Like all facilities operating in Australian federal waters, Vermilion’s Wandoo Facilities are required to have a Safety Case and Environment Plan which are assessed and accepted by the Regulator. The Safety Case and Environment Plan are objective and evidence-based assessments requiring the Regulator to be satisfied that:
The Safety Case and Environment Plan require review and resubmission at a minimum frequency of five years.
The Safety Case, which was last accepted by the Regulator in 2014, is focused on the prevention of major accident events. Vermilion is required to identify, assess and manage major accident events through a series of formal safety assessments, including flammable hazards analysis, explosion risk assessment, and Escape, Temporary Refuge, Evacuation and Recovery Analysis. Throughout 2015, Vermilion undertook a review and update of the full suite of the Wandoo Formal Safety Assessments, which will be reissued in 2016.
The Environment Plan addresses the environmental impact from Operations, Well Construction and oil spill response. Vermilion undertook an environmental risk and impact assessment for all of our activities within the Wandoo Field and achieved acceptance from the Regulator in 2014. Vermilion maintains a comprehensive spill response plan, which is assessed and accepted by the Regulator. The spill response plan is aligned to our spill hazards and operating environment with capability requirements reviewed and tested annually.
Both the Safety Case and Environment Plan require engagement with relevant stakeholders. The Safety Case process regularly engages workforce throughout the assessment processes. The Environment Plan requires consultation with relevant stakeholders that may be directly impacted from our day to day activities. As part of our commitment Vermilion provides a summary of the environment plan, including contact information, on our website.
The Regulator conducts regular inspections to confirm compliance. Four inspections were conducted in 2015, with no enforcement action required.
The Wandoo B platform, CALM Buoy and flowlines were installed in 1996 based upon a 20-year design life. Vermilion has identified that there are recoverable oil reserves beyond the existing 20-year design that could support extending the design life by an additional 20 years. The existing 20-year design life will be reached in March 2017. In 2015, Vermilion commenced the Life Extension Project to extend the operation design life beyond 2017.
Life Extension Process
Independent Verifying Body