Noble Energy awarded certificate of SEMS compliance for drilling in Tamar field


HOUSTON -- DNV GL – Business Assurance USA, Inc. today issued to Noble Energy a certificate of compliance to the SEMS (Safety and Environmental Systems) standard, which represents the highest criteria for safe operations of offshore drilling platforms. This compliance certification is based on audits of Noble Energy's facilities and workflows supporting Tamar gas field in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Israel.

"Achieving SEMS compliance is tangible proof of the company's commitment to safety and environmental leadership," Remi Eriksen, president and CEO of DNV GL, said. "SEMS requirements are rigorous and exhaustive. These requirements cannot be met without total organizational commitment and transparency."

In assessing Noble Energy's Tamar operations, DNV GL – Business Assurance USA utilized SEMS audit protocols developed by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) for the Gulf of Mexico.

BSEE requires SEMS auditors to be certified by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS), which promotes safety for offshore operations through effective leadership, communication, teamwork, utilization of disciplined management systems and independent third-party auditing and certification. DNV GL Business Assurance USA is a COS-accredited audit service-provider.

"We are committed to operate to the highest standards across our global operational areas," said Scott Childres, V.P. of operations, Eastern Mediterranean, Noble Energy. "We have been working with the Israel Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources to develop a world-class industry in Israel since we made the first offshore discovery in 1999. Natural gas from Tamar Field currently fuels more than half of Israel's electricity generation needs and nearly all of the country's industrial fuel requirements. Receiving this certificate of compliance from a distinguished organization like DNV GL is a testament to our unrelenting commitment to safe and responsible operations that provide reliable energy resources to the people of Israel."

"Our work with Noble Energy's Israeli operations is our first SEMS audit outside of North America, and could set the standard for other areas of the world," added Eriksen.

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