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DNV GL Study Calls for Technology Improvements to Reduce Costs for Barents Sea Developments

By Cathrine Torp

OG21 has received the DNV GL study of technologies that should be developed for year-round oil and gas production at 74 degrees North in the Norwegian Barents Sea. New licenses are due to be awarded in this area as part of the Norwegian 23rd licensing round.

The report concludes that technology solutions are fairly mature, but need to be adopted for Norwegian waters. This would be possible within a 8-10 year time frame, which is also the earliest one can expect first oil or gas in the licenses.

"We have identified close to 30 challenges to enable year-round oil and gas production in the area," says DNV GL – Oil & Gas Divisional Director for Europe and Africa, Liv Hovem. "To improve the business case for developments in this part of the shelf, key enhancing technologies within drilling, including large bore wells, as well as reservoir performance, gas compression, subsea facilities and power supply are important to mature. Many leading companies are already well underway to develop these technologies, but more needs to be done to make year round production in 8-10 years realistic."

Technology helps cut costs

"These enhancing technologies also strengthen the business case for field developments in the area, through increased recovery or reduction in capex or opex," says Per Olav Moslet, DNV GL - Oil & Gas Senior Principal Engineer, and an expert on Arctic technologies.

"These locations are among the northernmost locations that are open for petroleum activities in Norway. As the study shows, some elements of the physical environment are more demanding than elsewhere on the NCS, for example the possibility of ice, marine icing, polar lows and fog, while other elements such as waves and wind, are less severe. The study also shows that fairly mature technologies that can solve these challenges are underway," says Per Olav Moslet.

The study has been carried out in close cooperation with OG21 and their Technology Target Area groups. The technologies have been assessed based on three potential field development scenarios: oil production from an FPSO in the south-western Barents Sea, subsea oil production in the south-western Barents Sea and gas production from an FPSO in the south-eastern Barents Sea.

Operations in similar environments exist already

"There are already operations in similar environments in other places in the world, like in the Sakhalin area in Russia and Grand Banks, Canada. This means that some technologies from these areas can also be adapted for use in these areas on the NCS," says Per Olav Moslet.

In addition to the five technologies for cost cutting and production enhancement above, 11 technologies and technology areas that need to be matured in the same timeframe to facilitate operations in this area have also been identified:

1. Escape, evacuation and rescue infrastructure

2. Environmental risk models

3. Detection and monitoring technology of oil in and under ice

4. Ice detection, forecasting, surveillance systems

5. Ice handling systems

6. Same season relief well capability

7. Ice load prediction models

8. Escape, evacuation and rescue technology

9. Oil spill response technology

10. Personal Protection and Emergency Equipment

11. Winterization solution


Official Opening of the NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

A £3 million centre to develop new technology for the emerging marine robotics sector was officially opened by Science Minister, Jo Johnson, on 23 November 2015.

Addressing some of the leading figures in marine technology development, Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science said: “I was honored to open the new Marine Robotics Innovation Centre at the UK's world class National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. The UK is leading the way in marine science and this new facility will help to put wind in the sails of our marine industry."

The National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre will be a hub for businesses developing autonomous platforms, with novel sensors that will be used to cost-effectively capture data from the world's oceans.

Jo Johnson visits the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

Professor Ed Hill, the NOC’s Executive Director, said “The launch of the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre is a very important development, because it is all about turning great science into great innovation for the benefit of the UK economy.

 Autonomous measurement systems for the ocean have grown out of demands for frontier science in extreme environments. Much like space science, oceanography too creates spin-offs which bring technologies back into more everyday use for a wide range of applications.

Marine Autonomous Systems offer to transform the work of many sectors, including environmental monitoring. For example, they will improve data collection for weather and climate prediction, for defense, and for the emerging needs of offshore energy and other industries. Not only are there multiple applications but the UK also has a diverse, vibrant sector of small technology companies able to take the innovations to wider markets. We will be working alongside several of these companies in the centre and engaging with the associate members, who are likely to be major users of the technology developed there.”

There was a program of tours, events and seminars throughout the day, given by business leaders, engineers and academics associated with the marine autonomous systems sector.

The Marine Robotics Innovation Centre has been operational since the summer of 2015. Planet Ocean Ltd, ASV and SeeByte Ltd have already moved into the centre, which provides office and testing facilities along with access to specialist instrumentation.

The NOC has been working with leading people from industry and academia in the development of vehicles, battery design, and operational procedures. Advance training for PhD engineers coordinated by NOC has also recently been announced.

Funded through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), from the Science Minister's 'Eight Great Technologies' initiative, the Innovation Centre cements NOC’s position as a UK leader in marine autonomous systems.

U.S. and Cuba to Cooperate on Conservation and Management of Marine Protected Areas

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment (CITMA). The MOU aims to facilitate joint efforts concerning science, stewardship, and management related to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The MOU also includes a sister MPA program to foster conservation and understanding of natural marine resources in both countries, sharing technical and scientific data, and promoting education and outreach initiatives.

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments.

“We recognize we all share the same ocean and face the same challenges of understanding, managing, and conserving critical marine resources for future generations,” said Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA administrator, who was in Cuba for the signing of the agreement. “The opportunity for international cooperation in marine conservation is invaluable and this moves us closer to ensuring a healthy and productive ocean for everyone.”

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said, “Cooperation among protected area managers of Cuba and U.S. national park and marine sanctuaries is a great way to preserve our shared natural heritage of the wider Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico regions. After all, fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, birds and other marine life exist in ecosystems that rarely fall within maps drawn by man.”

The initial sister MPA relationship will focus on Guanahacabibes National Park in Cuba, including its offshore Bank of San Antonio, and the Flower Garden Banks and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries, managed by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and the Dry Tortugas and Biscayne national parks managed by the National Park Service.

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, developed on salt domes rising above the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, provides habitat for a variety of tropical wildlife, including hundreds of shallow water Caribbean reef fish and invertebrates, manta rays, whale sharks and coral heads bigger than cars.

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects the world’s third largest barrier reef and is home to one of North America’s most diverse communities of underwater plants and animals. Nearly 6,000 marine species inhabit the coral reefs, mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and other habitats of the Florida Keys.

Guanahacabibes National Park, one of Cuba’s largest protected areas, was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1987. With diverse marine and coastal habitats the park is one of the most important places in Cuba where sea turtles come ashore to lay eggs and protects one of Cuba’s healthiest coral reef ecosystems. The offshore Banco de San Antonio supports a lush coral reef ecosystem located at the confluence of the currents that flow from the Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, the bank’s coral reefs are importantly placed to have significant influences on the condition of coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and South Florida.

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as trustee for a network of underwater parks, encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes waters. The network includes 13 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments. Through active research, management, and public engagement, national marine sanctuaries sustain healthy environments that are the foundation for thriving communities and stable economies.

BOEM Announces Mike Celata as Regional Director for the Gulf of Mexico Regional Office

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper today announced Mike Celata as the Regional Director of the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region. Celata, who starts his position immediately, has been with BOEM and its predecessors since 1988. He served as Acting Regional Director prior to his selection.The Gulf of Mexico Region is responsible for managing more than 4,600 active leases over 25 million acres of land on the OCS.

“Mike has many years of service with the agency, working on aspects of the OCS energy program and on regional and national ocean policy initiatives,” said BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper. “His collaborative management style, public engagement experience and ability to seek out opportunities that strike a balance between resource development and environmental protection make him a perfect fit for overseeing our program in the Gulf.”

After receiving a B.A. in geology and physics from Bowdoin College in 1980, Celata attended the Boston College Master of Science Program where he was a seismological research assistant. He began his career as a geophysicist with Exxon in 1984.

