About the JIP

The Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology Joint Industry Programme (JIP) was launched in 2012 to undertake specifically targeted research and technology projects identified to further improve Arctic spill response capabilities by building on an already extensive research and experience background.

Nine oil and gas companies (BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Eni, ExxonMobil, North Caspian Operating Company, Shell, Statoil and Total) collaborated to form the JIP and focused on six key areas of oil spill response: Dispersants; Environmental Effects; Trajectory Modelling; Remote Sensing; Mechanical Recovery and In-Situ Burning.

The JIP consisted of two phases: the first phase included technical assessments and state of knowledge reviews and the second phase focused on research conducted in laboratories, small and medium scale tanks that simulated Arctic environments, and larger-scale field tests. The goal was to not only improve Arctic spill response capabilities but to also better understand the environmental issues involved in selecting and implementing the most effective response strategies.

Dissemination of findings through conference papers and peer-reviewed journal articles was a primary objective from the beginning. This website provides another method for sharing knowledge developed during the JIP with the participants, international research institutions, local stakeholders, and anyone interested in Arctic oil spill response.

The JIP set out to leave a lasting legacy by significantly advancing our understanding of oil behaviour in ice, fostering the development and acceptance of new and improved oil spill response options, facilitating the understanding of environmental choices associated with the different response tools and conducting significant new research that builds upon the decades of prior work.