NOVEL COUNTERMEASURES FOR AN ARCTIC OFFSHORE WELL BLOWOUT

The problems of cleaning up oil spilled by an offshore well blowout in the Arctic are reviewed. In-situ burning is recommended as the most promising disposal technique. Various techniques are proposed for holding the oil in a burnable layer. In calm conditions a deep-skirted boom may be suitable, but a floating cargo net is shown to be more suitable for up to 80% ice cover. For 80-100% ice coverage, it is demonstrated analytically and experimentally that oil floating amidtst the ice is burnable. In the presence of large floes, techniques for breaking up the ice are proposed to allow gas to escape and oil to be burned. (Au)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is an economic and technical review report for Canada, Department of the Environment; Department of Fisheries and the Environment. Arctec Canada Limited produced this report under contract to the Environmental Emergency Branch.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Arctec Canada Limited

    311 Legett Drive, Kanata
    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K2K I28
  • Authors:
    • Abdelnour, R
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Pagination: 135 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179808
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Arctic Institute of North America
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EPS-3-EC-77-14
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM