COMPASS – the HSE risk assessment framework

For the successful implementation of our HSE risk assessment framework, we have perpetuated our COMPASS Project (comprehensive risk assessment). The programme applies ten internationally accepted risk assessment methodologies that cover the workplace, technological processes and environmentally-related areas of risk analysis (HAZID, ENVID, JSA, EIA, etc.).

Main achievements in 2010 include:

  • implementation of COMPASS, focused on the sites of MOL, Slovnaft and SPC in which qualitative analyses covered exploration and production, refining, logistics and retail activities following HSE risk assessment standards;
  • HAZOP assessments were executed with regards to quantitative process- related risks, resulting in the coverage of approximately 80 % of critical operations;
  • an IT tool named “COMPASS ITSS” was developed, providing a “smart tool” for line management’s risk-based decisions. COMPASS ITSS will be expanded in the future to support other risk-related Group processes, e.g. Enterprise Risk Management.

In 2011, COMPASS is aimed to be extended to INA, IES, Tifon, MOL Austria, MOL Romania and MOL Pakistan, while its implementation at the Group level is aimed to be completed by the end of 2012.

Process Safety Management

MOL Group has continued operating and further improving the Process Safety Management (PSM) System, first implemented in 2006. The main reason for PSM is to minimise the number of process-related incidents (including low hazard operations without strict legal standards) which could result in fire, explosion, property damage, and harm to people or the environment. Measuring the efficiency and evaluation of the implementation were the main focuses in 2010. Specific PSM key performance indicators (KPI) were defined and applied to measure the progress, perform internal benchmarking, and to establish necessary actions for the future. We also started an auditing process to observe the implementation process in detail at individual operations and for individual PSM elements.

Emergency preparedness and response

Even though the mainstay of our fire safety strategy is prevention, and modern and effective fire-detection and built-in fire-fighting systems, renewal of fire water networks as well as the most modern firefighting agents and equipment has contributed even further to the improvement of MOL Group’s firefighting efficiency.
In 2010, a total of 23 fires were reported within the MOL Group, excluding INA. The majority of the blazes were caused by some small leakages where the escaping hot hydrocarbons were self-ignited. Thankfully, none of the conflagrations resulted in injuries, asset loss or any other real damages. However, some serious fires also occurred, mainly at E&P or its contractors. The most serious fire/explosion happened at the Csepel base depot where a contractor lost his life while cleaning a tank.
Two of the main elements of successful emergency preparedness are exercises and drills. The entire workforce underwent many exercises together with the local fire brigades (e.g. the Exploration and Production Division held 15 exercises at the Group level). Emergency drills and exercises are conducted regularly on all sites, especially in refineries and on petrochemical sites. Twenty-eight emergency drills were executed in 2010 within Petchem alone.

annual report 2010