Safely and effectively managing NORM is mandatory for the safety of those encountering it.
Our tailored Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) solutions are designed specifically for the needs of our customers. The NORM management solutions we provide are cost effective, reduce environmental liabilities and meet or exceed regulatory compliance and OH&S requirements.
Safely and effectively managing NORM is mandatory for the safety of those encountering it. Regulated by the provincial government bodies, the handling and disposal of NORM should only be handled by a person with radiation training.
Our qualified and experienced Radiation Safety Officers (RSO) provide on-site NORM services, including:
- NORM surveys
- NORM disposal
- NORM awareness training
What is NORM?
Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) is often found in its natural state – rocks or sand. In oil and gas production, NORM is most often seen in reservoir fluids (produced or flowback water) from a geological formation that has radioactive materials present, build up of mineral scales in pipes, sludge and contaminated filter socks and equipment.
SECURE accepts NORM at Alberta's only AEP approved Class I landfill. Located near Drayton Valley, Alberta, the Pembina Landfill accepts materials with NORM total activity levels up to 70 Bq/g. Our NORM Radiation Safety Officers and trained NORM technicians are always on-site to ensure our customers’ wastes and liabilities are safely managed.
We provide all radiological support and have the capability to handle all necessary radiological testing, waste characterization and transport.
Filter Sock Disposal
Filter socks at water disposal facilities in the oil and gas industry have been found after use to contain elevated levels of NORM, specifically Ra-226, Ra-228, and Pb-210. This is most commonly seen in shale basins where there are naturally higher levels of NORM in the reservoir fluids.We specialize in managing filter socks based on the level of radioactivity present, including:
- Surveying and NORM identification
- Sampling and analysis
- Disposal at an approved facility
NORM Project Services
Executing successful waste management projects is central to our delivery process. We have the capacity, capability and experience to successfully execute turnkey service offerings.
NORM Project Services include:
- Site Assessments and Remediation
- Surveys, Identification and Sampling
- Analysis and testing
- Plant turnarounds
- On site supervision
- NORM Packaging, transport and end disposal
SECURE's project management and operational approach are differentiated by risk mitigation, budgeting and cost control, safety, and quality management. Our experienced Radiation Safety Officers and project managers provide continuous communication with our customers throughout the duration of the project to help reduce risk, control scope and achieve the project budget and schedule.
Our NORM site assessments include NORM surveys and sampling programs with clear reporting for management and regulatory compliance purposes.