Latest News

ExxonMobil assures systems in place to prevent oil spill

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — United States oil and gas giant ExxonMobil has assured that all systems are in place to prevent any occurrence of an oil spill off Guyana's shores.

It also said that if such a spill did occur, it had the resources to respond efficiently.

The recent oil spill in the Gulf of Paria in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago brought Guyana's state of preparedness for such an eventuality into focus, and questions were raised by stakeholders at an Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) meeting on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the EEPGL Liza Phase 2 project yesterday afternoon.

ExxonMobil's country manager, Rod Henson said the possibility of an oil spill in Guyana is very low, adding that the company focuses on prevention and has been doing its utmost to prevent any such occurrence wherever it operates.

But he added that ExxonMobil has procedures and processes in place to deal with any emergency response.

“We would be responding in a matter of hours, in an instant like that,” Henson said, replying to questions about the incident in Trinidad where an oil well ruptured in the Gulf of Paria last Thursday, and continues to spew oil and gas.

“At the end of the day…we would enact procedures we already have in place for spill management,” he added, noting that there are capabilities in Guyana for all eventualities.

Henson explained that ExxonMobil, at the end of its “field life” operation, would decommission the well, which would include the isolation of the hydrocarbon zones or oil and gas and carrying out pressure tests.

Yesterday's meeting today was the first in a series of consultations spearheaded by the EPA to be held across the country.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT