Early Detection as a Tool to Bridge Prevention and Response Barriers for Oil Spills
- E. Jara (Indra) | A. Pueyo (Indra) | J. P. Gómez (Indra) | A. Perez-Lepe (Repsol) | M. Borao (Repsol)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility, 16-18 April, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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- Document Type
- Conference Paper
- 2018. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 4.3.4 Scale, 7 Management and Information, 7.2 Risk Management and Decision-Making, 6.5.5 Oil and Chemical Spills, 7.2.1 Risk, Uncertainty and Risk Assessment, 6.3.3 Operational Safety
- spills, remote, automatic, detection
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Minimizing the footprint of marine operations in the O&G sector is of uttermost importance to ensure business sustainability. Oil spills due to a number of activities and hazards are one of the major concerns offshore. Risk assessments must carefully cover all possible control and recovery barriers and the appropriate response resources must be kept on guard against any event. The likelihood, consequences and vulnerability of the affected area shape the risk in any possible oil spill. Spillage rate and time of release depicture to a great extent the consequences of the spill, thus an early detection is crucial to minimize impact as well as to help reduce reaction time and resources scale for the responders.
An early detection tool was satisfactorily put in place either in offshore production rig and maritime terminal, with specific capabilities for automated (unmanned) detection, 24/7 recording, remote surveillance, alarm logging and very low threshold detection level in adverse weather conditions. This means a digital transformation in the surveillance of marine operations allowing the exploitation of data to get the information needed to improve Safety in operations. With a threefold approach for innovative environmental protection, asset risk/integrity assessment and transparency culture promotion, a detection system was co-developed by operator and vendor to meet assets and operations needs and produce a tailor-made product. Such a novel system combines wide-coverage radars together with high-precision infrared cameras commanded and integrated by intelligent algorithms. Lessons learnt out of event reporting from this tool will be shared to help reinforce the link between prevention and response policies and protocols.
Key tactical information for quick response, resources optimization, routine/critical operations monitoring, and real-time data sharing either internally or with third parties is yielded out of the System (HEADS) as a new input for a holistic and proactive approach towards asset protection.
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