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Oil companies join oil spill project

Published by Steinar Kvam .

Oil companies join oil spill project
By: Steinar Kvam

4 September 2014 – Eni Norge, Statoil, Gdf Suez E&P Norge, OMV Norge and the Norwegian Coastal Administration have teamed up with Aptomar to significantly strengthen technology functionality and communication infrastructure for offshore oil spill detection and management systems.

“Traditionally, the oil spill segment has been somewhat product focused. This joint industry project takes a broader system approach to oil spill detection and management. The objective is to improve safety while reducing costs through improving technologies and utilizing offshore assets more effectively,” says Lars Solberg, CEO of Aptomar. 

The multi-million kroner joint industry project (JIP) will provide operators with several new functionalities and solutions within tactical oil spill management. 

Firstly, Aptomar will develop the functionality to provide remote control of the SECurus system – a highly advanced technology that is used to detect and combat oil spills. The objective is to enable onshore personnel to assist offshore crews performing oil spill monitoring and detection, both during production and in the event of oil spill combating. 

Secondly, the JIP will develop a system that facilitates integration of all types of existing camera sources – from ROVs and PSVs to platforms and fishing vessels – including geographical information, into Aptomar’s tactical collaboration and management system (TCMS). 

To ensure a common operating picture on-site during an oil spill, the JIP also aims to develop a local offshore communication network that enables data sharing of this information between all assets involved in combating the spill, including vessels, installations and airborne support without using base stations or satellites. 

Through utilizing existing camera sources, and allowing all offshore vessels to tap into the same common operating picture, we will keep costs down while also improving safety. Our oil industry partners and we are confident that this system approach will take marine surveillance, oil spill detection and combating to a new level,” says Lars Solberg. 

The project will also see the development of an oil spill combating program integrated with a maritime simulator. The JIP is expected to be concluded at year-end 2014.

The JIP is expected to be concluded at year-end 2014. 

About Aptomar
Aptomar is a leading provider of advanced marine surveillance and oil spill detection systems for the oil and gas industry. The company’s head office is located in Trondheim, Norway, with further offices in Houston, USA, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 2008, Aptomar has delivered more than 100 oil spill management systems to oil companies and coastal authorities worldwide. For further information, view www.aptomar.com