For the past 20 years, Celata has held varying positions of increased responsibility with BOEM. He has served as principal authority to enhance the development, acquisition and implementation of geoscience and petroleum engineering software at the agency, providing guidance and expertise for the effective use and management of geological and geophysical (G&G) data. As Chief of Resource Studies from 2005 to 2010, he provided oversight for geological play assessments, petrophysical analysis, and G&G permitting for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic OCS. As deputy regional supervisor of Resource Evaluation, he oversaw the implementation of worst case discharge reviews. Before becoming acting Regional Director, Celata served as Deputy Regional Director in the Gulf of Mexico Region.

Celata is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, where he was a District 3 Representative for the Executive Committee from 2006 to 2009. As Regional Director, he plans to emphasize environmental science, operational efficiency and technology use at BOEM. He also plans to increase stakeholder outreach.

DNV GL Conducts Largest Ever Controlled Release of CO2 from an Underwater Pipeline

Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is gaining momentum to meet stringent climate change goals and secure energy supplies for the future. To fully understand the environmental and safety implications associated with the development of CO2 pipelines, DNV GL is conducting the oil and gas industry’s largest ever controlled release of carbon dioxide from an underwater pipeline at its full-scale Spadeadam Testing and Research Centre, located in Cumbria, UK.

The planned underwater release, scheduled to start in January, is part of an international Joint Industry Project (JIP) ‘Sub-C-O2’ to develop safety guidelines on the use of offshore CO2 pipelines. Companies participating in the JIP are Norway’s Gassnova, Brazil’s Petrobras, the UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, the UK’s National Grid and DNV GL. Italy’s ENI is expected to join the JIP in early 2016.

This is the second experimental phase which will run for three months and will involve releases in a 40-metre diameter, 12-metre deep pond at the Spadeadam Testing and Research Centre, which is located in Cumbria, UK.

“This is the largest experimental investigation to date of underwater CO2 releases which will study the effects of depth on measured and observed parameters,“ said Gary Tomlin, VP Safety and Risk, with DNV GL at Spadeadam. “The testing is designed around what is already known about underwater natural gas (methane) leaks and the possible occurrence of CO2 hydrates collecting on pipework. By using high-speed, underwater cameras and other measurement techniques, we can examine the configuration and characteristics of the released gas. It will allow us to see whether it reaches the surface and analyze what happens.”

The installation of offshore CO2 pipelines linked to depleted subsea gas reservoirs is a possible solution to mitigate CO2 emissions from power plants and large industrial sources. The transportation of CO2 through offshore pipelines may also increase due to enhanced oil recovery programs.

The first phase of experiments are currently underway at Spadeadam and involves small-scale, controlled CO2 releases from a three inch nominal bore pipeline in a 8.5 meter diameter, three meter deep water tank and are expected to be completed by December.

Spadeadam is one of a network of 18 laboratories and testing centers operated by DNV GL on three continents. The facility provides companies with the rare opportunity to undertake full-scale fire, explosion and release experiments, to demonstrate whether equipment and components are fit for purpose, to test new products, techniques or processes, and to provide data to validate computer models. DNV GL are opening a new major hazard training and conference facility at the site in April 2016.

“Developing best practice guidance through this ground breaking project will help the CCUS industry establish itself as it begins the rollout of vital carbon abatement technology,” said Hari Vamadevan, regional manager, UK and Sub Saharan Africa, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. “Spadeadam puts theory and desktop modeling to the test to prove the limits, capabilities and behaviors of both small and large scale operations in real-world situations. The data gathered from this large-scale experimental program will enable adjustments to be made to computer modeling of CO2 dispersion. Even larger-scale, controlled testing in the natural environment may subsequently take place.”

Experimental findings are shared periodically with JIP participants so that next steps can be refined. CO2 testing at Spadeadam will conclude by June 2016.

Renishaw Launches New Marine Lidar System

Global engineering technologies company Renishaw is pleased to announce the launch of Merlin, the latest innovative laser scanner in its range of mobile 3D mapping products. Merlin supports safer, faster and more complete marine survey data acquisition for efficient coastal, offshore and inland waterway project management and enhanced decision-making capabilities for vessel operators.

The first mapping product launched under the Renishaw brand, Merlin has been engineered specifically for use in the challenging marine environment and to help significantly cut the cost of vessel-based laser scanning.

