Oil industry pledges to halve leaks

The offshore oil and gas industry has renewed its pledge to halve the number of hydrocarbon releases – often a precursor to major leaks – by the beginning of 2013. […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The offshore oil and gas industry has renewed its pledge to halve the number of hydrocarbon releases – often a precursor to major leaks – by the beginning of 2013.

This was the consensus at a seminar in Aberdeen yesterday run by trade body Oil & Gas UK and safety group Step Change in Safety, which aims to make the UK the safest place in the world for oil and gas exploration.

Geoff Holmes, Senior Vice President at oil and gas firm Talisman Energy who works with Step Change in Safety said: “Hydrocarbon releases are precursors to major incidents, therefore reducing – or eliminating – this risk is an absolute priority.

“We deliberately set the bar high when, in 2010, we committed to reducing the number of hydrocarbon releases by 50%. We have already seen a reduction in hydrocarbon releases in the HSE’s offshore safety statistics published last summer but we know there is still a lot of work to do if we are going to meet this target.”

He added sharing best practice is “crucial to improving long-term safety performance.”