The American Petroleum Institute and Mexico’s National Agency for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection of the Hydrocarbons Sector (ASEA) recently reached an agreement that makes API’s technical and safety standards available as ASEA develops its safety programs.
“The adoption of API standards by Mexico’s energy sector reinforces the oil and natural gas industry’s overall commitment to global safety practices,” API Vice President of Global Industry Services Lisa Salley said. “This collaboration between Mexican regulators, API and the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) demonstrates our leadership and expertise on how to work closely with regulators to continuously improve and enhance the safety and operational management systems to responsibly develop offshore energy resources.”
This agreement is an important step in having regulatory bodies governing the Gulf of Mexico implement consistent safety and environmental management systems.
“By supporting the alignment of SEMS (safety and environmental management systems) programs and regulations in the Gulf of Mexico, regulators, operators and contractors alike can further the industry-wide goal of achieving greater safety offshore,” ASEA Deputy Director of Planning, Processes and Strategic Stakeholders Engagement Jimena Marván said. “We look forward to working with COS (Center for Offshore Safety) regarding accreditation and training of auditors and other SEMS activities, and continuing to work with BSEE 9U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) and all companies involved in the offshore oil and natural gas industry as we bring more effective safety and environmental protection through SEMS.”