Abstract

The growing operation of foreign oil and gas production and drilling units in Brazilian waters requires special attention to the Brazilian legislation requirements concerning health, safety and environment. Based on this aspect it is essential to an evaluation of Brazilian law applied, especially in relation to requirements established by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), through Resolution Nº. 43 establishing the Operational Safety Management System (SGSO - "Sistema de Gestão de Segurança Operacional"), compared to international requirements and development of Safety Cases, which are grounded in brief guide for the IADC - International Association of Drilling Contractors called Health, Safety and Environment Case Guidelines for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units. This comparison allows us to assess whether the Safety Case can be used as a basis for compliance with the ANP requirements and whether there are additional requirements that must be in according to.

1. Introduction

Given the presence of a large number of foreign companies interested in drilling operations in Brazilian waters and the extensive requirements of Brazilian legislation concerning health, safety and environment, this work aims to verify the contents of the Safety Case proposed by IADC- International Association of Drilling Contractors, meets the requirements of Brazilian legislation, specifically the ANP for the drilling unit.

The National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) is the regulator of activities that integrate the industry of petroleum and natural gas and biofuels in Brazil. It aims to promote the regulation, contracting and monitoring of economic activities in the petroleum industry, in accordance with the legislation, the guidelines issued by the National Energy Policy Council - herewith and in accordance with the interests of the country.

The development of Safety Cases is based on the guide IADC - International Association of Drilling Contractors called Health, Safety and Environment Case Guidelines for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units. This guide provides the minimum requirements for the development of a Safety Case According to the IADC, such as Description of the Unit, HSE management system, Risk Management, Emergency Response and Performance Monitoring.

The ANP through Resolution No. 43 establishing an Operation Safety Management System (SGSO) for Drilling and Production Vessels of Oil and Natural Gas, aims the maintenance of safety in offshore facilities, in order to protect human life and the environment through the adoption of 17 management practices.

The main objective of this paper is to compare the minimum content of a Safety Case developed using IADC Guidelines with the requirements of the ANP, and establish if the Safety Case can be used as a basis for meeting the requirements of SGSO of ANP and verify if additional items are needed for the latter based on their technical regulation.

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