LONDON -- The UK plans to step up inspection of drilling rigs and the monitoring of offshore compliance on the UK continental shelf.
DECC plans to recruit further inspectors to base at its Aberdeen office to double the annual number of rig inspections in UK waters.
It has also asked OSPRAG, the new oil spill prevention and response advisory group formed by Oil & Gas UK, to report on its findings on Britain’s capability for dealing with oil spills.
Following the incident in the Gulf of Mexico, DECC plans to review indemnity and insurance requirements for operating in the UK continental shelf.
DECC adds that the European Union has asked companies operating in EU waters to provide assurances that they are working as hard as possible to ensure safe practice and that they are able to take on full responsibilities for environmental and other damage if an incident were to occur.