MOSIDEO

Microscale interaction of oil with sea ice for detection and enviromental risk management in sustainable operations

MOSIDEO

Microscale interaction of oil with sea ice for detection and enviromental risk management in sustainable operations

Project summary

Petroleum activity is currently Norway’s largest industry, and further development in the Arctic is expected to bring new potential for local value creation and development. Sea ice presents a novel challenge to planning, development, and production in the area. License blocks nominated for the 23rd licence round lie in seasonally ice-covered areas.

The petroleum industry on the Norwegian continental shelf aims to be a world leader in ensuring environmental soundness, calling for the interaction of oil with sea ice, its fate, transport, and detection to be understood.

“Microscale interaction of oil with sea ice for detection and environmental risk management in sustainable operations” (MOSIDEO) is a research project aiming at understanding the fundamental science of oil behaviour in the sea ice pore space through experiments, observation, and modelling.

Pore-scale understanding of the fate of oil in sea ice is limited due to

challenges associated with investigating a material close to its melting point, and with immiscible oil-brine displacement processes in complex pore networks.

MOSIDEO will develop methodology and equipment that overcomes these challenges. Intercomparisons with different tools will show potential and limits of alternative methods of pore scale investigations, and interpretation of radar signals in the context of oil distribution will be investigated.

MOSIDEO will perform coordinated experiments and modelling at the both pore scale and effective medium scale to find formulations best suited to predict oil entrapment, migration and release in and from sea ice.

Results will improve oil fate and dispersion models in sea ice-covered waters, and advance radar remote sensing techniques for oil detection in sea ice, supporting the decision process of stakeholders in risk assessment and spill response..

WP0

Project Administration

lead: Norut Narvik

WP1

Time-resolved X-ray tomography with synchrotron radiation

lead: NTNU

WP2

X-ray tomography and field response linkages

lead: UAF

WP3

Effective medium analysis and stakeholder applications

lead: Norut Narvik

WP4

Radar detection

lead: Norut Tromsø

WP5

Large-scale laboratory experiments

lead: Norut Narvik

Primary Objective

The primary objective of the research project “Microscale interaction of oil with sea ice for detection and environmental risk management in sustainable operations” (MOSIDEO) is to advance our knowledge of the interactions between oil and sea ice pore structure and develop parametrised description of oil behaviour and its influence on radar signals.

This is a prerequisite for risk assessment and contingency planning of oil spills in sea ice-covered waters. MOSIDEO is a project of Norut Narvik and supported under the PETROMAKS2 program of the Research Council of Norway from 2015 through 2018