While we’re proud of our progress in 2012, we recognize there’s room for improvement in a number of areas.
Company-wide safety performance
We continue to concentrate on establishing more pre-planning and control measures, as well as more consistent safety processes for employees and contractors.
Total work-related injuries
After two years of record-setting performance, our total recordable injury frequency rose to 0.76, a 13% increase over 2011. Thankfully, there were no critical injuries. We continue to focus on reducing injuries in our operations.
We are taking steps to improve environmental performance throughout our operations, including a renewed focus on the management of water use, air emissions and land.
Number of spills
The number of reportable spills at our facilities increased by 11%. Although the increase primarily reflects changes in how regulators define a spill — as well as our commitment to report even the smallest volume of oil spilled offshore — we continue to focus our efforts on reducing spills to zero.
While greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) decreased in 2012, we recognize the need to identify additional ways to improve our performance.
Progress on Our Promises
In our 2011 Sustainability Report, we highlighted several focus areas for improvement. The table below summarizes what we promised and what we’ve achieved.
What we promised in 2011
What we achieved in 2012
Health & Safety:
- Complete a major audit of our Health, Safety, Environment & Social Responsibility (HSE&SR) Management System at our UK and U.S. operations.
- Revise our Occupational Health & Industrial Hygiene (OH/IH) procedures and communicate them throughout the company.
- Conduct assessments of our Process Safety Management System.
- HSE&SR Management System audits were conducted in the UK in May and in the U.S. in November.
- We updated our OH/IH manual to comply with new regulations and industry-recognized practices and distributed it throughout our operations.
- Internal assessments were conducted; third-party assessments were undertaken in some operating divisions.
- Continue implementation of the centralized water and waste data management system.
- Advance the water monitoring program in our shale gas operations in British Columbia, Canada.
- Continue to test new technology for using saline water instead of fresh water in oil sands and shale gas development.
- Implement a program to reduce wildlife attractants at our Long Lake oil sands facility to minimize human-wildlife interaction.
- Waste and water data was incorporated into our data management system. Training on data systems continues in 2013.
- The surface water monitoring program continues, and we are committed to continuing the program for as long as we use fresh water for our operations.
- Tested our horizontal pump system again during the 2012 shale gas frac program, using saline water from the Debolt formation; preparing to test again in 2013.
- Assessment conducted and actions taken to minimize attractants. Bear awareness training provided for employees and contractors.
- Conduct a benchmark study of Nexen’s approach to Aboriginal Relations and identify improvement areas.
- Draft and test social performance metrics that enable us to measure and benchmark our social performance.
- Review conducted to give direction to development of Aboriginal Relations Strategy and Indigenous Peoples Policy. Both policies were finalized in 2012.
- Social performance metrics benchmark study was completed; further internal testing will occur in 2013.