“Sweet-looking polar bears don’t scare me”
Company Odfjell Drilling is ready to drill in the Arctic. Managing director Simen Lieungh says oil drilling in the Arctic is just as safe as anywhere else is.
“Environmental organisations’ choice of things they use to argue with is too simplistic. I don’t buy the picture of a sweet polar bear."
Learnt many lessons
Mr Lieungh thinks that the oil industry has learnt
many lessons from the Deepwater
Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, which was a revelation
“It could have happened to anyone. It’s wrong to believe it could not have happened here. We should be humble about it. People make mistakes, and it was people not the equipment that failed at Macondo.”
The Deepsea Atlantic drilling rig in the North Sea is an example of the type of rig Odfjell want to back. The rig type is built for tough conditions, or so-called harsh environment.
“We have chosen harsh environment and deep water.”
“Harsh environment is about much more than just using the term, it’s dealing with it too. It’s often not the equipment that fails but the people who can’t withstand it. It’s not just a matter of flying someone young in from Bergen and expecting them to be able to deal with the darkness and the cold. This is what the most vulnerable is,” he concludes.
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