1999 Annual Report
Operations & Technical Issues & Activities
Throughout the year specialist technical committees have been working on a variety of projects
to improve safety, environment and industry reputation, and, where appropriate, reduce costs.
It is not possible in the scope of this report to describe all projects, but those included below
demonstrate significant value addition to the industry over the past year.
In close co-operation with the English and Scottish Fishing Federation, the electronic charting of all
subsea structures including pipeline spans has continued. This is a continuation of the commitment
that was made between the oil and fishing industries to improve safety of fishing vessels in the
wake of the sinking of the Westhaven. UKOOA has also funded the development and successful
trials of a warning device known as Fishsafe which will work in conjunction with the electronic
charting. Financial agreements are now in place to have this device installed on 300 fishing
vessels by the end of the first quarter of 2000. All of these activities have done much to improve
the relationship between the two industries.
Environmental issues were dominated by the introduction of the IPPC regulations and the
consultation process with the DTI to develop appropriate guidelines. This work is still proceeding
with the first draft of these guidelines issued at year end. Work has also continued on the
improvements to SCOPEC, the industry database for reporting of environmental information.
This, in turn, has been the source of information for the UKOOA 1999 Environmental Report.
Other Key Issues
The introduction of regulations for the charging of the services of the HSE gave rise to intensive
consultation between UKOOA and the HSE. This resulted in a more defined scope of charging which
has reduced the overall cost to the Industry. Forums have been established to ensure that costs are
equitable and fair across the Industry.
The cost of exploration wells has been reduced by the agreement of the concept of Finder Wells
with the DTI to reduce well design and information gathering costs.
Work has also commenced on the introduction of the SEANET System which will provide operators
with all the geographical, environmental, fisheries and subsea obstructions information required for
the positioning of drilling rigs and structures.
The OTC also maintained links with Action 2000 to represent the offshore industry in demonstration of
Y2K compliance, enabling the Industry to declare blue status well within the year end time limit.
Workshops were held during the year on Suspended Wellheads, Seismic and Fishing Activities and Verification.
In view of the continuing reduction in committee resources, many of the standing committees
have reviewed and optimised their activities and structure. The Atlantic Margin Joint Interest Group
(AMJIG) have also now developed stronger links with the OTC as have a number of other committees
working in the Southern North Sea area.
A number of key guidelines were also developed and published during the year as follows:
||Framework for Risk Related Decision Support
||Survey of Vessels Standing By Offshore Installations