Renishaw's low-cost, low-maintenance solution to the hydrographic surveying industry's increasing demand for a cost-effective marine laser scanner, Merlin speeds up operations, improves crew and vessel safety, and produces more complete point clouds for better data analysis.

The Merlin laser scanner is unique in that it offers seamless integration with existing vessel hardware and software. This means that vessel operators do not duplicate costly equipment, infrastructure and technologies that they already own. This cost-effective access to the advanced lidar technology required for exceptional surveying enables smart vessel operators to expand their product offering at low cost.

Renishaw has worked closely with the world's leading hydrographic software companies to develop Merlin's new dedicated Renishaw SLM driver, which is fully operational with the following major industry-standard software packages:

• HYSWEEP® multi-beam collection and editing software from HYPACK®. Fully operational in the HYSWEEP_15.0.18 version of HYPACK® 15.

• NaviScan and Kuda sonar and laser data acquisition software from EIVA. • QINSy (Quality Integrated Navigation System) hydrographic data acquisition software from QPS.

• Teledyne PDS software for hydrographic survey and dredging operations (version and newer).

Using time-of-flight laser technology, Merlin quickly measures and records time-tagged geo-referenced data points above the waterline. This time-tagged information can now be synchronized with the vessel's bathymetric data captured below the waterline, which means that a detailed 3D map of the full marine environment can be captured simultaneously. Acquiring the full point cloud in a single pass significantly reduces project timescales and the amount of time that survey teams have to spend in challenging conditions.

“We're excited to be able to present the hydrographic surveying community with the first laser scanner dedicated to cost-effective marine surveying,” says Karl Bradshaw, Business Manager for Renishaw's mapping product range. “Merlin is not only versatile, it is also extremely robust – designed and manufactured to Renishaw's exacting standards. This unique laser scanning system provides survey companies and their end clients with a value-added solution to plan and undertake safer, faster and more comprehensive projects and we look forward to working closely with them.”

“There's currently nothing else like Merlin on the market,” said Cam Thomas, Technical Manager of Renishaw's Spatial Measurement Division. “Renishaw is proud to be the first to offer marine surveyors a safe, quick and accurate way to gather above-water detail while completing their regular underwater surveys, and we are certain that Merlin will gain rapid market adoption.”

Renishaw's Merlin marine lidar system will launch at the Hydro 2015 conference and exhibition in Cape Town this month to an international audience of hydrographic marine surveyors, civil engineers, oceanographers, geophysicists and other marine professionals. Renishaw will also be showcasing Merlin in December at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans, USA.

For further information on Renishaw's new Merlin dedicated marine time-tagged laser scanner please click here.

ASV C-Worker Completes Subsea Positioning Operation in Gulf of Mexico

ASV announces the successful completion of an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) supported LBL acoustic positioning array box-in and array baseline data collection operation in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Fitted with a Sonardyne gyro USBl, the C-worker 6 ASV was used to assist in the installation of a 38 compatt array by collecting 11 box Ins and all the baselines from the surface at a water depth of approximately 6000ft (1830m).

The application of this new technology resulted in significant savings by reducing surface support vessel time and increasing program efficiency.

Thomas chance, chairman of ASV remarked that “the industry is ready for this new approach, and sees our ability to support and streamline their operations as a significant benefit going forward.”

ASV is a leading provider of unmanned vessels with more than 70 ASV platforms in the field globally and a wide variety of associated payloads. ASV’s staff of 65 personnel designs, builds, and operates a range of ASV platforms for industrial, scientific, and military applications worldwide.

Total Awards Contract to Fugro for Underwater Services

Under the contract, which runs from July 2015 and includes extension options for a further two years, Fugro is providing a full range of ROV services to conduct inspection, repair and maintenance activities on TEP UK pipelines, subsea assets and jackets.

Prior to this significant contract award Fugro demonstrated its ability to support such a contract with a range of quality services, following the successful completion of both platform- and vessel-based campaigns for TEP UK.

