Noble receives SEMS certificate for Tamar drilling offshore Israel

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – DNV GL-Business Assurance USA has issued to Noble Energy a certificate of compliance to the SEMS (Safety and Environmental Systems) standard, the highest criteria for safe operations of offshore drilling platforms.

The certification follows audits of Noble Energy’s facilities and workflows supporting the Tamar natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Israel.

Remi Eriksen, president and CEO of DNV GL, said: “SEMS requirements are rigorous and exhaustive. These requirements cannot be met without total organizational commitment and transparency.”

In assessing Tamar operations, DNV GL applied SEMS audit protocols developed by the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) for the Gulf of Mexico.

BSEE requires SEMS auditors to be certified by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS), which promotes safety for offshore operations through effective leadership, communication, teamwork, use of disciplined management systems and independent third-party auditing and certification.

DNV GL Business Assurance USA is a COS-accredited audit service-provider.

Scott Childres, vice president of Operations for Eastern Mediterranean at Noble Energy, said: “We have been working with the Israel Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources to develop a world-class industry in Israel since we made the first offshore discovery in 1999.

“Natural gas from the Tamar field currently fuels more than half of Israel’s electricity generation needs and nearly all of the country’s industrial fuel requirements…

“Our work with Noble Energy’s Israeli operations is our first SEMS audit outside of North America, and could set the standard for other areas of the world.”


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