Miros Group, in partnership with Ulstein Belga Marine, recently signed a contract with Brazilian oil giant Petrobras for the world’s largest X-band radar-based oil spill detection (OSD) and response contract to date. The backdrop for the record delivery is a February 2018 agreement reached between Petrobras and the Brazilian federal Environmental Agency, Ibama. The agreement commits Petrobras to recently enhanced Ibama standards for controlling oil discharge in water.
The agreement between Petrobras and Ibama is indicative of a trend toward more stringent environmental requirements in the global offshore industry. Fortunately, we now have the technology, the knowledge, and the incentives to make offshore oil and gas production cleaner than ever.
Effective Oil Spill Detection an Environmental Must-Have for Offshore O&G
Whilst the offshore industry is consistently improving its safety and incident record, accidents do happen. In the event of an oil spill, the most important factor in successful containment is an early response. The quicker teams can mobilise to contain a spill, the greater the chances are of a successful clean-up.
In order to meet this target, detection systems must be both reliable and accurate. They must also perform with little or no maintenance throughout the life of an asset. Combining high-accuracy early detection with a low false alarm rate lies at the heart of efficacy. The aim being to optimise response efforts whilst minimising manual interaction.
Miros OSD meets these requirements. Our system leverages continuous day and night automatic oil spill detection and alerts. Miros OSD has been verified in oil-on-water exercises and has successfully guided spill response operations in actual oil spill incidents.
Requirements to reduce the environmental impact from offshore activities are tightening everywhere. Miros OSD can help give authorities, and operators alike, the confidence that they are applying the best available technology to detect, control and recover oil spills.
You can read the announcement to the press here.
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