Energy industry technical consulting firm DNV GL has called for collaboration over Arctic emergency response and rescue strategies as operators look to more remote areas of the Barents Sea for oil and gas developments.
In a new report, 'Emergency Response for Offshore Operations in the Barents Sea', DNV has looked at the effects of wind speed, wave height and the presence of sea ice on the availability of evacuation and rescue resources in the Barents Sea and analyzes the long-range rescue capability provided by search and rescue helicopters. It lists key challenges for offshore installations in Arctic waters as including: sea spray icing; darkness; lack of offshore infrastructure and long distances between installations and support sites; sea ice; low temperatures and wind chill.
"Many questions about emergency response in the north have remained unanswered. We aim to help close that gap with this research. Our findings indicate that new emergency response concepts and technologies might be needed in more remote areas of the Barents Sea which are far from the coast and existing infrastructure," Liv Hovem, who heads DNV's Europe and Africa activities, said.
"A coordinated approach to exploration activities in remote areas would help ensure a safe offshore operations in the Barents Sea. Operators could share emergency response resources and their associated costs to ensure sufficient response capacity. I look forward to contributing to ongoing discussions on how to ensure an adequate safety level in the Barents Sea at the Economist Arctic Summit today in Oslo."
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