United States to assist Civil Defence Commission with developing SOPs for oil spill plan

GINA, Georgetown- June 17, 2016

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) will be meeting with US authorities to develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)to address oil spills as  part of its preparedness and response effort in the event of a disaster.

CDC Deputy Director General Kester Craig has indicated that the CDC officials will meet with the US Southern Command on June 27 to focus on what needs is required to develop a national plan and Standard Operating Procedures on oil spills.

Guyana has started oil exploration and is expected to start producing oil and gas by 2020.hence“Definitely you’ll need to have those plans in place,” Craig said.

The upcoming meeting is part of the CDC’s efforts towards preparedness and response in disaster risk management and disaster risk reduction. Craig pointed out that the CDC has been in discussion with oil companies such as Repsol and CGX reviewing their “comprehensive oil response plan”.

Guyana has a national disaster risk reduction platform that works with stakeholders to develope national disaster risk reduction programmes as part of reducing the impact of disasters in the country. “We are reviewing these plans to ensure that they are in keeping with our national plans and policies,” Craig noted.

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