Australia to improve its offshore petroleum industry safety benchmark

A subsea first response toolkit with potential spills will be developed to improve Australia’s offshore petroleum industry safety benchmarks.

Ninemsn reports that petroleum operators and regulators have been reviewing lessons learned from incidents at the Montara and gulf of Mexico. Speaking at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) conference, Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson said the government is looking at ways to strengthen the polluter pays principle.

The industry will put up an equipment to be housed in the country, known as the Subsea First Response toolkit SFRT.

APPEA chief David Knox noted that Australia was “off pace” when compared with international benchmarks.

Mr Knox said the SFRT will allow an immediate start to the clean up and control of an uncontrolled release of hydrocarbons.

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