Over 100 participate in Emergency Oil Response Training

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Over 100 persons participated in an Emergency Oil Response Training organised by ExxonMobil Guyana; as part of its continued effort to be prepared in the unlikely event of an oil spill.

The participants, drawn from ExxonMobil Guyana and several government agencies were guided by the members of the company’s regional response team.

Emergency Oil Response Training.

Mike Ryan, ExxonMobil Guyana’s Production Manager said the training was to equip the local response team in the eventuality of an accident occurring. “We planned for the worse. We designed our facilities to make sure that the oil remains where it is supposed to be in the pipes in the tanks and we trained very hard. We also practised really hard that in the event that something happened we are ready to go,” he explained.

Director-General of the Civil Defence Commission, Lt Col. Kester Craig said that the training complements Guyana’s National Response Plan.

“You are now able to review your plans before something happens. If we may be missing items or missing parts, definitely the exercise would help you to put those things together. You cannot wait until you have an event, to then test your plan,” the Craig underscored.

ExxonMobil Guyana has been involved in national response preparations and has hosted several demonstrations in coastal regions. The emergency response training is one of several exercises already hosted for the year.