G20 Global Marine Environment Protection (GMEP) Initiative

On Sharing Best Practices to Protect the Marine Environment, to Prevent Accidents related to Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration and Development, as well as Marine Transportation, and to Deal with Their Consequences


Spanish offshore production of oil and gas is almost negligible. Spain is almost 100% dependent on imports. In fact, only a few mining concessions are currently operative in Spanish waters. There are only three platforms, namely Gaviota in the Atlantic sea and Castor and Casablanca in the Mediterranean Sea. However, the first two are underground storages of natural gas and the last one being a productive field of oil. Finally, Poseidon concession is located in the Gulf of Cadiz although the natural gas is exploited from subsea installations only.

  • Accident Prevention

    Included here are descriptions of frameworks, regulations, guidelines and practices that the different G20 countries have found helpful in preventing, preparing for and dealing with the consequences of offshore oil and gas accidents.

  • Oil Spill Response

    Material covering the regulatory, operational and environmental context of managing a marine oil spill. Includes material on capping devices and industry mutual response.

  • Environmental Protection

    Covering best practices approaches to the understanding of the marine environment and for planning oil and gas projects and activities in a manner that eliminates or mitigates their impact on the environment.


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