29 May 2019

Awards recognise environment and safety excellence

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association has rewarded companies showing excellence and outstanding leadership at its annual Conference in Brisbane tonight.

APPEA’s Environment and Safety Excellence Awards highlight the safety and environmental principles as well as leadership of the Australian oil and gas industry by applauding examples of performance.

Winners were recognised across four categories, judged by an independent panel, with each winner receiving a trophy.

Since 2001, APPEA’s Excellence Awards have showcased the best industry has to offer in improving environmental and safety outcomes.

APPEA Board member and General Manager Australia BHP Petroleum Graham Salmond congratulated this year’s winners for their dedication to the highest environment, health and safety standards.

“Australia’s oil and gas industry is committed to continuous improvement.  So, these Awards provide an opportunity to recognise outstanding achievements in safety and environmental excellence,” said Mr Salmond, who is Chair of APPEA’s Environment, Health and Safety Committee.

“It’s impressive to see innovative, industry-leading companies trying new management approaches and new ways to apply technologies.  They also develop new efficiencies and better ways to manage risk, which raises the bar for all of us.

“I sincerely congratulate all the Award winners and nominees for their success and unwavering commitment to environment and safety standards.”

The 2019 APPEA Environment and Safety Excellence Award winners include:

Environment Project Excellence Award

Winner:  Santos – Zero Waste Well

Santos’ Zero Waste Well initiative is an Australian first which demonstrates a real commitment to minimizing its environmental footprint for the full lifecycle of well operations.  The well avoids offsite waste disposal and provides recycled produced water for local irrigation, stock and dust suppression.

Safety Project Excellence Award

Winner:  Subsea 7- Greater Western Flank 2 Subsea Installation

Subsea 7’s Greater Western Flank 2 Subsea Installation submission demonstrated the importance of collaborative cultures; team goal setting; and challenging the status quo for safety in project delivery.

Environment Company Excellence Award

Winner:  Woodside Energy

Woodside’s submission for the Environment Company Excellence Award demonstrated a sustained company-wide focus on environmental partnerships and performance.

Safety Company Excellence Award

Winner:  BHP Petroleum

BHP Petroleum’s submission – delivering changes in HSE culture – reflects a leading ‘one team’ approach which provides a voice to every employee and contractor.  The ‘one team’ approach is a bottom up cultural framework, supported by shared values, personal commitments and team ownership across BHP’s facilities.