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Risk management in the Middle East

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

According to recent research from Marsh, energy firms in the Middle East energy market are highly adept to responding to the ever evolving risk landscape they face and have an above average approach to risk management, relative to their global peer group.

In a new report titled Benchmarking the Middle East Onshore Energy Industry, Marsh gauges the comparative risk quality of Middle Eastern oil, gas and petrochemical facilities to more than 500 similar facilities worldwide. Marsh believes that hardware is a key strength in the Middle East, due to land availability, substantial capital investment and the development of modern facilities.

Andrew George, Chairman of Marsh’s Global Energy Practice said, ‘the Middle East is playing an increasingly critical role in world energy production. Significant investment in the region and expanding facilities necessitate that the industry fully understands and addresses the unique landscape of risks involved.

‘The relative performance of the region in its approach to hardware, in particular remote isolation and flare design, demonstrates that companies are persisting in their efforts towards creating safer installations, improving loss prevention and driving operational excellence.’

Room for improvement

The research has identified key areas for improvement, including software and emergency control systems, which determine the overall risk quality of the region. Marsh has reported that significant improvement can be achieved in the management of change (MoC), the industrial practice of changing processes and systems without introducing new hazard of exacerbating existing hazards.

George commented, ‘despite facing an increasing number of challenges and a complex risk landscape, Middle East energy firms are embracing several improvement opportunities and significant risk reduction is evident, as they intensify their focus on loss prevention and operational excellence. These improvements will be reflected in future benchmarking scores.

‘Improving risk quality has advantages for both clients and underwriters. High quality risks tend to produce fewer losses and are more attractive to underwriters, generally resulting in better rates and capacity in the insurance market.’

Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.

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