As recent oil and gas field incidents, and subsequent legal judgements, have demonstrated the issue of having a robust and effective means of Competency Management has never been more pressing. The formal investigations into the Montara, and Macondo incidents discovered two separate key findings. Almost all those associated with the offshore Australia, Montara, blow out demonstrated a lack of competence. The Macondo report focuses on the causative role of Organisational Accident Theory (OAT – The Swiss Cheese Model). The costs to both reputation, and the balance sheet, of the two operators of these wells is massive and growing. Designing and implementing a robust, integrated, and operationally practical “Competency Framework” precisely aims at complementing the ongoing initiatives of improving the competency of Well site personnel but importantly has the potential to reveal weaknesses in the intended barriers be they personal, or organisational.
Implementing an effective Competency Management Framework requires the introduction, and embedding, of the following organisational “pillars”:
Tangible and intangible benefits of implementing an effective Competency Management Framework include:
A practical Well Engineering Competency Framework has been developed by Triple EEE. The prime objective of this is by the implementation of a comprehensive competency management process will minimise Corporate exposure to incidents arising from Organisational and/or Individual competency inadequacy.
Triple EEE can assist in providing support in implementing all aspects of this Framework.