International Association of Oil & Gas Producers
The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) is a global forum in which members identify and share best practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security, social responsibility, engineering and operations.
The association was formed in London in 1974 to develop effective communications between the upstream industry and an increasingly complex network of international regulators. Originally called the E&P Forum (for oil and gas exploration and production), in 1999 the name International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) was adopted. Most of the world’s leading publicly traded, private and state-owned oil & gas companies, oil & gas associations and major upstream service companies are members. IOGP members produce 40% of the world’s oil and gas.
Co-operation with other bodies
IOGP also represent the interests of the upstream industry before international regulators and legislators in UN bodies such as the International Maritime Organization and the Commission for Sustainable Development. IOGP also works with the World Bank and with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is also accredited to a range of regional bodies that include OSPAR, the Helsinki Commission and the Barcelona Convention, and provides a conduit for advocacy and debate between the upstream industry and the European Union (EU). This involves regular contact with the European Commission and the European Parliament.
IOGP data reports
Every year, IOGP collects and publishes data on upstream operations worldwide, both onshore and offshore, from participating member companies and their contractor employees. The reports are free and publicly available. The data covers:
- Occupational safety
- Environmental performance
- Process safety events
- Health management
- Land transport safety
- Aviation safety
Since 1985, when IOGP started reporting annual trends in upstream safety data, there have been considerable improvements in industry performance.
Today, it is the industry’s largest database of safety performance, covering participating member company employees and their contractors onshore and offshore, worldwide. Fatal incidents are analysed by incident category, activity and associated causal factors, and incident descriptions are provided for fatal incidents and high potential events.
IOGP has collected and published environmental data from its participating member companies on an annual basis since 2001. The objectives of this programme are to allow member companies to compare their performance with other companies in the sector; and increase transparency of industry operations. The reports aggregate information at both global and regional levels, expressed within six environmental indicator categories:
- Gaseous emissions
- Energy consumption
- Aqueous discharges
- Non-aqueous drilling fluids retained on cuttings discharged to sea
- Spills of oil and chemicals
Process safety events:
Process safety is a disciplined framework for managing the integrity of operating systems and processes that handle hazardous substances. It relies on good design principles, engineering and operating and maintenance practices. The process safety events (PSE) data are based on the numbers of Tier 1 and Tier 2 process safety events reported by participating IOGP member companies, separately for:
- Onshore and offshore
- Drilling and production
- Material released
The data are normalized against work hours associated with drilling and production activities to provide PSE rates.
IOGP (with IPIECA) has developed two tools to assess health leading performance indicators within individual companies. These enable performance comparison between different parts of a company and between participating companies. The annual health leading performance indicators report illustrates the results submitted by participating companies for both tools and includes actual anonymous results for the year by company, trends over time and the potential benefits to health management in the industry. Land transport safety In April 2005, IOGP published Report No. 365, Land transportation safety recommended practice, a guideline designed to be applicable to all land transportation activities in the upstream oil and gas industry, including operators, contractors and subcontractors. IOGP collects data on motor vehicle crashes and information submitted by participating member companies are published from 2008 onwards. Data are broken down by region and crash category. Data are further grouped to indicate the number of crashes that resulted in a rollover. This includes:
- Number of Motor Vehicle Crash (MVC) fatalities
- Number of Motor Vehicle Crashes for each reporting group and category
- Motor vehicle crash rate (Motor Vehicle Crashes per million kilometres) for each reporting group and category.
European Petroleum Survey Group
In 2005, IOGP absorbed the European Petroleum Survey Group or EPSG, (1986–2005) into its structure. EPSG was a scientific organization with ties to the European petroleum industry consisting of specialists working in applied geodesy, surveying, and cartography related to oil exploration. EPSG compiled and disseminated the EPSG Geodetic Parameter Set, a widely used database of Earth ellipsoids, geodetic datums, geographic and projected coordinate systems, units of measurement, etc.
IOGP Outstanding Young Professional Award
The award, in association with the biennial SPE HSSE-SR International Conference, recognizes the achievements of an individual with fewer than 10 years of professional E&P experience, who demonstrates professional accomplishments and evidence of outstanding talent, dedication and leadership in at least one aspect of health, safety, security, the environment and/or social responsibility.
- Stenner, Joey Mechelle (September 9, 2015). "New Young Professional Award aims to inspire the next generation of oil and gas professionals". Penn Energy.
- "IOGP Names Outstanding Young Professional in Oil and Gas HSE".
- "HSE Expertise Recognized: Inaugural IOGP Outstanding Young Professional Award".
- "Five young professionals eye new award".