Since the BP Oil Spill in 2010, government agencies and professionals in the offshore drilling industry have looked into the causes, dangers and other ways to improve the safety and security of oil rigs. Three years later, the UK is continuing to investigate the industry, and has announced that it will be reviewing the influences of the oil and gas industry this year.
An article for Oil and Gas said that the committee that will review the industry will be run by Edward Davey, secretary of state for energy and climate change. The audit will look at safety and security issues, how to improve communication among companies within the industry, as well as the current government influence and possible future regulations that may be expected. A report of recommendations is expected to be published at the beginning of next year.
"Declining exploration and production rates, aging infrastructure and declining production efficiency, and the risk of premature decommissioning of key infrastructure all need to be addressed if we are to extract the maximum economic benefit for the UK," Davey said to the news source.
This report will likely help companies improve their safety measures and better protect workers on the rig. Regardless, this report also illustrates the dangers of working on an offshore oil rig and the importance of investing the necessary protection. For offshore oil managers, having offshore drilling insurance can help add a level of security by ensuring that equipment and resources are up to standards and safe and help comply to any future regulations.