The reason for introducing area preparedness is to have an efficient preparedness cooperation within geographical areas, and between different operating companies through the use of joint emergency preparedness resources, including joint standby vessels and SAR helicopters. The area cooperation also includes acute pollution preparedness.
On October 1, 2002 Statoil and Norsk Hydro were granted a consent for implementation of the area emergency preparedness for the Oseberg-Troll area (see map) for a two year trial period. In July 2004 the companies applied for permission to make this a permanent arrangement.
The area preparedness comprises the Statoil facilities Troll A, Huldra and Veslefrikk as well as the Norsk Hydro facilities Oseberg Field Centre, Oseberg C, Oseberg Øst, Oseberg Sør, Brage, Troll B, Troll C and the subsea facilities for the Tune and Fram Vest fields.
During the trial period the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) carried out audits to see whether the emergency preparedness in the area was ensured in accordance with the regulatory requirements.
While use of the area resources led to good and efficient preparedness in general, the audits also pointed out weaknesses, such as insufficient preparedness/ability to handle dispersion.
Therefore, the initial applications for permanent implementation of area preparedness were refused. However, the trial period was extended by one year.
Based on the companies' applications for consent for the facilities in question, as well as subsequent correspondence and meetings concerning this matter, we have now granted our consent to a permanent change of the consent to use the Oseberg-Troll area.
The SFT will consider dispersion applications individually until these plans receive final approval.
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