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Norway issues recommendations for shale gas extraction

25th September 2012

DNV launches Recommended Practice (RP), a project to manage safety and risk during shale gas operations

Norway issues recommendations for shale gas extraction
The US shale gas revolution has awakened other potential shale gas nations such as the UK and China

A Norwegian offshore classification society has published a risk management reference document to verify, improve the safety and reduce the risk of shale gas extraction, it emerged on Tuesday.

DNV has issued a Recommended Practice (RP) for the complete life cycle of shale gas extraction, the firm said in a press release on Tuesday.

The extraction of shale gas can affect the environment through the leaking of chemicals and waste into water supplies as well as the leaking of greenhouse gasses.

RP focuses on management systems; safety, health, and the environment; well integrity; management of water and energy; infrastructure and logistics; public engagement; stakeholder communication; and permits.

The Norwegian society hopes RP will help create a new international standard of practice for the oil and gas sector and related industries.

DNV developed the document in consultation with European and US authorities, oil and gas companies, NGOs and other industry bodies, it said.

“The overall objective of this Recommended Practice is to establish guidelines and recommendations for the processes required to protect the safety of people and the environment during all phases of shale gas field development and operations,” said Remi Eriksen, CEO of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas.

Shale gas is considered a game changer in the global energy market. The US shale gas revolution has awakened other potential shale gas nations such as the UK and China.

However, the industry is facing a variety of challenges in managing the safety, health and environmental risks involved in the practice.