Emergency Preparedness

We hold emergency drills to prepare for various emergency scenarios. In 2017, we held “table-top” drills in onshore Texas, offshore Gulf of Mexico and Republic of Cyprus. Live drills were conducted in the DJ Basin, Equatorial Guinea and Israel: 

  • In the DJ Basin, we organized an unannounced emergency response drill simulating a fire at a Noble Midstream Partners1 facility. The drill was designed to evaluate Noble Midstream Partners' and Noble Energy’s incident management capabilities and business continuity plans.  

  • In Equatorial Guinea, we participated in a regional oil spill exercise and in a mass casualty exercise with the local hospital and search and rescue provider simulating a helicopter water landing.

  • In the Eastern Mediterranean, we participated in the government of Israel's tier II offshore oil spill exercise.

Our preparedness was tested by Hurricane Harvey, which affected both our operations – in South Texas and the Gulf of Mexico – and our employees.  

  • In South Texas, the lessons we learned during the Colorado flooding in 2013 enabled us to shut in our wells ahead of the storm, so that we did not experience any damage or leaks due to winds or flooding. We were able to quickly resume normal operations.  

  • In the Gulf of Mexico, we safely evacuated employees and contractors at our Thunder Hawk and Neptune Spar platforms. Neither platform was damaged.   

  • In Houston, where a record 51-inch rainfall was recorded in just 72 hours,13,14 our headquarters were undamaged, enabling us to focus our full attention on assisting employees and the community in flood recovery.  

1 In September 2016, Noble Energy formed Noble Midstream Partners (NYSE: NBLX) to own, operate and develop midstream infrastructure in the DJ and Permian Basins.