This year, the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) has been given responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of raw measurements charged to the Floating Production Storage and Unloading (FPSO) vessels as local oil production begins.
Public Relations Officer Mr Lloyd David recently identified this as one of the most significant achievements for GNBS this year. He added that the agency continues to provide a reliable service to the oil and gas sector.
“Not only do we monitor and measure, we also work with companies that are actually supplying the oil and gas sector, with the implementation of some international standards and we have been doing very well this year,” said Mr David.
Several companies interested in providing services to the oil and gas sector had approached GNBS for help.
“We are really succeeding in engaging with sixteen companies, primarily interested in implementing internationally recognized safety and quality standards,” explains Mr. David.
“We have taken three companies to certification readiness, we at GNBS cannot certify a company to international standards but can offer the technical assistance they need to get them to the door of certification,” he noted.
Three companies with which GNBS has worked are now ready for international certification while a further three are expected to be ready before the end of the year.
Mr David said that many companies see the need for certification and go to GNBS, who are happy to assist them with the services they need.
Apart from the ISO 9001, the international standard for creating quality management systems, the ISO 45001 is also useful for these companies. This is the international standard for occupational health and safety.
Furthermore, Mr David said, GNBS’s Consultancy Services Department is always ready to assist the public in understanding its intentions and recommending the appropriate standards required for services in the petroleum sector. (Excerpts taken from DPI)