The ERA Acute methodology was implemented as industry standard for environmental risk assessment (ERA) on the Norwegian Continelta Shelf in 2019, and the ERA Acute software is developed to support this methodology.
ERAs are carried out with the purpose to assess and ensure acceptable environmental risk for oil and gas offshore operations, aiming to minimize the risk to the environment. ERA Acute has been developed by leading ERA experts, and provides the mean to evaluate the potential risk from an acute oil spill in the marine environment.
The ERA Acute method includes four environmental compartments: the sea surface, shoreline, water column and seafloor. ERA Acute uses input data from an oil spill trajectory model and biological resource data, and calculates the potential environmental risk (impact and recovery time) for biological resources in all compartments.