Operations: exploration, drilling, production and deconstruction

For all operations, we identify and communicate about potentially dangerous activities and areas, including:
  • Welding, burning and operating spark-producing power units,
  • Work involving hazardous or toxic materials,
  • Work on production process, electrical or safety systems,
  • Entering confined spaces, diving or using remotely operated vehicles,
  • Specific lifting operations, work in unguarded areas, and work over water.
To minimise risk, we have safety measures such as:
  • Permit to work systems to ensure competent personnel handle preparation, coordination, verification of safety measures before and after beginning work on a site, central control and site control,
  • Complementary work permits, safety measures for confined spaces, excavation, radiography, diving, electrical insulation, etc.,
  • Simultaneous operation, down-graded situations.
All personal commit to eradicate fatalities by applying the ENGIE life saving rules, and:  
  • Are registered on the muster list,
  • Wear the personal protective equipment required on site,
  • Attend a safety course and receive a safety booklet relevant to the site.

Our UK affiliate performs safely under pressure

GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd drilled two technically challenging High Pressure/High Temperature (HP/HT) wells, Faraday and Jacqui, with zero injuries or high-risk incidents. They owe this success to a set of initiatives designed to ensure personnel safety:  

  • Extensive HP/HT training for rig crews and oil spill response training for onshore personnel,
  • A “valve identification” initiative on the rig to improve understanding and control of closed pressure systems,
  • Pre-abandonment safety meetings with rig crews, covering valve identification, annulus control and monitoring,
  • Lessons-learned sessions at each drilling section,
  • A major emergency response exercise prior to drilling that involved over 60 people.

These are just some of the ways in which the affiliate is building a strong safety culture to uphold HSE protocols, processes and management systems.

Competence & training

We conduct training and competency programmes to help our personnel perform successfully, particularly with respect to their HSE roles and responsibilities.

Our leadership training programmes include modules such as:
  • HSE Management System workshops for Managers,
  • HSE activity analysis workshops for supervisors to review hazard scenarios and associated damage as well as technical and human measures for risk prevention, mitigation and evaluation.


In our operations, we use monitoring and reference documents to track and improve our HSE performance.

Monitoring documents include:
  • HSE evaluations,
  • Work permits,
  • Statistical reports,
  • Audit and inspection reports and associated follow-up actions,
  • Anomaly and accident reports and associated follow-up actions.
ENGIE E&P International’s reference manuals for operations, maintenance, emergency response and HSE supervision describe best practices for:
  • Dealing with hazardous scenarios and associated damage,
  • Technical and human measures for prevention and mitigation,

These reference manuals are designed to give HSE guidance our employees in their day-to-day work.

Contractor control

We select contractors based on their ability to meet contractual HSE, technical and financial requirements. Our HSE requirements cover:
  • The contractor’s HSE Management System, which must be equivalent to ours,
  • Specific HSE aspects of the contractor’s service.
We account for our HSE requirements in:
  • Contractor evaluations,
  • Call for tender documents,
  • Contracts,
  • Monitoring contractor activities.

We also select material and equipment suppliers based on their ability to comply with HSE specifications, and our technical experts approve any purchase of potentially dangerous equipment. 

Emergency Preparedness

In all activities carried out under the leadership of ENGIE E&P International, emergency procedures covering communications and actions in cases of medical, accident, and environmental emergencies are maintained and tested. Emergency events include, but are not limited to, events such as:
  • Fire, explosions, and blowouts,
  • Spills and unplanned releases of produced fluids and gases,
  • Work site injuries, outbreaks of disease, man overboard,
  • Marine, aviation, and motor vehicle accidents,
  • Security breaches and sabotage, civil disorder,
  • Earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural events,
  • Loss of radioactive material or explosive materials,
  • Harm to the company’s image.
Emergency response (mitigation measures) shall be ready and include elements such as:
  • Emergency control centres (ECC) for management teams properly located, with adequate internal and external communications with all stakeholders Emergency response teams, procedures and equipment,
  • Evacuation means and muster points,
  • Site clinic and first aid facilities,
  • Complementary contracts with companies specialised in medical evacuation, spill emergency response, dangerous goods management, etc.,
  • Coordination with other operators’ emergency responses,
  • Coordination with public emergency response such as authorities, firemen, hospitals, police forces, coastguards, etc,
  • Alarms,
  • Periodic drills of various emergency scenarios.