According to Louise O’Hara Murray, environment manager at Oil & Gas UK, the guidelines are part of theUK offshore industry’s preparedness and response plan in the event of an oil release.
“They outline the level of financial liability required,” she said, “and how this should be declared or demonstrated to the UK’s Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning.”
BMT performed various oil spill modeling scenarios and analyses to assist development of a common tool for licensees of UK offshore oil and gas assets, one aim being to clarify where financial responsibilities lie in the event of an oil release.
Using the SINTEF Oil Spill Contingency and Response model developed in Norway, BMT determined the potential cost implications of accidental releases on fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, and clean-up/waste disposal.
Claire Hinton, principal consultant at BMT, said: “Having previously worked with the Offshore Pollution Liability Association, we have played an integral role in helping to shape and refine these types of assessment studies for over 20 years.
“We now have a strong methodology in place that has been used within this study for Oil & Gas UK, as well as other countries operating in the North Sea and can be easily applied to other parts of the world where oil and gas is an active market.”