"Hydro is working hard to satisfy the authorities' demands for zero discharge into the environment by 2005. We've subsequently presented a plan with concrete measures for the fields we operate in the Norwegian offshore sector," says Torgeir Kydland, head of Hydro Oil and Energy, Operations and Production, Norway.
The plan has a cost framework of NOK 430 million (EUR 55 million/USD 65 million) – for the license groups of the fields affected. The measures will lead to the reduction of harmful discharges into the environment by 80 percent from 2002 and 2006.
Reinjection on Oseberg
Hydro plans to develop the means to re-inject produced water from the Oseberg Field Center back into subterranean oil reservoirs. New rinsing technology will be tested on the Troll B and C platforms. The decision on what concrete measures are taken on individual fields will be made by the respective licenses.
The impact of the planned measures reflects what the company considers a practical and thorough zero discharge level for emissions using today's technology. In addition to the aforementioned measures, a gradual phasing out of environmentally harmful chemicals has been included into Hydro's work to improve the environment. The company's contribution to reducing the environmental impact of its activities will continue in the most cost-efficient way as long as there is still potential for environmental damage.
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