HOUSTON – Baker Hughes says that it is the first service company to have enrolled in the new Regional Operational Integrity Program (ROIP) for the petroleum and natural gas industry, and to receive Gold Recognition for its Gulf of Mexico (GoM) Center of Excellence from the Wollam Petroleum Advisory Group (WPAG).
Baker Hughes and WPAG, an oil and gas consulting firm, helped develop and pilot the new program that was implemented in late 2015. ROIP incorporates API Q2 standards and extends that specification’s purpose of driving consistency, risk mitigation and service quality in upstream operations beyond the facility, to the regional level.
API Q2 was developed in 2010 to ensure that service providers implement quality controls at the facility level, based on identifying, assessing and managing risk. ROIP goes beyond facility certification to ensure consistency in all aspects of quality and risk mitigation control throughout a region. It is the industry’s first program to incorporate global supply chain, manufacturing, drilling contractors, service providers, and operators into one program to collaborate on a broader scale.
The controls encompassed by the program include, but are not limited to, risk assessment and management; contingency planning; service design, quality plans and performance validation; identification and qualification of mission-critical suppliers; and change management based on risk factors. ROIP comprises six steps based on these controls in which a company must complete before receiving recognition for a region as Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze.
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