MOIG was invited as evaluator by OMMP-Bizerte and STIR to UTIQUE Exercise performed in Bizerte city in Tunisia under the auspices of Transport Ministry. The exercise was organized under jointly by OMMP-Bizerte and STIR assisted by the Civil Protection (ONPC), Security Forces from the Ministries of National Defence and Interior.
The selected exercise scenario included Safety, Security and Environment Protection aspects and consists of simulating a terrorist act on board of tanker ship berthed at STIR A jetty oil terminal followed by a fire on board in the forecastle and accidental oil spill (Crude oil) estimated at about 10 m3.
The exercise covered the following operations: Alert, area evacuation, establishment of crisis unit and Emergency Operation Center, first investigation by security forces, explosion causing a fire on board and oil spill into the sea, evacuation of injury and casualty, fire fighting and oil spill response. An Emergency Operations Center was established at the Marina CAP 3000 in order to coordinate UTIQUE exercise. The crisis unit was composed of representatives from OMMP-Bizerte, STIR, Bizerte Governorate, ONPC, National Marine and Ministry of Interior.
The Oil spill response comprised a full scale oil spill response equipment deployment of STIR and OMMP such as: fence and inflatable booms, skimmers and fastanks from STIR Jetty and Joumine tug. At the same time, emergency evacuation drills of victims and injured persons were performed by ONPC and STIR from the Oil Tanker, jetty and Joumine tug. An advance medical posts and ambulances from ONPC, STIR and Ministry of Health were positioned in the Marina CAP 3000 and STIR jetty to provide first aid.
A great number of Delegates from Tunisia, USA, France and UK embassies based in Tunisia observed in real time from CAP Marina 3000, Joumine tug and STIR Jetty the first hands of actions packed of Security, Safety, Oil Spill Response and Emergency Evacuation drills. The general feedback was highly positive and participants are to be congratulated for their efforts and professionalism throughout all conducted operations.
UTIQUE exercise is a good example of successful cooperation and coordination between local authorities and oil and gas industry by working together and sharing expertise and resources, thus clearly demonstrating the ability to deal with large and complex incidents.
The MOIG Management Committee Members would like to thank both OMMP-Bizerte and STIR for their kind invitation and warm welcome.
03 February 2018, The MOIG Management Committee members are very delighted to welcome the new member Amilcar Petroleum Operations (APO). APO is a 50/50 Joint Venture Company between ETAP (Tunisian National Oil Company) and Shell Tunisia Upstream (STU) created on 06 May 2014 as the Operator of Hasdrubal field. Hasdrubal field is located in Amilcar permit about 100 km from the coast in the Gulf of Gabes in Tunisia produces gas and condensate. The production facilities consist of anunmanned offshore platform, an onshore gas, condensate & LPG processing plant in Sfax and and LPG storage & export terminal in Gabes.
The gas is sold to STEG at APO’s Ben Sahloun metering station whereas the condensate, and LPG (propane & butane) are transported by pipeline respectively toTrapsa (La Skhira) and to APO’sLPG storage & export terminal in Gabes.
APO considers environmental protection as a core value of its business; its operated facilities are certified ISO-14001. It has a Tier 1 response capability package to combat oil spills, composed of offshore boom, skimmer and storage tanks.
The Management Committee would like to thank Amilcar Petroleum Operations (APO) for its confidence in MOIG.