert to advise the Commission in its programme for an offshore Regulation. He is from the UK where previously he was Director of HSE's Offshore Division, joining HSE from industry to work on the post Piper Alpha reforms and between 2006 and 2008 led the Government's independent investigation into the Buncefield explosions and fires.You can find Taf’s slides here, along with the video of both his presentation and the interesting Q&A session which followed(the latter obviously not covered by the slides).Listening to Taf, I found myself agreeing with what he said. What I want to do here is to draw your attention to 3 aspects: