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The Rumaila Oil Field has a surface area of approximately 1.4 million square meters. The entire area is designated as a Suspected Hazardous Area, making it one of the most significant ERW survey and clearance projects in the Middle East. Adding to the challenge the number and distribution of ERW contamination is oil and sludge contamination. There were huge lakes of crude oil and water spillage kilometres long surrounded by large oil storage tanks and degassing stations all linked by a complex network of pipelines and power cables.
Set in this challenging context RPS has safely managed the search and safe removal of numerous sub-munitions that remained submerged in the sludge after cluster bomb strikes. This work has been carried out since 2013, without any injuries or engineering work delays, in temperatures ranging from zero in the winter to excess of fifty degrees Celsius in mid-summer.
Although nearly three decades old, the UXO and mines remain active and extremely dangerous and should never be disturbed by anyone except explosive ordnance disposal professionals. ROO strictly enforces this through an HSE policy that means no engineering works can begin without a Land Release Certificate signed by RPS and the Iraqi specialist ERW companies involved.
ROO is committed to hiring local Iraqi contractors while maintaining the highest international safety standards for UXO and mine clearance. The work must comply with International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) and ROO’s risk management policies. However, local companies do not yet have the expertise or track record for managing a project on this scale, so an ambitious capacity development programme is ongoing.
For this project, RPS put together a small and cost-effective team of explosive ordnance specialists. Members of this international team have decades of international experience in the military and private sector in numerous countries. This team oversee all aspects of the project while working with local specialist companies and provide mentorship, training and certification to local clearance contractors.
UXO Technical & QA/QC Support
Rumaila Operating Organization (ROO), a joint venture between BOC, BP, PetroChina and SOMO
Rumaila Field, Iraq
August 2013 - Ongoing
Services for the safe and effective management of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), and Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA).