Our safety and environmental performance is a key factor in our success. We are committed to mitigating risk, executing our projects in accordance with the highest standards and guaranteeing the safety of everyone involved in our operations.
Guaranteeing the safety of people and facilities every day
The safety of our teams and all other people at our sites, as well as that of our facilities takes precedence over all other aspects of our operations. We focus continuously on preventing risks, raising awareness and providing training to our teams. At the same time, we take care to foster a common and shared safety culture at every level with the goal of zero fatal incidents.
Our 12 Golden Rules are crucial to achieving this goal. These rules apply to all of our employees and contractors in all situations, from commissioning a new facility to driving a vehicle to adopting the right safety mindset.
RAID: remote monitoring system for rotating machines
Our production facilities use a wide array of rotating machines (turbo-generators, turbo- and moto-compressors, turbo- and moto-pumps). In order to prevent technical failure, we have implemented RAID (Remote Assistance, Intervention and Diagnosis), an equipment monitoring tool using predictive analysis software. By analyzing data transmitted by sensors placed on the machines, the RAID system makes it possible to detect potential outages on critical machinery several months in advance. The preventive maintenance recommendations delivered by the RAID tool have already prompted us to take early action to fix several monitored turbines, compressors and pumps. In addition to avoiding unscheduled shutdowns and the associated lost production, this innovation also helps make our operations safer than ever.
The RAID team handles monitoring for some 210 rotating machines equipped with over 6,000 sensors. A plan is currently underway to increase the number of monitored machines by a factor of five over the next four years.
Reducing the environmental impact of our sites
Protecting the environment is one of our top priorities throughout our projects’ life cycle. We do everything we can to prevent accidental pollution, reduce the amount of waste we produce, and preserve water and air quality. In line with this commitment, we have launched a study project to improve our knowledge of deep-sea life so we can protect the seabed more effectively.
At the start of each project, we perform a preliminary survey of its environmental parameters, taking inventory of local fauna, sampling and analyzing the physical environment (water, sediment), etc. We then take every possible measure to conserve these resources and ecosystems. Environmental monitoring programs enable us to record and quantify air emissions and liquid effluent throughout the entire life of the field. We also conduct regular audits to support these efforts.
In this way, our Exploration & Production operations contribute to Total’s commitment to combating climate change.
Shedding light on shale oil and gas
Shale gas is natural gas that has remained trapped within source rock instead of migrating to a natural reservoir. To extract shale gas from the source rock, the oil and gas industry uses two proven techniques: horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting high-pressure water to crack the source rock and release the natural gas it contains. 99.5% of the injection fluid is a mixture of water and sand, while the rest is a small quantity of additives needed to prevent bacterial contamination of the reservoir and make the process more efficient.
At Total, we require several years of geological, environmental, technical and economic studies before we make a decision to develop a shale gas deposit.