Hydrocarbon Regulatory/Operational Safety Regimes in High-Stakes Arctic Environments

Organized by: SE2T International, Ltd., USA 7. September 2017

Oil and gas exploration and production in the Arctic is a high-stakes proposition, given the fragile Arctic environment and the fast pace of change in the area due to the impacts of climate change. There is value to compare the causes and consequences of oil spills in the Arctic, and elsewhere. 

Friday, October 13, 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Flói, Ground Level

Regarding hydrocarbons exploration and production, there are benefits in developing a uniform environmental safety approach in the Arctic, based on best practices. Comparative regulatory regimes and empirical data might yield a conversion to common regulations for the region. One possibility, inter alia, is the utilization of the Polar Code to improve oil safety in the Arctic. Application of risk management is a must to prevent and limit the impact of oil spills and its consequences, including marine life impacts.


  • June Borge Doornich, Associate Professor in Strategy and Control, Business School, Nord University: Regulative regimes for oil spill preparedness and response in the Barents Sea: A High Stake environment in the Arctic
  • “Brazil as an Example for Oil Spill Prevention Regulations in High-stakes Environments”
    • Celma Regina Hellebust, Lawyer, member of the Brazilian and Norwegian Bar Associations. Business consultant on Brazilian and Norwegian Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) regulations for the petroleum industry
    • Raphael Moura, PhD Student, Institute for Risk and Uncertainty University of Liverpool’s; Safety, Risk and Uncertainty Specialist on leave from the Brazilian oil and gas industry regulator (ANP)
  • Alexander Shestakov, Director, WWF Arctic Programme: Oil & Gas liability and stranded assets in the Arctic, visions and recommendations of the WWF Global Arctic Programme
  • Ekaterina Sokolova, Head of East Arctic Research Center; Researcher, Center for maritime international studies, Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University: Modern Arctic vessels of the Russian merchant marine fleet and ecological safety
  • Yuriy Zhuravel, Vice-rector, International Relations, Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University: Forces and means of search and rescue service of marine activities in the Arctic


Sergio C. Trindade. President, SE2T International, Ltd. sustainable business consultants