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DNV develops "recommended practise" for shale gas lifecycle

Friday, September 28, 2012

DNV has put together a "recommended practise" for managing risk in shale gas extraction, covering the entire life cycle of the project.

It is designed as a reference document for independent verification of shale gas projects.

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

It has been developed following consultation with European and US authorities, oil and gas companies, NGOs and "other industry bodies."

DNV hopes that it will eventually form the basis for a globally recognised standard for managing risk in shale gas operation.

By following the recommended practise, "threats related to shale gas activities are effectively and efficiently managed in an accurate, balanced, transparent and traceable way," DNV says.

DNV recommends that shale gas operations are monitored and publicly reported, with consistent monitoring of all projects prior to, during and after operations.

It advises carrying out extensive baseline surveys prior to the commencement of any shale gas activities.

The information gathered should be openly disclosed to all stakeholders, including the general public.

'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,' says Remi Eriksen, CEO of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas.

'There is great public concern about the consequences of shale gas operations. Our recommended practice will contribute to increase the trust and confidence among the general public by implementing operational best practices and making the industry document how its activities are being executed in a safe and responsible manner,' he says.

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