In-water surveillance of oil spills at sea

In-water surveillance is of critical importance for the effective monitoring of a subsea release of hydrocarbons. During the Macondo spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, subsea dispersant injection (SSDI) was applied for the first time.

IOGP Report 550

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In-water surveillance is of critical importance for the effective monitoring of a subsea release of hydrocarbons. During the Macondo spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, subsea dispersant injection (SSDI) was applied for the first time.

This response tool involves adding dispersant directly into the oil plume in the immediate vicinity of the release point, either via a remotely controlled underwater vehicle or by using a fixed injection system associated with a capping stack.

IOGP Report 550

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Publication Date

2016