Offshore oil firms "cleaning up their act"

Norway's oil industry is making better progress than expected towards a government-imposed target of "zero discharges" of eco-toxic substances by 2005, the pollution control authority (SFT) said on Friday (EED 26/09/02). One reason for its optimism is reports by offshore oil companies of plans to introduce new cleansing technology. For example, although discharges of produced water - the most serious and persistent source of the targeted substances - will continue to rise by up to a third, cleansing is expected to cut PAHs and alkylphenols by 42%. See press release.

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