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PETROMAKS2-Stort program petroleum

Towards safe discharge and zero pollution

Alternative title: Mot trygt utslipp og null forurensing

Awarded: NOK 6.8 mill.

Project Number:

336938

Project Period:

2022 - 2024

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The regulatory assessment of environmental risk from offshore chemicals in Norway is based on methods and strategies that have been developed and used over decades. The established criteria and methods are a robust foundation for environmental risk assessment and protection. However, newly gained understanding on hazardous chemicals with novel properties (i.e nanomaterials, emerging contaminants) demands for a re-evaluation of the established criteria towards zero pollution. This requires the development of greener chemicals and new analytical tools that can address the existing and future challenges for a safe discharge. Scale dissolvers are widely used to remove the deposited scales in many industrial operations (e.g. Oil&Gas, Geotherm, Mining, process). The formulation of effective scale removers that are suitable for organic and inorganic scales and at the same time meets the criteria for discharge in marine environment requires huge scientifically and financial efforts. The project aims to target safe discharge far beyond the PBT/vPvB criteria. Additionally, the solid waste generated in the process will be further evaluated for the reutilization or valorization of valuable materials under a circular economy concept.

The regulatory assessment of environmental risk from offshore chemicals in Norway is based on methods and strategies that have been developed and used over decades. The established criteria and methods are a robust foundation for environmental risk assessment and protection. However, newly gained understanding on hazardous chemicals with novel properties (i.e nanomaterials, emerging contaminants) demands for a re-evaluation of the established criteria towards zero pollution. This requires the development of: i) greener chemicals and ii) new and tailored analytical tools that can address the existing and future challenges for a safe discharge. Scale dissolvers are widely used to remove the deposited scales in many industrial operations (e.g. Oil&Gas, Geotherm, Mining, process) . The formulation of effective scale removers that are suitable for organic and inorganic scales and at the same time meets the criteria for discharge in marine environment requires huge scientifically and financial efforts. The project aims to target three pillars for a safe discharge far beyond the PBT/vPvB criteria: 1) the formulation of greener scale dissolvers, and 2) the development of new and tailored analytical tools for a better characterization of the oil in water as well as for a comprehensive characterization of the effluent after the water treatment (including transformation products). Additionally, the solid waste generated in the process will be further evaluated for the reutilization or valorization of valuable materials (i.e. Radium, Barium) for other applications (i.e. medical, paints, etc) under a circular economy concept.

Funding scheme:

PETROMAKS2-Stort program petroleum