Norwegian oil firms to cut VOC emissions

Companies' action to achieve one-third cut in national emissions of volatile organic compounds

Oil companies operating in Norway today announced a joint NKr170m (Ecu21m) project aimed at cutting emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by more than 70%. The oil industry contributed half of national Norwegian non-methane VOC emissions in 1996 through crude oil loading and transport operations, though it is in the process of reducing them by 30% from 1989 levels by the end of 1998. Statoil, the state-owned oil company and project leader, said that 17 companies would be involved in developing, installing and testing techniques and equipment for recycling VOCs at sea by reabsorption into crude oil and by condensation for use as fuel, culminating in technical specifications for these processes by the turn of the century. The European Commission has contributed NKr11m of research funding to the project. Other participants include MAN Burmeister & Wein Diesel (MBD) of Denmark, one of the world's largest manufacturers of tanker engines. MBD is developing a motor that will run on standard bunker fuel and/or recycled VOCs.

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