Mexico’s Safety Rules Need a ComplementWed, 01/18/2017 - 15:50
Q: Given Dorot’s oil and gas R&D and innovation, what new technologies can we expect to see in the coming years?
HS: Dorot was founded in the late 1940s and we have always developed new devices and tried to reach the best standards of compliance and efficiency according to market demands. We also work to comply with international standards. The company has a specific focus on emergency processes. In an emergency, teams must close all valves to ensure that petroleum products do not keep spilling, boiling or escaping into the atmosphere. In the case of fire safety, the opposite is true. Valves must be opened and the team must act in the safest way possible. We are looking for better solutions to these problems. This does not mean our current solution is incomplete but the world never stops and we have to keep working to advance.
Q: How has PEMEX’s transformation impacted the required certifications in Mexico?
HS: PEMEX has one of the largest documents in terms of standardization, called the Normas de Referencia. It is a very important endeavor that has been constantly worked on for almost 20 years and it is one of the richest documents in the global oil industry. It is a unique and complete collection of specialized rules for all aspects related to the oil and gas industry, including pipelines, pumps, pressure recipients, hoses, plants and concrete structures. Essentially everything related to the construction and design of an oil plant already has a standard in Mexico.
The current rules in the Mexican oil and gas industry require a complement, above all due to the imminent participation of private foreign companies, most of whom are used to working to very high levels of safety. Today, one of the struggles we have in the Mexican oil and gas industry concerns the need for maintenance work at all levels, to update teams and systems, as much in production as in safety.
Q: What kind of expertise can Dorot provide to new companies here in Mexico?
HS: The most useful expertise we have is our knowledge of almost all of PEMEX’s facilities, including their refineries, petrochemicals and offshore platforms. We have been following the growth of these installations and we know exactly what service they require to ensure low cost and high performance.
YR: Dorot is part of Mat Holding Group. It is important to note that despite the recent oil-price crisis in the industry, we have not reacted by closing or reducing facilities. Instead our answer has been to conserve human capital as a way of betting on the future. Also, we know that trying to replicate this level of knowledge and experience in the future will be impossible. We have many years of experience in PEMEX’s facilities and this is an advantage we wish to keep.
Q: How are you preparing to work with new companies after working primarily with PEMEX?
HS: We have close relationships in many segments of the oil and gas industry and we have a clear vision of who the key players will be in the new market. We are open to forming alliances with any company dedicated to safety that wants to begin operations in Mexico. We hope to announce new alliances with key companies very soon.
Q: What are Dorot’s targets for 2017 and how do you see the company changing in light of the Energy Reforms?
HS: We are committed to maintaining and investing in human resources, research and in our presence in the Mexican and global oil and gas sectors alike. Oil is a global asset and we are all interested in protecting it and reviving the industry. Dorot wants to be an active participant in finding the solutions to turn the situation around in the wake of the crisis.
YR: Dorot is aware of PEMEX’s huge transformation into a productive enterprise of the state. Its new focus on profitability is a common language for all businesses, so we are more in tune now with their objectives.