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§ 70 Measuring the discharged quantity of oil, other substances and water

The amount of water and the content of oil and other substances in produced water that is discharged, shall be measured. Other substances means substances for which reporting requirements are set, cf. the Norwegian Environment Agency's Guidelines for reporting from the petroleum activities offshore (in Norwegian only). The test results shall be used to verify the treatment plant's performance.
The measurement frequency, discharge parameters and measurement methods shall be described in a measurement programme.
The measurement programme shall be established such that the scope of measurements is sufficient for the purpose, to ensure representative and comparable measurements.
Analyses shall be carried out in a systematic and standardised manner. The oil content of water shall be analysed according to OSPAR's reference method for determining dispersed oil in water (OSPAR Agreement 2005-15) or analysis methods calibrated towards this.
For discharged drainage water and other oily water and for injected produced water, drainage water and other oily water, the amount of water and content of oil and other substances shall be measured, calculated or estimated.
Section last changed: 01 January 2018

The operator must obtain a permit from the Norwegian Environmental Agency for petroleum activities under Chapter 3 of the Pollution Control Act (in Norwegian only). Application for permit under the Pollution Control Act is subject to Chapter 36 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only), and a fee is fixed for the Environmental Agency’s processing relating to applications for permits pursuant to Chapter 36 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only).
The regulations’ general requirements for the petroleum activities on the continental shelf apply to all operators. The permits under the Pollution Control Act will normally contain conditions that are specific and adapted to each activity. Chapter 36 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only) gives further provisions on the processing of permits under the Pollution Control Act. The Norwegian Environment Agency has described further expectations for the content of applications and expected processing time in the Guidelines for applications regarding offshore petroleum activities, TA-2847-2011. Chapter 39 of the Pollution Control Regulations (in Norwegian only) gives provisions for fees for work with permits.
Choice of development solution can have a major impact on the environmental impact of the actitivities. In the case of new developments and upgrades of existing facilities, operators should inform the Norwegian Environment Agency well in advance of their choice and development solutions, of their assessments of best available techniques in accordance with {HYPERLINK|Section 11 of the Framework Regulations|Ramnmeforskriften|p11|1033|INTERNAL|Ramnmeforskriften|forskrift} and Sections 4 and 5 of the Facilities Regulations. This applies regardless of whether the development is covered by the requirement for impact assessments.
An overview of which substances the requirement applies to, can be found in Guidelines for reporting from the petroleum activities offshore (in Norwegian only). The measurement programme as mentioned in the second subsection, should include a description of the method for manual measurement if an automatic analyser is out of commission. The measurement programme should also cover changes in procedures in cases where unstable operation of the installation is expected or detected.