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Oil spills have been occurring for years and the oil and gas industry has developed a vast amount of technical expertise in dealing with them. Many of the main response strategies now have common placed principles that are looked at as industry best practice. With sound principles and a large depth of technical knowledge we now face a new challenge – how do we communicate this knowledge efficiently and effectively both inside the industry and also to external stakeholders?
The approach to risk assessment and its mitigation has changed significantly post Macondo, a tragedy that has become a watershed for the industry and a resolve to ensure there is never a repetition.
Spill Incidents: Bunga Kelana III (Singapore), Bonga Incident (Nigeria) and Rena Incident (New Zealand), Recommendations and Conclusion.
Challenging Concepts: Responders Perspective, Risk, JIP 6: Oil Spill Risk Assessment and Response Planning, NEBA, The Tiered Approach, Pitfalls of a Prescriptive Approach, Page of Preparedness to Field of Response and Conclusions.
Southeast Asia - The Marine Environment, Growing Demand and Energy Trends, Exploration, Production and Transportaiton of Oil, Risk Profile, State of Preparedness and Conclusion.
Case Studies: Equipment Deployment, Dispersant Application, Nationalism
Consistent and reproducible shoreline oiling assessments are critical for making decisions regarding shoreline treatment options and strategies. Industry recognised protocols such as the long established SCAT technique are embedded in many national contingency planning frameworks and are now considered best practice worldwide.
This paper explores the risk based approach to the development of oil spill preparedness, allowing mitigating measures to be tailored to the specific risks faced and offering an alternative approach to that offered by the more prescriptive and generic volume based approaches.
This paper examines the increasing risks of oil spills from the growing vessel traffic and exploration and production activities in Southeast Asia against the current level of preparedness in the region. In doing so, the author will share the experience gained from working on various oil spill response planning and preparedness projects with the Governments and industry in the region with lessons learned, current developments and recommendation for improvements.
Stretching from Singapore and the Strait of Malacca chokepoint in the southwest to the Strait of Taiwan in the northeast, the South China Sea is one of the most important energy trade routes in the world. Almost a third of global crude oil and over half of global liquefied natural gas (LNG) passes through the South China Sea each year. Coupled with the significant economy growth from China, that is the world’s largest oil importer, protecting the flow of oil becomes a prime consideration of the South East and East Asia governments. All of these factors make the South China Sea to hold one of the highest potential for oil spill, be it by quantity of oil or frequency of energy activities. This paper provides an overview of the oil industry's response to the growing energy activities in the South China Sea using case studies to illustrate the situations that are still occurring in practice.