Kept at a constant state of readiness, T2’s specially modified Boeing 727s are capable of tackling oil spills anywhere in the world. Airliner World’s Craig West visited the company’s Doncaster headquarters to learn about the offshore energy industry’s gold standard insurance policy.
For many, Macondo Prospect is a name that will linger long in the memory. An explosion on the BP-operated offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010 led to the second biggest oil spill in history, spewing 4.9 million barrels (approximately 210 million US gal) of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico and scattering oil along more than 1,300 miles (2,100km) of shoreline from Texas to Florida.
The disaster had a devastating and lasting impact on the environment. It also had major repercussions on global energy and environmental policies, including recognition from the oil and gas industry that airborne platforms, a key response capability for the energy sector for decades, must be on-scene more quickly.