Emergency response and oil spill preparedness
In the event of a spill, the main objective is to execute work in a safe and responsible manner. Highly qualified emergency response organisations onshore and offshore will ensure effective support and follow-up of potential, future incidents. In addition to in-house oil spill response teams, a key business partner in this discipline is the Norwegian Clean Seas Association (NOFO), which serve as a coordinating organisation for oil spill response on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).
Despite the fact that the Vår Energi operated assets are low pressure fields, with low risk of an uncontrolled discharge of oil, significant emphasis has been placed on preventing spills by establishing independent barriers for monitoring and containment during operations and production. A number of measures have been implemented to rapidly identify an oil spill.
Vår Energi’s oils spill preparedness is based on a four-barrier principle:
- Risk reducing measures offshore
- Barriers at sea
- Coastal containment
- Onshore containment