ConocoPhillips

How does the company prepare for an emergency?

Prevention

The most important job at every location is to operate without injuries, incidents or illnesses. We manage operational risks by paying close attention to planning, processes and operations excellence. That means focusing on safe behaviors (personal safety) and safe facilities (process safety). We pursue safe, reliable and environmentally responsible operations by following a systematic and collaborative approach called Operations Excellence. Our Life Saving Rules guide the behavior of employees and contractors working on our global operations. You can learn more in our Safety and Health section.

We recently conducted three regional emergency response exercises, completed training for 19 internal functional support teams and institutionalized lessons learned. These major drill exercises were specifically designed to maintain a strong enterprise-wide emergency response capability and included participation by third-party experts, oil spill response organizations and government emergency response agencies. 

  • A deepwater drill exercise off of the coast of Malaysia involved dozens of participants and allowed our people, partners, and external agencies to better develop mutual aid synergies amid industry support groups.
  • In Europe, a drill involving an offshore platform included personnel issues and platform evacuation. This exercise not only allowed us to reinforce our response efforts and applicable regulations, but also to demonstrate our readiness to authorities.
  • A drill involving our Polar Tankers on the West Coast of the U.S. involved hundreds of people and practiced the standard incident command structure. The mock discharge into the Port Angeles Harbor involved several hundred people, including our employees, regulators and external agency partners.

We also continued our effort to provide our Global Incident Management Assist Team (GIMAT) with third-party certified training on the internationally recognized Incident Command System (ICS).

Training

We place great value on having trained and capable emergency responders. That's why we involve hundreds of employee subject matter experts from all disciplines in crisis and emergency management training and exercises several times each year. 

Collaboration

We work closely with peer companies to find collaborative solutions to manage crises and emergencies. We are members in Oil Spill Removal Organizations (OSROs) across the globe, which affords us access to substantial inventories of, and the latest advances in, proven response equipment. In the Gulf of Mexico, we are members of two OSROs, Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) and Clean Gulf Associates (CGA). In Alaska, we are members of 3 large OSROs, including Alaska Clean Seas (ACS), Cook Inlet Spill Prevention & Response, Inc. (CISPRI) and Ship Escort/Response Vessel System (SERVS) for our exploration and production operations on the North Slope, in Cook Inlet and our Polar Tanker operations in Prince William Sound, respectively. Our membership in MSRC, as well as a contract with the National Response Corporation (NRC), provides coverage for our Polar Tankers operations along the west coast.

We also belong to the Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) and Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO). OSRL provides global substantial response resources staged at various locations around the world, whereas NOFO, also with significant resources, provides regional OSRO support for our Norway operations. We are also members in other, somewhat smaller, local OSROs associated with many of our global operations.