Maersk cuts Danish North Sea flaring

Offshore staff

COPENHAGEN, DenmarkMaersk Oil & Gas has outlined some of its environmental initiatives at its Danish North Sea fields during 2014.

“We made improvements in various environmental areas such as improving energy efficiency, reducing the levels of oil in produced water,” said Jonathan Smith, head of health, safety & environment in the Danish Business Unit.

The company claims to have cut its fuel use and production flaring by 28%, which progresses an energy efficiency plan agreed with the Danish Energy Agency.

Maersk also reduced the concentration of oil in produced water by almost 11% to 6.6 mg/l, comfortably within the average monthly limit of 30 mg/l set by the Oslo-Paris Convention, designed to protect the marine environment of the northeast Atlantic.

In addition, the Danish business phased out the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbon gas, including Freon 22, in compliance with European legislation.

Measures under review for 2015 include implementing the results of reviews by a consultancy group on platforms and initiatives to improve energy efficiency offshore.

Other ongoing work is focused on reducing the environmental impact of discharging chemicals into the sea and preparing for the re-certification of the environmental management standard in 2016.


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