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In Situ Burning and other alternative techniques

Cedre Information Day, 10 March 2015, Paris la Défense.

In Situ Burning
In Situ Burning

The pollution of the Gulf of Mexico following the tragic Deepwater Horizon disaster (2010) required the use of "classic" response techniques such as containment/recovery and dispersant use. The very specific characteristics of this spill, caused by a blowout, enabled the use of a technique known as in situ burning, as yet never used on such a scale.
411 burns were carried out, removing over 40,000 m3 of oil, i.e. approximately 5% of the total quantity of oil released. Since then, this controversial technique has been the focus of much research and experimentation to better understand how it works and the impact it has on the environment.

The response to this spill also involved the deployment of 2,800 km of sorbent booms, mainly for shoreline protection. This was the second time, after the Hebei Spirit oil tanker incident (2007), that floating sorbents, normally designed to assist in recovery and shoreline clean-up operations, were used on such a scale.

Cedre’s Strategic Committee therefore chose the theme of in situ burning and other alternative techniques for the 20th Cedre Information Day. We have asked our French and foreign partners to address the issues of in situ burning, bioremediation, sorbents and other alternative techniques from a range of scientific, technical and operational angles, which should, we hope, give rise to interesting discussions.

PROGRAMME

Morning, Chairman: M. Périé, Président du Comité Stratégique du Cedre

A review of in situ burning by Ronan Jézéquel, Cedre
application/pdf A review of in situ burning

The atmospheric impact of in situ burning by Laurence Rouil, Ineris
application/pdf The atmospheric impact of in situ burning

The use of sorbents for recovery by Stéphane le Floch and Pascale Le Guerroué, Cedre
application/pdf The use of sorbents for recovery

Bioremediation by Ronan Jézéquel, Cedre
application/pdf Bioremediation

Afternoon, Chairman: M. Schultz, Sous-directeur du littoral et des milieux marins, MEDDE

Enhancement of biodegradation techniques through the Kill Spill project by Nicolas Kalogerakis, Technical University of Crete
application/pdf Enhancement of biodegradation techniques through the Kill Spill project

Implementation of burning by the oil industry  by Matthiew Cameron, OSRL
application/pdf Implementation of burning by the oil industry

ITOPF’s vision of alternative techniques by Dr Annabelle Nicolas-Kopec, ITOPF
application/pdf ITOPF’s vision of alternative techniques