Research facilitation and management for Newfoundland and Labradorís offshore industry

Arctic & Harsh Environments

The Arctic and Harsh Environments research focus area is directed towards resolving and mitigating challenges faced by stakeholders that are working in harsh offshore environmental conditions.  Projects and programs undertaken in this research area are aimed at creating opportunities for further offshore oil and gas development, reducing operational risks and costs, and generating knowledge about environmental conditions. 

In 2010-2011, Petroleum Research established a multi-year ice management program with the aim to improve ice management capabilities for operations in arctic and harsh environment regions.  The vision and strategy of this program was developed with input from industry members and other stakeholders through a series of workshops and a gap analysis.  A high level roadmap was then developed to provide the basis for multiple joint industry projects.  

Specific areas of focus within the roadmap include: Ice/Iceberg Detection; Threat Analysis and Drift Forecasting; Towing; Towing Automation; Ice Management/Pack Ice; and, Station Keeping.   

Research projects undertaken within this program have been effective in defining and targeting gaps in existing tools and expertise as well as positively impacting work undertaken in Newfoundland and Labrador’s harsh, ice-prone environment, as well as in other locations around the globe.  The scope of this program has continued to evolve with changing industry business drivers. 


Feb 25, 2019 - Socio-Economic Benefits for Petroleum Industry Activity in Newfoundland and Labrador: 2015-2017

May 23, 2018 - 2018 Call for Proposals

Feb 15, 2018 - Ocean Supercluster Selected by ISED


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