EPCA ’11: Big Oil slow on Gulf of Mexico safety - Shell director

03 October 2011 19:35  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--The 2010 Macondo offshore oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico exposed a lack of preparation by the industry, a director at Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell said on Monday.

"We simply don't accept that you have [to have] these kind of accidents," said Jeroen van der Veer, who was CEO of Shell from 2004 until 2009.

Since the disaster, which triggered a long-running oil spill from the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon rig, the oil majors operating in the Gulf of Mexico have set up a $1bn (€750m) joint-venture company that would respond to any future crises, van der Veer said.

"To be honest, they could have set up that company years ago," he said.

Industry associations should also be more pro-active on safety issues, van der Veer told delegates at the 45th annual European Petrochemical Association meeting.

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