Environmental Screening Analysis

Choosing licences to apply for during licencing rounds or deciding upon the right approach to develop a new prospect are critical business decisions for operators.

To understand the options and make the right choices, companies require experienced environmental advisors who know how to locate and use the best sources of high quality environmental information. SensE performs environmental screening analyses that identify critical environmental risk and oil spill response issues that affect operations.

Ensuring Regulatory Compliance

Combining practical experience in modeling well locations with an extensive databank on natural resources, SensE can perform several types of screening studies, e.g. early phase design environmental screening and license screenings. The Early Phase Design Environmental Screening is undertaken in the initial phase of an assessment of a specific well operation while a license screening is performed during licensing rounds to help companies in their selection of licenses. Using our extensive knowledge of the Environmental Risk and Oil Spill Contingency requirements, we help clients identify challenges and opportunities to support decisions.

Prior to performing a screening, we work with clients to establish issues and endpoints of the study. We combine site-specific activity information with data sets on metocean conditions, the distribution of environmentally sensitive resources, oil spill drift modelling, and practical experience delivering assessments with recommended actions to ensure regulatory compliance for planned operations.

Early Phase Screening

The Early Phase Design Environmental Screening is undertaken in the initial phase of an assessment of a specific well operation. It comprises a systematic evaluation of environmental, oil spill response and policy issues, drawing on reservoir information, oil drift modelling tools and environmental data sets. This is a cross-disciplinary approach, with the aim of providing input to the well planning process at a stage allowing modifications in well design if required. We help clients find cost-effective solutions without compromising project timelines. This service is relevant for new operators on the Norwegian continental shelf and for operations in sensitive areas.

Licence Screening

A license screening is applied in the process of selecting among licenses nominated by the authorities in licensing rounds. This screening comprises a systematic evaluation of environmental, oil spill response and policy related issues for the various licenses. For operators recently introduced to the Norwegian Continental Shelf, this screening may be expanded to present the regulatory framework, as well as a well planning timeline, including applications, processes and milestones. SensE analyses relevant information on environmental sensitivities, minimum drift time of accidental spills and other key factors, providing our clients with the right knowledge for decision-making during the critical licensing period.

Akvaplan-niva in Action

A screening study is performed in an early phase of the project, and identifies possible environmental issues that should be addressed in more detail during the project and in the environmental risk assessment. <span>Image by Cathrine Spikkerud</span>
A screening study is performed in an early phase of the project, and identifies possible environmental issues that should be addressed in more detail during the project and in the environmental risk assessment.Image by Cathrine Spikkerud

For More Information

Cathrine Stephansen
css@akvaplan.niva.no

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Clients and projects References may be provided on request.