Stanislav Yankov, HSE officer trainee
What is the HSE job according to you in an international company like Total?
At Total E&P Bulgaria, the safety of people, operational safety and environmental protection are more than just absolute priorities – they are core values and an essential part of our culture that we apply to every aspect of our operations. The HSE Department role is to design the HSE Policies and Procedures and to enforce them in our everyday activities. In response to the potential risks that might arise from our activities, we systematically implement prevention measures and all available resources are deployed to mitigate any impact over the environment and the community.
I’m very proud to say that we finished our work on the first well – Polshkov-1 successfully. Thanks to the dedication and the joined forces of our team we went through it without any Lost Time Injuries – LTI (injuries leading to loss of working time), or Total Recordable Injuries – TRIR (injuries recorded per million hours worked) оr Environmental Incidents.
Total E&P Bulgaria has developed an Emergency Response Plan. Which of your responsibilities under it is the most challenging one?
The objective of the Emergency Response Plan is to identify potential emergency scenarios and then to develop plans and procedures to prepare for them. My role is to ensure that our Emergency Response Plan is up to date with the current operations, and it corresponds with the identified risks. One of the potential scenarios is an oil spill – the observation of which would be my most challenging responsibility. In such a case I would need to fly with a helicopter over the area of the spill in order to observe and report many critical aspects and then to help to analyse the situation. Thanks to Total E&P Bulgaria I am currently one of the few Bulgarians who have gone through a specialised Oil Spill Observation training.
You have recently made an HSE visit to the Noble Globetrotter II drillship during the drilling campaign of Polshkov-1 well. What was your role there?
My role was to be an observer. I had to monitor everything related to safety and environment protection – from permit to work procedures to the discharge of fluids. I was impressed by the strict working rules on board of the rig. Prior to any water discharge for example, measurements were conducted and if there were any traces of harmful substances in it, they were separated and only pure water was thrown away. One very interesting fact was that the crew made its own drinking water out of the surrounding seawater with special filters – that demonstrates how state of the art the ship was.
Thanks to Total E&P Bulgaria, actually I am one of the few Bulgarians who have gone through a specialized Oil Spill Observation training.
January 2016 - to present
HSE Officer trainee, Total E&P Bulgaria
August 2012 - Dec 2015
Geophysicist, "Oil&Gas Exploration and Production" PLC
Master Degree in Safety Engineering, Bachelor Degree in Applied Geophysics (University of Mining and Geology "St. Ivan Rilski", Sofia)