The Oil and Gas Industry’s Commitment to Responsible Arctic Operations: An Innovative Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology – Joint Industry Programme
Author(s)/Company: Joseph Mullin, Joseph Mullin Consulting, LLC
Copyright 2012, Offshore Technology Conference
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Substantive technological advances to detect, contain and cleanup spills in Arctic environments have been made in the past decade. To build on existing research and improve the technologies and methodologies for Arctic spill response, the oil and gas industry has established an Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology – Joint Industry Programme (Arctic Oil Spill Response JIP). The goal is to further improve oil spill response technologies through international research programmes aimed at enhancing industry knowledge and capabilities in the areas of Arctic oil spill response. The programme will also increase the knowledge and understanding of potential impacts of oil and associated response activities on the Arctic marine environment. The Arctic Oil Spill Response JIP will conduct nine research projects over a four-year period in the areas of dispersant, environmental effects, trajectory modelling, remote sensing, mechanical recovery, and in situ burning. In addition a robust information database will be developed to support the use of Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) for response decision-making and environmental impact assessments related to Arctic spills. The JIP also intends to conduct several field experiments to verify research results, contingent upon permitting approval from relevant authorities. Verification of response technologies and techniques is essential for obtaining regulatory and stakeholder approval for exploration and development activities.