In July 2015, Fugro undertook the Central Graben area ROV inspection campaign, utilizing the ROV support vessel Atlantis Dweller and its two permanently mobilized ROV systems. The workscope included cathodic protection, flooded member detection and high pressure water jetting services. The inspection campaign was completed ahead of schedule and TEP UK has noted the excellent safety culture and efficiency demonstrated by Fugro.

BOEM Announces Environmental Study Reports Posted During the Fourth Quarter FY 2015

Enhanced ESPIS Tools Help Visualize Data

The Environmental Studies Program (ESP) announces the availability of five study reports that were posted online via the Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS) from July-September 2015. The new postings relay findings from regional studies for Alaska, the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. The reports and associated technical summaries can be accessed through the enhanced ESPIS, which displays reports with new geo-referencing tools, animation and other new features. Links to documents below will show both the final report and the technical summary.

Animated tracks of drifter circulation in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, based on satellite data. Image: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Topics covered in the latest postings include:

Gulf of Mexico:

A two-volume report on Long-term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Barden Banks, National Marine Sanctuary; and

A report on Observations and Dynamics of the Loop Current.

BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program (ESP) develops, funds, and manages rigorous scientific research to inform policy decisions regarding the development of energy and mineral resources on the OCS.

The Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS) makes all completed ESP reports available on-line as full electronic pdf documents, including images and graphics. Technical summaries of more than 1,200 BOEM-sponsored environmental research projects, as well as full pdf documents of over 3,400 research reports, are available for online full text search.

NSRI to Explore Opportunities in Japan

In partnership with Scottish Development International (SDI) the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) will be going on a trade mission to Japan from 16-20th November to explore the opportunities in subsea mining and renewables across East Asia.

NSRI will learn about the ongoing initiatives that have been put in place to identify and harvest methane hydrates and conduct seabed mining in Japan, and identify how UK companies can help to satisfy the country’s vast energy needs.

The trade mission will expose several British companies, many of them from North-east Scotland, to detailed market insights and connect them with the key players in the industry, as they look to exploit the export opportunities in the world’s third largest economy.

These companies will be given the opportunity to showcase their products and services to Japanese companies including Mitsubishi, Kawasaki and Mitsui, and get the chance to network with technical societies and industry bodies. They will also learn about Japan’s growing subsea industry and the opportunities which exist around development of offshore resources.

Gordon Drummond, project director at NSRI said: “Japan is the established home of innovation and has expertise in a wide range of industries, particularly in technology. This knowledge base is of particular interest to UK companies that are looking for mature markets in which to showcase their products and services.

“The trade mission will allow us to gain access to detailed market insights and form partnerships that will help to build stronger business links with Japan’s energy industry.”

Following the shutdown of the country’s nuclear reactors in the wake of 2011’s tsunami nuclear crisis, Japan has gone in search of new energy supplies.

The government wants to increase renewables from 10 per cent of its energy mix to 24 per cent by 2030, further reducing its reliance on gas, coal and nuclear.

It is estimated around 1.1 trillion cubic meters of natural gas lies in the ocean floor off the coast of Shikoku island, western Japan.

Subsea mining has come into the fore in recent years, particularly in the Pacific, which has vast quantities of seabed mineral deposits.

“UK firms could play a major role in helping Japan meet its energy targets, exporting the wealth of skills, innovation and experience honed in the North Sea. There is much to be gained from doing business and investing in Japan, added Dr. Drummond. “The country offers a stable economy, a reliable tax regime, an internationally oriented infrastructure and is well known for embracing new technology. By continuing to work closely with SDI we can identify the emerging opportunities and seek to promote partnerships with UK companies in Japan.

The trade mission to Japan will take place from 16th-20th November. For more information about NSRI, click here.

Dr Gordon Drummond, project director of NSRI.

Unique Group Acquires Aberdeen Marine Survey Equipment Firm GSE Rentals

Unique Group has acquired GSE Rentals (Geophysical Survey Equipment) a rental specialist of high quality Geophysical, Hydrographic and Oceanographic marine survey equipment.

