Facing Environmental and Social Challenges for the Oil & Gas Industry in the Arctic
- Piera Raffaella Turati (eni e&p) | Melania Buffagni (eni e&p) | Erik Bjørnbom (Eni Norge AS) | Eirik Darell Holand (Eni Norge AS)
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- World Petroleum Congress
- 21st World Petroleum Congress, 15-19 June, Moscow, Russia
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- Conference Paper
- 2014. World Petroleum Council
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Oil companies must be prepared to work in the Arctic environment and face among others challenges related to darkness, ice, remoteness, lack of infrastructure and vulnerable environments. This paper describes a new R&D programme, that eni e&p, in collaboration with Eni Norge, is developing for the Barents Sea.
The programme will focus on safety, working environment, social, environmental and oil spill preparedness issues. The aim of this initiative is to increase eni’s preparedness to operate safely in Arctic environments.
The paper will focus on social and environmental issues, illustrating the activities that, in the framework of this programme, will be developed to address these challenges.
With regard to the social aspects, the paper summarizes the strategy developed to support a process of sustainable development responding to the local community needs and respecting the rights of indigenous people living in the Arctic areas.
With regard to the environmental aspects, the paper illustrates the Arctic oil spill response strategies and equipment that can be used to minimise the risk of potential impacts of oil on the marine ecosystem.
An accurate impact evaluation of the programme is not feasible yet, because it is still in a development phase. In spite of this, it is possible to foresee that this programme will improve eni competitiveness in future bid rounds and demonstrates to relevant stakeholders that the company owns the necessary knowledge and preparedness for operation in the Arctic.
Finally, the programme is an opportunity for increased collaboration and expertise/knowledge sharing between the eni subsidiaries.
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