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Arctic drilling in a safe way

Presentation of DNV's summer students for oil drilling in Arctic On 10 August, in Oslo, DNV's summer students presented the results of seven weeks of intense and targeted work with a concept for year-round drilling and exploration offshore north-east Greenland. More than anything their work unfolded a massive need for new technologies, improved standards and increased arctic research. But that's not all; the students predict that drilling in the Arctic could be up to four times as expensive as drilling in the North Sea.DNV's summer project is an annual program organised during the summer months for students in their final year of a master's degree program. This year, ten students with varied cultural and academic backgrounds have been working intensely for seven weeks with the project Drilling in the Arctic. The focus has been on developing a comprehensive concept for drilling in the complex, rough and challenging conditions that are prevalent around the north-east coast of Greenland. One of the premises for the project was that the risk associated with drilling in this part of the Arctic should be similar to the risk of drilling in the North Sea."We know that the world needs more energy. And we know that ...

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New trend in safety : balance between safety and environmental risk

How to achieve further safety improvements "A downward trend in safety statics creates concerns and it is now time to reinstall the balance between safety and environmental risk. A greater focus on the human elements and competence in the shipping industry is needed," said or Svensen, the President of DNV.The positive trend in which the accident rate was decreasing has now stopped. In fact, it has been reversed, and navigational errors still play a dominant role. In addition, we are facing a future of more sea transportation, more ships and more technologically advanced ships.Due to the combined efforts of the industry, including owners, charterers, classification societies and port state authorities, the accident rate decreased year by year for more than 20 years. This trend stopped almost a decade ago, and over the past few years an increased rate has been reported."The shipping industry is facing different challenges. There is now a high focus on the environment, and this is leading to major changes. In my mind, it is now time to reinstall the balance between safety and environmental risk. Zero tolerance for loss of life is equally as important as zero environmental damage," Mr Svensen said when talking to the ...

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DNV contributes to project excellence of China

Risk management competence and sustainability solutions in China The awards were presented at the Investment Risk Management and Control Forum, a conference organised by the Association. The co-arrangement of the China National Project Excellence Awards is part of DNV's ongoing commitment to contribute to the development of risk management competence and sustainability solutions in China.The Three Gorges project conducted by China Yangtse Three Gorges Group received particular recognition, winning the 2011 National Project Excellence Special Award with a score of 93.63 out of 100. There were thirty seven other projects awarded including the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity High-speed Rail project which was built by Beijing-Tianjin Intercity High-speed Rail Co., Ltd.Many of the award-winning projects have set world records, including the Three Gorges project, which is the world's largest hydro-dynamic plant, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, which is the longest sea-crossing bridge and the Datong-Qinhuangdao expansion project, which can carry 400 million tons of coal annually.While the projects are diverse, there are some prominent common characteristics. The investment decisions are scientific, balanced and in legal compliance. The projects are also innovative and highlight energy saving and the shift to a low-carbon economy such as the Three Gorges Dam.According to Zhang Hanya, Chairman of the ...

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New DNV Guideline provides solution to CO2 strorage challenges

A major joint industry project DNV has previously published industry guidelines across the full CCS value chain of capture, transport and storage. These guidelines have been implemented by a number of companies for their current and planned CO2 operations, as well as being adopted by authorities as a component in their own regulations.The CO2WELLS guideline represents the latest addition to this series. Within the field of CO2 geological storage, it supplements DNV's CO2QUALSTORE guideline which was published in 2010 following a similar joint industry initiative.Together, these two guidelines provide a generic capital value process for CCS projects that is designed to qualify geological storage sites through iterative cycles of risk and uncertainty reducing measures. The integrity of existing wells at CO2 storage sites has been highlighted as a potential concern, and the new CO2WELLS guideline addresses this issue head on.The guideline describes a risk management framework for existing wells at potential CO2 storage sites, both onshore and offshore. It is aimed at project developers and authorities and includes guidance on:Risk assessment of active and abandoned wells during the initial screening of candidate storage sites;The qualification of these wells for continued or modified use in a CCS project.The guideline is consistent ...

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Shipgaz Training gets DNV Approval

Aims to ensure quality in training and certification DNV SeaSkill has approved Shipgaz Training to ensure quality in training and certification.In co-operation with Transas, Shipgaz Training now offers an online GL approved ECDIS, IMO model course. Further manufacturer specific ECDIS courses can be expected soon.Other courses are personal survival, personal safety, safety officer, introduction to the ISM Code, security awareness, thermosetting plastics, risk assessment and safe working environment.On board personnel are in frequent need of training and what distinguishes Shipgaz Training from other training providers is availability, the company claimed.The user is not tied to a specific computer, or location and the online courses can be performed at home, at the company office or on board.A customer only pays for completed courses. There is no monthly charge or sign-up fee.Shipgaz has developed an administrator interface for the HR department, making it easy for the administrator to overview the progress of staff and print out a certificate.Source : Shipgaz

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DNV acquires Synergi Solutions and enlarges its software portfolio

Being able to provide the most complete set of QHSE based software DNV has acquired Synergi Solutions and enlarges its present software portfolio extensively together with 30 new employees. We are now able to provide the most complete set of risk based software for operational integrity management and asset integrity to the energy, maritime and healthcare industries, says Are Føllesdal Tjønn, managing director at DNVs software house.Being a leading provider of asset integrity software for the energy and maritime industries, DNV is now extending its portfolio to include risk based software for operational risk management. Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) is growing increasingly complex in many industries, and recognised systems for managing these risks are vital. DNV now looks forward to serving its global customers with the most complete interface for asset and QHSE integrity management systems.Based in Stavanger, Norway, Synergi Solutions software is available in 20 languages and used in 150 countries by 500 000 users. Existing Synergi customers, as well as new customers, will benefit from DNVs global presence and close relationship with companies in the energy, maritime and health industries.Through the acquisition, 30 new employees will be joining DNVs software house. Both support and sales activities ...

