A new report which provides an update on the environmental landscape of the UK offshore oil and gas industry to the end of 2017 has been published by Oil & Gas UK today (6 December).
The 2018 Environment Report, which analyses and interprets data gathered and monitored by the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED), considers performance across a range of areas including emissions to atmosphere, chemical discharge, waste disposal and produced water.
The insight also provides a summary of activities undertaken by Oil & Gas UK groups over the last year to support the development of new environmental legislation, to share lessons learnt and good practice, and to improve industry environmental management.
Key findings include:
Commenting on the report, launched with industry this morning, Oil & Gas UK Environment Manager Katie Abbott said:
“The UK Continental Shelf is a mature and complex basin, and the challenges that accompany the production of hydrocarbons here mean that the data outlined in this report are equally complex.
“While innovative technology is contributing to environmental performance, through enhanced oil recovery which includes produced water re-injection, and the reduction in associated gas flared, challenges remain in other aspects.
“We continue to appraise longer term trends to identify learnings from accidental releases including the low frequency, high mass incidents.
“As a major hazard and heavily regulated industry, continued engagement with regulators, government and the sector is key in supporting efforts to reduce environmental risk, ensuring continued safe operation.”
“With that in mind, this annual report provides an opportunity for industry to review environmental performance indicators, reflect on the compliant practices and focus on areas where there are opportunities to drive further improvements.”