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Document ID (ISN)111993
CIS number 11-0684
Year 2008
Convention or series no. RR 672
Author(s) McGillivray A., Hare J.
Title Offshore hydrocarbon releases 2001-2008
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2008. x, 68p. Illus. 6 ref.
Internet access RR_672.pdf [in English]
Abstract The United Kingdom offshore industry employs about 28,000 personnel involved in a wide range of activities. Increases in oil prices, declining reserves and an ageing infrastructure have resulted in increased drilling activity around marginal fields. Despite HSE's Major Hazards Strategic Programme Plan aimed at reducing the number of major and significant releases, recent years have witnessed an increase in their number. The objective of this study was to identify the immediate cause of hydrocarbon leaks, and determine if there are discernible reasons for the increasing trends. Two databases currently used by HSE when dealing with offshore releases were utilized, namely the Hydrocarbon Release (HCR) and RIDDOR (see CIS 95-1930) databases. Cross-referencing between the two catalogs yielded detailed information including platform location, release size and type, as well as possible failure causes including structural limitations, system and equipment faults as well as failings in procedural and operational methods.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; environmental pollution; petroleum hydrocarbons; analysis of accident causes; petroleum and natural gas industry; offshore oil extraction; leakage
Descriptors (secondary) accident research; public OSH institutions; report; computerized data bases
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Environmental pollution
Petroleum and natural gas industry