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BP, Oman extend license to develop second phase of Khazzan tight gas field

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BP and Oman Oil signed a heads of agreement with the Government of the Sultanate of Oman committing to amend the Oman Block 61 exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA), extending the license area of the block and enabling a further development of the major Khazzan tight gas field. BP is the operator of Block 61 with a 60% interest and Oman Oil holds the other 40%.

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Pioneer Energy Services streamlines pre-job planning process

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When certain tasks become more common and routine in drilling operations, the job safety analysis (JSA) process may become less efficient, said Brian Tucker, President-Drilling Services at Pioneer Energy Services. To ensure that the company is setting achievable expectations and that it is giving crews the proper tools to mitigate hazards, Pioneer decided to examine its pre-job planning process. In this video from the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference on 3 February in Houston, Mr Tucker explains some of the changes the company has made to its pre-job planning process ­– including the introduction of new job safety worksheets – and the outcomes of those changes.

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Competency program boosts safety, performance at Nomac Drilling

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In 2012, Nomac Drilling looked beyond equipment, experience, loyalty and leadership and established the Rig Crew Development Program (RCDP) to focus on competency. Over the past several years, the program has helped to speed up the learning curve for new-to-industry employees and the promotion process for high-potential employees. It has also improved safety and efficiency and reduced turnover, Nomac Drilling Director of HSE Michael Stephens said at the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference on 2 February in Houston. Watch this video with Mr Stephens as he discusses the RCDP and the results that have been achieved.

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Creating a culture where teamwork thrives starts at the top

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During a panel session held at the 2016 IADC HSE&T Conference on 3 February in Houston, Eduardo Salas discussed the role teamwork plays in creating a culture of safety. In this video, Dr Salas, Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Rice University, outlines some of the challenges to building a strong team. These include the sense of uncertainty that employees feel during a downturn, fear of reporting an incident and a tendency to put oneself above the team. However, a company’s leadership can help create an environment in which teamwork thrives.

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