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(2002). The good practices featured
in the report run the gamut from
the earliest pre-bid risk assessments
studies to decommissioning and
restoration; taking in the essential
phases of exploration and appraisal,
and development and operations.
It complements the Arctic offshore
oil and gas guidelines of the Arctic
Council (2009).

Environmental good practice
guide emphasises commitment to
improving Arctic performance


GP’s new good practice guide
demonstrates the upstream
industry’s commitment to improving
performance in the Arctic. It also
outlines the challenges faced
and describes the legislative and
governance regimes that currently
prevail in the region.
‘The oil and gas industry has
operated in the Arctic for almost a
century,’ said John Campbell, OGP
Technical Director and manager of
the Environment Committee, which
was responsible for the guide. ‘Recent
proposals and plans for offshore
exploration have focused new
attention on prospective upstream
Arctic operations; activity which could
unlock a significant proportion of
the world’s remaining undiscovered
hydrocarbon reserves. Therefore, it
was timely to produce a new report
on environmental management in a
region rightly regarded as sensitive.’
This new good practice guide,
prepared by experts from some of
the leading companies with Arctic
interests, consolidates and updates
two previous documents covering
onshore activities (1993) and offshore

The geographic parameters covered
include the 30 million square
kilometres of the Arctic itself —
onshore and offshore — as well as the
sub-Arctic areas immediately south of
the Arctic Circle.
In addition to setting out the
business context for oil exploration
and development in the Arctic,
the report has chapters covering
people and governance, the physical
and biological environment, and
specific environmental sensitivities to
development. Also discussed are the
interfaces between upstream activities
and the environment — both natural
and man-made — at every phase of
the upstream lifecycle. Other chapters
focus on risk management and the
involvement of stakeholders and useful
mitigation actions on- and offshore.
The concluding chapters provide
references and other resources and
appendices summarising the potential
impacts of e&p operations and
environmental protection measures.
‘The report shows industry’s
commitment to improving
environmental and social performance
wherever exploration and production
take place,’ John concluded. ‘This
involves working closely with
institutions and communities to ensure a
common understanding of community
needs and industry objectives.’
Copies of the new OGP report are
freely available for downloading from:

Mitigating major offshore
incidents: OGP publishes
mutual aid framework


he ability to respond quickly
and efficiently to potential
large-scale offshore incidents is of
great concern to industry and the
public. Responding to such incidents
could require access to resources
supplementary to those immediately
accessible to an operator. Such
resources may be owned or under
contract to other operators in or
near the affected basin, or available
via third parties such as oil spill
response organisations or capping/
containment ventures.
Recognising the importance of this
issue, OGP has published a 20-page
document that includes guiding
principles, suggestions on initiating
a mutual aid arrangement and
addressing complexities associated
with health, safety, security and the
environment; legal and regulatory
requirements; terms of contracts or
licenses; and logistical and technical
challenges. A section devoted
to practical measures features
suggestions on communications,
equipment inventories, assurance
processes, stakeholder dialogues
and continual improvement.

