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DNV GL helps industry get ahead in offshore leak detection

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Jock Brown

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What lies beneath: DNV GL helps industry get ahead in offshore leak detection

Major oil spills can destroy lives, damage the environment and reduce public tolerance of hydrocarbon leaks even further.  The difference between a major environmental incident and a less damaging oil spill can rest on how quickly a hydrocarbon leak is detected.  DNV GL has now launched the first globally applicable guidance for leak detection systems for offshore fields.

The challenge for oil and gas operators is to have a leak detection system that is reliable and capable of detecting leaks within an acceptable level of certainty and which meets regulatory requirements. Hydrocarbon leak detection systems are required on both the Norwegian and UK Continental Shelves, and authorities around the world are increasingly demanding systems be installed for new field developments.

The Recommended Practice (DNVGL-RP-F302) is based on the findings of a DNV GL led joint industry project (JIP) completed in 2015 with 19 companies, including Eni, Lundin, Petrobras and FMC technologies, and industry regulators as observers. It covers all the lifecycle phases of a field development for successful planning, design, integration and operation of leak detection technology in offshore hydrocarbon productions. A thorough process has been defined where the key stages are functional requirements, design requirements, technology selection, detailed design, function testing and operation.

“Until now, there has been no guidance for operators covering selection and operation of offshore leak detection systems for an entire field, including both subsea and surface. Having an optimized leak detection system provides key decision support in limiting the impact of an oil spill, reducing response time and reducing costs from recovery operations, ” says Jock Brown, Head of Section Environmental Technology Advisory, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.  This RP is based on industry experience and provides a robust approach that will support the industry in reducing its footprint and minimizing environmental risks from their operations, ” adds Brown.

210520102365_R_flatThe RP defines reasonable specifications, requirements, and guidance on how different technologies can be integrated into a system that is practical for the end user.

The RP replaces the DNV-RP-F302 Selection and Use of Subsea Leak Detection Systems (2010).

DNV GL at SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility:

DNV GL will be presenting the Offshore Leak detection RP at our stand #606, both Monday 11th andTuesday 12th at 14:00-14:30.

Viewers can also see DNV GL’sevent page here for more information:


Download RP here:


About DNV GL

As of 12 September 2013, DNV and GL have merged to form DNV GL. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. With our origins stretching back to 1864, our reach today is global. Operating in more than 100 countries, our 15, 000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

About DNV GL – Oil & Gas
In the oil and gas industry, GL Noble Denton and DNV’s Oil & Gas business have joined forces to enable safe, reliable and enhanced performance in projects and operations. We provide a broad range of services, such as technical assurance; marine assurance and advisory; risk management advisory and offshore classification. Our 3, 500 employees combine industry expertise, multidisciplinary skills and innovation to solve complex challenges for our customers. Together with our partners, we drive the industry forward by developing best practices and standards across the asset lifecycle.

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