JIP Updates Efforts on Arctic Oil Spill Research

Dispersants are effective in cleaning up Arctic oil spills and can be more efficient in treating oil spills when ice is present versus open water, according to a recent report by the Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology Joint Industry Program (JIP).

This key finding was part of JIP’s first of six reports, which cover in situ burning (ISB), dispersants, and remote sensing. The JIP’s initial study for these reports also found that the presence of ice can increase the time window within which dispersants can be used effectively.

The research also confirmed that technology exists to conduct controlled ISB of oil spilled in a wide variety of ice conditions and that ISB is one of the response techniques with the highest potential for oil spill removal in Arctic conditions.

“There is a considerable body of scientific and engineering knowledge on ISB to ensure safe and effective response in open water, broken pack ice and complete ice cover, gleaned from over 40 years of research, including large-scale field experiments,” according to the JIP’s Oct. 16 update on its research efforts.

Researchers also concluded that most of the perceived risks associated with burning oil are easily mitigated by following approved procedures, using trained personnel and maintaining appropriate separation distances.

Additionally, the JIP confirmed that current remote sensing technology has a range of airborne and surface imaging systems used from helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, vessels and drilling platforms that have been developed and tested for the “oil on open water scenario” that can be used for ice conditions.

The JIP was launched in January 2012 to research and improve current technologies and procedures used in Arctic oil spill recovery. The six reports cover current state-of-the-art technologies available for remote sensing above and below the water; operational limits of dispersants and mineral fines in Arctic waters; identification of regulatory requirements and permitting processes in place; available technology and lessons learned from key ISB requirements; and a summary of the regulatory landscape in place to obtain approval to use ISB in Arctic/Sub-Arctic countries.


12

View Full Article

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Click on the button below to add a comment.
Post a Comment
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.

Related Companies
 Company: BP plcmore info


 - Abu Dhabi Awards China's CEFC 4% Of Oil Concession For $900MM (Feb 20)
 - Eni Completes Sale of 10% Shorouk Concession Interest (Feb 14)
 - Cargo Loadings At Australia's North West Shelf Project Halted (Feb 8)
 Company: Exxon Mobil Corporationmore info


 - Exxon Mobil to Extend Norway's Sigyn Field Lifetime Until End-2022 (Feb 24)
 - NPD Grants Consent for the Expansion of Nyhamna Gas Plant (Feb 10)
 - An Energy Giant Bigger Than ExxonMobil in the Shadow of Saudi Aramco (Feb 9)
 Company: Shellmore info


 - Shell Nears Deals To Sell $5 Bln Of Assets (Feb 2)
 - Norway Awards 56 Oil And Gas Licences In Mature Areas (Jan 17)
 - Southern North Sea Special Interest Group Launched (Nov 21)
 Company: Statoilmore info


 - Norway Has No Plan To Cut Statoil Stake (Feb 22)
 - NPD Grants Consent for the Expansion of Nyhamna Gas Plant (Feb 10)
 - Statoil's Exploration Chief Sees More Drilling Offshore US, Russia (Feb 7)
 Company: ConocoPhillipsmore info


 - Origin To Take A$1.9B Charge On LNG, Exploration Assets (Feb 15)
 - ConocoPhillips Loss Smaller Than Expected On Higher Oil Price (Feb 2)
 - Australia, East Timor Aim To Agree Maritime Border By Sept (Jan 24)
 Company: Chevron Corporationmore info
 - Chevron Suspends Production At Gorgon Train Two LNG Project (Feb 24)
 - Cargo Loadings At Australia's North West Shelf Project Halted (Feb 8)
 - US Transparency Reversal Stings Canadian, European Oil Firms (Feb 3)
 Company: ENImore info


 - Eni Completes Sale of 10% Shorouk Concession Interest (Feb 14)
 - Eni Starts Production from East Hub Development Project (Feb 8)
 - Egypt Said to Seek LNG as BP to Eni Gas Flow to Restore Exports (Feb 6)
Events  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

Our Privacy Pledge
SUBSCRIBE



Most Popular Articles

From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
Associate Security Analyst Job
Expertise: HR - General|PR / Corporate Communications|Security
Location: Denver, CO
 
HSE Director - Onshore Drilling
Expertise: HSE Manager / Advisor
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
 
QHSE Coordinator
Expertise: Environmental, Safety & Training
Location: Midland, TX
 
search for more jobs

Brent Crude Oil : $56.58/BBL 1.32%
Light Crude Oil : $54.45/BBL 1.60%
Natural Gas : $2.62/MMBtu 1.15%
Updated in last 24 hours