Lukoil performs oil spill exercise ahead of Baltic Sea drilling
Lukoil has staged an oil response exercise ahead of exploration and appraisal drilling offshore Russia in the Baltic Sea.
The company’s OOO LUKOIL-Kaliningradmorneft plans to drill the D-29, D-33,D-6 Yuzhnaya, and D-41 wells over the next 12 months using the Gazflot jackup Arkticheskaya. The rig is at the D-29 location.
Lukoil’s scenario assumed an accident that led to around 1,500 tons of oil escaping to the sea, with potential pollution of the coastline.
As a response, operations were initiated to collect the oily mixture into tankers and transport it to the terminal onshore for further treatment. A coastline protection system was also deployed, along with five specialist vessels and an MI-8 helicopter operated by LUKOIL-Avia.
The exercise suggested that the emergency rescue teams and other regional service providers could react quickly to an offshore spill, Lukoil claimed.