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Safe operations, asset integrity and process safety

2017 Results


Rigs and vessels involved in the Competence Assurance & Assessment programme.


Vessels where the upgraded version oh the Vessel HSE Case was launched.
2018 Objectives
Extend the upgraded version of the Vessel HSE Case to five additional vessels.
Develop audit and inspection tools and an awareness tool for information cascading.
Efficient asset management is a key element for business success

Asset integrity refers to the prevention and control of events with low frequency and high/severe consequences on people, the environment, assets or project performance. Safe operations require safe tools and a safe working technique. Saipem strongly pursues the effective implementation of its asset integrity management system as an outcome of good design, construction and operating practices adopting the integrated management of barriers to reduce the risks associated with Major Accident Events.
A dedicated team has been set up to develop an asset integrity management system model in line with the best industrial practices. The asset integrity model follows a typical deming cycle: planning, operations, performance monitoring and continual improvement.


Performance Monitoring
Continual Improvement


Saipem undertakes to prevent risks to improve the integrity of its operations. For this purpose, it adopts a proactive approach in the mitigation of risks as an integral part of its management and business activities.
The role of asset integrity management has never been more crucial to the Oil & Gas industry. Since the industry is moving towards exploration into ultra-deep water, involving even more challenging operations, companies will be exposed to complexities in even more hazardous and extreme conditions.


The heart of this system is the HSE Case (a process which identifies risks relevant to the activities carried out onboard and maps all key elements to ensure their control). Traditionally developed for the offshore production and drilling units, in the last few years it was extended by Saipem to the Offshore construction fleet. A guideline to the ‘upgraded’ version of the Vessel HSE Case was developed in 2017. The main output of the HSE Case is the mapping of Safety Critical Elements constituting barriers to the escalation of identified Major Accident Events scenarios.


In order to achieve zero accidents, competence is one of the main points of attention. The CA&A programme leads to a series of benefits including a specific training and coaching strategy aimed at improving any identified weaknesses, an enhanced personnel development path, as well as local content development objectives. In 2017 the programme continued to be implemented at our drilling and offshore rigs and vessels.

21 onshore rigs have been involved in the CA&A campaign since its launch

10 offshore vessels have been involved in the CA&A campaign since its launch

+700 assessments have been completed


New approaches based on virtual and augmented reality have been launched in collaboration with an O&G major for Maintenance & Asset Management and the development of a smart wearable device platform has been also investigated to improve safety conditions onboard. Saipem and NTT DATA signed a cooperation agreement with a view to prototyping and implementing new solutions at our yards and on vessels. The cooperation concerns the application of technologies such as smart wearable devices, Internet of Things, cyber security, virtual and augmented reality. NTT DATA and the Saipem Innovation Factory jointly worked on the ‘Digital Site’ project at our Arbatax yard (Italy) where the use of innovative devices for the health and safety of workers was experimented.


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