IEA conducts Emergency Response Exercise in India

5 June 2012

Copyright: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in India

IEA staff reviewed India’s oil emergency response policies last week by conducting simulations of major oil-supply disruptions during a two-day exercise near New Delhi.

Participants to the Emergency Response Exercise were welcomed by Mr. Chaturvedi, Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The exercise itself began with a training session in which participants were briefed on global and Indian oil and gas market developments, on emergency response procedures in both India and at the IEA, and on the role of the news media during a supply crisis. Following the training session, representatives of Indian industry and government worked together to develop strategies to respond to a pair of supply-disruption scenarios.

Didier Houssin, Director of Energy Markets and Security at the IEA, said the IEA team was very impressed with the robust discussions that took place during the exercise.

“The ability to respond to energy-supply emergencies is at the very heart of the IEA’s mission, but the effectiveness of any response hinges on the level of preparedness. That is why exercises like the one in India are so crucial: they enhance the ability to respond while also imparting valuable knowledge to all participants,” Houssin said.

The exercise took place on 30-31 May, at the Oil Industry Development Board headquarters. India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoP&NG) , the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell and the IEA jointly hosted the exercise.

The exercise constitutes one of the key outputs agreed in the memorandum of understanding on cooperation on oil and gas security that the MoP&NG and the IEA signed in October 2011.

The IEA conducts emergency response exercises at IEA headquarters in Paris for IEA member countries biennially. Although India is not a member of the IEA, it has participated in the last three exercises.

“India is a vital partner to the IEA, particularly as its oil demand is projected to more than double over the next quarter-century,” said Houssin. “With this exercise we have strengthened our links with India, and we look forward to continuing to work together closely in the years to come.”