Energy and transportation activity in the Arctic require taking on considerable operational and environmental challenges. DNV helps you to operate with confidence under these extreme conditions.
DNV is a pioneer in risk management in the polar regions, dating back to vessel classification during the early days of Arctic and Antarctic scientific exploration. We remain commited to leadership in this sector, with a comprehensive range of services, including offshore classification, transportation solutions, subsea technology and ice load design. We help the industry manage the risk of producing and transporting oil and gas in the Arctic, successfully, responsibly and with confidence.
The Arctic may contain 20% of the world’s undiscovered hydrocarbon resources. Of these resources, 84% are believed to be offshore, mostly in waters less than 500 metres deep. Although yet undiscovered, these resources drive a significant interest in more industrial activity in the Arctic. Other industries see opportunities too, extracting rare earth minerals, harvesting the rich fish resources and accommodating the growing tourism business. The shrinking ice sheet and thinner ice are resulting in easier access to the Arctic Ocean and coastal areas.
The oil and gas industry has lacked adequate and transparent design practices for floating structures in ice-covered Arctic waters. Now, DNV and key industry players have developed an enhanced design framework for such structures, adapted from existing and established design practices used for open waters in other harsh areas.
Stavanger: A new study about crucial risk management issues relating to Arctic operations is released by DNV and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI). This concludes that, in order to safely develop Arctic resources, there is a need for improved technology, oil spill preparedness and close cooperation between the authorities, industry and society.
In recent years, Arctic issues have become increasingly “hot” as a result of new oil and gas development plans for the Arctic, particularly in Russia.
Per Olav Moslet, Arctic Technology Research Programme Director DNV
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