Akvaplan-niva is part of the NIVA group (Norwegian Institute for Water Research). The company offers a wide range of environmental consultancy, monitoring and research services. Services for the petroleum industry include environmental monitoring studies, survey design, impact assessments and risk analyses, ecotoxicological testing, oil spill contingency planning and development of environmental strategy.
Since 1989, Akvaplan-niva has carried out more than 70 major offshore monitoring surveys for oil and gas companies. These assignments include environmental baseline and monitoring surveys in the vicinity of offshore installations in temperate and arctic regions. Samples are processed and analysed in-house, at the company’s NS-EN ISO/ISE 17025 accredited laboratories. Akvaplan-niva’s survey experience ranges from coastal waters to deep (>1000m) sea.
Environmental Impact Assessments & Risk Analyses
Akvaplan-niva performs Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Risk Analyses (ERA) related to off- and onshore oil and gas activities like drilling, shipping, construction of pipelines, decommissioning, and harbor and land terminal development. The company provides environmental appraisals, pre-entry screenings and resource surveys to support oil and gas companies’ moving into new regions. A recently formed specialist team provides strategic decision support analyses on oil spill contingency and management in sensitive environments.
Oil Spill Contingency Planning & Environmental Sensitivity Mapping
The identification of sensitive areas and vulnerable resources is a major activity in EIA, ERA and oil spill contingency planning. Akvaplan-niva provides services at all levels, including field inventories, sensitivity indexing, mapping and contingency planning.
Research on Arctic Ecosystems’ Sensitivity to Oil and Gas Activities
To provide scientific advice on the sensitivity of Arctic ecosystems to petroleum operators, Akvaplan-niva performs ecotoxicological testing of oil and chemicals on marine arctic organisms including fish. Experiments are carried out at laboratory facilities on Svalbard and mainland Norway, providing test conditions that resemble as close as possible the natural environment.
Design of Guidelines
Akvaplan-niva’s broad experience with environmental monitoring in marine and limnic environments is also used to assist oil and gas companies and authorities in developing and harmonizing environmental guidelines and regulations, such as standards for sampling and sample analyses, guidelines for offshore monitoring and handbooks for oil spill cleanup.
Multidisciplinary Expertise and International Experience
Akvaplan-niva’s head office and analytical laboratories are located in Tromsø, Norway. The company has a subsidiary based in Murmansk (Russia) and local offices in Iceland, France and Spain. It has a diversified international staff of some 50 biologists, ecologists, chemists and geologists. Akvaplan-niva has extensive experience with assignments in the North Atlantic region and northwest Russia, but is also active in other parts of the world.