GSE Rentals is now wholly owned by Unique Group and the company's workforce will be retained. Former owner, Stan Moroney, will continue as business advisor and consultant to Unique Group.

Unique Group has more than 20 years of survey rental experience globally. By acquiring GSE Rentals, it can strengthen its presence in non oil and gas markets, with a focus on offshore renewable energy projects, submarine cables, dredging, ports and harbours and civil projects.

(left to right) Andy Doggett, director of Unique Group’s survey equipment division; Stan Moroney, former owner of GSE Rentals; and Ray Hughes, managing director of Unique System UK Limited.

Andy Doggett, director of Unique Group’s survey equipment division said: “GSE Rentals is a well respected company that offers a high level of technical support and knowledge to its global customers.

“The advantage to GSE Rentals’ customers is that it will now be able to provide enhanced global support through Unique Group’s bases in the Middle East, South Africa, India, the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA.

“We are well aware of the high-quality service provided by GSE Rentals and by committing additional capital to increase its fleet, we will enhance its place as the preferred marine survey rental company in Europe.”

Stan Moroney, the now former owner, of GSE Rentals said: “Becoming part of Unique Group will allow us to invest further in our rental pool and ensure that we have all the skills and equipment to meet our clients’ needs now and in the future. For the past 25 years we have been supplying the latest technology, supported by our dedicated staff and we will continue to supply the same high level of expertise and support to our clients”.

Harry Gandhi, founder of Unique Group said: “We offer the very best in the offshore and subsea sectors and the addition of GSE Rentals to our team is great news for our existing and potential customers.

“Our acquisition Of GSE Rentals will help us consolidate and expand into key markets that complement our existing offering, from Aberdeen to Singapore.”

Unique Group recently acquired Oceanwide Safety at Sea, the market leader in the design, construction and maintenance of self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats. Oceanwide’s Rotterdam office has increased Unique Group’s access to new clients across the Antwerp, Hamburg and Bremen seaports.

GSE Rentals will continue to operate from its facility in Aberdeen, a short distance from Unique Group’s UK headquarters in Dyce.

Increased Environmental Commitment on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

Four years ahead of schedule, Statoil is already close to achieving our aim of reducing CO2 emissions on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) by up to 800,000 tons by 2020. We are therefore increasing our target by 50% to 1.2 million tons.

The Sleipner field in the North Sea, where the export compressor has been modified so that annual emissions of CO2 have been reduced by 24,000 tons. (Photo: Kjetil Alsvik)

"In Norway, we produce oil and gas with half of the CO2 emissions per unit of output compared to the global industry average. By aiming even higher now, we are reinforcing our leading role in the coming years as a low-emission producer of oil and gas,” says Arne Sigve Nylund, executive vice president, Development and Production Norway (DPN).

In 2008, the petroleum industry, led by Konkraft, agreed on a goal of improved energy efficiency equivalent to 1 million tons of CO2 between 2008 and 2020. Statoil’s share of this was 800,000 tons.

“For several years now, we have been working hard at managing our energy use and improving energy efficiency on all our installations, which means that we have already practically achieved our Konkraft target. That is why we are now setting a new target of another 400,000 tons by 2020,” says Nylund.

With a total reduction of 1.2 million tons, Statoil will have reduced emissions on the NCS by the equivalent of emissions from about 750,000 cars, or every third car in Norway.

“Statoil aims to maintain profitable production from the NCS at current levels until 2030 and beyond. If we are to succeed, it is vital that we maintain our leading position in low emissions,” says Nylund.

No one simple solution
Statoil’s performance so far is essentially the sum of a variety of measures on the continental shelf.

“These results have been achieved through many different measures on the shelf. Here are two examples. Much of the gas from the NCS to Europe goes via Sleipner. There we have modified the export compressor so that annual emissions of CO2 have been reduced by 24,000 tons. At Oseberg Field Centre, we now use a main turbine generator combined with a steam turbine. That provides an annual saving of 44,000 tons of CO2,” says Knut Helland, head of energy in DPN. But future results are not a straightforward matter.

