May 5, 2006


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Abstract:

Since the major hurricane series in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s (Hurricanes Audrey, Carla, Celia, Camille and others), through the pre-2005 hurricane season, the Gulf of Mexico oil industry (offshore production, shipping and receiving facilities, as well as onshore refining, production and distribution systems) has continually updated, upgraded and improved hurricane preparedness and response programs.  Procedures for pre-planning shut-in and evacuation of offshore facilities and shut-down of refineries and pipelines have been standardized throughout the industry and have been fine tuned to the point of being considered standard operating procedures.  One of the biggest and relatively untested gaps in the evolution of these procedures has been the assumption that people would be available, infrastructure would be intact and response organizations would be ready and able to respond once the storm passed.  While hurricanes of category 5 strength have always been a potential, they have been fairly rare and the odds of a direct hit by such a storm has been traditionally considered remote.  In fact, many offshore facilities are designed to withstand only a category 3 storm (the current Minerals Management Service requirements).  One other issue to consider is the fact that during the major hurricane series of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, the offshore oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico was in it’s infancy with only a few hundred platforms in operation in the shallower area of the Gulf.  During the 2005 season, there were over 4000 platforms in operation in the Gulf, with many in very deep water. 

 


Featured Speakers

Speaker John J. Weust
Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Program Manager, Corporate Emergency Response Team Marathon Mr Weust holds a BS Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 1978, USA28 years with Marathon Oil Company in a variety of engineering, supervisory and management positions in production operations, drilling, reservoir engineering, HSE and Emergency Preparedness. Last 8 …

Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Program Manager, Corporate Emergency Response Team
Marathon
Mr Weust holds a BS Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 1978, USA
28 years with Marathon Oil Company in a variety of engineering, supervisory and management positions in production operations, drilling, reservoir engineering, HSE and Emergency Preparedness. Last 8 years as Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Program Manager, Corporate Emergency Response Team.
Current responsibilities include management of Corporate preparedness and response programs, training of Asset Team and Corporate response Teams. Member of Executive Crisis Management Team.
Preparedness and Response experience includes development of preparedness plans and programs in over 25 international locations, including many in US, development of all corporate policies, procedures and training.
Professional Activities: Chairman of 2008 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC), member API Oil Spill Working Group, member IPIECA Oil Spill Working Group, member International spills Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC), member IPIECA Western and Central Africa (WACAF) Global Initiative Steering Committee, member Oil Spill Response and East Asia Response Limited Board of Directors and Shareholders Committee, member Clean Gulf Advisory Committee, Former Vice-Chairman OSRL/EARL Alliance Management Committee, member Society of Petroleum Engineers, member American Petroleum Institute, member American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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Organizer

Jennifer Bell


Date and Time

Fri, May 5, 2006

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Location

Hyatt Downtown

1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, Tx 77002
USA