About the Industry

Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group (OSPRAG)


Oil & Gas UK established the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group (OSPRAG) to provide a focal point for the sector’s review of the industry's practices in the UK, in advance of the conclusion of investigations into the Gulf of Mexico incident.

OSPRAG was chaired by James L. House, regional vice president and managing director of Apache North Sea Ltd, and comprised senior representatives from all sides of the industry, the relevant regulatory authorities and trade unions.

The Group provided direction and support to four specialist review groups whose remit was to focus on:

  • technical issues including first response for protection of personnel;
  • oil spill response capability and remediation including national emergency response measures;
  • indemnity and insurance requirements;
  • pan-North Sea regulations and response mechanisms.

OSPRAG's work is documented in its final report and report on the demonstration of the UK's oil spill response capability which was launched at the OSPRAG Summit in September 2011. You can view presentations from this one-day conference here.