World Petroleum Council President Eivald M.Q. Røren is a firm believer that oil and gas will play a central role in our energy future. teXt > Harald Bråthen PHOTO > Nina Eirin Rangøy
The oil and gas industry is facing increasing expectations from a multitude of stakeholders. In the public domain, zero tolerance of failure is a reality. Consistent, transparent and predictable operation is expected from this industry.
Singapore is already a force to be reckoned with in the maritime industry. The next step is to make Singapore an International Maritime Centre. "To get there we need more education, cooperation with the government, and a set of support services," says Teo Siong Seng, better known as SS Teo, President of the Singapore Shipping Association.
"Ultimately, process-oriented certification is nothing more than intelligent staff management. In the course of our partnership with DNV, we have been able to successively increase the individual responsibilities of our employees," says chief executive of BMW M GmbH, Ulrich Bruhnke.
Hydro's giant Ormen Lange project is currently Europe's biggest gas development. Due on stream in 2007, the field will be linked to the UK via the world's longest subsea gas pipeline, and will supply the UK with up to 20 percent of its total gas requirement.
"You won't get a second chance, so when constructing and installing pipelines in deep waters, you have to do it right the very first time," says Subsea 7's Iain Adam.
Japanese NYK Line is one of the worlds leading shipping companies, with more than 660 vessels, both chartered and owned, in its fleet. Impressive environmental efforts brought the company the prestigious 2005 Heyerdahl award for environmental excellence. "We consider the environment equal to safety," says Captain Hiroshi Sekine, General Manager of Safety and Environmental Management Group for NYK Line.
"We had an accident in Tokyo Bay about eight years ago, which caused much inconvenience and damage," says Takao Kusakari, chairman of NYK Line. "In hindsight it was this event that triggered us to become serious when it comes to environmental issues."
The timing is now perfect for DNV's concept of building ships and floating offshore structures using a sandwich design with steel surface plates and a lightweight concrete core, according to Ole-Jacob Libæk, the chairman of Libaek & Associates AS.
Gassco operates one of the world"s largest integrated gas transport systems. 7,000 kilometres of pipeline connect the oil and gas fields in the North Sea to the refineries on land and the end-users in the UK and on the continent.
In the 1950s Don Alberto Zuccardi set up his own irrigation system and transformed parts of a desert into flourishing vineyards. Today, the Zuccardi family is one of Argentina's most respected wine producers.
DNV will carry out independent software verification and validation of the Aeolus satellite.
Co-owned by the Danish companies Risø, Force Technology as well as DNV, the Blade Test Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art blade test facilities. While the old laboratory could test wind-turbine blades with a length of up to 50 metres, the Blade Test Centre is able to test blades with a length of up to 75 metres.
A partnership including the Norwegian majors Statkraft, Statoil and DNV are to establish a hydrogen research and demonstration centre in Trondheim, Norway.
The performance of DNV-classed vessels in Port State Control continues to be one of the world's best. In the recently published Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) 2004 annual report, Germanischer Lloyd, DNV and Registro Italiano Navale are singled out as among the best performing classification societies.
DNV has won the lion's share of Qatar's second batch of LNG ship orders. Seven of twelve megacarriers ordered for the Ras Gas III project will be built in Korea to DNV class.
DNV carried out the quality control of the voting system and procedures when IOC elected London as host for the summer Olympic Games 2012.
DNV has been contracted to class the new 6th generation semi-submersible drilling rig. When complete in 2007, Eastern Drilling 1 will be the largest of its kind ever built.
Climate impact of global and European transport systems on land based, shipping and aviation activities is to be quantified.
DNV Petroleum Services completes worldwide R&D network with new research unit in Fujairah.
DNV has commemorated its 25th anniversary in Argentina. During these 25 years DNV has issued more than 1,000 certificates and is today the market leader in the country.
Venezuelan oil major PDVSA has signed a contract with DNV in Houston to provide Enterprise Risk Management training.
DNV is providing risk management services to Sevan Marine during the design and construction of a unique FPSO.
As Paris is an important hub for the oil and gas industry, mainly for Europe and West Africa, the new DNV office in the city is an important vehicle for establishing closer relationships with the major French players.
A study of all DNV-classed vessels of 6,000 grt and above clearly shows the safety value of additional Class notations.
DNV has signed a contract with Algerian oil national Sonatrach for the development and implementation of an emergency and crisis management system for the organisation's 127 sites in Algeria.
Without us, the world would come to a grinding halt, unfed, unfuelled and unlubricated. There would be precious little manufacturing, with no access to either raw materials or markets, all that "out of season" produce would rot in the fields and starvation would spread, grimly and inexorably, across the planet. Fanciful?