According to Oil and Gas UK’s annual health and safety report, hydrocarbon releases on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) rose by 9% in 2015. These leaks were considered minor, however and only three were reported as major, the same outcome as 2014. Oil and Gas UK believes the increase occurred because there was a greater use of technology that could detect any minor leaks.
The annual report also suggested that offshore safety has vastly improved across oil and gas operations on the UK Continental Shelf. There were no fatalities in 2015 and injuries were at an all-time low, especially in comparison to other industries such as retail, construction and manufacturing.
Health, safety and environment policy director at Oil and Gas UK, Mick Borwell, said: “Safety-critical maintenance has been - and will remain - a focus for industry.
"Reductions are now reported on backlog and we will be publishing guidance for industry on optimising maintenance shortly. Hydrocarbon releases are also a perpetual focus for industry. We need to understand more about the slight rise in mainly minor releases to help redouble our efforts on driving these right down.”
"This is a testing time for the industry and our commitment to safety has, at times, been questioned. However, our report demonstrates that safe operations continue to be intrinsic to how we go about our activities on the UK Continental Shelf, regardless of the oil price."
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