PV GAS: Safety always the key task

10:20 | 22/04/2019 Companies

(VEN) - With the target to prevent and ensure that there will be no loss in human lives, property and environment in all production and business activities, PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Corporation (PV GAS) has always given top priorities to safety - environmental protection among its annual key tasks.

A fire prevention and fighting contest of PV Gas

In order to drastically and synchronously implement the work of Safety - Health - Environment, every year, PV GAS always maps out specic plans relating to Safety - Quality - Environment including: ensuring quality and output of gas products supplied to customers; completing financial targets; controlling maintenance, repair and construction investment operations; controlling activities that are likely to cause environmental impacts; ensuring the progress of projects and completing Safety - Quality - Environment management system.

Safety - environmental protection associated with production – business activities

The occupational safety and health (OHS) plans of PV GAS’s member units are set up and implemented right from the beginning of the year to ensure the safety work is carried out consistently along with their production and business progresses. And the results were positive with 96% of the OHS plan was completed last year.

The expenditures on safety works in PV GAS units have increased gradually over the years: from 82.85 billion VND in 2015 to 92 billion VND in 2017 and 144.773 billion VND in 2018. This shows that the work of occupational safety has caught the attention and investment of PV GAS leaders.

Over recent years, PV GAS has continuously coordinated with local authorities, police, border guards, marine police, and the Directorate of Fisheries in patrolling, propagating and handling violation cases that caused unsafety to gas works and gas pipeline systems. The member units and the local police patrol along the pipeline around 300 turns per year. They also patrol 10 times a month with the border guard units of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province and with Ca Mau border guard once a month to protect the sea pipelines within 12 nautical miles; As for Nam Con Son gas pipeline which is further than 12 nautical miles, they organize a patrol twice a month. Similarly, the patrols for Bach Ho pipeline is 16 times and the PM3-Ca Mau pipeline is 12 times respectively.

The work of environmental protection is implemented by PV GAS right from the beginning of each project. So far, gas works and gas projects of PV GAS have been approved by competent authorities on environmental impacts and fully implemented as designed.

Maintenance, repair of gas systems

Activities related to oil spills and chemicals are included in the oil spill/chemical response and prevention plan. The environmental monitoring is carried out in accordance with legal requirements, meeting Vietnamese standards. Every year, PV GAS and its units invite experts from local Departments of Natural Resources and Environment to update new regulations concerning environmental protection. In addition, they often participate in sustainable development activities in fields of environment, social security, and community development.

Improving professional knowledge, minimizing risks

All risks related to activities of the member units are identified, cataloged and controlled, updated annually. Risk assessments and analysis before working are performed in compliance with regulations. However, it is very unfortunate that in 2018 there were still risks unidentified or subjective assessments and errors in works which caused labor accidents.

Oil spill response and prevention drill

Being aware of the above problems, PV GAS always pays attention to and ensures that all employees are provided training in OHS knowledge to the full. In addition, the corporation also organizes extra training courses to step by step further improving skills and professional knowledge for its staff. The work of training promptly meets production and business requirements, closely follows the training strategy - human resource development of PVN in the 2016 – 2025 period, with orientation to 2035 and completes targets set by the Group annually. For example, in 2018, PV GAS has completed 609 training courses (in which the parent company: 447 courses, affiliated units: 397 courses, and member units: 162 courses) completed training for 15,806 people, with the total training cost of VND 37 billion.

With good effects from the annual Safety - Health – Environment program, PV Gas has usually operated safely gas systems, worked closely with gas owners to minimize unexpected gas supply shutdowns, contributing to stable gas supply and above-plan gas production. The maintenance and repair works were carried out safely and ahead of schedule. In 2018, PV GAS shortened the gas pause for PM3 - Ca Mau gas down to 2 days; for NCS gas down to 2.5 hours and Cuu Long gas is 8 hours compared to the original plan. Receiving and bringing Cuu Long gas ashore ahead of schedule, equivalent to 1,298,812 m3 of gas contributed to increasing PV GAS’s revenue by 18 billion VND. In addition, the corporation also ensured safe operation for 1,591 trains and 72,259 tank trucks importing and exporting liquid product; safely operated cold storages, and safely received 17/17 large vessels to import cold LPG; built a LPG retail development strategy, a good basis for market promotion and market dominance.

To ensure that all the staff are fully aware of and understand legal regulations, the internal process of managing operation and maintenance of gas equipment and facilities of the corporation, and step by step optimize the training effectiveness, PV GAS has deployed the assessment of professional capability on a software via questions for all departments, affiliated units and member units. In 2019, it will keep using this method by putting questions for all fields, especially OHS for the related units. This is also a form of practical internal training that helps save costs and ensure safety for the gas works system, reducing wrong operations caused by human errors.