TWMA helping shape the future of Norwegian offshore processing
TWMA, a provider of specialised services for the international onshore and offshore oil and gas industry, this week confirmed it has begun work with the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF) as part of efforts to create a new standard of best practice for treating drilling wastes at source through offshore processing.
OLF has established a steering group to coordinate efforts by operators to have recognised protocols for handling and treating waste materials associated with drilling operations offshore on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
The steering group involves some of the largest operators within the Norwegian sector, including, Det norske and Lundin Norway AS.
As one of the global leaders for integrated drilling waste management, TWMA is providing the working group with expert advice and sharing its experiences of providing treatment and processing solutions for the energy industry around the globe, gained over many decades.
Using state-of-the-art technology, by-products of drilling operations are recovered, recycled and reused, significantly reducing operator costs and environmental impact.
In addition TWMA has provided samples to the steering group from its Mongstad facility in Norway and from ongoing offshore operations in the UK North Sea, which will be independently tested, with the results shared among the group members.
TWMA, one of several companies providing the steering group with advice on numerous elements of offshore processing, has also provided a comprehensive dossier containing relevant studies, test results and personal accounts from its experiences, and from having participated in a similar process with the UK Government in 2001.
Sales director, Rob O’Neill said: “Some of the largest operators within the industry have major interests in the Norwegian sector and have come together with OLF as part of a united, concerted effort to agree a set of best practice standards for treating drilling wastes at source.
“As demand for our specialised solutions continues to increase across the globe, operators recognise the benefits of treating materials associated with offshore drilling at source with an all-encompassing “cradle to grave” package.
“We are pleased to be sharing our expertise in bringing solutions which are both cost-effective and environmentally sustainable, something we are doing for an increasingly global audience.”