Oil economy has been and will become a major player in the global economy and international trade for many years to come.
40% of oil production is extracted from offshore platforms; 10% of which is extracted from deep offshore platforms.
Oil market, despite the scarcity of the resource, is in steady evolution. The need for field development is exponential.In this line of business, the Kingdom of Morocco has undertaken for a number of years an oil exploration policy. Through appealing measures, it has attracted the biggest oil companies with operating concessions 2 of which are certified by the ONHYM (Moroccan oil authority) in addition to 34 international companies and partners by the end of March 2014 (82 offshore exploration licenses) – a very important economic and political issue.
It is obvious that the stakes for the Kingdom are numerous, hence the need to promote HSE culture, particularly through the Moroccan Observatory of Health, Safety and Environment, in order to comply with international standards and to become a major player in professional training in offshore industry and HSE in North Africa.
These explorations obviously involve risks of accidents (the number of work related accidents in Morocco each year is around 200,000 cases, causing 2,000 deaths).