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New friends after Energy Breakfast Club

Gabriel Avăcăriței

Energy Breakfast Club brought together on Wednesday, April 16, about 50 energy professionals interested and directly involved in the HSEQ activities.

There attended the presentations and participated in the afterwards discussions representatives of companies such as: AB Energy, Adrem Invest, Aggreko, Confind, Elcen (Electrocentrale București), Emerson, Hunt Oil, ISPH (Institutul de Studii și Proiectări Hidroenergetice), Kapsch, Makita Romania, Gaspeco, Teb Energy Business SA, Terratest Geotehnic, TUV Rheinland Romania, UTI group, BPIE Romania, ICPE ACTEL, Gewiss Romania, Ridgewood Advisors.

Mihaela Sârbu, Business Development Manager SGS, presented the working system of the company and its expertise as the world leader in verification and inspection, certification and testing. “We are present in over 160 countries – in every place where the UN is present!”

Integrated Risk Management

The theme of “Quality and safety in developing projects” exposed SGS vision in approaching projects through an integrated risk management. This refers to taking into account starting from the design stage all risk categories such as: strategic, business environment, financial, operational risks, environmental risks and health and safety, as well the social risks.

An effective risk management includes identifying and eliminating / minimizing risks starting from the design and to on site monitoring stages, during execution, operation and maintenance, until the decommissioning of equipment at the end life of the investment period.

SGS Romania’s services of technical due diligence throughout the lifecycle of the project for energy industry are targeting both the owners (management and supervision of the project) and the lenders (technical &environmental due diligence and project monitoring). These services address both new projects, “green field” and those which are in various stages of completion or operation. Among the projects mentioned as examples, Mihaela Sârbu referred to new power plants constructions (renewables: wind farms, solar farms, biomass and conventional energy), extension of existing energy capacities.

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SGS Romania has provided technical due diligence and  construction supervision (Quality of H&S) for several wind farms in Romania: Fântânele and Cogealac (CEZ), Mihai Viteazu (Iberdrola) Mahmudia, Varlezi, Smulti (Equiventus), Crucea (EBRD, Vestas). As for the ​​investments in photovoltaics farms, SGS participated with 55 NARE accredited electricians for technical evaluations at over 100 photovoltaic parks.

Protective equipment for oil and gas

Sorin Vrâncean, sales manager Viroti, and Peter Allan Skou, Ringers Gloves representative, presented the audience with some of the dedicated products for protection in the oil and gas industry.

First, Sorin Vrâncean described some of the models of Red Wings boots specially designed for industry professionals and directly answering their requests. The most interesting seemed to be the boots without laces, with fiberglass toe cap, steel wire and automatic fastening for quick release. Similarly, the flame retardant waterproof protection chemise, with an indestructible zipper and super-strong sewing.

Peter Allan Skou introduced Ringers gloves, designed to reduce the number and severity of hand related accidents. Here are some figures that justify the emphasis placed on such equipment:

  • approximately 20% of disabling workplace incidents are hand related
  • average cost of an hand related work incident is estimated at 36,472 dollars (laceration), 40,758 (puncture), 93,363 (fracture), 104,615 (crushing), according to OSHA (US)
  • of the workers experiencing these injuries, 70% were not wearing gloves and 30% were wearing the wrong glove for their application.
  • financial cost of these injuries is more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses and worker compensation (US)

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One of the main reasons for the severity of hand related accidents is the poor quality of the protective gloves. “There are companies who choose to purchase copies of the top gloves at prices up a dollar a pair. Most often, there are major compromises about the quality of materials used. In a glove that costs $5.00 to make, labor accounts for only 60 cents or 12% of the cost. This means the remaining $4.40 or 88% of the cost is solely the cost of materials”. Conclusion: if a glove is more expensive, then you can be assured that higher quality materials are being used, while a cheap glove last less and does not protect enough.

About the event
Energy Breakfast Club is a meeting of 2 to 3 hours where energy specialists have the opportunity to keep themselves up to date with the latest information and the most influential views on one the hot topics of the moment.

As a host, will provide – from 09.00 AM – the MC and the coffee, will propose the theme and will launch the invitations for the speakers. They are selected accoordingly with their best knowledge of the topic and are responsible for organizing ideas and stimulating intellectual challenges. Presentations will not exceed 45 minutes and are intended to be starting points for a dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives.

The club closes at 12.


Access to Energy Breakfast Club is open to all professionals in the Romanian energy industry and related sectors, based on the call of You are welcomed to write us at [email protected] and ask for an invitation!

Autor: Gabriel Avăcăriței

A journalist experienced with both old and new media, Gabriel has been the editor in chief of Energynomics since 2013. His great command in communication, organizing information and publishing are put to work every working day in order to develop all the projects of the Energynomics B2B communication platform: website, magazine, and own-events.

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