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Subsea Pipeline Spill Model

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has developed a Pipeline Oil Spill Volume Computer Model (POSVCM) to model worst case discharges from subsea pipelines. The program incorporates 3-dimensional seafloor bathymetry to better simulate plume dispersion. It can calculate the total mass of oil released, evolution of an oil/gas release over time, and the eventual surface thickness of any developing oil slick. RCP is using this model to calculate the worst-case discharge for pipeline spills on the offshore continental shelf (OCS). This information is incorporated into the spill plans we submit to the MMS. RCP prides itself in its ability to meet our clients’ varied needs, from modeling to planning and training. Please contact our Vice President of Business Development, Mr. Dan Shelledy, at, for more information.