A methodology for identification of suitable drilling waste handling systems in the Arctic region
As the demands to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas operations increase in the Arctic region, the need to identify suitable waste handling systems become more essential. The aim of this paper is to propose a methodology for identifying suitable drilling waste handling system, by considering the distinctive operating condition of the Arctic region. The proposed methodology can help the user to explore and assess waste minimization, handling, treatment, and disposal techniques for Arctic drilling that fit a wide range of operating requirements and needs. By making use of the proposed methodology the suitable waste handling system that ensures sustainability and fulfil health, safety, and environment (HSE) standards can be recommended. The application of the methodology is demonstrated by a case study of drilling waste handling practices in Johan Castberg Oil and Gas Field, located in the Barents Sea.