(EnergyAsia, June 18 2013, Tuesday) — Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), a global cooperative funded by more than 160 energy companies to combat oil spills and pollution at sea, last week officially open an new expanded base in Singapore with enhanced response capabilities.

Equipped with well capping and large specialised equipment, dispersant, a training centre and a larger team to deal with well blow-outs in offshore fields, the 9,500-sq metre facility at the Loyang Offshore Supply Base enhances Singapore’s position as an international oil and gas hub. The advanced subsea well capping equipment known as a ‘capping stack’ can be quickly deployed to any location throughout the Asia Pacific region.

OSRL said it also brings together expert personnel among its 100 staff in a single place to deliver an integrated, swift and effective response to an emergency oil spill incident.

OSRL is located in a dedicated oil and gas supply facility with wharf access and in proximity to key airports to ensure rapid response either by air or sea to any emergency situation. It is close to Seletar Airport where OSRL’s Hercules C-130 aircraft is based permanently for wide-area high-volume aerial dispersant spraying operations to combat spills. It is also near Changi Airport which is home to an array of sophisticated air logistics services.

OSRL has access to a wharf facility with a water draft of 10 metres at the Loyang Base to support the deployment of catamarans and other vessels to mobilise the subsea well intervention equipment.

The organisation said it is fully equipped to respond to emergency incidents at the majority of subsea wells in Southeast Asia and the Australasia region in water depths up to 3,000 metres.

Chief executive Robert Limb said: “Staying true to our mission to respond to oil spills effectively and efficiently anywhere in the world, the Loyang base forms an important link in our global network of response bases and is a strategic launch pad from which to deliver our response, preparedness and subsea well intervention services to our members and stakeholders in the region. Our move to Loyang marks a significant upgrade of our services to the maritime and upstream oil and gas industries in Singapore, the Asia Pacific region and beyond.”

Lam Yi Young, chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), who was guest of honour at last week’s official opening, said:

“We are very glad to have had the opportunity to work in partnership with OSRL over the years and to have witnessed its growth in Singapore. We congratulate OSRL for expanding and upgrading its facilities here in Singapore, which will boost OSRL’s response efficiencies and capabilities in Singapore and the region.”

Declan O’Driscoll, OSRL’s regional director, said:

“The new base at Loyang enables OSRL to take advantage of the ability to deliver a multi-faceted approach to response via sea and air. The new facility also allows us to expand in terms of our staff, the space available and the addition of more resources as and when appropriate in the future.”

With a history of attending over 350 spill incidents in the past 25 years, OSRL has both the experience and expertise to respond to spills and deliver services from strategic bases in the UK, Singapore, Bahrain and the US.