SPE Conference on Health, Safety, Environment, Sustainability and Social Responsibility in Africa

15 September 2014

ERM was proud to be the gold sponsor of the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ first African Health, Safety, Security, and Environment and Social Responsibility Conference and Exhibition

This conference brought together over  250 leading oil and gas HSE experts to share knowledge and experience to help companies navigate the diverse challenges of operating in a unique context with cultural, human rights, sensitive ecosystems, human health, infrastructure, supply chain and security issues

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As the largest association for upstream E&P professionals, the SPE is unparalleled in its ability to bring together industry experts for consideration of topical issues. As the African continent experiences unprecedented levels of upstream activity, the timing and theme of this conference Protecting People and the Environment-Getting It Right for the Development of the Oil and Gas Industry in Africa could hardly be more appropriate. ERM welcomes this opportunity to share our views and experiences in helping to address Sub-Saharan African sustainability challenges with the industry at large.

ERM at the conference

ERM is a global consultancy that helps oil and gas companies to effectively address a spectrum of strategic and operational challenges. We assist our clients with maximizing their efficiency and mitigating environmental, operational, and social risks. We work with our clients on the following:

  • Market entry issues such as due diligence and  regulatory review
  • Delivery of capital projects on time and on budget while retaining the privilege to operate
  • Performance optimization, particularly with regard to health and safety issues
  • Planning for the retirement of assets
  • Development of strategies for managing risk across business and project lifecycles
  • Development of skills, capability and competency, to have the right people doing the right things in the right place

Since oil and gas is ERM’s largest serviced sector, we have established a breadth of expertise and experience across this industry.

At SPE’s first African SHE & SR conference ERM technical experts provided thought leadership on a range of topics including:

  • Capital Project Development in Angola - Bridging from Planning to Execution 
  • Permit Management Systems and beyond - operationalizing regulatory requirements in the African offshore exploration environment
  • Planning for Waste Management: The Challenges Facing Oil and Gas Companies in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Practical implications of Human Rights Due Diligence: challenges in demonstrating 'Respect' and what it means for the assessment and management of social and health impacts


Henry Camp
, ERM Partner, served on SPE’s Technical Programme Sub- Committee


Paul Fletcher, ERM Technical Director, Contaminated Site Management Practice will be presenting: Planning for Waste Management: The Challenges Facing Oil and Gas Companies in Sub-Saharan Africa

Luiz E Guimarães, ERM Partner, Impact Assessment and Planning, will be presenting: Capital Project Development in Angola – Bridging from Planning to Execution