This framework document helps companies aid one another in case of a major offshore incident. For this reason the EU Committee’s Marine & Environment Subcommittee recently invited Mr Haitze Siemers. legal and regulatory environments. Published in May 2013. is expected later this year. the framework is built on the premise that mutual aid arrangements ‘are best addressed at the local. Mr Siemers is the EU official who co-ordinated the issuing of the new draft legislation on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). commenting on the framework. a move that strengthens the industry’s efforts to improve response to major incidents.ogp. OGP members have a great interest in the EU’s draft legislation on maritime spatial planning. It will provide more detailed guidance. should they ever occur again. Report № 487 Mutual aid in large-scale offshore incidents – a framework for the oil and gas industry is available for downloading from the publications page of www.uk OGP revises guidelines for conducting offshore drilling hazard site surveys O GP’s Geomatics Committee has recently produced a revised version of its Guidelines for the conduct of offshore drilling hazard site surveys (Report № 373-18-1). The guidelines include chapters on: • Objectives of site surveys • Site survey process • Desk studies and project planning • Data requirements • Geohazards analysis and reporting The revised version includes clarification of recommended survey coverage of planned relief well locations and of data validity in case of a well control incident. Mutual aid in large-scale offshore incidents – a framework for the oil and gas industry. Head of Unit on Maritime Policy at DG Mare. or to replace. A companion OGP Report. Geomatics: further guidance on using OGP’s Seabed Survey Data Model O GP’s Geomatics Committee. These include the involvement of third parties to whom essential resources might be under contract. to attend a committee meeting. Hydrographic and geophysical surveys are undertaken by exploration & production companies to support the planning and execution of activities such as: . ‘The meeting raised some really interesting and important points and I was very pleased we managed to have such an open discussion on the issue with the Commission.’ said Gordon Birrell. ‘It is our hope that local and regional operator associations will use this framework for evaluating readiness. as well as its significant contribution to Europe’s economy and society. The Association’s objective was to ensure that maritime spatial plans recognise the strategic value of the EU’s oil & gas production in terms of security of supply. OGP had actively participated in the workshops organised by the Commission to structure the MSP debate. should there ever be a need for responding to a large-scale offshore incident in their area. OGP welcomes leading EU maritime spatial planner W ith over 90% of European oil and gas production taking place offshore.org. processing and interpretation techniques used in a site survey project that are outlined in the guidelines.Based on a close examination of the typical elements of responses to large-scale incidents. planning. the updated document addresses the conduct of geophysical and hydrographic site surveys of proposed offshore well locations and the use of exploration 3D seismic data to enhance. logistical. chaired by Palle Juul Jensen. acquisition of a site survey. regional or basin level. acquisition. has recently published a guideline for the delivery of seabed survey data in GIS format in compliance with the OGP Seabed Survey Data Model (SSDM). While industry has demonstrated that it can co-operate rapidly and effectively in response to offshore incidents. the Chair of OGP. He recognised that a number of mutual aid arrangements already exist in certain countries and regions. supporting technical information and background theory on the various equipment. the Subcommittee Chair. now provides a framework to guide the consideration of mutual aid and response assistance to further enable industry to improve its ability to respond. where resources are more likely to be quickly accessible and where operators are likely to share common technical. Guideline for the conduct of drilling hazard site surveys – technical notes (Report № 373-18-2).’ It provides a process for scoping and developing mutual aid arrangements and identifies some of the issues and challenges involved.’ said Emmanuel Garland.

‘I feel very privileged to be joining OGP: the mix of science. Palle graduated from Aalborg University.• Evaluating potential drilling locations • Identifying hazards to planned drilling. As Chair. . ‘Energy is a perfect lens to interpret international relations.org. The SSDM documentation’s guideline for data use has now been supplemented by the Guideline for the delivery of the Seabed Survey Data Model. The aim was to provide an industry standard for the delivery of seabed survey data in GIS format. is leading the Committee’s efforts within the geomatics discipline to the benefit of OGP members and the upstream industry. moving on to Offshore QC Supervisor in 1989. Alessandro worked as a journalist for over seven years. with a degree from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington. This had the benefit of improving the management and use of seabed survey data and its integration with other types of data for planning.’ In 2013 the committee will supplement the recently released OGP P6/11 Seismic bin grid data exchange format with a user guideline and a GIS data model. In 1996 he joined Mærsk Oil as Senior/Lead Surveyor to manage e&p-related surveying and positioning operations. Palle’s priority is to. This involves acting as technical authority responsible for technical standards and quality assurance within surveying.’ he says. site evaluation etc. cartography and geospatial data management. The new document is downloadable from www. He has a background in international relations. ‘My priority will be to transmit this perception among people working for and around the EU. and supplement it with additional company detailed specifications. He will work closely with the communications team in London to spread OGP’s message at the core of the European Union. ‘Operators may use this guideline to specify the requirements for seabed survey data delivery to their survey contractors. He began his career as an Offshore Surveyor. and ROV Survey Manager in 1994.’ he says. Palle Jensen leads OGP’s geomatics activities Brussels office grows with addition of Communications Manager A lessandro Torello has joined OGP as the new Communications Manager of the Brussels office. covering the transport industry in Italy for Bloomberg and then energy and climate issues for Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal in Brussels. D.’ says Palle. Palle is currently is Geomatics Discipline Lead at Mærsk Oil. construction and other operations • Selecting potential pipeline routes and offshore facility locations • Managing asset integrity OGP published the SSDM in 2011. and being responsible for the planning execution and management of e&p-related surveying and positioning operations. focusing on EU issues. economics and geopolitics that characterise this industry is truly fascinating.uk.’ he explains. T he Geomatics Committee’s Chair. Palle Jensen of Mærsk Oil. Denmark.ogp.C. ‘ensure that the committee continues its constructive efforts within the geomatics discipline to the benefit of the OGP members and the industry at large. positioning. if required. in 1983 with an MSc Surveying. It will also publish the Technical Notes to supplement the Guidelines for the conduct of offshore drilling hazard site surveys as well as the guidance on use of coordinate reference systems in the Arctic and on integration between the OGP Seabed Survey Data Model and industry pipeline data models.

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