New O&G Emergency Response Hub Opens in Aberdeen

A new emergency response hub for the oil and gas industry is being built in Aberdeen, delivering modern crisis management facilities for exploration and production operators, service and support companies, and creating at least ten new jobs.

Altor, the global risk management group headquartered in the Granite City, is investing $392,325 (GBP 250,000) in the development of the center at Lord Cullen House, Fraser Place, on the site adjacent to the Health & Safety Executive's regional base.

The incident management center includes a high specification emergency response control room facility, using the latest communications and management technologies, and associated support services for companies operating in challenging environments on and offshore in the North Sea and beyond.

The center will provide 24/7 support to companies in the event of an emergency situation, including a pool of specialist responders, effective practical training exercises and simulations, advice and consultancy.

Global asset tracking and Command, Control and Information management software systems will allow responders to make decisions based on real-time information, and log every step of an incident to ensure lessons can be learned at every stage.

Altor has already recruited some of the most experienced incident management and emergency response operatives in the country to run and staff the center, which will be operational from August.

Crisis management and logistics specialist Andrew Couper, a former British Army staff officer who has more than 25 years' experience in emergency planning and managing emergency response control rooms, has been appointed to manage the center.

Previously co-ordinator of the multi-agency emergency risk assessment, planning and response group for the Grampian Police force area, Mr Couper will oversee the development, management and promotion of the center.

He said: "Major events in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico have underlined the importance of planning for and testing various scenarios to ensure that an organization is well equipped to deal with any potential situation.

"An effective response to an incident is dependent on a wide range of factors of which the incident management center itself is only one. These factors are all carefully considered in our approach to preparing procedures, training and responding.

"The availability and participation of professionals who have experience of responding to and handling real emergencies, and are familiar with how to work with agencies and the wide ranging communications needed when dealing with a major incident, is crucial in any crisis.

"With both established oil and gas operators and new entrants pushing the boundaries in terms of production there are ever-increasing operational and environmental risks. There is rightly an increasing scrutiny on the ability of companies to respond and we believe that more competition and capacity in this specialist marketplace will be welcomed by the industry."

Established in July 2010 by Jim Walker Altor Risk Group has offices in Aberdeen, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Perth, Australia. The company provides a complete risk management service and has secured work from organizations around the world including Apache, BP, Shell, Perenco, Premier Oil and Maersk Oil, as well as national oil companies such as the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Pertamina (Indonesia) and CNOOC.

Mr Walker said: "We have built a truly global business that is meeting the gap in the market for a complete risk management service. The success of our business to date has been as a result of attracting the highest caliber of staff with a wide breadth of expertise. We are bringing this to our new emergency response hub which will provide the top level of quality emergency support.

"Altor is firmly focused on helping organizations develop robust resilience, prevention and response arrangements across their business. Put simply we make sure clients can work safely and efficiently anywhere in the world."

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