The Red Sea is, rapidly, developing as one of the world's largest offshore oil production areas. It also comprises a wide range of tropical marine habitats, many of which are internationally recognized for their conservation, scientific, economic or recreational value. Past oil production, refining and transport have resulted in chronic pollution of some areas. environmental programs has been set to protect, new developed areas, from pollution damages .At an initiative step for an Egyptian oil company operating in the Gulf of Suez, an environmental protection and management scheme has been prepared for a new offshore oilfield and marine terminal in the red sea boarders.
Major General Ahmad Abdullah, Governor of the Red Sea, opened the "Egypt Al Mahrousa 8" practical experiment, yesterday, organized by an oil sector company in cooperation with the Red Sea Governorate, 7 oil companies and 4 governmental bodies.
The activities of the experiment began with a scientific conference, to discuss the scientific and environmental methods of pollution combat systems , in the presence of Eng. Imad Abdul Razek, Chairman of PetroSeif oil company, during which he reviewed the steps of dealing with the occurrence of an oil leakage that hits the shores of the governorate. A program has been generated, to calculate the direction of the oil spill, using the most environmentally friendly methods, to identify the oil spot and recover it, through the latest equipment in case of the inability to fit the cause of this leakage.
The experiment was set in three locations: in Jabal El-Zayt, the new marina and the social club, under a call of the appearance of an oil spot, estimated at about 150 tons of crude oil in a marine area in the south of an island. Marine control units, that belongs to some oil companies in Jebal El-Zayt area, has been pushed to start the maritime control steps to recover the oil leakage in some mechanical combat methods.
The experiment includes equipment and control teams working in 7 combat centers, including 5 major maritime centers, spread along the coast of Egypt in addition to the two river control centers, in Al-Tebeen area,one at the south of Cairo and the other in Aswan.
The experiment scenario was prepared on the assumption that a crude oil contamination was detected, on a scale of about 150 meters, in the area south of “Tawila and Gamsha” islands. Accordingly, the various operation rooms were activated, the readiness of all the control centers was increased, the marine units equipped with the control equipment to be moved to the accident area, using electronic modeling systems to identify the pathway of oil and potentially threatened beaches, so that appropriate equipment has been pushed to protect environmentally sensitive areas, carry out shore control work and clean the damaged beaches.