Bapco achieves oil spill test success
Manama, January 21, 2014
Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), in collaboration with Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), conducted a simulated emergency situation exercise to test preparedness and responsiveness in dealing with oil spills.
Held at the Oil Spill Command Centre in Awali, the "tabletop and boom deployment" exercise allowed oil spill team members to practise their roles and responsibilities as per the modified contingency plan of the company, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
The exercise also focused on communication channels and co-ordination between the Bapco Oil Spill Response team and contractors.
Activities involved tactical planning and objectives to achieve, which were followed by boom deployment near the low lift pump-house area.
"Bapco is working in conjunction with OSRL to keep them aware of the situation and get their advice and assistance if necessary," said the company's deputy chief executive for refining and marketing Ebrahim Talib.
Talib is also chairman of environment, health and safety committee.
"Bapco regularly conducts such exercises to enhance the company's readiness to mitigate and combat oil spills and all other emergencies and crisis, and ensure that necessary communication channels with stakeholders are clear and effective," he added.
Bapco has a support arrangement with OSRL which has bases in Southampton UK, Bahrain and Singapore.
A tabletop exercise is a meeting to discuss a simulated emergency situation.
An oil boom is a floating barrier designed to stop the spread of oil on water.-TradeArabia News Service