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Resource Exploration under extreme Arctic conditions

Arrangør: IDA Maritim

One day conference in Copenhagen 31st October 2011 at IDA House.


The global search for energy and the global demand have given special interest to exploration

of resources from Arctic areas – areas where climate and the cold environment requires significant planning and preparation for operation in these areas. The requirements to the equipment and the organization are high and the equipment must be prepared and designed to operate under these environmental conditions.

In Greenland a significant development has taken place during the last couple of years and both operators and public and governmental bodies are working hard to set the requirements and be prepared for the development to come.

The organizing committee has the pleasure of inviting to a full day conference in Copenhagen with the aim of giving the participants an understanding of the requirements and allows the participants to exchange knowledge and information about this very exciting field.


9.00–9.30 Registration, coffee and rolls

9.30–9.40 Welcome and opening of conference
by Anders Ørgård Hansen, chairman of Danish Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

9.40–10.15 Greenland is hot - Petroleum exploration in Greenland
by Hans Kristian Olsen, Nunaoil A/S

An update on the most recent petroleum exploration activities and the challenges / opportunities for Greenland that are connected with the petroleum exploration activities will be presented.

10.15–11.00 Extended continental shelf issues and hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic
by Christian Marcussen, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)

As global interest in the Arctic increases, the public interest has focussed on extended continental shelf delineation issues and hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic.
This presentation gives a short outline of a recent assessment of hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic area. It describes furthermore the provisions given in Article 76 of the United Nations Conventions of the Sea (UNCLOS)
for extending the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles. A status is given for the work by the five Arctic coastal states to document extended continental shelf claims. Acquisition of scientific data to support extended continental shelf claims in the Arctic Ocean entails considerable logistical challenges. The Arctic coastal states are therefore actively engaged in logistical
and scientific cooperation during both the data acquisition and interpretation phases of carrying out this work.

11.00–11.35 Coffee break

11.35–12.10 From world-wide to Arctic shipping, challenges and evaluation of risk
by Morten Mejlænder-Larsen, DNV

An overview of the main additional challenges when operating in Arctic waters will be presented. Evaluation of the additional risk and risk mitigating options, selection of proper ice class and winterization will be discussed.

12.10–12.45 The Arctic frontier: Transport and logistics in challenging areas in the Arctic
by Niels Clemensen, Royal Arctic Line A/S

Greenland is an emerging area for exploitation and exploitation of oil and minerals. Being an area with very limited infrastructure, a vulnerable and sometimes unpredictable environment challenges the operation of a logistic

12.45–13.45 Lunch

13.45–14.20 The role of an ERRV and Oil Spill operator in an Arctic environment
by Søren Nørgaard Thomsen, Esvagt A/S

Oil exploration in Arctic areas places high demands on all operators involved and the interaction and cooperation between them. The Emergency Rescue and Oil Spill Response capabilities should be able to respond prompt and fast in even very harsh conditions, emphasizing the focus on top quality equipmentand highly trained personnel. Preparing for such an operation is different and does require that you carefully re-evaluate standard procedures.

14.20–14.55 Challenges in frontier oil and gas exploration
by Ben Arabo, Atlantic Petroleum

How to handle known challenges and how to prepare for the unknown. A comparison between a traditional North Sea environment exploration well and an exploration well in a frontier area will be presented to illustrate some of the technical and operational challenges facing the E&P industry when venturing to the high North.

14.55–15.30 Coffee break

15.30–16.05 TransViking - an operators perspective on Arctic Offshore
by Åke Rohlen, Trans Viking

TransViking has been involved in a number of significant projects in the high Arctic, including ACEX 2004, KANUMAS 2008 and Fram Strait Ice Trials in 2009. These projects are milestones on the way to oil exploration in the high Arctic. TransViking is also at the forefront of current Arctic operations, like iceberg towage off WC Greenland as well as the harsh environment
operations in the Barents Sea.
In the presentation TransViking will discuss experiences from the operations and highlight some of the key questions that has to be dealt with when going forward and into the high Arctic.

16.05–16.40 The Barents 2020 Project
by Morten Mejlænder-Larsen, DNV

The objective of the Barents 2020 project, initiated by the Norwegian and the Russian foreign ministers, is to ensure that all oil and gas operations in the Barents Sea, be it on Norwegian or Russian side, should be carried out with an acceptable safety level. Safety involves safety for life, environment and asset values. The project includes offshore petroleum activity, i.e. exploration, drilling, production, transportation and support activities.
An important part of the project has been to establish a dialogue between Russian, Norwegian and international experts to agree about andrecommend safe and harmonised industry standards for use in the Barents Sea. The project has been headed by DNV.

16.40–16.50 Closure of conference

Danish Maritime Society and Danish Society for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.



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