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Opening of Arctic will not lead to significant increase in oil and gas production

Extraction of oil and gas will become more expensive. While a decrease in ice will allow increased shipping activity in the Arctic, it won't lead to a significant increase in oil and gas production over the next two decades, according to a recently released study.The study, published by the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Det Norske Veritas and Statistics Norway, suggests that depending on the price per barrel of oil, there will be only a small, if any, increase in the production of Arctic oil and gas towards 2030 and 2050.Extraction of oil and gas will become more expensive. New reserves are located offshore, far from markets and where conditions are tough, particularly during winter time. In spring and fall floating ice can create problems for the industry," says Glen Peters at CICERO, lead author of the study.Currently, 400 megatons of oil is produced annually in the Arctic, mainly in Russia. With a middle estimate for the oil price of $80/boe the scientists calculate only an insignificant increase in the production. The emissions from the activity are expected to decrease due to tighter regulations.A higher or lower oil price will influence the production. A price of $120/boe might ...

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DNV Petroleum Services has tested four fuel oil samples

High density,high abrasive and high CCAI fuels in the gulf of Guinea DNV Petroleum Services has tested four fuel oil samples delivered off the coast of Benin, Ghana and Ivory Coast, representing HFO delivered between 22 May and 30 May 2011 with density above the ISO 8217:2005/2010 maximum limits.The tested densities were in the range of 1010.0 to 1015.4 kg/m while the density stated on the corresponding Bunker Delivery Notes was 991.0 kg/m. The bunkers came from one supplier and involved two bunker tankers.The measured viscosity varied between approximately 270 cSt and 280 cSt at 50ºC with a corresponding CCAI (Calculated Carbon Aromaticity Index) value of 874 to 880, exceeding the ISO 8217:2010 maximum limit for RMG and RMK category fuels. Fuel Ignition and Combustion Analysis, using the FIA 100/FCA instrument on two of these samples, confirmed that these fuels exhibit poor ignition and combustion quality. The ECN (Estimated Cetane Number) of both fuels was around 13.It is expected that medium and high speed diesel engines and in general engines of older design may not operate satisfactorily on a fuel oil in this condition,in particular at low load.The Al+Si levels of these samples ranged from 90 mg/kg to 103 mg/kg ...

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DNV recognised as leader in sustainability assurance

Basis for further branding and increased customer awareness DNV's sustainability assurance services were put to the test in global research carried out by the independent analyst firm Verdantix. The analysis found DNV to be one of the six providers that lead the global sustainability assurance market.Alongside the big four accountancy firms and one certification body, DNV was rated as a global leader in the sustainability assurance market. The overall breadth and depth of DNV's assurance services and proven expertise were considered to be among the highest in the sustainability assurance market."Being ranked as a leading international provider of sustainability assurance services is a strong recognition of the DNV focus on business development in this area for several years. Our proven capabilities in the sustainability assurance area will constitute the best basis for further branding and increased customer awareness in the market place," says Thomas Vogth-Eriksen, CEO in DNV Business Assurance Group.The survey is based on a detailed, fact-based comparison of the assurance services provided by 13 global suppliers. It involved interviews of an international customer panel composed of 15 decision-makers who have purchased sustainability assurance services. These buyers represent firms with combined revenues of $362 billion, headquartered in Australia, Canada, ...

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DNV secures energy efficiency contracts in Russia

Green light for two energy efficiency contracts The contracts will see DNV providing services for two of TNK-BP's oil production subsidiaries, OJSC Yugraneft Corporation and OJSC TNK-Nizhnevartovsk.The work, which has already commenced, includes provision of advisory services for the development and implementation of an Energy Management System under the ISO 50001 standard.Improving energy efficiency - a pressing task DNV's climate change services regional manager for Europe, Luc Larmuseau, explained that increasing government attention on energy efficiency in recent years - coupled with a fast development of legislation - is contributing to the rapid expansion of the market for energy efficiency services. Russian markets are of particular importance."Improving energy efficiency is a pressing task - not only for Russian oil and gas companies, but for the Russian economy as a whole, as has been acknowledged by Mr Medvedev, President of Russia," said Larmuseau.He added that optimising current technological processes and increasing the energy efficiency of production will enable Russian companies to significantly increase their competitiveness in the European market. "This is an area in which DNV can contribute with all its competence, expertise and vast international experience," said Larmuseau.Diversifying services The new deals are DNV's first non-core service contracts in Russia, ...

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