The energy sector plays a vital role in fueling our modern society. It is undoubtedly an engine of growth, as its products serve as inputs into nearly every good and service imaginable. Nations around the world rely on a steady, uninterrupted supply of energy to offer citizens basic amenities and ensure smooth running of their economies. The wellbeing of our people, industry and economy depends on safe, secure, sustainable and affordable energy. At the same time, there are numerous HSE and SR challenges faced when it comes to energy. With a dedicated in-house team and a significant track record in the successful delivery of renewable and non-renewable (including oil and gas) projects, Safe Dimensions is expertly placed to support clients energy development.
Energy is a treasured property of matter that is synonymous with fuelling livelihoods and empowers almost all aspects of our lives. Used in every walk of life (from residential, commercial and industrial, to journey and outdoor capacity), energy is invaluable for the essential role it plays in sustaining life on earth. Our energy for life is generated by a variety of resources and in specific geological locations, from the depths below land and sea level to the heights within and above the atmosphere. There are two classes of energy sources into which all available resources belong: renewable / infinite (that includes sunlight, wind, biomass, rain, tides, waves and geothermal) and non-renewable / finite (that includes uranium, oil shale, tar sands, coal, petroleum / oil and gas / natural gas). No single resource in either group can meet all human needs. The energy generated from these resources can be stored, transferred and converted from one form to another within the constraint of the conservation law. Energy takes many natural forms: gravitational, kinetic, thermal, elastic, electrical, radiant, chemical, nuclear, sound and a great many more. It is the universal applicability of the concept of energy, as well as the completeness of the law of its conservation within different forms, that makes energy so attractive and useful.
Nothing works quite effectively unless we get energy right. For example, thermal energy or electrical energy for use in industry, and in the residential and commercial sectors is normally created from concentrated energy sources. The vast solar energy (radiant light and heat from the sun) that is available than we need is not in a readily usable form. It needs to be concentrated, which is harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies. On the other hand, when oil (a concentrated fuel) is burned with air, the resulting gases can reach high temperatures. The oil and gas industry, a complex industry with a supply chain that often cuts across multiple geographies, sorts this concentrated fuel processes, systems and applications to achieve our needs. It is one of the world’s largest and most capital-intensive industries and produces end products such as fuel oil, natural gas and gasoline but also the raw material for many chemical products, such as plastics, fertilisers, detergents, paints and even medicines. In addition, business ownership models in the industry range from small and medium independents to large major integrated oil and gas companies to national (or government owned) oil and gas companies. The industry has three major segments: upstream (exploration and production), midstream (processing, storage and transportation) and downstream (refining, distribution and marketing). Safe Dimensions cater to HSE and SR needs for all of the energy segments. Our work looks after the interest of society and the energy business, especially in terms of its working personnel and subsea, offshore and onshore assets such as subsea processing systems, MODUs (Mobile Offshore Drilling Units) including semi-submersibles, jack-ups and drill ships, offshore production facilities including Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO), Floating Storage Unit (FSU), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Floating LNG (FLNG), transmission pipelines, tank farms, gas processing and refining plants, refinery, petrochemical and tankage assets.
Energy resources are essential to civilisation as we know it, and are the basis for economy and survival. Energy is the lifeblood of industralised nations and the global economy (i.e. the lifeblood of modern societies) – a crucial input to nearly all of the goods and services of the modern world. The world is consuming more and more energy, as populations become more urbanised and lifestyles and technology evolve. Stable, reasonably priced energy supplies are central to maintaining and improving the living standards of billions of people. As a key economic driver, the reliable and affordable flow of energy resources is closely interconnected with a country’s prosperity and complex economic system, which includes its direct and indirect contributions to employment and economic growth and expansion / gross domestic product (GDP). There is no doubt that every society needs energy. But energy use is tied to many environmental and societal concerns, such as greenhouse gas emissions, mining and fracking, as well as health and safety challenges, such as avoiding worker injuries, preventing environmental disasters, protecting against fire and explosion on the energy infrastructure, and dealing with regulatory overload from regulatory bodies, which have brought about diplomatic talks on reducing global emissions and most especially carbon dioxide (CO2), growth in green energy use, and HSE and SR requirement enhancement in industry practices. Likewise, the tackling of cyber attacks on critical energy infrastructure, piracy, and saboteur attacks on pipelines and refineries on a global scale show how energy developments are increasingly driving international relations, including international security. For all of these and more, Safe Dimensions HSE and SR solutions is right for business and society.