Scottish rig inspectors Aberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC) has launched a “resilience audit”, a new service to help offshore operations maintain high standards of health and safety amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

ADC has worked with regulatory bodies, such as Oil and Gas UK and the country’s Health and Safety Executive, to develop the audit, which will assess clients in relation to a number of safety procedures, such as following social distancing rules and ensuring workplace hygiene, and makes a number of recommendations to improve performance. The audit is available alongside the company’s existing TRAMS digital rig audit system, or can be used separately, as ADC targets improving operational safety across the offshore industry, not just among its existing customers.

“Naturally, the health and wellbeing of our own specialists are of paramount importance to us when they travel offshore, or to a shipyard to one of the projects we are part of,” said ADC director Austin Hay, announcing the audit. “But our business focus has always been to ensure drilling operations can continue as smoothly as possible.

“Reduced staffing levels due to Covid-19 has both health and productivity implications for an asset. We can help companies avoid unnecessary risks and thereby maintain operations by ensuring they comply with the most up-to-date best practices.”

The offshore industry has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, with some of the world’s biggest oil and gas developers, such as the US and China, also suffering from some of the highest numbers of cases of Covid-19 in the world. Combined with the isolated nature of offshore work, which encourages the spread of viruses between workers, the pandemic has created significant challenges for the sector; earlier today, China slashed its production target for the year, triggering a fall in oil prices.

“In these uncertain times, and with the world coming to terms with Covid-19, ADC is doing what it can to support our clients and others in helping prevent the spread of the Covid-19 on offshore installations across the globe,” concluded Hay.