Emergency Oil Spill Response

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If you have had an oil spill and are in need of our emergency spill response services call us now on 01656 741 799

Benefits of our oil spill response Service include

  • UK Spill Accredited
  • Over 20 years’ experience
  • Large range of specialist equipment
  • Trained and experienced responders
  • 24/7 call out
  • No retainer
  • Confined Space Entry & Breathing Apparatus trained responders
  • Can liaise with regulators on your behalf
  • Able to remove and dispose of hazardous waste

Types of oils cleaned include:

  • HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil)
  • Cooking oil
  • Diesel
  • Petrol
  • Kerosene
  • Creosote
  • Hydraulic oil

Oil Spill Response

We are a UK Spill accredited contractor for basic, fresh water, groundwater and contaminated soil spills, allowing us to offer accredited spill response for a wide variety of spills.

Oil spills can pose risks to personnel, the environment and property; and in line with the pollution control hierarchy that is the order in which spill response should be prioritised.

Health & Safety

Most oils pose similar risks and carry similar PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) requirements to prevent eye and skin contact however certain oils may require specialist PPE.Many oils will also be flammable and spills can cause fire hazards which could be ignited during the clean-up if safe methods aren’t used e.g. using plastic shovels to prevent sparks being created. Our oil spill response is always conducted by trained personnel using safe working practises.

Our spill responders are Confined Space Entry and Breathing Apparatus trained allowing us to deal with spills where the oil creates dangerous vapours which require specialist RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment).Before commencing any oil spill clean-up a detailed Risk Assessment will be undertaken, our team leaders are all IOSH Managing Safely trained to undertake dynamic Risk Assessments when changes on site occur.


Once health and safety is secured we can begin the spill response to protect the environment.We are a UK Spill accredited contractor for basic, fresh water, groundwater and contaminated soil spills.

Basic Oil Spills

We can undertake a thorough spill clean-up and decontamination of oil spills to a range of substrates such as tarmac, concrete, factory floors etc. We will endeavour to remove all of the oil and leave the area posing no further health and safety or environmental risk.

Fresh Water Oil Spills

Most oils will float on water meaning even spills which have reached controlled waters e.g. lakes, streams, rivers etc. are still recoverable to limit environmental damage.We can deploy containment barriers across the surface of the water containing the oil and allowing specialist equipment to be deployed to collect or absorb the contained oil.

Oil Contaminated Soils

Where a spill has reached unmade ground and contaminated the soil it is essential to undertake a quick and effective clean up to prevent the spill from spreading and contaminating the groundwater.For some spills the clean-up may be as simple as removing the contaminated soil and backfilling with inert soil. We can confirm we have removed all oil using a Photoionization detector (PID) to test for remaining fumes and can also take validation samples which are sent for analysis as evidence all oils have been collected.

For larger spills or spills where source removal is not an option we can undertake remediation work to remove all contamination including:

  • Soil Vapour Extraction
  • Barrier Technologies
  • Monitored Natural Attenuation
  • Bioremediation

Groundwater Oil Contamination

Where oils have penetrated the groundwater we can undertake groundwater remediation to remove the contamination including:

  • Vacuum Enhanced Recovery
  • Pump & Treat
  • Barrier Technologies
  • Monitored Natural Attenuation
  • Bioremediation
  • Air Sparging


Oils can cause severe damage to property, if they are not cleaned up effectively the damage can become worse.We can undertake a thorough decontamination to remove any remaining oil.Certain substrates are more susceptible to oils e.g. tarmac and staining or long term damage to the surface cannot be prevented.

Oil Spill Response Testimonials

“GPT Environmental have provided essential services from Industrial Cleaning, Interceptor Servicing and Emergency spill response.

They always respond in record times and have worked with us to improve environmental compliance whilst reducing costs”

Environmental Engineer in Aerospace Manufacturing - COMAH site

Oil Spill Response Case studies

oil spill clean up case study
Exeter oil spill clean up

Extracts from legislation and guidance

"If you pollute, you could get an unlimited fine, go to prison for up to 5 years, or both. You may also have to pay for the whole cost of the clean-up."

Environment Agency guidance - Pollution prevention for businesses

"You’re responsible for preventing your business or organisation from causing or allowing pollution to happen. Pollution is when any substance that harms or could harm people or the environment gets into the air, water or ground."

Environment Agency guidance - Pollution prevention for businesses

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GPT head office is based in South Wales and covers all areas of South Wales, West Wales and Mid Wales including Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend, Newport, Port Talbot, Powys, Llanelli, Neath, Pembrokeshire and Aberystwyth.

We also cover the South West of England from our premesis in Exeter including Cornwall, Devon, Taunton, Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Falmouth, New quay, Torquay, Paignton, Bristol, Plymouth, Bath, Gloucester and Somerset, .

We also operate across the midlands, London, Birmingham, Leicester, Northampton, Derby, Stoke, Nottingham, Coventry, Liverpool, Worcester, Southampton, Swindon, Manchester, Sheffield, Slough, Heathrow, Leatherhead and Surrey.