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One step towards greener IOR

As part of answering the recommendations for the further work at the Centre, an environmental risk assessment (ERA) workshop was arranged at Halliburton's offices.

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    Kathrine Kirkebøe gave an introduction to toxic chemicals and the national and international guidelines.
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    Odd Sele Larsen from Halliburton presents an ERA scheme for the Centre management.
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    Steinar Sanni (to the right) is assisting the Centre in coming up with ERA guidelines. Robert Moe from ConocoPhillips in front.
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    Amare Mebratu from Halliburton arranged the ERA workshop.
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    Centre director Merete Vadla Madland (left) and administrative coordinator Iren Lobekk.
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    From the left Arne Stavland, Sissel Opsahl Viig, Aksel Hiorth, Randi Valestrand and Merete Vadla Madland.

In the midterm evaluation of the Centre autumn 2017, the Research Council of Norway has come up with some recommendations on our further work.

Now, the Centre will submit revised plans for the last three years, and in these plans we must also comment on the guidelines the evaluation panel has given.

12 points

In the evaluation report, the panel has listed 12 points that the Centre must work on. The most important demand from the panel, is that «the Centre adopts an objective approach to enable a systemic identification and assessment of environmental risks across all Centre projects».

To answear this demand, the Centre arranged an ERA workshop at Halliburton's offices in Tananger. Present were Kathrine Kirkebøe (head of the Chemical Portfolio Management at Halliburton), Steinar Sanni (Chief Scientist in the marine environment group at IRIS) and Odd Sele Larsen (Principal Advisor HSEQ at Halliburton) – amongst others.

«Amongst the twelve recommendations from the panel, I think that creating a better awareness of the environmental aspect is the most important one. The other thing we need to work on, is the continuation of developing the case studies and use them more widely in the project,» says Centre Director Merete Vadla Madland.

Integration workshop

Not only will the Centre establish an ERA, it will also work even harder to integrate the ongoing research activities. Therefore the Centre and industry partner Schlumberger have taken the initiative to arrange a workshop 8 March. Here we aim to start planning a design of the Centre's integration test as set in our roadmap.

Based on the revised plans, the Research Council for Energy, Resources and Environment at the RCN will make a final decision on the financing of the last three years in April 2018.

Text and photo: Kjersti Riiber