UK association expands offshore oil spill guidelines

Offshore staff

LONDON – Oil & Gas UK has added four new guides to an information “toolkit” for offshore oil and gas operators responding to an oil spill in the North Sea.

A UK industry group launched following the Deepwater Horizon incident proposed a toolkit of information on the different methods for countering spillages offshore the UK.

Another group led by Oil & Gas UK has developed the four new response implementation guides (RIGs), which provide guidance on aerial monitoring of a spill, responding to it from the shoreline, decanting of oil, and managing any waste that might arise from an accidental release.

The four existing RIGs covered containment and recovery of a spill at sea and application of dispersant on oil from the air, from a boat and from below the surface of the water.

Mick Borwell, environment director at Oil & Gas UK, said: “The aim of the guides is to provide support to onshore response staff in the event of an oil spill incident. They will also help discussions that would take place between the offshore operator involved and their response contractor on the implementation of their strategy for dealing with any spill.”


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