May 28, 2013


Description

The first successful controlled In Situ Burn (ISB) conducted during an actual offshore spill response occurred in March 1989 in Prince William Sound, Alaska following the grounding and spill of the T/V Exxon Valdez. That ISB operation consisted of one burn and the removal of approximately 700 barrels of oil.  In the years following the Valdez incident, there have been numerous studies and tests of the effectiveness and potential impacts of controlled In Situ burning of oil in different environments.  This testing shed light on the potential for in situ burning. 

This presentation summarizes the ISB operational successes during the DWH response, which demonstrated the large scale application of safe and effective controlled burning of oil. Approximately 400 controlled burns were conducted removing an estimated 220,000 to 310,000 barrels of oil from Gulf of Mexico.  These controlled burns were accomplished safely and effectively. .

This presentation concludes that under appropriate circumstances - taking into account factors including oil properties, wind and sea conditions, proximity to populated areas, and overall net environmental benefit - controlled burning can now be considered a conventional, primary offshore response tactic.  With the safe and effective DWH experience in hand, industry and government have an opportunity to transition from considering ISB as an alternative technology to leveraging it as an early-response priority in appropriate circumstances. 


Featured Speakers

Speaker Mr. Nere Mabile - BP America, Inc.
With more than 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry, Neré has a unique set of technical competencies involving oil spill response (OSR), integrity management, corrosion engineering, operations, and project management. Neré is currently a Technology Theme Leader for in-situ burning (ISB), mechanical recovery, and booming as a part …

With more than 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry, Neré has a unique set of technical competencies involving oil spill response (OSR), integrity management, corrosion engineering, operations, and project management. Neré is currently a Technology Theme Leader for in-situ burning (ISB), mechanical recovery, and booming as a part of BP’s Oil Spill Response Technology Team in Crisis & Continuity Management (C&CM Central). Neré was the ISB technical lead and he trained and managed the ISB Air Operations team during the Deepwater Horizon response and, in those capacities, led an enormously successful ISB operation that removed more than 300,000 bbl of oil from the Gulf of Mexico waters.


Neré has skill sets in both offshore upstream oil production and onshore downstream process plant facilities.  Offshore, he developed a broad experience with construction and maintenance of fixed platform facilities and supervised subsea diving activities.  He worked in onshore chemical plant facilities for 9 years designing spill prevention systems and leading teams in the area of integrity management.


For 4 years, Neré served as the initial incident commander for oil spill response in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, where he responded to more than 100 hydrocarbon spills. During that time, Neré was involved with ISB testing and helped develop new equipment designs for mechanical recovery response in the arctic environment, including innovative equipment designs for tundra and for fast-moving rivers. He also successfully interfaced with state and government agencies regarding oil spill response plans post-OPA 90 regulations. In compliance with stringent environmental response plans, Neré has trained responders in a variety of environments. 


With his unique mixture of oil spill response, operations and engineering skill sets, Neré is helping to fill an existing gap in the emergency oil spill response industry.

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Organizer

Christa Henager


Date and Time

Tue, May 28, 2013

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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Location

Petroleum Club of Houston

800 Bell Street, 43rd Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
USA