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DNV and Statoil to enhance Arctic competence

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ODNV logo_GOULOGOslo: DNV and Statoil are today launching a competence programme that aims to enhance the two organisations’ knowledge about particular Arctic challenges. “Due to Arctic-specific risks such as remoteness, darkness, ice and low temperatures, it is utterly important to take a stepwise approach in which we learn and improve from the experience gained. Our complementary roles as operator and risk-management expert in challenging environments are the best reason for sharing best practices and enhancing our own expertise, ” says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, COO DNV Norway, Finland and Russia.

The growing interest in the commercial use and exploitation of Arctic resources is driven by the high demand for energy. To be able to meet the particular Arctic challenges with sound knowledge and safe technologies, Statoil and DNV are today launching the Arctic Competence Escalator (ACE) programme. This has been developed to enhance the expertise of our own specialists and to share and improve solutions for specific Arctic issues.

“We will implement the ACE Programme as a joint effort because we have similar ambitions and backgrounds. We have a long history of successful technology collaboration. Although this is an internal programme, we aim to share our developments with the industry, ” says Ørbeck-Nilssen.

“Statoil already has many years of experience of Arctic offshore operations, for example in the Barents Sea and at Newfoundland in Canada. But the Arctic is a highly diverse part of the world and operating in the more challenging areas, with longer distances, lower temperatures and ice-covered waters, may require enhanced knowledge and solutions. I hope the ACE programme will be an important driver in obtaining these. Deep insight matched with respect for the Arctic’s particular conditions will be necessary to manage the risks in this promising but sensitive part of the world, ” says Morten Karlsen, head of Statoil’s Arctic Technology Research Programme.

About Statoil:
Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 36 countries. Building on 40 years
of experience of oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, it is committed to accommodating the world’s energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. Statoil is headquartered in Norway with 21, 000 employees worldwide, and is listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges. More information on www.statoil.com

About DNV:
DNV is a global provider of knowledge for managing risk. More than 10, 000 experts in 100 countries combine risk methodology, technology expertise, independence and in-depth industry knowledge to enable customers to safely and responsibly improve their business performance. Customers in the maritime, oil & gas and energy sectors rely on our independent assessments and non-compromising standards of quality, safety and integrity to build the trust and confidence of their stakeholders. Our contributions to these industries include innovative and world-leading classification, verification, testing and advisory service. DNV is also one of the world’s largest certification bodies, servicing a wide range of industries.

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