Offshore drilling and production safety - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability
Offshore drilling - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability
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Suncor’s offshore operations are operated with safety and environmental protection in mind. This is achieved by focusing on prevention through capable, well-trained people, rigorously controlled working procedures, and the use of equipment and technology best suited to our operating environment, all co-ordinated with careful planning and risk assessment. In the unlikely event that a spill should occur, we are committed to addressing it as safely and as quickly as possible.
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In the regulatory jurisdictions in which we have existing or planned drilling and production operations, there are strict requirements for Suncor to complete oil spill contingency/response plans, which are reviewed and approved by the relevant regulatory agencies. Suncor conducts regular tabletop and on-water training exercises based on those contingency plans, often including the regulatory agencies and oil spill response organizations.
We have three tiers of spill response:
Suncor is committed to continuous improvement in oil spill response capability, and we work actively with other companies in the regions where we operate to build capacity through shared knowledge, experience and resources.
Most recently, this commitment has focused on participating actively with a number of industry associations to ensure that subsea blowout containment devices, known as capping stacks, are available to our operations in the unlikely event of a subsea release during drilling.
For example, Oil & Gas UK, through the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group, has designed, constructed and tested a capping stack, which is now available for use by companies like Suncor with operations on the U.K. continental shelf.
To ensure that capping stacks are also available for our operations on Canada’s East Coast and in Norway, Suncor recently joined the Subsea Well Response Project, an OSRL initiative. Based on our work with the Subsea Well Response Project, Suncor is currently helping to lead OSRL research and development for shallow-water deployment of capping stacks.
Although there has been particular attention placed on ensuring suitable capping stacks are in place for our drilling operations, our primary focus at Suncor is to execute our drilling projects with careful planning and due diligence to prevent incidents, such as blowouts, from occurring in the first place.
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