Offshore Drilling: Spain


Projects to search for offshore hydrocarbons have multiplied in recent years. However, the economic interest in exploiting these resources does not run in parallel with the knowledge of their ecological value, as the studies of environmental impact by oil companies show. All of the reports that Oceana has analysed contain serious deficiencies and in some cases even hide data, although this does not prevent them from being approved by the administrative processes.

In addition, no technology currently exists that is capable of quickly stopping a spill occurring at great depth, as was demonstrated by the accident of the Deepwater Horizon. For this reason, some projects seriously endanger the surrounding areas and resources such as fisheries and tourism.

The domestic production of crude oil accounted for 0.24% of the total consumed in Spain in 2012, which is a long way short of self-sufficiency. Oceana believes that offshore prospecting presents disproportionately high risks when compared to its contribution to energy security and advocates clean energy.


Mediterranean Spanish depths

threatened by oil and gas projects.

Canarian depths threatened


Analysis by Oceana of projects in Spanish waters:


Comentarios de Oceana al Estudio de Impacto Ambiental del Proyecto de Sondeo Exploratorio Siroco

Sondeos de hidrocarburos en la Costa del Sol. Proyecto Siroco

Hydrocarbon surveys off the Costa del Sol. Siroco Project


Opiniones de Oceana sobre el proyecto “Adquisición sísmica 3D en los permisos de investigación de hidrocarburos “Chinook A”, “Chinook B”, “Chinook C” y “Chinook D”


Áreas marinas de Canarias afectadas por la exploración petrolífera

Contestación a la consulta sobre el proyecto “20130011 sondeos exploratorios “Sandía-1”, “Chirimoya-1”, “Zanahoria-1”, “Plátano-0”, “Cebolla-1” y “Naranja-1”


Comentarios de Oceana al Estudio de Impacto Ambiental del Proyecto de Desarrollo de los Campos de Montanazo y Lubina

Comunidad Valenciana – Islas Baleares

Opiniones de Oceana sobre el “Documento ambiental para la campaña de adquisición sísmica 3D en los Permisos B, G, AM-1 y AM-2 en el Golfo de Valencia”

Alegaciones a los permisos de investigación de hidrocarburos Benifayó, Gandía, Alta Mar 1 y Alta Mar 2

Alegaciones proyecto sísmica 2D en el mar Balear

País Vasco

Comentarios de Oceana al “Sondeo exploratorio Fulmar-1 y Pelícano-1 en el mar Cantábrico”