Discharge of oil from refineries and offshore installations
Assessment made on 01 May 2004
ClassificationWater (Primary theme)
- WHS 010
Policy issue: Are we reducing discharges from oil installations
Oil discharges from refineries and offshore installations have been decreasing since the 80s, despite an increase in the corresponding industrial activity. In 1990 offshore installations of Denmark, United Kingdom and The Netherlands discharged 15 500 tonnes of oil while they produced 102 MT. In 1999 those installations discharged less than 10 400 tonnes of oil while they produced 154 MT. Between 1990 and 1998 the total refinery output across EU increased by 15%, while discharges decreased by 70% (EC/EUROSTAT 2001). In 1997 the total amount of discharge from offshore installations increased, mainly due to an exceptional accidental spillage. It is likely that improvement of the reduction of discharge will continue in the future, because a new regulation on drill cuttings entered in force in 2000. Assessments of discharges into the Mediterranean and the Black Sea are lacking.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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