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Oil majors announce Arctic spill preparedness and response collaboration

Alex DeMarban
Courtesy: Shell Oil Co.

With Arctic frontiers opening to development but oil-spill infrastructure limited in many regions, some of the world's biggest oil companies are joining forces in a multi-million-dollar effort to improvement preparedness and response, according to Upstream Online.

In the wake of fears that a nearly impossible-to-clean oil spill in sea ice would devastate fragile ecosystems, companies such as BP, Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell are pitching in $2.4 million each to do such things as develop spill-response technology, conduct controlled oil-release tests and improve response capability in case of an accident, the article notes.

The effort was announced Thursday by members of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers at the Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromso, Norway.

"Some of the research will focus on dispersant use, in-situ burning, mechanical recovery, and remote sensing in Arctic conditions," the article notes.

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