We are focussed on integrating sustainability into every aspect of the business and we continually work on establishing strong governance processes to oversee our work. We are committed to reducing energy use and protecting the environment at all levels of our operations including our day-to-day activities and we work with our staff to manage the environmental aspects and impacts of the activities in our offices.
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. Hurricane has an Emergency Oil Spill Response Agreement with BP Exploration Operating Company Limited, providing access to spill response equipment and services located in Shetland. The company also engages Oil Spill Response Limited on a range of stand-by services including aerial surveillance capabilities and iks one of the core participants in the ownership of the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group (OSPRAG) Capping Device, a system designed for rapid deployment to seal off subsea wells in an emergency. 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.
Hurricane recognises that its assets, located offshore West of Shetland, are in a recognised environmentally sensitive area, designated as a ‘Special Protection Area’. We aim to reduce disturbance to sensitive seabed communities and limit any adverse effects of our operations to protected biological communities, such as cetaceans (whales and dolphins), as far as reasonably practicable.
Hurricane supports initiatives that pursue research in this area to develop understanding to assist in protecting ecosystems. Hurricane is a long-standing participant in the global collaborative SERPENT (Scientific and Environmental ROV Partnership Using Existing Industrial Technologies) project. SERPENT aims to enhance scientific observation in deep water through access to the Remotely Operated Vehicles on board drilling rigs, during their standby time. This long-running project helps to characterise the animals living in poorly explored deep water and build an industry-wide understanding of the effects of drilling on seabed habitats. See the website for more information www.serpentproject.com.