Oil majors announce Arctic spill preparedness and response collaboration

Shell's Arctic oil spill response animated video Courtesy: Shell Oil Co. Alaska Dispatch.Arctic frontiers are opening to development but oil-spill infrastructure is still limited in many regions. 

Now, some of the world’s biggest oil companies are joining forces in a multi-million-dollar effort to improve preparedness and response, according to Upstream Online.

Companies such as BP, Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell are pitching in $2.4 million each to develop spill-response technology, conduct controlled oil-release tests and improve response capability in case of an accident.

The effort was announced Thursday by members of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers at the Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromso, Norway.

“Some of the research will focus on dispersant use, in-situ burning, mechanical recovery, and remote sensing in Arctic conditions,” the article notes.

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