OSRL Introduces New Water Column Monitoring Equipment and Services to Support SWIS Members

Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL) has announced the launch of Water Column Monitoring equipment and services to support its Subsea Well Intervention Service (SWIS) capping members.

The equipment program is offered through the OSRL SWIS capping service to complement existing subsea dispersant injection (SSDI) equipment. This program provides OSRL’s SWIS capping members with access to the necessary resources to support Water Column Monitoring for SSDI activities in a response. The water column monitoring program was developed by CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) and has been integrated into operational plans and desktop exercises conducted in the U.S. and internationally. OSRL’s agreement with CSA also provides access to scientific and operational expertise required to support SSDI plans and procedures, both on the desktop and in the event of an incident. CSA is a marine environmental consulting firm with 50 years of experience serving the environmental needs of the offshore oil and gas industry. Access to water column monitoring equipment and service enables SWIS capping members to promote best-practice subsea well incident planning, preparedness, and response.

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OSRL and its members are focused on advancing and promoting industry capabilities for subsea intervention and response. The addition of this turnkey provision enables rapid mobilization of equipment, instruments, and supplies required for deepwater sampling and monitoring in response to an oil spill, as well as the personnel required to operate the equipment and conduct the activities described in this plan. It is specifically designed for monitoring environmental conditions and evaluating SSDI efficacy when subsea dispersant application is considered a potential tool for oil spill response.

The new agreement will also further enhance the policies and procedures previously established through the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers Global Industry Response Group and adopted by the Subsea Well Response Project consortium. It establishes a best-practice approach to managing subsea well control incidents globally and reinforces OSRL as a critical partner for its members in subsea response assurance.

Additional company info:

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL)

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) is the largest international industry-funded cooperative. It exists to respond to oil spills wherever in the world they may occur, providing preparedness, response and intervention services. OSRL is wholly owned by most of the environmentally responsible oil and gas companies around the globe, and its membership represents the majority of the world’s oil production. It currently employs 260 people across twelve locations around the world. In relation to subsea well intervention services, OSRL owns, stores and maintains four capping stacks and two subsea incident response toolkits (SIRT), which are now strategically located at the following SWIS locations:

  • Norway – 15K Capping Stack and SIRT
  • Brazil – 15K Capping Stack and SIRT
  • Singapore – 10K Capping Stack
  • S. Africa – 10K Capping Stack

OSRL also owns, stores and maintains the containment toolkit to provide operators with a subsea flow-back option, which can be used in the event that a well flow cannot be stopped in a timely manner. This is stored in the following locations:

  • United States – flow spools, FLETS, ancillary connectors, and swivels
  • Singapore – flexible flowlines
  • Norway – hose end valves, chemical delivery hardware, and flowline lifting tool
  • Brazil – flexible flowlines
  • United Kingdom – flexible flowlines, marine offloading hoses, transfer pumps, coolers and incinerator pumps

About CSA

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) is a marine environmental consulting firm that has served the environmental needs of the offshore oil and gas industry in the U.S. and internationally since 1970. CSA’s nearly five decades of experience in marine and aquatic studies from local rivers to the deep ocean includes sampling, monitoring, mapping, permitting, baseline surveys, impact assessment, mitigation, and restoration. CSA has conducted thousands of offshore projects in marine and coastal waters in the U.S. and internationally.

CSA is headquartered in Stuart, Florida; has domestic branch offices in Texas, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and California; and has international offices in Nicosia, Cyprus; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Perth, Australia; Doha, Qatar; and Port of Spain, Trinidad. For regions in which CSA does not have a branch office, the team develops in-country partnerships in order to offer clients cost-effective solutions that leverage regional expertise, personnel, equipment, and facilities. As members of TRACE International, CSA is also committed to the ethical conduct of business in our activities and those of our partners.

CSA specializes in providing marine environmental services support the sustainable exploration and development of offshore oil and gas resources, including identifying environmental risks and minimizing potential environmental impacts. Through our experience and expertise, CSA assists corporations and government agencies in addressing environmental requirements while meeting engineering and logistical constraints of energy development. For 50 years, CSA has offered and successfully delivered highly regarded and scientifically stringent consulting services that integrate environmental and social impact studies for domestic and international energy industry clients.