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.
In 2002, Statoil, Norske Shell and Norsk Hydro were granted consent to implement area emergency preparedness for the Haltenbanken area (see map) for a two-year trial period.
During the trial period, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) carried out audit activities to see whether the emergency preparedness in the area was safeguarded in accordance with the regulatory requirements.
While use of the area resources led to good and efficient preparedness in general, the audit activities also pointed out certain weaknesses.
Therefore, the initial applications for permanent implementation of area preparedness were refused. At the same time, however, we extended the trial period 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 in the consent to use the Haltenbanken area.
The SFT will consider dispersion applications individually until these plans receive final approval.
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