BP Takes Break at Valhall to Improve Safety

Valhall Field, North Sea
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In light of the recent safety incidents at Valhall BP has decided to stop the drilling at Valhall Injection Platform (VIP) at the next casing point after the weekend. The purpose is to lower the total activity to allow correction of any deficiencies and right track the safety performance.

"While this break impacts VIP directly the safety improvement challenge is a collective one and spans all the operations at Valhall. The well stimulation operations at Valhall North Flank which was stopped after the April 2 accident will only be resumed after a thorough assurance process to ensure that all the findings from the serious lifting accident, have been implemented. The drilling break at VIP will not be used to increase other activities. Our focus is safety and we are determined to do what it takes to get to the safety performance standard we expect our people to operate at. Systems, competencies, human behavior, understanding and compliance with key rules are all priority areas," says Evind Hansen Performance Unit Leader for Valhall.

Representatives from the BP Norway leadership team will step up frequency of offshore visits and will meet all the crews at Valhall and Ula during the next six weeks. The purpose of these "Time Out For Safety" meetings is to let the crews themselves tell why people are still being hurt and together find out how to prevent occurrences and improve the safety performance.

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