In order to deal with a spill incident in the most timely and efficient way, Perenco has invested in an extensive inventory of spill response equipment.
The Victor facility is Perenco's emergency response centre for its Gabon operations. Situated onshore at Batanga, the Victor Facility is on the edge of the Fernan Vaz Lagoon, and was created as the emergency response centre in the event of a spill on the lagoon. Today, its central position also allows for a rapid response to all Perenco's onshore production sites as well.
All the Perenco emergency response equipment is stored at the Victor facility. For offsore use this includes a floating and rigid boom (approximately 1000 meters long) to protect sensitive areas such as the neighboring villages and mangroves, a "Harbour Buster" (specialist equipment designed to collect oil within an aquatic habitat) and a "Boom Bag" (a transportable dam which can be towed at 15knots for rapid deployment). Five skimmers, for collecting different types of oil, are also available at the Victor facility. These can be operated by our dedicated vessel which is capable of towing protective equipment, transporting recovery equipment and assisting teams of divers.
The onshore equipment (which includes absorbents, collection pumps and temporary effluent storage facilities) is also held at the Victor facility. This allows for the immediate mobilization of a team of more than 12 people, with all the necessary protective equipment, to establish a command post close to any incident. All the equipment is subject to regular testing. Perenco also has helicopters available to support any incident.
Perenco conducts regular large scale spill response training exercises, part of which entails Perenco personnel and the relevant subcontractors being trained by the leading international experts on how to use all the emergency response equipment as efficiently as possible. These large scale drills are an opportunity to confirm personnel's ability to quickly and appropriately react to any oil spill by Perenco or another operator in the area.