HOUSTON, May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 the Tamar natural 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," says Remi Eriksen, President & CEO for DNV GL. "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, Inc. 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, Inc. is a COS-accredited audit service-provider.
"We are committed to operate to the highest standards across our global operational areas," said Scott Childres, Vice President of Operations for Eastern Mediterranean at 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 the 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," adds Eriksen.
About DNV Business Assurance
DNV Business Assurance is a world-leading certification body with 1,600 employees worldwide helping customers build sustainable business performance and build stakeholder trust. DNV Business Assurance is part of the DNV GL Group, an independent foundation established in 1864 with the purpose to safeguard life, property and the environment. For more information, visit www.dnvglcert.com
About Noble Energy
Noble Energy is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with a diversified high-quality portfolio of both U.S. unconventional and global offshore conventional assets spanning three continents. Founded more than 80 years ago, the company is committed to safely and responsibly delivering our purpose: Energizing the World, Bettering People's Lives®. For more information, visit www.nobleenergyinc.com.
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