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Spill prevention

Applying the best techniques for responding to spills

We continuously review and update our action procedures, constantly improve our alarm management, and apply the most innovative technology to our surveillance and control mechanisms.

Our prevention and response mechanisms

Our Health, Safety, and Environment Policy (PDF - 216 KB) is aimed at preventing impacts and minimizing possible risks arising from our operations and facilities.
  • Detection

    We have early detection mechanisms for spills to prevent environmental accidents.

  • Management

    We established a regulation on the management of sea and river spills as well as tanker spills.

  • Prevention

    We apply preventive measures and the best technology with the aim to prevent spills.

We are committed to preventing any loss of containment, leak, or spill. Therefore, we implement preventive measures including the automation and improvement of safety systems, the analysis of the highest standards in the market, and the application of the best technology available. In the event of an accident, we are prepared to minimize its impact and consequences.

Our emergency management system features specialized, trained teams that use the most advanced detection tools and follow specific management and training protocols.

When a spill occurs, we immediately activate our emergency response mechanisms, and then establish new preventive measures to prevent it from recurring. These mechanisms are vital for reducing the impact we have on the environment and people as much as possible.

Cutting-edge technology for detecting and managing marine spills

Our Repsol Technology Lab, in collaboration with Indra, designed the HEADS System (Hydrocarbon Early Automatic Detection System), a cutting-edge technology capable of automatically detecting hydrocarbons in the sea with a response time of less than two minutes.

This system is already in place at our Casablanca rig and the Tarragona marine terminal, and it is also being applied at refineries such as La Pampilla in Peru and Petronor in Bilbao.

We have agreements with leading service and resource providers such as Spill Response (OSRL), Wild Well Control, Helix Well Containment Group (HWCG), and Global Well Capping Consortium.

This agreements guarantee expert technical assistance in the event of a marine spill and access to the best resources and equipment in the shortest response time possible wherever we operate. We also stress the importance of training our employees in preventing, preparing, responding, and recovering from the impact of major accidents during offshore operations.

Furthermore, we participate in national and international associations specializing in marine spills and emergencies such as ipieca, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues since 2002, which helps us improve our social and environmental management systems. We are also part of associations such as ARPEL (The Regional Association of Oil, Gas, and Biofuels Sector Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean), Protecma (Platform for Coastal and Marine Environment Protection), and ARCOPOL (Atlantic Regions Coastal Pollution Response).

Protecting the soil and groundwater

We make significant efforts to prevent soil degradation by following the basic principle of prevention and carrying out remediation projects whenever necessary. We have an internal corporate regulation on soil and groundwater management with a guide for evaluating and remediating contaminated soil and sites, and we also use systems that provides an early alert regarding leaks from underground tanks at our service stations.

The remediation techniques we use must protect people and the environment. They also include control and monitoring tasks of the treatment to ensure the complete remediation of the affected area.

In our exploration and production activities, we comply with specific requirements (EPPs) for the construction of wells related to waste drilling management that prevent soil and underground water pollution.

According to our Human Rights and Community Relations Policy (PDF - 52.9 KB) and our Sustainability Plans, we promote proactive dialogue to report on company initiatives and handle any related inquiries.