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BP Holdings Barcelona - Bly Report: recommendation to reality

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Since: Oct 12

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Oct 22, 2012

Immediately after the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, BP asked its most senior safety professional, Mark Bly, to lead an investigation relating to the causes of the incident and make recommendations to help prevent such accidents from occurring. The investigation led to 26 recommendations for reducing risk in BP's drilling operations. Since the report's publication in 2010, BP has made a significant progress in implementing those 26 recommendations. BP Magazine finds out more
In September 2010, four months after the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, BP released its Deepwater Horizon Accident Investigation Report, known as the Bly Report, concluding that the accident resulted from a complex, interlinked series of failures involving multiple parties.

The report was the work of an investigation team led by BP’s head of safety and operations, Mark Bly, and consisted of more than 50 technical and other specialists, drawn not only from BP but also the wider energy industry.

The team made 26 recommendations specific to drilling, aimed at further reducing risk. Accepting all of these recommendations, BP committed to their implementation across its worldwide drilling operations and the recommendations are now in the process of being implemented into the well designs by engineers and operations personnel.

That implementation is overseen by the global wells organisation (GWO), established by BP in April 2011 to facilitate a stronger, centralised and standardised approach to all BP-operated wells activity.“Our mission is to deliver safe, compliant and reliable wells for BP,” says Richard Lynch, head of GWO.“We have to be very clear about the work we are doing and the risks involved, and have plans in place to manage those risks.
“Successfully delivering the report’s recommendations will standardise the way we work, and give us the baseline from which we can learn, as we continue to address the risks we encounter and the complexities we have into the future.”

The 26 recommendations include areas fundamental to drilling, such as well control, pressure testing, cementing, blowout preventer (BOP) assurance, rig audits and contractor management. Implementing these recommendations across all BP-operated drilling activity in 14 separate business regions is an enormous undertaking that involves more than 190 deliverables, such as the creation of new documents, training and testing of appropriate staff, and establishing verification processes to help assure the changes are implemented and sustained. The 85-strong implementation programme team consists of a central group based in Houston and others embedded in BP’s businesses. Determined to take the right path from the start, the team took time to carefully examine each recommendation in order to fully understand what it required and what impact it would have, before starting to create, via a six-step process, the documents, operating practices and engineering technical practices (ETPs) that set out in detail what is required for BP’s businesses to conform to the new or revised practices.
“We spent several months getting it all articulated and agreed with group leadership and the investigation team,” says Steve Haden, vice president of engineering and operations, and the person leading the programme.

The team adopted a ‘strategic implementation planning’(SIP) tool to enhance systematic planning and management of all the milestones, including the evidence that tells BP that the recommendations are being correctly implemented on a global scale. Implementation is a seven-step process. By the end of August 2012, more than 100 of the individual deliverables had been completed and 10 of the recommendations had been completed. At least 14 are expected to be closed by year-end 2012.

Since: Oct 12

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#2 Oct 22, 2012
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