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    Become the benchmark for the storage and pipeline transport industry

    In its storage and transportation activities for crude oil, intermediate or refined products, SPSE is vigilant with the safety and protection of people, the environment and surroundings, customer satisfaction, while remaining attentive to its shareholders, administrations and local communities.

    Hygiene, safety, protection of the environment and quality control are SPSE’s absolute priorities with the aim to become the HSEQ reference in the storage and pipeline transport industry.


    Our objectives are:

    • No work injury or major accident,
    • No harm to people’s health,
    • No damage to the environment,
    • No damage to equipment integrity,
    • No customer claims.

    In order to meet its objectives, SPSE has implemented three Management systems: HSE (Health, Safety and Environment), Metrology, Metering and Tests aiming to continuously improve its performance in HSEQ areas.

    Become the HSEQ benchmark for the storage and pipeline transport industry.

    SPSE is committed to observe four basic principles:

    • Operating risk management,
    • Enforcement of and compliance with regulations,
    • Continuous improvement of its management processes,
    • Development and promotion of a safety culture.


    Our HSEQ policy

    The HSE management system implemented at SPSE and regularly audited by the DREAL (Directions Régionales de l’Environnement, de l’Aménagement et du Logement) demonstrates its performance in these areas and guarantees the safety and health of staff, customers and local communities.


    > Learn more on our HSEQ policy

    Our priority: protection of people

    At SPSE, we are aware that our activities may impact people.

    We daily make every effort to protect the health and guarantee the safety of our staff, customers and local communities. Anticipation, rigour and awareness are essential in our activities.

    Risk management procedures inspire the actions we take every day and guarantee a high level of safety for the storage of our customers’ products and for the transport by pipeline, compared to other modes of transport:

    • The pipelines are made of steel and are buried underground, thus limiting the risk of an accident when works are carried out near the pipelines.
    • Works by third parties and urbanization near the pipelines are controlled and protection measures are implemented.
    • Pipelines right-of-ways are regularly monitored by aerial and ground surveillance in order to detect any unauthorized excavation work.
    • Pipelines and operating facilities (pumping stations, tank farms) are covered by maintenance and inspection plans. These plans ensure the reliability and safety of process operations as well as the integrity of the pipelines facilities throughout their lifespan. These plans are regularly controlled by the DREAL (Directions Régionales de l’Environnement, de l’Aménagement et du Logement).
    • Storage tanks and pipelines are equipped with leak detection systems for early detection of an incident.
    • Emergency Plans (Plan d’Opération Interne/Plan de Surveillance et d’Intervention) are subject to regular drills to guarantee the rapid response of SPSE and public emergency teams in case of an accident.
    • Access to every SPSE sites is strictly controlled and in line with the « Vigipirate » scheme.
    • Awareness and prevention actions are conducted every day with SPSE staff and contractors in order to prevent work place injury and/or work-related illness.

    Prevention at SPSE: annual emergency drills

    These measures, in force since 2012, enabled SPSE to report:

    • A Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) equal to zero,
    • No work-related illness.

    Our responsibility: to protect the environment

    By design, liquid hydrocarbon transport by pipeline is environmentally friendly. It creates no disturbance to neighbouring communities and is energy efficient compared to rail or road transport.

    It eliminates visual and noise nuisances and generates no emissions contributing to air pollution.

    Pipeline transportation: a mode of transport environmentally friendly

    SPSE undertakes to prevent all forms of pollution and to reduce its impact on the environment. To achieve this objective, the following actions have been implemented:

    • A program to equip floating roof tanks with secondary seals to reduce VOC emissions has been implemented over the last decade,
    • A programme to optimise the electrical power consumption of the pumping stations,
    • Sorting, recycling and processing of waste in authorized processing facilities,
    • Implementation of detection and treatment systems for potentially polluted water given that there is zero waste water from process operations,
    • Development of a partnership with nature areas and community managers to combine its activities with biodiversity protection: signature in 2016 of the first pilot agreement with the Ramières du Val de Drôme Nature reserve.

    Provide quality services

    Metrology Quality Assurance

    The Metrology Quality Assurance System guarantees the metrological characteristics of our measuring tools used for petroleum transported products.

    SPSE has obtained three waivers from the administration DIRECCTE (Regional directorate for companies, competition, consumption, work and employment), for its expertise in the Metrology domain. These waivers are annually issued and audited.

    > Learn more about our Metrology policy


    COFRAC (French Accreditation Committee)

    The COFRAC quality system recognises the expertise of SPSE’s analyses laboratory and calibration station in Fos-sur-Mer.

    > Our calibration station quality policy

    > Our COFRAC certificate