Norwegian oil firms ordered to cut VOCs

Government to require gas capture technology after "failure" of voluntary agreement

Norway is to require nearly all crude oil loading and transfer stations to capture volatile organic compounds (VOCs) because oil firms failed to deliver on a 1998 voluntary agreement. The government is claiming a world-first for its move.

The large Norwegian offshore oil industry emits over half of national VOC emissions and the country is under increasing pressure to achieve reductions in line with its commitment under the 1999 UN Gothenburg protocol. Stricter permitting conditions on crude oil loading and transfer stations introduced under a new regulation are expected to make a significant contribution.

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