We worked on two Safety Case Assessments for an operator in the UKCS. A relative newcomer to the basin, they were operating two brand new offshore installations.
We were working within a tight time-scale given that both Safety Cases were submitted for assessment simultaneously, and the assessment period allowed by the regulator is six months.
As the operator was not UK-based, there was a requirement for them to familiarise themselves with the UK regulations, as well as the Safety Case assessment process.
As we do on every project, we embedded ourselves within the operator’s organisation, and built strong relationships with the project, operations and drilling teams. We also forged very positive relationships with the regulator.
For each NAI (non-acceptance issue) received, of which there were almost 100, we engaged all relevant personnel, advised on the expectations to comply with regulations, and ensured our response was prepared.
Where the NAIs escalated, we arranged further discussion with the regulator and managed any further work that was required.
Both Safety Cases were accepted on time and all NAIs responded to adequately. We also built a very positive relationship with the regulator, and supported the operator in increasing their competence in UK regulations.