ABERDEEN, UK – Xodus Group and London Marine Consultants have completed a study assessing the risks of hydrocarbon releases across the UK continental shelf over the next decade.
This was commissioned by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), part of the government’s Department for Transport.
The review assessed the risk of a serious mineral oil release occurring in UK waters from vessels of more than 1,000 gross tonnage, including oils transported from offshore installations and as cargo or bunker fuel.
Its scope included the nature of risk and the likelihood of a serious release, based on developments in ship and rig design and operations, and analysis of historical releases and near-misses.
In addition, it was designed to anticipate how aging offshore infrastructure and/or decommissioning might impact the future the level of risk.
The review will inform the MCA’s oil spill preparedness planning and associated activities for the next decade. Xodus formed a multi-disciplinary team of geospatial specialists, marine architects from London Marine Consultants, safety engineers, environmental modelers, environmental impact assessor and economists for the project.