Safety first at the new OWS base in Kurdistan

With increased focus on QHSE, OWS oil workers are fighting for market shares from new base in Erbil.

With increased focus on QHSE, OWS oil workers are fighting for market shares from new base in Erbil

In Kurdistan you are constantly reminded of the turbulent environment in this corner of the world. With conflicts now subdued, Operations Manager Hesham Habash is in charge of OWS Kurdistan’s base in Erbil a 5000 m2 facility with a team of 54 motivated workers ready to take on their share of the oil business.

New equipment

A lot of oil is being produced down here, and we serve the big oil companies like Total, Gazprom, Exxon and Chevron, Habash explains. With the new premises we now have an efficient base for our operations, with storage room under roof and a suitable repair shop. Most of the equipment is no more than three years old, and has been specifically selected according to special pipe and well specifications. We added the Wellbore Cleanup (WBCU) product line, including equipment and expertise in 2014, to complement our TRS and Rental services, Habash points out.

Focus on QHSE

Language barriers have been a challenge in establishing the new base. QHSE Coordinator Mohammed Fawaz explains that the management engaged English teachers to ensure that communication barriers no longer represent a potential QHSE risk.

We've experienced full corporate management support in our efforts to implement strict safety policies and procedures in a culture where the focus on QHSE matters can be quite different, he says.

The efforts are really paying off and all employees are now meeting OWS competence requirements, both operational and QHSE. This includes external training such as Tenaris and Hunting University. The management is committed to the implementation of training programs and nationalisation for Kurdish locals in line with Government requirements, which is well received by our customers. We are also hopefully heading for ISO certification in 2016, adds Mohammed Fawaz, QHSE Coordinator for OWS in Kurdistan.