Prize for environmental technology

December 8, 2004, 18:30 CET

A multidisciplinary group of people working inside and outside Statoil to achieve zero harmful discharges to the sea has been awarded the chief executive’s 2004 prize for health, safety and the environment.

These winners include Lars Bergersen, Børre Knudsen, Harald Torvik, Eivind Aarebrot, Sofie Skjerve and Mona Hjelsvold from Statoil.

In addition come Inge Brun Henriksen at the Rogaland Research institute in Stavanger and Harald Linga from the ProPure company.

Statoil's chief executive Helge Lund (left) presented the prize to (back from left) Erik Nilsen, Børre Knudsen, Harald Torvik, Lars Bergersen (front from left) Anna Aabø, Sofie Skjerve, Mona Hjelsvold and Eivind Aarebrot. (Photo: Dag Magne Søyland)

Chief executive Helge Lund presented the 2004 HSE prize today, 8 December, at a ceremony during the CEO’s summit at head office in Stavanger.

He noted that good HSE work will be a competitive advantage for Statoil.

“I congratulate this year’s winners for the valuable work done towards achieving zero harmful discharges to the sea from our operations on the Norwegian continental shelf,” he said.

“Extensive multidisciplinary efforts have yielded innovative solutions which will be crucial for Statoil's activities.”

The jury based their selection on the fact that developing new treatment technology and chemicals, as well as greater knowledge about the environmental impact of discharges, are important environmental measures for the group.

Developed by Statoil with Rogaland Research, the CTour treatment technology is an important “zero-discharge” measure on Statfjord. A first facility was installed on this field’s C platform in 2004.

A new mixer for chemical injection developed with ProPure and installed on Gullfaks, Åsgard and Veslefrikk/Huldra cuts consumption of hydrogen sulphide scavenger by 20-30 per cent.

And work by the group has improved knowledge of the environmental impact of discharged chemicals, partly through better documentation. This marks a significant stage in the work to phase out the use of environmentally-harmful chemicals.

These advances have made a big contribution to Statoil’s ability to reach the target of zero harmful discharges on the NCS by the end of 2005.

A total of 104 candidates were nominated for the chief executive’s HSE prize in 2004, with six of these chosen for the final.

Click here to access the brochure on the award.