Memorial in Hazlehead Park

Trade organisation Oil & Gas UK has issued a call for papers to be presented at its major offshore safety conference Piper 25, to be held from 18 to 20 June 2013.

The three day event, taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, marks the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha oil production platform disaster that took place on 6 July 1988.

The disaster killed 167 men and cost £1.7bn in losses.

Chairman of the public inquiry into the disaster, Lord Cullen, will start the event with a key note speech.

The event intends to review the trends, changes and progress made by the offshore industry for safety in view of the lessons learnt from the tragedy.

During the conference the organisation will run topic-themed sessions on a full range of issues related to offshore oil and gas safety.

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Potential topics include safety management systems, control of work, major hazard management, safety technology, human and organisational factors and emergency preparedness and response.

The deadline for abstracts for papers to be presented is 30 November 2012.

Oil & Gas UK health and safety director, Robert Paterson, said the organisation and event will draw on experiences of people with direct knowledge of Piper Alpha, as well as those with a wider offshore safety background.

"We are also keen to learn lessons from other industrial sectors where these may be applied to improving safety in the upstream oil and gas industry," said Paterson.

"Presenters of papers at the conference have the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise with delegates, highlight emerging issues in safety and promote debate in order to encourage everyone to submit abstracts to the conference committee."

Image: Memorial in Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen, to the victims of the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster. Photo courtesy of Lizzie.