Survival Suits Us All
Nexen’s UK Operations utilize the Survival-One 1000 series passenger survival suit for all employees who travel via helicopter to offshore rigs.
UK Underwater Emergency Training
This video depicts hands on training in underwater survival to keep employees safe.
Learn about our UK North Sea operations.
Oil Spill Prevention & Response in the UK North Sea
In December 2010, Nexen participated in a collaborative effort among the offshore oil and gas industry, regulatory agencies and trade unions to coordinate the UK’s response to the safety, environmental and commercial issues arising from the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. The UK Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group (OSPRAG) was tasked with assessing and addressing the implications for offshore operations in the UK Continental Shelf. OSPRAG also facilitated the design and construction of a dedicated UK-based capping tool, which has been available since September 2011. This tool, which enables industry to quickly cap a leaking well, is now managed through Oil Spill Response Ltd., a global spill response organization based in the UK.
OSPRAG has since been superseded by a new group, the Well Life Cycle Practices Forum (WLCPF) that was established by Oil & Gas UK to provide a forum for operators to discuss well-related pan-industry issues, help companies implement the OSPRAG Technical Review Group recommendations and act as the interface of choice for the UK Regulators DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) and HSE (Health & Safety Executive) on well-related matters. Nexen is fully engaged in the various work groups, which cover issues such as competency, behaviours and human and organizational factors, blowout preventer issues, verification, well examination, well integrity, well suspension and abandonment.
In response to OSPRAG recommendations, Oil and Gas UK have also established an Oil Spill Response Forum to maintain a proactive industry position on oil spill response. Key issues being addressed include oil spill planning, subsea dispersant use, shoreline response, oil waste management and spill modelling.
Nexen is also fully represented in this forum. In the UK, Nexen has entered into a relationship with Petrofac to provide specialist emergency response facilities in Aberdeen. Petrofac provides personnel to be on call 24/7 to help support Nexen response capabilities. Nexen has an extensive annual program of exercises that are designed to ensure all personnel on-call retain their skills through regular practice sessions.