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NOFO is a membership organization for operating companies on the Norwegian continental shelf.
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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. At the same time, we take care of training, preparedness and technological development on behalf of the operating companies.

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Strategy and vision

The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) is a respected, leading, effective and robust oil spill response organization. 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.

  • 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, a focus on collaboration both nationally and internationally, and further development of oil spill preparedness in general and NOFO as an organisation.

    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.

  • Organisation Chart

    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

    Richard Miller 
    Aker BP ASA

    Siri Nesbø 
    Deputy Chairman
    Spirit Energy AS

    Janne Lea 
    Board member 
    Wintershall Norge AS

    Espen Enge 
    Board member 
    Repsol Norge AS

    Stein Arild Tonning 
    Board member
    Faroe Petroleum Norge AS

    Philippe F. Mathieu 
    Board member
    Equinor Energy AS

    Tove Lie
    Board member
    Lundin Norway AS

    Leif J. Kvamme

  • Annual report

    "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

    Download the annual report for 2018

  • Contact adresses

    Visiting/delivery address Sandnes:
    Vassbotnen 1
    4313 Sandnes

    Post adress:
    P.O. Box 8077, Forus
    N-4068 Stavanger 

    Phone:                +47 51 56 30 00
    Fax:                +47 51 56 23 98
    Mailing adress:      post@nofo.no

    Invoice adress:
    P.O. Box 8077, Forus
    N-4068 Stavanger or post@nofo.no

    Organization number  
    NO 971 454 075 MVA

    Visiting/delivery address Hammerfest:

    Hammerfest Næringshage 
    Sjøgata 6

  • Members

    AkerBP ASA

    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

    Associate members:


    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, 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

    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.

    GNR's website

  • 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 organisations 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.

  • 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.

    Download the oil on water report for 2019

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 encompasses personnel, equipment and vessels. NOFO has extensive oil spill response resources at its disposal in order to reduce environmental damage as a result of potential oil spills from petroleum activities.

  • To meet our members’ needs for effective and robust oil spill preparedness.
  • To continuously improve oil spill preparedness through technological developments.
  • To raise the level of expertise and competence 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 good collaborative relationships with national, municipal and private-sector oil spill response organisations.

 - For the sake of the sea