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    OGP and IPIECA form joint industry project for oil spill response

    News // September 28, 2011

    Fourteen OGP and IPIECA member companies have agreed in principle to establish an Oil Spill Response Joint Industry Project (JIP). More are expected to join subsequently.

    Formation of the JIP follows the publication in May this year of findings by OGP's s Global Industry Response Group (GIRG). OGP set up the GIRG in response to recent well incidents such as Macondo and Montara.

    The GIRG Oil Spill Response team identified 19 areas of further work, with the recommendation to create a JIP to improve co-ordination between key stakeholders internationally and advance continuous improvements in oil spill preparedness and response capabilities.

    The new JIP will be led by Rob Cox, IPIECA's Technical Director. Over a three year funding period, the JIP will execute projects or support those already initiated by other trade associations. These include Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) and the American Petroleum Institute (API).

    The JIP will deliver the GIRG's 19 recommendations.

    These include:

    • Establishing principles on dispersant use with key stakeholders
    • Promoting closer co-operation between oil spill responders across the globe
    • Promoting research that advances understanding and response methodologies and risk assessment models
    • Enhancing existing recommended practices for in situ burning.

    Speaking about the project, Rob Cox said: "The JIP provides an important opportunity to inform and further strengthen future preparedness and response initiatives for E&P operations and to align them with activities in the maritime community.

    "With over 20 years' experience in the field of Oil Spill Response, IPIECA's Oil Spill Working Group is well placed to provide the technical oversight for the project."

    The JIP's Governance Committee will meet for the first time in October. Meanwhile, an interim Governance Committee panel has been working to advance the JIP's organisational and technical activities.

    Members have agreed in principle that seven technical working groups should oversee the 19 work streams.

    Work is also underway to co-ordinate efforts with the Subsea Well Response Project - the body set up to progress incident intervention capabilities including capping and containment initiatives. Joint focus will be on dispersant delivery philosophy.

    Commenting on the formation of the JIP, OGP Executive Director Michael Engell-Jensen said: "Agreement among 14 companies so far to join this project demonstrates how committed the global industry is to improving its prevention, intervention and response capabilities.

    "I am confident that the JIP will advance the GIRG recommendations and strengthen our industry's ability to respond to a future incident."


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