“There is no one single solution that solves everything, but it is the sum of hard work over time and many different measures that produce results. We are systematically studying each installation to identify ways of reducing CO2 emissions. We have already identified dozens of different measures, such as operational technology solutions, new technologies and other ways to streamline operations in order to reduce emissions. And this work will continue,” says Nylund.

Important to ensure competitiveness
In general, CO2 emissions per unit of output increase as fields mature. But the measures implemented by Statoil will mean that CO2 emissions from its NCS installations will not rise with the increasing age of the fields.

Norwegian industry has a good working relationship with the government and a framework that encourages eco-friendly innovation.

“The measures we have implemented, and plan to implement, will not only lead to reduced emissions but also value creation. Statoil believes it is very important to establish a common framework and price for CO2 across borders that will stimulate industry in general to increase its environmental efforts. Our current measures to reduce emissions will be one of our key competitive advantages in the future, as environmental requirements become increasingly stringent,” says Nylund.

“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf is an important contribution to Statoil’s total environmental commitment. And our work to reduce flaring, increase carbon capture and the research and development within renewable energy sources are other important elements in our effort to achieve our ambition to remain a leader in carbon efficiency,” says Bjørn Otto Sverdrup, head of corporate sustainability at Statoil.

New Award Recognizes Outstanding Efforts to Increase Awareness and Safeguard U.S. Natural Resources from Climate Change

The Award will recognize the actions of individuals and organizations that are making a difference by increasing understanding of climate impacts, adapting to and reducing threats, increasing response capabilities, and providing other innovative approaches to reducing impacts and increasing resilience in a changing climate. It will help spotlight innovative tools and actions that are making a difference now, and serve as a source of inspiration for additional efforts that advance climate smart resource conservation and management.

"Our climate is changing, and these changes are already affecting the nation's valuable wildlife and natural resources," said Michael Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. "This new Award recognizes outstanding leadership by organizations and individuals that is critical to help advance the resilience of our natural resources and the people, communities, and economies that depend on them."

Volunteers help plant native salt marsh grass as part of a 30 acre restoration of Beaver Dam Creek on Great South Bay, Long Island, New York. (Credit NOAA)

Establishment of the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources was one of the commitments announced as part of the Administration's Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources in 2014.The agenda calls for a commitment across the federal government to support resilience of America's vital natural resources.

The Award also directly addresses the goals of the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, which was developed by a coalition of federal, state, and tribal natural resource agencies. These include:

• Goal 1: Conserve and connect species, habitats and ecosystems;

• Goal 2: Manage species and habitats to protect ecosystem functions and provide sustainable use;

• Goal 3: Enhance management capacity;

• Goal 4: Support adaptive management;

• Goal 5: Increase knowledge and information on natural resource impacts and responses to climate change;

• Goal 6: Increase awareness and motivate action to safeguard natural resources; and

• Goal 7: Reduce non-climate stressors to natural resources.

"State fish and wildlife agencies serve as stewards of the nation's fish and wildlife resources," said Dave Chanda, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which is helping to lead implementation of the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. "Today's threats to fish, wildlife, and their habitats are exacerbated by climate change and underscore the need for incorporating climate adaptation in to conservation and science-based management." Nominations will be accepted until January 8, 2016. Individuals, groups, organizations and government agencies are eligible to apply. Three to five Awards are expected to be announced in 2016.

Fish, wildlife, and plant resources provide important benefits and services to Americans every day, including jobs, income, food, clean water and air, building materials, storm protection, tourism and recreation. For example, hunting, fishing and other wildlife-related recreation contribute an estimated $120 billion to our nation's economy every year, and marine ecosystems sustain a U.S. seafood industry that supports approximately 1.7 million jobs and $200 billion in economic activity annually.

Award sponsors include the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service. They will sponsor the award in collaboration with the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy's Joint Implementation Working Group, which is composed of representatives from 21 federal, state and tribal natural resource agencies.

For more information about the Award or how to apply, please visit the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award main page.


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