All of our process sites in the UK make every effort to prevent spillages and, where they do occur, limit any harmful effects as far as possible. All occurrences are investigated to identify lessons learned and actions that might need to be taken. Continual improvements are the watch words.
In 2011, TEP UK reduced both the number and volumes of its offshore oil and chemical spills. The number of oil spills fell from 38 in 2010 to 21 in 2011 while the amount of oil lost fell from 0.5 tonne to just 0.1 tonne. There was a similar performance with chemicals, in the main comprising non-toxic drilling fluids and subsea hydraulic fluids. 23 tonnes of chemical fluid were lost in 15 spills as against 133 tonnes from 16 spills in 2010.
Total UK again reduced the number of spillages of over 10 litres from 72 in 2009 and 50 in 2010 to 32 in 2011. This notable improvement stems from a programme of training, raised awareness, and adherence to high maintenance standards among staff and contractors involved in delivery and storage operations.
LOR had no reportable spillages in 2011; all of the minor on-site spillages were captured in the refinery’s controlled containment areas.