Shining Shore exercise to test Brunei’s disaster management capabilities
BRUNEI needs to be prepared in handling large-scale oil-related emergencies to ensure confidence of oil and gas clients in the country’s ability to protect their investments.
Brunei Shell Petroleum Company’s (BSP’s) Head of Learning in Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) and Social Performance (SP) Jasni Hj Narawi, said failure to protect oil and gas assets may cause severe damages to Brunei’s business continuity in the industry, resulting to a further decline in the economy.
This, he said, is because the capability in managing large-scale incidences give confidence that Brunei is capable of protecting its investments in the oil and gas industry, thus helping sustain businesses.
It is also important for Brunei to continue showing its preparedness in handling oil-related accidents to show that the it is always ready to address issues as they arise.
Thus, he said, having multi-agency trainings, such as the one launched yesterday, the Shining Shore exercise, is important to make sure that the country will always be capable in handling icidents such as oil spills.
The two-day exercise saw companies under the Brunei-Shell Joint Venture (BSJV), including the Brunei Gas Carriers (BGC) Sdn Bhd, Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd and BSP working together with government agencies including the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan Management Committee (NOSCOP MC) to solve a mock situation involving oil spill from a vessel nearby Lumut and Anduki.
Jasni, who is also the chief assessor for the exercise, said that participants would need to think of ways to protect the mangrove areas in Anduki, the shorelines and also the residents living in the Lumut areas.
As the environment would be threatened in the event of an oil spill, government agencies including the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) are requiredd to give guidelines, he said.
“The (highlight) of this exercise is to evaluate the effectiveness of the standard operating procedure (SOP), the capability of agencies involved and companies under the BSJV, and their preparedness in managing the disaster,” he said.
The Brunei Times