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At the 5th World Congress on Disaster Management, Director (Onshore) and In-charge HSE Anurag Sharma stated that the Energy Maharatna has a robust Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) management system to pre-visualize possible threats and create resilience to minimize and/or prevent disasters. Director (Onshore) was presenting on ‘Risks in E&P Industry and Emerging Technologies to Minimize and/or Prevent Disaster’ at the WCDM session on “Emerging Technologies and Innovations for Reducing Risks of Disaster” at IIT Delhi on 25 November 2021.

The session chaired by Director of IIT Delhi Prof V Venugopal Rao included other eminent speakers like Chair of the United Nations Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG) Prof Rajib Shaw from Graduate School of Media and Governance Keio University, Former Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences Dr Shailesh Nayak, Prof David Frost from School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, Engineer-in-Chief of the Indian Army Lt Gen Harpal Singh and Chairperson of the Defence Research and Development Organization and Secretary of the Department of Defence R&D Dr G Satheesh Reddy.

Director (Onshore) noted that these are inherent risks in the Exploration and Production (E&P) industry and these risks can lead to major accidents, if timely action is not taken.

Director (Onshore) Anurag Sharma speaking on ‘Risks in E&P Industry and Emerging Technologies to Minimize and/or Prevent Disaster’
Director (Onshore) Anurag Sharma speaking on ‘Risks in E&P Industry and Emerging Technologies to Minimize and/or Prevent Disaster’

Citing some of the major accidents in the oil & gas sector, Mr Sharma said that Process Safety Management is a key area to be focused on and most companies resort to solutions starting right from the design stage. He noted that the another major area to focus is process safety. “Maintain the safe operating envelope and operate within safe operating envelope,” added Mr Sharma.

Mr Sharma further noted that key components of a risk-based management system in addressing process safety are effective leadership, competent resources, proper risk evaluation, planning, project management, building skilled and trained workforce with training, communication and promotion, risk monitoring, learning from earlier mistakes, etc.

Mr Sharma said ONGC has documented plans for emergency and disaster management. Offshore Security coordination committee headed by DG Coast Guard, Regional Contingency Committee, comprising of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Indian Air Force and other central and state government agencies, also play a major role in the emergency response to disasters.

Director (Onshore) with key executives of ONGC
Director (Onshore) with key executives of ONGC

He informed that regular drills are conducted on all scenarios of ERP and DMP including oil spill. Director (Onshore) stated that ONGC has its own crisis management team with skilled, abled and trained personnel to cater to any adverse eventuality. Director (Onshore) also exhibited a few videos to demonstrated some incidents and how they were executed.

Chair of the United Nations Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG) Prof Rajib Shaw said that the major challenges in inducting technologies in avoiding disasters are digital concentration and digital inequality. He said that the understanding of the science behind decision-making in events of disaster and making the mass be aware of the science is required.

Former Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences Dr Shailesh Nayak shared the ground realities of disasters and disaster management. He mentioned that the two major forms of disasters are either due to natural hazards due to extreme fluctuations in the earth surface or due to the rapid climate change. Stating that strong resilience should be built to address disasters, Dr Nayak said that state-of-art technologies should be used extensively for early forecast of adverse events.

“There should be constant assessment and monitoring of hazards. The basic knowledge of the physics behind the hazards and fluctuations is important. Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based tools will help analyze observational data and data received socially. Constant researches should be carried out to understand the nature of the hazards. Also, people-centric initiatives should be taken like spreading basic communication technologies among people, informing them of possible hazards and the causality of it,” said Dr Nayak.

Director (Onshore) taking keen interest in the models at the ONGC stall (Left); Chief HSE inaugurating ONGC stall at the WCDM exhibition
Director (Onshore) taking keen interest in the models at the ONGC stall (Left); Chief HSE inaugurating ONGC stall at the WCDM exhibition

Earlier on 24 November 2021, GGM-Chief HSE Ajay Dixit inaugurated the ONGC stall at the exhibition at 5th World Congress on Disaster Management. Earlier today, Director (Onshore) took keen interest in the models set at the stall by Team HSE – where capabilities of ONGC’s CMT and Fire Team were demonstrated. The models displayed at the ONGC stall were especially brought to the exhibition from Ahmedabad Asset.



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