Explorer Article

 

The winners of the 2015 Arctic Technology Conference’s inaugural Distinguished Achievement Awards have been named for the Individual and the Company/Organization/Institution categories.

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New technology, new science, new possibilities – all in a new location. There’s a lot that’s new waiting to be introduced at this year’s Arctic Technology Conference (ATC), a multidisciplinary meeting that offers the latest in Arctic exploration, development and production.

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Explorer Division Column EMD

 

In virtually all regions of sustained production, the industry is steadily improving in situ recovery methods and reducing environmental impacts of bitumen and heavy oil production, especially those associated with surface mining.

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Explorer Emphasis

 
Oil spills get a lot of media attention, but the best stories are about the disasters that didn’t happen.
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In a paper to be presented at the upcoming Arctic Technology Conference, Fugro remote sensing manager Todd Mitchell discusses ways to better characterize the sensitive areas of the remote Arctic to help prepare for better disaster responses.

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Newfoundland-based GRI Simulations has logged innumerable hours working on its Virtual Arctic Simulation Environment to enable scientists to evaluate the perilous area from the comfort of their offices.

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Arctic exploration and production is not for the timid. Nor for those without deep pockets.

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A massive environmental data trove from Alaska’s Chukchi Sea gathered by three large oil companies is available at an Internet near you. The Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies Program was begun by ConocoPhillips and Shell in 2008, including Statoil in 2012-13.

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Explorer Historical Highlight

 

When referring to the early Russian oil industry, one almost always hears the names of the fields located in the southern Absheron Peninsula, in Azerbaijan. Rarely does one hear about the oil heritage of the northern Russian lands close to the basin of the Izhma-Pechora River.

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Explorer Policy Watch

 

Commercial interest in the Arctic has grown with declines in summer sea ice cover – since 2007 the extent of Arctic sea ice has been significantly less than it was in the decade after satellite measurements started in 1978.

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