The 17th Rio Oil & Gas takes place during this week, from today to Thursday (15-18th of September)., in Rio de Janeiro. On the occasion of the largest conference in the oil & gas industry in Latin America, Innovation Norway, in close cooperation with The Norwegian Consulate General, SINTEF, INTSOK, DNV GL and NBCC, arranged a seminar on environmental management, technology and regulation in the Brazilian O&G industry.
The Norwegian Deputy Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Mr. Kåre Fostervold, opened the seminar this morning mentioning the importance of cooperation between Norway and Brazil in fields such as research, innovation and technology.
Perspectives over environmental concerns and regulations
The seminar was divided in two panels. The first one, covering regulatory aspects, had speakers from the Brazilian Agency of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (ANP), the Brazilian Environmental Institute (IBAMA), and the Navy and Coastal Department (DPC), a great opportunity to hear the three regulators and compare their perspectives over environmental concerns.
The main resolutions regulating that topic are:
- Resolution 43/2007 – ruling management system of operational safety. It applies to offshore units and is composed for management practices that the oil companies and the contractors hired to operate the offshore units should comply with. This is the main regulation; it affects more than 140 production units and more than 70 mobile drilling units in operation currently in Brazil.
- Resolution 02/2010: ruling safety management system applied to onshore production fields;
- Resolution 06/2011: ruling safety management system applied to onshore pipelines;
- Resolution 21 / 2014: consisting of requirements for hydraulic fracturing applied to unconventional reservoirs;
Two new resolutions will be published within this year; one about management system for offshore pipelines, and another one about well design, drilling, plug and abandonment. The focus of the latter one is the definition of requirements for well design and other safety practices to guarantee the well integrity through all the lifecycle of the well. All new regulations have a two-year adapting period.
ANP has carried out 297 audits since 2010, and has applied over USD 72 million in fines related to safety issues in the upstream sector since 2011.
Securing sustainable exploration and protecting biodiversity
The second panel of the seminar tried to capture the industry point of view. Petrobras, Statoil, DNV GL and SINTEF participated. As the main oil & gas player in Brazil, Petrobras shared excellent details on several activities the company undergoes in order to secure a sustainable exploration, investing heavily in socio-economic programs and also into marine biotechnology to explore and subsequently protect biodiversity.
Statoil, as the currently most relevant international operator, focused mostly on the adaptation from other markets to Brazil and vice versa. To exemplify that, Paulo van der Ven presented specific insights on Statoil’s PEMCA project, where the company successfully adapted Norwegian expertise in Brazilian waters and even improved the existing solution to be used in other global projects further on.
The two other panel members Sintef and DNV GL focused very much on challenges in successfully assess environmental risk management and the creation of reliable and holistic methods of predicting and preventing oil spills.
Norway and Brazil face demanding offshore environments. Both countries are aligned with their environmental challenges and understand that by cooperating they stand a better chance to succeed.
The presentations will be made available throughout this week. Stay connected!