Project Deep Spill

Project Deep Spill was the first intentional deepwater oil spill, in order to study how crude oil behaved in-depth.[1][2] A Joint Industry Project comprising 23 oil companies and the Minerals Management Service performed a sea trial in late June 2000 in the Helland Hansen region of the Norwegian Sea. The trial made several releases of varying combinations of crude oil (750 barrels), marine diesel, methane (18 cubic metres) and nitrogen gas from the seabed at 840 metres below sea-level.[3]


  1. ^ Robert Campbell, Robert Campbell (14 June 2010). "Special Report: Deepwater spills and short attention spans". Reuters. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  2. ^ "377-Project "Deep Spill"". Minerals Management Service. 24 March 2005. Archived from the original on 14 July 2002. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  3. ^ Johansen, Øistein; Henrik Rye; Alf G. Melbye; Hans V. Jensen; Bjørn Serigstad; Tor Knutsen (2001-06-05). "DEEP SPILL JIP EXPERIMENTAL DISCHARGES OF GAS AND OIL AT HELLAND HANSEN – JUNE 2000, TECHNICAL REPORT" (PDF). SINTEF REPORT. Norway. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010.