HOUSTON, Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Athens Group, a leading provider of independent, 3rd-party technology assurance and inspection services for oil and gas drilling and production assets, has expanded the role of the Chief Safety Officer, Don Shafer, to include not only safety, but also security, health and environment.
"The added emphasis on security is necessary because of Athens Group growth and the increased value rig owners and operators place on the systems-based quality assurance services we provide to improve the safety and reliability of their drilling and production assets," said Mike Haney, CEO. "Plus, as we extended our service delivery presence beyond Europe, Asia, and Africa into the Middle East and Latin America, we needed to expand our SSHE procedures," he concluded.
The increased hacking and malware being seen on oil and gas assets necessitated the emphasis on "Security." Athens Group's new BOP and Rig Inspection services include comprehensive security checklists. These inspections, along with 3rd-party Hardware in the Loop (HIL) Verification services require a company-wide focus on security.
Don Shafer, now the Chief Safety, Security, Health and Environment Officer, is an Athens Group co-founder and the company's first Technical Fellow.
ABOUT ATHENS GROUP Athens Group provides technology assurance services that help the oil and gas industry design, construct and operate safe, reliable rigs and platforms. From topsides to subsea, our consultants ensure effective engineering and testing, and validate compliance with the highest standards for performance, reliability, and safety. Athens Group customers include BHP Billiton, BP, Eni, ExxonMobil, Marathon, Murphy Oil, Shell, and Total.
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