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Course Weekly Lecture Plan

Week Topic
1 General introduction to oil and gas industry; dredging, drilling and production processes.
2 Types of dredges and dredge equipments; mechanisms of dredging; primary components of the dredging process: removal or excavation, transportation of dredged material and placement of disposal operations.
3 Typical discharges of dredging, drilling and production activities; e.g. oil and water based drilling muds, produced water. (Quiz 1)
4 Hazardous substances, oilfield chemicals and produced water concepts: definition, chemistry, properties and regulations.
5 Environmental effects of dredging, drilling and production activities; e.g. turbidity, water quality, resuspended sediment.
6 Physical, chemical and biological effects of resuspended sediments. (Quiz 2)
7 Importance and major components of produced water (salt, oil and grease, inorganic and organic chemicals, naturally occuring radioactive materials (NORM)).
8 Mid-term break
9 Beneficial uses and treatments of produced water; environmental fate of produced water discharges.
10 Sampling and analysis techniques for produced water, sediment and biota: Sample collection, labeling and storage, sample extraction, clean-up and instrumental analysis. (Quiz 3)
11 Data processing, correlation analysis, assessment and interpretation.
12 Directives and regulations for offshore dredging, drilling and production activities; e.g. EU Offshore Directive, OSPAR Convention, Clean Water Act (CWA), Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
13 Assessesment the impact of production waste discharges; e.g. North Sea OSPAR Harmonised Mandatory Control Scheme (HMCS), Offshore Chemical Notification Scheme (OCNS), Harmonised Offshore Control Format (HOCNF). (Quiz 4)
14 Models used for chemical hazard and risk assessment; e.g. the CHARM - Chemical Hazard Assessment and Risk Management model.
15 Production of a scientific report associated with a powerpoint presentation.
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