Forty people have been recruited and are ready to start training.
The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO), Eni Norge and Statoil are behind the new development within Norwegian oil spill response.
“The interest has been overwhelming. We could have established two IGSA teams with qualified candidates. For now, we only need one team of 40 people,” says Harald Karlstrøm in Arctic Protection, responsible for establishment and operation of the task force for NOFO.
This was announced in Finnmarksmedia during mid-November 2011, and 130 applications were received by the end of the application deadline. Several applications have also been submitted after the deadline.
“The candidates were very motivated for the job”, says Karlstrøm.
The concept for the investigation group is a part of the preparedness structure for Goliat.
Operative from summer
During the first six months of 2012, the candidates will attend courses and receive special training. From late summer, the task force will be offering operative preparedness service. On 24-25 January, the selected personnel met for the first gathering in Hammerfest.
“We had a start-up gathering where everyone that is entering into an agreement with NOFO met each other and representatives from NOFO and Arctic Protection. The candidates could also see some of the equipment that will be used during exercises and response efforts on Polarbase,” says Karlstrøm.
“The task force is part of the oil industry’s work on further strengthening coastal preparedness in Norway. Arctic Protection has found good candidates, and we look forward to the further work on making the group operative,” says operations director Oddbjørg Greiner in NOFO.
NOFO already has a special national team consisting of 60 people with expertise as team leaders, oil spill clean-up coordinators, and advisers within acute oil spills, who will assist the inter-municipal preparedness in coastal and beach clean-up efforts. With IGSA, NOFO will have an additional national task force to collect oil in the beach zone before the rest of the organisation is in place.
About Acute Beach Task Force (IGSA):
- In the event of acute situations, the crew will be deployed to relevant areas with fast boats and suitable equipment for quick and effective collection of oil in the beach zone.
- The group was recruited from Finnmark County and can be mobilised for service in other coastal areas in Norway in critical situations.
- The participants will receive a fixed annual remuneration and compensation for actual performed service.
- The task force concept was developed by Eni Norge and Statoil in cooperation with NOFO, as a part of the preparedness structure for Goliat.
- The establishment of the task force is result of cooperation between NOFO and Arctic Protection AS. Arctic Protection AS will also have standing mobilisation responsibility for the group and responsibility for keeping the task force operative at all times.
Oddbjørg V Greiner, operative director NOFO, mobile telephone + 47 915 348 56
Harald Karlstrøm, director general, Arctic Protection AS, mobile telephone + 47 932 01 029