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IPIECA’s role in the industry


IPIECA has been working for over 25 years to harness the oil and gas industry’s collective expertise and technology on oil spill preparedness and response. While prevention is always the ultimate goal, IPIECA gives equally high priority to developing the capability to respond to spills. IPIECA develops good practice and facilitates industry forums to share oil spill preparedness and response.

Activities stem primarily from the work of IPIECA’s Oil Spill Working Group. Operating since 1987, the Group aims to improve oil spill preparedness and response around the world by:

  • enabling the industry and its partners to improve oil spill preparedness and response around the world
  • informing global policy and external stakeholders pro-actively and credibly on oil spill related issues and
  • monitoring, assessing, and (where necessary) responding to oil spill related developments.

One of IPIECA’s long standing activities is our partnership with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) through the Global Initiative, which brings together industry and governments to enhance oil spill preparedness and response. 

Joint Industry Projects


The IPIECA-IOGP Oil Spill Response JIP (OSR-JIP) was set up to implement learning opportunities in respect of oil spill preparedness and response following the April 2010 well control incident in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of this effort, the OSR-JIP has produced more than 20 good practice guides. These guides update and replace the well-established IPIECA Oil Spill Report Series published between 1990 and 2008. It covers topics that are broadly applicable both to exploration and production, as well as to shipping and transportation activities.

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