The Evolution of Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities in the Oil and Gas Industry

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Following the Macondo incident, U.S. regulatory authorities shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico until the Oil and Gas industry could demonstrate its ability to contain a deepwater blowout. The industry leaders - Anadarko, Apache, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil, Hess, Shell and Statoil - formed the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC). MWCC’s mission is to be continuously ready to respond to a well control incident in the Gulf of Mexico and to advance associated capabilities to keep pace with its member’s needs.

Based on its work with MWCC, Capgemini Consulting conducted this Emergency Preparedness and Response survey across 20 Oil and Gas companies. The survey was created to provide a view into the industry’s evolving emergency response capabilities, assessing priorities, performance gaps and the development of capabilities. The 20 companies participating in the survey represent 10% to 15% of the daily global Oil and Gas production and are geographically distributed across regions as varied as the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, South America, Continental Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and West Africa. Our aim with this survey is to codify and quantify best practices and summarise future investment and development plans of companies in the area of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Most importantly, our goal is to highlight the evolution of solutions and those emerging leading practices that will help mitigate the new challenges being set by both regulators and increasingly difficult operating environments around the world