IADC Drilling HSE Europe 2005 to be Held in Denmark

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) will convene IADC Drilling HSE Europe 2005 on 19-20 May in Esbjerg, Denmark, capital of Western Denmark and center of Denmark's thriving offshore E&P industry. IADC Drilling HSE Europe 2005 will examine best practices in health, safety and the environment in the global drilling industry. The Program Committee for Drilling HSE Europe represents a broad spectrum of the industry, including representatives of oil-producing companies, drilling contractors and regulatory agencies.

"People are the drilling industry's greatest resource, and our industry is charged with being good stewards of the seas in which we drill," said IADC President Dr Lee Hunt. "While the European drilling industry have made exemplary progress in HSE achievement, zero incidents are still possible. At the same time, no greater harm can come to us as an industry than through failure to fulfill these trusts. IADC Drilling HSE Europe is a premier forum to examine problem areas and work toward common solutions."

IADC Drilling HSE Europe will cover important topics such as building an HSE culture; safety leadership training; cargo handling & logistics; cooperative government/industry HSE ventures; lifting and mechanical handling; waste minimization & disposal; cuttings re-injection; dropped objects; safety orientation training; rig mechanization; occupational health; HSE performance measurement; and other key issues.

Why Esbjerg?

"In 1990, the IADC European Well Control Conference convened in Esbjerg, and was an extremely successful event for the drilling industry," explained Mike Killalea, IADC Vice President-Member Services. "So when IADC was approached in 2003 to consider organising a conference in Esbjerg, we were enthusiastic from the outset. Esbjerg is an important North Sea service and technology base and the nerve centre of the Danish offshore industry. Consequently, it is an obvious choice to bring together drilling professionals not only from Europe, but around the world, to discuss matters of mutual concern."

In addition, the entire community has been supportive of the conference effort, and extremely helpful to IADC, Mr Killalea added. "In particular, Mayor [Johnny] Søtrup, his office and the Esbjerg Chamber of Commerce have been indispensable in helping to plan and organize IADC Drilling HSE Europe 2005," he said.

Mr. Killalea pointed to the impressive Esbjerg Performing Arts Centre, where IADC Drilling HSE Europe will be held, as an outstanding facility featuring an exquisite architectural design. The Performing Arts Centre, also known as the Musikhuset Esbjerg, was designed by architect Jan Utzon and his world-famous father, Jørn Utzon, who designed the landmark Sydney Opera House.

Mr. Killalea also expressed his gratitude for the numerous sponsors who have already come forth to enthusiastically support IADC Drilling HSE Europe.

Conference support: IADC ROUGHNECK® SPONSORS

IADC Drilling HSE Europe would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of its two IADC ROUGHNECK® sponsors—Maersk Oil & Gas AS and Noble Corporation. As IADC ROUGHNECKS, Maersk Oil & Gas and Noble Corporation have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to excellence in environmental protection, human health and personnel safety. Maersk Oil & Gas AS is an important global oil producer, with approximately 500,000 barrels per day and a sales gas production of up to some 1,000 million cubic feet per day. The company operates fields in the Danish North Sea, offshore Qatar, Algeria and Kazakhstan. Activities are ongoing in the Danish, British, German and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, Qatar, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Oman, Brazil and Morocco.

Noble Corporation is one of the world's largest offshore drilling contractors. Founded in 1921, the company has transformed itself from a one-rig contractor to a leading provider of diversified services for the oil and gas industry.

Conference support: IADC Driller® SPONSORS

Also crucial to the support of Drilling HSE Europe are the conference's two IADC DRILLER® sponsors—Amerada Hess, and DONG.

Amerada Hess is a leading global independent energy company, engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, refining and marketing.

DONG is an energy corporation founded by the nation of Denmark in 1972 to achieve energy independence.

Conference support: IADC Toolpusher® SPONSORS

Finally, Drilling HSE Europe appreciates its two IADC TOOLPUSHER® sponsors—ENSCO International and Maersk Contractors. Both firms are world-class drilling contractors.

About IADC

IADC is dedicated to enhancing the interests of oil-and-gas and geothermal drilling contractors worldwide. IADC's contract-drilling members own most of the world's land and offshore drilling units and drill the vast majority of the wells that produce the planet's oil and gas. IADC's membership also includes oil-and-gas producers, and manufacturers and suppliers of oilfield equipment and services.

Founded in 1940, IADC strives to secure responsible standards, practices, legislation and regulations that provide for safe, efficient and environmentally sound drilling operations, worldwide. IADC holds Accredited Observer status at the International Maritime Organization and the International Seabed Federation branches of the United Nations. The Association is a leader in developing standards for industry training, notably its Well Control Accreditation Program (WellCAP)â and rig-floor orientation program, RIG PASSâ.

IADC is headquartered in Houston and is one of the city's largest trade and professional associations. IADC also has offices in Washington D.C., the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the Middle East, as well as chapters in the UK, Venezuela, Brazil, Australasia, South Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and across the United States.