BP has shut down one of its oil platforms, about 75km to the west of Shetland, because of a leak.
Oil was released into the water from the Clair platform on Sunday morning.
The size of the leak is unclear, and efforts are under way to ascertain whether it has caused damage to the environment.
BP said it was caused by a “technical issue” and an investigation into what happened was under way.
No-one was injured. It was not clear how long the platform would remain shut down.
A BP spokesman said: “The Clair platform, which is located 75km (46 miles) west of Shetland, has been shut down and the release has been stopped. All personnel have been accounted for and there are no injuries.
“We are investigating the cause of the technical issue and monitoring the situation. All relevant authorities have been informed.” Continue reading
SMRU are seeking to appoint a post-doctoral research fellow for a period of one year. The successful candidate with be based in the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) within the School of Biology.
The project is funded by INSITE – the Influence of man-made Structures In the Ecosystem – an oil and gas industry-sponsored initiative committed to developing the independent scientific evidence-base needed to improve understanding of the influence of man-made structures on the ecosystem of the North Sea. Continue reading
Congratulations to Martin Huebeck, SOTEAG’s resident seabird monitoring officer, who has recently published an article in the journal Seabird.
Huebeck, M., Mellor, R.M., Gear, S., and Miles, W.T.S. 2015. Population and breeding dynamics of European Shags Phalacrocorax aristotelis at three major colonies in Shetland, 2001-2015. Seabird, 28: 55-77.
The paper can be accessed from Seabird the annual journal from the Seabird Group. The journal contains papers and short communications on seabird biology, conservation, identification, and status. Continue reading
Production at newly opened gas fields in Shetland could meet 100 per cent of Scotland’s average gas demand, analysts have claimed.
Natural gas began flowing from the Laggan-Tormore fields earlier this month after more than £3.5 billion spent developing the deepwater site by French energy group Total.
Output is expected to climb to the equivalent of 90,000 barrels of oil a day from Laggan-Tormore and processed at the nearby Shetland Gas Plant before being pumped to the mainland. It will supply around two million households – or 8 per cent of the UK’s gas needs over a lifespan of 20 years.
Springer have recently published an ebook titled Oil Pollution in the North Sea (Editor: Angela Carpenter) as part of The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry series.
The book offers a review of measures taken at different levels to prevent oil inputs to the North Sea from sources such as shipping and oil installations. A range of data from satellites, remote sensing, aerial surveillance, in-situ monitoring, oil spill sampling and beached bird surveys presents a comprehensive portrait of trends in oil pollution over many years. To access the ebook please follow the link above.
SOTEAG’s resident seabird monitoring officer, Martin Huebeck was consulted and co-wrote a chapter within this volume: Beached Bird Surveys in the North Sea as an Instrument to Measure Levels of Chronic Oil Pollution.
The book will provide essential reference material on tools and techniques for monitoring oil pollution.
Blue-chip companies, including Shell and BP, have given their strong support for the adoption of a new global climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference this December in Paris.
In a statement organised by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the companies called for “a more balanced and durable multilateral framework guiding and strengthening national efforts to address climate change.”
The Paris agreement, the companies said, should commit countries to undertake nationally determined efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; provide strong transparency to hold countries accountable; require periodic renewal of national contributions to progressively strengthen the global effort; and facilitate global carbon markets.
“We recognize the rising environmental, social, economic, and security risks posed by climate change, and that delaying action will result in greater risks and costs,” the statement said.
The full article can be accessed on the Energy Voice pages.
Two, 3 month internships are being offered by the MASTS Oil and Gas Forum in conjunction with CEFAS in Lowestoft. Each internship is being offered with a stipend of £3k.
One internship will look at the “Comparison of Substitution Status of Chemical Substances under REACH and OSPAR Legislation” whilst the other will look at “Degrading the un-degradable“.
For more information on each of these internships please contact the MASTS team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is 15.30 on Friday 15th January 2016.
The Sullom Voe Association Ltd has recently purchased a RIB on behalf of SOTEAG in order to facilitate the ornithological monitoring programme. For more information on the monitoring programmes please follow this link.
SOTEAG recently funded a British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) course in Lerwick, Shetland.
The seas of Shetland are critical to the economy of the island and are exploited both for fossil fuel production and processing and for aquaculture and fisheries. Great effort is made to ensure these very different economies can work in tandem and part of this work is to ensure the ecological health of Shetland waters. While every effort is made to avoid problems it is still important to be prepared should an incident happen.