“There is no single solution for a sustainable energy future. A broad portfolio is needed and diversification is the key word. We must not put all the eggs into one basket,” says energy deep thinker and managing director of the International Energy Agency, Claude Mandil.
Global energy consumption levels are accelerating. With no major changes to the present energy policy, the world’s CO2 emissions will have increased by a factor of 2.5 by 2050. Politicians and executives are realising the threatening scenarios this increase entails.
Chapelcross power station was Scotland’s first commercial nuclear facility. The station opened in 1959 and became the mainstay of electricity production in South West Scotland.
The Norwegian oil and offshore industry has an impressive project history. Hydro’s Senior Vice President Bengt Lie Hansen and Technical Director Per Kjærnes mention Ormen Lange, T0GI, Troll A and C and Oseberg on the Norwegian continental shelf. And Statoil can undoubtedly add its many billion krone projects to this list.
Thanks to its business model and flexible cost base, Europe based Aker Yards manages to be competitive. “Several yards may be involved when we build a vessel,” explains CEO of the 17-yard group Karl Erik Kjelstad.
Aker Yards builds the biggest cruise ships in the world; the most valuable commercial ships ever constructed. They are world leading in ferries, with ice-technology that few (if any) can match. “We have secured know-how and technology to stay in the Formula 1 of shipbuilding for decades,” says Yrjö Julin, president of Aker Yards Yards business area Cruise & Ferries, and responsible for the operations in Finland.
Transporting more than 1.6 million cars every year, Höegh Autoliners sees to that all the cars get safely home to the next phase of their lives. Keeping the company at the forefront of shipping, President of Höegh Fleet Services, Yngvil Åsheim, always has innovative projects going on: ranging from technological developments to cultural awareness.
Geological storage of CO2 is by professionals recognised as one of the best solutions to limit the climate change problem. The WESTCARB partnership is developing storage sites in six US states for removing CO2 from the atmosphere. DNV will develop new verification systematics.
COSCO has had its modern enterprise management system certified by DNV and credits external audits as being an important contributing factor to its success.
When two high performing organisations such as GlobalSantaFe and BHP Billiton Petroleum partner, it is probably not surprising when the result is excellent performance, but the achievements of the GlobalSantaFe drillship GSF C.R. Luigs have surpassed all expectations.
Recognizing excellence in automotive leadership, the Automotive Industry Executive of the Year Award has a rich history spanning 42 years. This year chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Company William Clay Ford, Jr. was awarded the prize. At the following reception he spoke openly about what the CEOs must do if they want a future for their companies in the automotive industry.
Echelon Consulting Ltd, one of the leading independent Information security and safety consultancies in the UK has been acquired by DNV.
The Norwegian Red Cross and DNV have collaborated in a project to improve the quality of water for villagers in Jilin province in North Eastern China.
Earth observation services worth Euro 600 million will be sold in 2006. Estimated growth is 20% annually. The European Space Agency (ESA) has asked DNV to help define a possible certification regime.
DNV assisted Frontline in the establishment of a new internal control regime, based on the requirements from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Amongst a range of mutual exchanges between the two classification societies, the recent purchase of the Nauticus software is further indication of China’s technological advance.
The diving and construction support ship Acergy Osprey was in June issued the first ever Hardware In the Loop test certificate following successful tests of the dynamic positioning system onboard.
Reduced emissions and improved bottom line
“Many shipowners can reduce their fuel cost by 10%. Emissions to air can then be reduced correspondingly and the shipowner’s bottom line will be improved – both achieved by a systematic focus on fuel efficiency,” says Tor E. Svensen, Chief Operating Officer of DNV Maritime.
Technip was contracted by Petrobras to carry out the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the export riser linking the DNV-classed P-52 semi-submersible floating production unit (FPU) with PRA-1, a fixed platform. Technip appointed DNV for third-party verification of the detailed design and pre-commissioning certification, according to Brazilian regulations, of the riser and the flowline.
So far, not enough attention has been paid to the logistics challenges involved in constructing and operating processing facilities in the Barents Sea.