Oil Spill Contingency Planning

The requirements and objectives of oil spill contingency analyses and response plans on the Norwegian continental shelf are specified in the Norwegian regulatory framework for offshore activities. Akvaplan-niva helps clients reach these requirements and objectives.

The SensE team has extensive experience developing oil spill contingency plans for operators and contributes to the development of improved standards and approaches for the practical implementation of the client´s environmental policy as well as the regulatory framework.

Meeting the Requirements for a Licence to Operate

An acceptable oil spill response plan is considered a vital element in obtaining a “licence to operate.” Historically, there are examples that insufficient analysis and planning for oil spills has resulted in activities being stopped with oil fields being temporarily shut down. Our Oil Spill Contingency Analyses for the Norwegian continental shelf are carried out in accordance to OLF/NOFO guidelines.

Using the results from oil drift modelling, the effects of alternative oil spill combat options are analysed, for a number of barriers ranging from the vicinity of the point of discharge to nearshore combat and shoreline restoration. Recommendations are made for oil spill response based on operator defined endpoints. Combat strategies for protection of the environmental resources identified as being at high risk are included in the analysis. These recommendations form the basis of each well-specific oil spill response plan, the scope and extent of which is dependent on location and risk level.

Integrating In-depth Environmental Knowledge

Oil spill contingency planning methods and approaches in Norway were developed to obtain objective and intercomparable requirements for consequence reducing measures associated with an activity. The SensE team focuses on the gathering of first-hand, in-depth knowledge of environmental conditions, environmental sensitivities, operational challenges and possibilities, in order to provide the highest quality response plans and strategies for our clients.

The SensE group has conducted field investigations and resource inventories along the majority of the Norwegian coastline, incorporating a higher level of detail in environmentally sensitive areas. We exchange knowledge and experiences with colleagues and stakeholders from the international community through participation and presentations in major international conferences.

Akvaplan-niva in Action

Akvaplan-niva's SensE team works with clients to develop contingency plans for the protection of valuable environmental resources  in the event of an oil spill. <span>Image by Geir Morten Skeie</span>
The Lofoten-Vesterålen region of northern Norway is an important habitat for seabirds and a spawning area for several commercial fish species. SensE is mapping the shoreline and developing detailed oil spill contingency plans for the area. <span>Image by Geir Morten Skeie</span>
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Petro-Canada Norge AS
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Wintershall Norge ASA
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  • Well 7228/1-1 (2011)