Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM), also described as Low Specific Activity (LSA) material, can be found in many geological formations, and may be brought to the surface during oil and gas exploration and production.
Within oil production operations, NORM is generally observed as deposits of barium sulphate, which contains quantities of natural radionuclides that have leached from the reservoir geology. The barium sulphate formed results from a chemical incompatibility between reservoir formation water and injected waters, and is a chemically-inert and highly-insoluble material.
This material can be deposited in the form of scale, sand, wax or sludge, and may accumulate on or within a production plant or equipment on an installation. NORM scale deposits may significantly reduce the efficiency of production equipment on an installation and must be removed regularly.
We are able to deliver a service suited to your needs, and also provide you with radiological sampling and analysis upon request. Our team of Radiation Protection Supervisors support our comprehensive package by providing quayside monitoring for radiation detection and onsite assistance.
We have created the NORM awareness training course and has served as an advisor to the many bodies involved in developing systems.
We can provides:
- NORM Decontamination Facility
- NORM Disposal and Laboratory Analysis
- NORM On-Site Radiation Safety Officer Services
- NORM Regulatory Consultation and Interpretation
- NORM Safety Trainin
- NORM Worker Exposure Assessments
- Radiological Assessments and Facility Surveys