Anita Utseth, Det norske`s VP HSE is as chair of the board, leading the work to join forces to establish a joint emergency response centre to handle second-line response for Operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
Maintaining a separate emergency response organization is a resource-intensive business for companies which have small staffs in Norway. For this reason, a feasibility study was launched in 2008 to investigate the best way of handling the function. Operator Association for Emergency Response (OFFB) is the result of that work.
“Our goal is to ensure a high level of expertise and effective handling of possible incidents, and to be an important supplement to emergency response work by the operators,” says Anita Utseth (picture), chair of the OFFB.
The initial members of the OFFB are Wintershall Norge, Det norske and Centrica. Bridge Energy, Discover Petroleum, E.ON Ruhrgas Norge AS and OMV (Norge) AS are associate members.
Other companies have indicated that they intend to affiliate with the association in due course.
Read more about the emergency response center at The Norwegian Oil Industry Association`s (OLF) home page.
About Det norske (DETNOR`):
Det norske is the second-largest operating company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf with 28 operatorship and interests in a total of 50 licenses. Det norske is the operator of the Frøy Field development and will also operate eight to nine exploration wells in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea during 2009. Det norske’s scope of activities is limited to the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
Det norske currently employs a staff of more than 140 and the strong growth rate continues. The company`s registered office is located in Trondheim and the headquarter operations is divided between Oslo and Trondheim. The company also has offices in Harstad, and Stavanger.