The benefit of a Lean culture that fosters a structured work environment and proactive problem-solving is supporting Hess’ commitment to safety and improving operational reliability.
The Hess Completions team is using a “sandbox system” for delivering proppant sand to about half of the wells Hess is fracturing in North Dakota. During traditional truck unloading, blowers blast sand out of the truck, spreading dust. The sandbox system uses gravity to transfer sand from the container to the conveyor, eliminating the need for blowers to blast sand out of a hauling trailer. This switch has increased operational efficiency, reduced operational costs and improved site safety.
The Stampede development in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) is leveraging Hess' proven deepwater capabilities and maximizing the use of Lean to deliver the project safely, on time and on budget.
Located about 115 miles south of Port Fourchon, La., it is one of the largest undeveloped fields in the GoM. It is highly complex, with some of the deepest wells in the world at reservoir depths of about 30,000 feet.
At the 2016 Task Force ZERO Safety Conference, hosted by Oil Gas Denmark, Hess Asset Director for Denmark Anders Nymann joined a panel of business leaders for an dialogue on employee safety and the importance of industry alignment, particularly in the current low oil price environment. “Safety, like Lean, is the relentless pursuit of perfection,” Nymann said. “It starts with making protecting the environment and the health and safety of everyone connected with operations the top priority.”
Safety and efficiency are inextricably linked at the Hess Okume Complex in West Africa. The offshore Equatorial Guinea operation recently celebrated production of its 200 millionth barrel of oil. The team also achieved 10 years — or more than 3.6 million man-hours — without a lost time injury.