2016 Safety Milestones

Our employee safety record has improved dramatically since 2013. In 2016, our employee Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) was .04, reflecting only one recordable incident during the year.

Our combined TRIR, which includes both employees and contractors, was .38, matching the record set in 2015. We accomplished these milestones while integrating new operations and workforce into our business.

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One highlight was the improvement in safety performance in our Marcellus Business Unit, which in 2015 had the highest incident rate across all our major operating regions. Working to identify specific gaps and to communicate incremental goals, the team made sure everyone shared the same commitment and responsibility for safety. Mobile tools were also developed to make entry of “near misses” easier and more timely. In August 2016, the business unit celebrated a year without a recordable incident, and that incident-free record was maintained through the end of the year.

Process Safety

We continued to focus on process safety – preventing major incidents. In 2016, we took several steps to enhance our practices in this area:

  • We revised our Tier II process safety governance document to align with American Petroleum Institute and industry best practices. This allows for better defined metrics and benchmarking.
  • We incorporated process safety identification into our EHS incident reporting administrative practices and quarterly training. This facilitates more consistent front-end data collection.
  • We included process safety metrics in our weekly and quarterly dashboards and reports to give visibility to our company’s process safety performance.
  Gulf of Mexico West Africa Eastern Mediterranean DJ Basin Marcellus Shale Texas TOTAL
Tier I 0 4 1 7 2 15 29
Tier II 0 3 0 18 2 20 43

Tier I incidents involve 7 or more barrels of hydrocarbons
Tier II incidents involve 1 to less than 7 barrels of hydrocarbons

Industry Leadership

Noble Energy shares its safety experience and expertise within the industry by participating on environment, health and safety committees of industry organizations, including the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC), where Noble Energy chairs the EHS Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee. AXPC is a national trade association representing 33 independent natural gas and oil exploration and production companies.