We are committed to achieving continual improvement in our environmental management system to enhance environmental performance, and regard compliance with the relevant laws, regulations and other obligations as a minimum standard. We will consider the context of the Group and relevant interested parties to ensure our obligations and other management issues are comprehensively identified.
We continually review all our business operations to identify and minimise environmental impacts and risks. Environmental impact assessments are regularly conducted and mitigation measures are taken, to protect the environment and prevent pollution where reasonably practicable.
Hurricane requires that its offshore contractors’ operations (well, pipeline and installation operators) are fully certified under ISO 14001 Environmental Management System or equivalent. As part of its processes, Hurricane undertakes audits of its well and installation operators’ environmental management systems.
As part of its preparedness for major hazard situations, Hurricane is involved in ongoing oil spill prevention and response programmes in conjunction with external parties. In response to the impact of any uncontrolled oil spills, we are one of the core participants in the ownership of the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group (OSPRAG) capping device, an emergency system designed for rapid deployment and deep water. See the website for more information www.oilspillresponse.com.
Stewardship of resources
In managing our use of resources, we are always looking for opportunities to be more efficient. We aim to minimise resource usage, as well as aiming to reduce the volume and hazardous nature of any waste.
Recognising that Hurricane’s assets are located offshore west of Shetland, a recognised environmentally sensitive area, which is designated a Special Protection Area. We aim to reduce disturbance to sensitive seabed communities and limit any adverse effects of our operations on protected biological communities, such as cetaceans (whales and dolphins), as far as reasonably practicable.
Hurricane participates in the SERPENT (Scientific and Environmental ROV Partnership) project along with other oil industry participants and the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. This aims to gain an industry-wide understanding of the effects of drilling on seabed communities, using existing industrial technology, observations of the seabed, and the recording of the associated biological communities. Utilising a drilling rig’s remote operated vehicle (ROV) during downtime, SERPENT gathers detailed observations and imagery of the seabed environment. By taking images immediately before and after drilling operations, we have been able to closely monitor the extent of any disturbance to local seabed habitats and communities.
In addition, by employing SERPENT over consecutive drilling and testing operations at Whirlwind, Hurricane has been able to monitor the dispersal of cuttings caused by drilling and the recovery of local seabed communities over time. The monitoring data acquired through the SERPENT collaboration helps facilitate a clearer, industry-wide understanding of the effects of drilling on seabed communities and helps guide the development of effective mitigation measures.
See the website for more information www.serpentproject.com.