We place top priority on protecting the safety of our employees, the communities where we operate and the environment. Our strong safety record is built on strict company standards, multiple required safety barriers, and proven operating methods.
While all Shell onshore exploration and production operations comply with federal, state and provincial regulations, in many cases our design criteria and operating procedures exceed those standards. We believe our practices are among the most comprehensive in the industry. For every project, we develop a thorough “safety case” for each operation, making sure health, safety, security and environmental risks are identified and addressed.
To eliminate or greatly minimize design and operational risks, we add layers of safety by using a multiple-layer barrier system in our well and facility designs. In addition to physical barriers, we employ redundant systems to help prevent a problem from occurring, to monitor well conditions, and to respond and minimize the impact if a problem should occur.
Our operating methods combine decades of experience, state-of-the-art technology, and people expertise for maximum safety and efficiency. Shell drilling employees and contractors are trained in well safety and well control, and all personnel have the authority (and are expected) to stop any job they deem unsafe. In addition, every drilling rig has a safety professional with authority independent from the rig manager.
Shell has redundant systems to closely monitor flow and pressures within the wellbore. In addition to onsite monitoring, we have operation command centers that give us the capability to observe aspects of our drilling operations remotely. Using sensors that are either on the drilling rig or placed in the well, Shell’s engineers and critical service providers can monitor a well’s real time operations, 24 hours a day, from any location with Internet capability. Our employees and contractors are extensively trained to review, detect and prevent or mitigate abnormal conditions if they should occur.