Nexen’s employee development and competency system has been recognised as amongst the best in the world after it secured approval from the industry skills organisation OPITO.

Designed to ensure high quality performance and safe working practice, the Competence Management System (CMS) approval guarantees that people working on all three of Nexen Petroleum North Sea assets – Buzzard, Scott and Golden Eagle – are performing their roles to global best practice criteria.

To gain approval, OPITO carried out a series of audits covering 15 different safety critical roles across the business, including offshore installation managers, superintendents, supervisors, lead technicians and technicians.

 Achieving full approval demonstrates Nexen’s commitment to mitigating risk and ensuring the continual development of its workforce. 

Ray Riddoch, UK Managing Director UK, said: “This was a tremendous team effort involving several departments across Nexen collaborating together and involved around 135 personnel who carried out this challenging task with diligence and integrity over an extended period ensuring that a Best In Class system was delivered and one can be sustained long term.”  

Nexen plans to develop the OPITO approved CMS further and extend it throughout its global operations in the near future.


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