The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) has a single strategic goal: to meet our members’ needs for effective and robust oil spill preparedness.
We improve oil spill preparedness by developing and implementing new technology. We also 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) is a leading oil spill response organization that is both effective and robust. Our overall strategic goal is to ensure that oil spill preparedness is in accordance with the operating companies’ needs and preparedness plans at all times.
Vision and goals
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. Both national and international collaborations have been in focus, in addition to the further development of oil spill preparedness in general.
Part of this has involved translating the strategy into a specific action plan detailing how such goals are to be achieved moving 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 organises the meetings. FFO and FFT are advisory bodies to NOFO’s CEO.
Board of Directors
John Gunnar Vedøy
"NOFO celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. For the past four decades, the organisation has fulfilled an essential role, providing oil spill preparedness along the Norwegian coast. In the course of the numerous drills and training sessions held in 2018, NOFO has once again demonstrated its ability to meet its members’ needs for robust oil spill preparedness on the Norwegian continental shelf. NOFO has carried out risk assessments for a number of activities and has focused on successful execution of HSE. All activities have been completed without major incident.
The follow-up and implementation of the strategy and action plan, adopted by the General Meeting in 2015, have again been a guiding issue also in 2018.
The planning work previously initiated has been implemented in 2018. This work lays strong foundations for a uniform understanding of the basis for preparedness and capacity.
In 2017, the General Meeting adopted the implementation of a major material procurement involving oil spill response equipment, booms and collectors. This procurement was carried out in 2018, allowing NOFO to provide preparedness in connection with the planned increase in activities in 2018, in which as many as 36 wildcat drilling projects relied on NOFO's preparedness system.
The formulated Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) has been a valuable tool in identifying needs and subsequent procurements.
In 2018, an impact assessment was conducted in relation to the possible merger of jointly financed activities. This has involved the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, EPIM, GTO and NOFO. The impact assessment was presented to the Board of Directors of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association in November, and the conclusion was that NOFO shall remain an independent organisation. This decision was also in line with the conclusion reached by NOFO’s Board of Directors.
Follow-up, cost control and reporting routines have been successfully implemented, in close contact with the Board of Directors.
In 2018, NOFO has fulfilled its activity plan and the expectations of the Board of Directors."
- Richard Miller
Forus, 6 March 2019
Visiting/delivery address Sandnes:
P.O. Box 8077, Forus
Phone: +47 51 56 30 00
Fax: +47 51 56 23 98
Mailing adress: firstname.lastname@example.org
NO 971 454 075 MVA
Visiting/delivery address Hammerfest:
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 expert forum - Professional Forum
NOFO’s Professional Forum is a network of contact persons in NOFO’s member companies. Its task is to present new ideas, suggest improvements, and provide 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 the participants’ expertise helps to improve oil spill response on the Norwegian continental shelf.
International cooperation - 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 itself is not a responder in oil spill situations.
NOFO has a representative in GRN’s executive committee in addition to providing relevant staff in the individual Operational Teams (OT). During the period of 2017-2021 NOFO’s CEO, Leif J. Kvamme was the sitting chairman of GRN.
After the Macondo incident in April 2010, several Joint Industry Projects (JIP) were set up to learn from the incident and about recommended investment areas. A number of the main areas have been explored, and the majority of NOFO members have accepted these as important principles with international validity.
Inter-Municipal Committees against Acute Pollution
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 complete preparedness resources are readily available at all times.
NOFO’s contracting parties
NOFO has agreements in place with 21 IUAs from Agder in the south to Øst-Finnmark in the north.
For queries, please contact Jan Petter Wølstad, Operations advisor – shoreline.
Oil on Water
Oil on Water (OoW) 2019 is a cooperative project between the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) and the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) and was executed during the period from 11 to 21 June 2019.
The first trial involved in-situ burning. Five discharges were carried out using evaporated Oseberg crude oil, Marine Gas Oil, IFO 180 and emulsion containing Oseberg crude oil. Booms from two suppliers were used along with one drone to ignite the oil. Oil residue after burning was collected and transported to shore. The trials had several purposes, and a comprehensive programme for sampling of the smoke plume, oil and threshold measurements was conducted to fulfil the purposes.
The second main trial involved remote sensing. This was principally related to CIRFA and their work to produce results that will help improve detection and interpretation of oil on water, and to improve understanding of oil drift on water, thus allowing for more accurate oil drift calculations.
In addition to the personnel from the NCA and NOFO, a number of persons took part from SINTEF, the University of Bergen, CIRFA, Maritime Robotics, Desmi, Elastec, Starlight Italia etc. OoW also involved three large ships and two aircraft for the offshore operations.
The trials have been greatly beneficial for all parties involved and for oil spill preparedness in Norway, and the NCA and NOFO are very satisfied with this year's OoW.
This is NOFO: Purpose and tasks
NOFO’s purpose is to administer and maintain oil spill preparedness on the Norwegian continental shelf on behalf of our member companies.
This includes personnel, equipment, and vessels. NOFO has extensive oil spill response resources at its disposal in order to reduce environmental damage as a consequence of potential oil spills from petroleum activities.
Our five main goals are:
- To meet our members’ needs for effective and robust oil spill preparedness.
- To continuously improve oil spill preparedness through technological
- To raise the level of expertise and competency within coastal and shoreline preparedness.
- To strengthen local environmental efforts and oil spill prevention by means of active collaboration with Inter-Municipal Committees against Acute Pollution (IUAs).
- To further develop positive collaborative relationships with national,
municipal and private-sector oil spill response organizations.
- For the sake of the sea