Manama: The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) has conducted a Table Top and Boom Deployment Exercise for the Oil Spill Response Team in cooperation with Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), an international industry cooperative. The objective of the exercise was to asses Bapco’s internal capabilities in terms of responding to an oil spill through internal notification, initial assessment and response. In addition, the exercise aimed at evaluating Bapco’s communication with a number of stakeholders in the Kingdom and the region. The two-day exercise was held on the 19th & 20th of November 2014.
The first day covered a table top exercise at the Awali Oil Spill Response Command Centre and the second day covered boom and other equipment deployment at the Refinery. As part of a joint effort to enhance cooperation and contribution to the National Contingency Plan, members from the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) have been invited where they contributed to the exercise. Bapco regularly conducts such exercises to enhance the Company’s readiness to mitigate and combat oil spills and all other emergencies & crises, and ensure that necessary communication channels with stakeholders are clear and effective. GM Maintenance, Khalid Al-Sabbagh, and Bapco Oil Spill Response Commander, Mahmood Mirza, expressed their thanks and appreciation to all participants and were very pleased with the outcome of the exercise.