Govt establishes offshore safety regime in Oil and Gas sector

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New Delhi, Jun 18 (UNI) Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has decided to notify Petroleum and Natural Gas (Safety in Offshore Operations) Rules, 2008, for regulation of safety in offshore oil and gas exploration, exploitation, production/ drilling and matters connected therewith.

According to an official release issued here today, these rules will be applicable to all public sector undertakings, private/joint ventures companies operating in territorial waters, contiguous zone, continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of India in offshore upstream oil and gas sector.

These rules would benefit the industry to enhance safety levels, bring uniformity in safety standards across all companies, minimize production loss / accidents and optimise use of precious oil and gas resources of the country.

Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD), a premier technical arm of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, has been designated as competent authority to exercise the powers under the rules. OISD will develop HSE standards, conduct safety audits, carry out investigations to meet the requirements of these rules.

OISD since its inception in 1986 has been doing pioneering work in improving safety in oil and gas sector both in onshore upstream operations and entire downstream sector namely refining, gas processing, storage and distribution, transportation through rail, road and cross country pipelines. It has developed 110 technical and HSE standards, conducted more than 2,000 safety audits, trained more than 7,000 personnel and carried out more than 200 accident investigations. With entrustment of responsibility of offshore safety, OISD will become the sole agency looking after the safety in all activities across the entire hydrocarbon chain, from oil exploration to final stage of distribution.


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