Arctic and Offshore Experience

Precedent-setting Engineering

IMV Projects offers the expertise of some of the most respected individuals in the arctic engineering community. From the heyday of exploration activity in the Beaufort Sea in the 1980s through to the development of the Northstar, Hibernia and Sakhalin projects, our personnel have been key players in many of the most innovative and groundbreaking frontier projects in the industry. We offer leading edge knowledge and experience on the arctic environment, cold regions engineering, structural and ice engineering, process engineering, geotechnical and pipeline engineering, and construction.

IMV Projects offers industry-leading expertise in frontier onshore and offshore developments, along with a proven track record in the execution of schedule-driven, cost-effective projects. Our personnel and affiliaties have led many innovations in frontier structural, geotechnical and pipeline engineering which directly benefit any new developments under consideration by our clients.

We are currently involved in conceptual, pre-FEED, FEED and field engineering projects for major clients in the Canadian and US Beaufort Sea, Russia, onshore Alaska and northern Canada.

Exploration and Production Options for the Alaskan OCS

Revisiting the State-of-the-Art

IMV Projects was awarded a contract by the US Minerals Management Service (MMS) with the objective to deliver an assessment of oil and gas technology that may be applied to cold regions of the United States Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This study assessed the current state of offshore technology in arctic and sub-arctic regions and the results were used to provide insight and guidance into existing/future exploration and development technologies that might be applied on the US OCS, in particular those areas in the Beaufort, Chukchi and Bering Seas.

The work covered exploration structures, bottom-founded and fixed production concepts, floating production concepts, terminals, pipelines and subsea facilities, and also touched on other technologies that might be relevant to Alaskan OCS exploration and development. Included was a review of current state-of-practice and state-of-the-art used in, or proposed for, arctic and sub-arctic offshore development areas. Other aspects were also considered, including constructability, capital costs, environmental considerations, operations, maintenance and repair, abandonment and decommissioning. For more information, you can access our final report through the MMS website.

Arctic Offshore Platforms and Oil Export Pipelines

Meeting Unique Challenges

IMV Projects has provided conceptual level designs and evaluation studies for arctic offshore platforms and oil export pipelines in the Alaskan Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea for a number of confidential clients. This work includes evaluation of geotechnical information, survey planning, onshore and offshore pipeline routing, geo-hazard assessment, metocean (meteorological and oceanographic) and ice engineering evaluations, platform and pipeline conceptual design, constructability reviews and cost estimates.

Engineering in the North provides unique challenges and the environmental loadings in the Arctic Offshore are significant for both platform and pipeline design. Conceptual engineering was performed for the largest diameter pipeline planned for the Alaskan Beaufort Sea and the longest oil export pipeline system being considered for an arctic environment. Pipelines in this area must be designed to accommodate the effects of ice gouging and other significant technical challenges, such as shore approach.

Wood Group Chair in Arctic and Harsh Environments Engineering

Memorial University of Newfoundland

In November, 2009, Dr. Shawn Kenny, Ph.D., P.Eng., was appointed Wood Group Chair in Arctic and Harsh Environments Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, Newfoundland. The Chair is sponsored by IMV Projects' parent company, Wood Group, a leading global energy services company. Wood Group is investing $500,000 to sponsor the Chair over a five-year period in collaboration with Memorial University.

This Industrial Research Chair is associated with Memorial University's Ocean Engineering Research Centre in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and will benefit both undergraduate and post-graduate engineering students. With exploration in the Arctic still in its infancy, Wood Group's objective is to develop cutting-edge technology for use in Arctic and cold regions for the oil and gas industry. Through the Chair position, research will be conducted on pipeline design, construction and operations for northern regions. Environmental considerations will be a key aspect of both the research and resulting solutions. To learn more, please visit Dr. Kenny's webpage.