Any organization operating in diverse geographic areas experiences the challenge of standardizing equipment and service requirements to a common quality level. Controlling the level of risk that a company is willing to accept on its operations is one of the key reasons for having Management Systems, which are only as good as the auditing initiatives behind them to ensure compliance across the board. Such risk control can only be achieved if a consistent quality of all rigs and equipment working for the Company's worldwide subsidiaries in ensured.

Standardizing such auditing initiatives makes the outcomes comparable and usable as key performance indicators for benchmarking subsidiary compliance levels with corporate Standards. Having operations in countries as diverse as Austria, Yemen, Libya, UK/Norway, Pakistan, Kazakhstan etc. provides unique challenges in implementing one consistent set of Standards and executing audits to the same scope in all environments. What is considered as minimum requirement in one operating environment can sometimes be seen as excessive in another – and lead to conflicts with other operators who see such initiatives as unwarranted cost increases in generally less regulated areas.

This paper is intended to show the efforts taken by OMV in establishing a standardized audit procedure/schedule and producing an adequate framework of standards. As audits are not purely focused on equipment but strongly include personnel competence and management systems, the paper also presents typical challenges and findings from the first two years of auditing initiatives.

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