Dimensioned oil recovery preparedness in Norway

Norwegian Clean Seas Association For Operating Companies
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The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) has a single strategic goal: To ensure that oil recovery preparedness is always dimensioned in keeping with the needs and contingency plans of the operating companies.

The Norwegian model

Since its establishment in 1978, NOFO has endeavoured to become a recognised and leading oil recovery organisation. We have achieved that goal. Norway ranks among the best in the world an other countries look to us when it comes to oil recovery preparedness.

NOFO conducts around 100 exercises each year and, two to three times a year, we conduct exercises that involve several hundred people and 30-50 vessels. These exercises involve the entire organisation and are intended to prepare every single participant by simulating realistic scenarios.

This is NOFO

  • A member organisation for operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
  • Headquarters in Sandnes, office in Hammerfest, five bases along the Norwegian coast and two depots.
  • 34 employees
  • Handles courses, preparedness and technology development, and prepare courses for the members, and others
  • Part of the national preparedness model that combines public as well as other private oil spill response resources

  • 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.