April 2013

Trends and Resources

HP Industry Perspectives: Are Arctic projects safe?

Key industry officials answer a poll question from HydrocarbonProcessing.com

DuBose, Ben, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Do global energy companies have sufficient safety protocols in place to deal with the challenges of Arctic projects? The answer, according to hundreds of votes cast in a recent Hydrocarbon Processing industry poll, is an old cliché: it depends. Nearly half (48%) of readers surveyed believe practices vary enough throughout the industry that a single standard has not been adopted, making it dependent on the company in question. Another 28% said they believed the industry does have sufficient safety protocols, while 25% said it does not. The topic became newsworthy after recent incidents involving Shell. That company, for its part, is postponing its planned summer drilling in the Arctic

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