Drill Cuttings Joint Industry Project Web Pages
In June 1998 the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), supported by
E & P Forum (now OGP) and in co-operation with the Norwegian oil association OLF,
launched an initiative to tackle the historical legacy of accumulated drill
cuttings beneath offshore installations in the North Sea.
The initiative combines research and development with extensive public
consultation and co-operation between industry organisations. The combined
efforts between OLF and UKOOA allow separate studies to take place without
duplication, and includes an information "swap" in the interest of achieving
a common goal. The ultimate goal is to identify the best available techniques
and best environmental practice (BAT and BEP) for dealing with these accumulations, in accordance
with the principles set out by the OSPAR
A full time project manager, Det Norske Veritas, was appointed at the
beginning of May 1999 and initial industry funding secured to embark on
the research and development programme. Consultation has taken
place with key stakeholders, workshops have been held for contractors
and research institutions and an independent scientific review
group established to review progress on a regular basis.
Dealing with these cuttings accumulations is a complex issue.
It is too early to determine what the best solutions might be.
Further research is essential. Moreover, to date there are no
proven remediation techniques. The UKOOA Drill Cuttings Initiative
aims to fill these gaps in knowledge and establish solutions that are
practicable and acceptable to all stakeholders. The following pages
will provide information on the initiative's progress as it works
through to its conclusion.