NOFO is a membership organisation for operating companies on the Norwegian continental shelf. Our main task is to meet our members’ needs for effective and robust oil spill preparedness.
We improve oil spill preparedness by developing and implementing new technology. At the same time, we take care of training, preparedness and technological development on behalf of the operating companies.
Strategy and vision
The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) shall be a respected, leading, effective and robust oil spill response organisation. Our overall strategic goal is to ensure that oil spill preparedness is at all times dimensioned in line with the operating companies’ needs and preparedness plans.
NOFO strategy 2016-2020
NOFO has provided the operating companies on the Norwegian continental shelf with a baseline strategy for oil spill preparedness.
Since 2016, the main elements of the strategy have revolved around maintaining and further developing an effective and robust oil spill response, a focus on collaboration both nationally and internationally, and further development of oil spill preparedness in general and NOFO as an organization.
Part of this involved translating the strategy into a concrete action plan for how these goals were to be achieved going forward.
The strategy was drawn up with the help of a working group appointed by the Board of Directors and comprising representatives of the operating companies, the Board and NOFO’s Administration.
The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) shall be a respected, leading, effective and robust oil spill response organisation.
Our overall strategic goal:
To ensure that oil spill preparedness is at all times dimensioned in line with the operating companies’ needs/preparedness plans.
The Professional Forum for Operations (FFO) and Professional Forum for Technological Developments (FFT) will be merged to form a single forum, the mandate for which is under preparation. The working groups are established as a network of contact persons in all the member companies. NOFO performs the secretariat functions and organizes the meetings. FFO and FFT are advisory bodies to NOFO’s CEO.
Annual Report 2017
There has been a high level of activity in NOFO in 2017, with many assignments completed, and this is reflected in the association’s annual report.
With its frequent drills and training sessions, NOFO has demonstrated its ability to meet its members’ needs for robust oil spill preparedness on the Norwegian continental shelf. NOFO has risk-assessed its activities, and there has been a particular focus on successful execution of HSE work. All activities have been completed without personal injury.
One priority for NOFO in 2017 has been the practical follow-up and implementation of the strategy and action plan adopted by the General Meeting in 2015. The systematics and approach applied by NOFO show great promise in terms of successful and effective fulfillment of members’ expectations.
Positive efforts have continued within NOFO’s Administration to further develop management systems, and the organization's capacity for change, efficiency improvements and cost-awareness have been very positive.
In 2017, NOFO played an active role in international efforts, both as a representative on the programme committee for the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) 2017 and as a member of the Global Response Network (GRN). These roles have helped NOFO strengthen relationships with partners and boost the international reputation of Norwegian oil spill preparedness.
Follow-up, cost control, and reporting routines have been successfully executed, in close dialogue with the Board of Directors.
Throughout 2017, NOFO has delivered on its business plan and the expectations of the Board of Directors.
AS Norske Shell
Capricorn Norge AS
ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS
DEA Norge AS
Neptune Energy Norge AS
Vår Energi AS
Faroe Petroleum Norge As
Lundin Norway AS
MOL Norge AS
OMV (Norge) AS
Repsol Exploration Norge AS
Spirit Energy Norway AS
Equinor Energy AS
TOTAL E&P Norge AS
Wellesley Petroleum AS
Wintershall Norge AS
Edison Norge AS
Suncor Energy Norge AS
NOFO's Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of NOFO is elected by NOFO’s general meeting. The Board of Directors comprises the following representatives:
Lundin Norway AS
Repsol Expl. Norge AS
Stein Arild Tonning
Faroe Petroleum Norge AS
Philippe F. Mathieu
Equinor Petroleum AS
Professional Forum, NOFO’s expert forum
NOFO’s Professional Forum is a network of contact persons in NOFO’s member companies. Its task is to present new ideas, suggestions for improvements and advice on the operating companies’ needs in terms of oil spill response. The Professional Forum is thus an advisory body to NOFO’s CEO.
The input provided by the network ensures NOFO’s Administration and Management is kept up to date on the members’ needs, while at the same time the participants’ expertise helps to improve oil spill response on the Norwegian continental shelf.
International cooperation - Global Response Network
Global Response Network
NOFO is a member of the Global Response Network (GRN), a worldwide forum for sharing information and experiences within operational oil spill preparedness. GRN is not itself a responder in oil spill situations.
NOFO is represented on GRN’s executive committee and by relevant staff in the individual Operational Teams (OT). For the period 2017-2021, NOFO’s CEO Leif J. Kvamme is also the chairman of GRN.
After the Macondo incident in April 2010, several Joint Industry Projects (JIP) were set up to learn from the incident and priority areas decided on. A number of main areas have been explored, and a majority of members of NOFO have accepted these as important principles with international validity.
IUA – Inter-Municipal Committees against Acute Pollution
National oil spill preparedness
NOFO is part of Norway’s established national preparedness model, which brings together oil spill response resources in the public and private sectors.
This unique collaboration between public- and private-sector preparedness organizations ensures that areas of responsibility and lines of command are clearly defined and that Norway’s total preparedness resources are available at all times.
NOFO’s contracting parties
NOFO has agreements in place with 21 IUAs from Vest-Agder in the south to Øst-Finnmark in the north.
For queries, please contact Jan Petter Wølstad, Operations advisor – shoreline.