Virtual Suriname event offers opportunity to advance oil spill prevention and response.

IOGP is delighted to endorse the technical content of the Cross-Border Coordination in Spill Prevention and Response in Suriname-Guyana Basin event, scheduled for 27-28 April 2021.

“This virtual conference presents an opportunity for industry and government to mutually examine critical areas of enhancing capacity for spill prevention and response to loss of subsea source control,” says Wafik Beydoun, IOGP Americas Director.

“This initiative aligns with IOGP’s strategy of engaging with the region’s local authorities, regulators, national oil companies, and national industry associations. As part of a coordinated group of regional and international associations that includes The American Petroleum Institute (API), ARPEL, The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), and IPIECA, we look forward to sharing and discussing best practices and the use of standards with them.”

“For local stakeholders, it presents an opportunity to engage with a collective group instead of engaging with multiple associations and societies acting separately and competing for attention,” he added.

The conference has three key objectives: promote an enhanced awareness of the responsible actions that the oil and gas industry takes to prevent a major incident; provide an overview of what subsea response looks like, its dependency on coordinated processes and strategies, and highlight the resources available to industry; and develop practical recommendations to governments to create a regional framework for consistent protocols and response methodology.

The event will open with a keynote speech from Suriname’s Minister of Natural Resources, David Abiamofo, and will follow with presentations from government and industry speakers.

IOGP’s Subsea Well Response and Source Control Subcommittee (SWRSC), IOGP’s Safety Directorate, and IOGP Members have helped develop the conference agenda.

As a centre of industry excellence for subsea well response, the SWRSC plays an important role in advancing education and technologies associated with this subject.  A core part of that advancement involves developing dialogues with all stakeholders and exploring ways to reduce response times.

To register, visit the event website.

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