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Protecting staff, local residents and the environment

RAG’s top priority is eliminating the potential risks and dangers facing all of the people employed by the group and those living in the areas where we operate, as well as avoiding damage to the environment.

But preventing accidents does not just mean complying with statutory requirements. We have set a goal of zero accidents in all of our activities, and in order to achieve this we have established a dedicated managerial unit which systematically monitors adherence to our targets on the basis of the internal health, safety and environment (HSE) management system, and supports their consistent application and improvement.

In addition to implementing workplace safety measures aimed at the company’s own employees, we also work closely with contractors on safety-related initiatives.

Clearly defined processes, efficient communication and specific guidelines and instructions enable us to meet the highest possible health and safety standards for external contractors’ staff.

Safety at facilities

All of RAG’s processes are designed to maximise environmental soundness. Minimising energy use and emissions, and using cutting-edge technology and methods to reduce waste and monitor the company’s plant and pipelines are particularly important.

Safety at drilling and production facilities

RAG has a long and successful record of operating its own rigs. To date, the company has drilled over 1,200 wells with a total length of about 2,000 kilometres. Cutting-edge technology and a highly trained team are behind the continuous improvements in our quality, safety and environmental standards.

Monitoring of all rigs is computer controlled. This makes it possible to immediately identify deviations from normal operating conditions and take corrective action. RAG Energy Drilling has obtained unrestricted certification under the international SCC** work safety standard, and was also certified under the ISO 14001:2004 environmental management standard in spring 2014. In 2015 RAG Energy Drilling implemented a quality management system in accordance with ISO 9001:2008 as well as an occupational health and safety management system in accordance with the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard. Both systems underwent external audits in January 2016 and certification was obtained in March 2016, meaning that RAG Energy Drilling now has a certified quality, occupational health and safety and environmental management system.

Safety at gas storage facilities

RAG’s state-of-the-art storage facilities are monitored and inspected on an ongoing basis. Highly skilled staff run the installations from a dispatching centre, working around the clock to maximise efficiency and optimise environmental and technical performance. 

RAG introduced an internal control system for its storage operations in 2011, meaning that it began systematically collecting, analysing and interpreting all energy-related data. This information feeds into energy-saving programmes. Additionally, in 2013 RAG’s energy management system for its storage operations, which is based on the ÖNORM EN ISO 50001:2011 standard, was evaluated by an external auditor and certified accordingly. Certification in accordance with the standard was extended to the entire group in 2015. This is also in accordance with the provisions of the Bundes-Energieeffizienzgesetz (Federal Energy Efficiency Act), which transposes the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU). In addition, our storage operations have received the Technical Safety Management (Technisches Sicherheitsmanagement, TSM) certificate from the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches e.V., DVGW).

„Cutting-edge process engineering, high-efficiency plants and some of the most stringent safety standards anywhere in Europe, as well as the efforts of our employees ensure that security of supply is ingrained in our day-to-day operations.“
Kurt Sonnleitner, Chief Technical Officer, RAG


Alexander Zobl
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