25 August 2015, News Wires – Eni is making available four vessels working at its Goliat oilfield in Norway’s Barents Sea for emergency response in the area under a mutual assistance pact with the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA).
The agreement will involve sharing of oil spill protection resources, with Eni to make use of the NCA’s emergency towing vessels at the field, and is the first of its kind off Norway, according to the Italian operator.
“Our goal is mutual utilisation of vessel capacity permanently stationed in the area in the event of unforeseen incidents and suspensions in operations,” said the NCA’s emergency response director Johan Marius Ly.
Two emergency support vessels, Esvagt Aurora and Stril Barents, as well as a pair of supply vessels, Njord Viking and Troms Pollux, will be available for response work under the pact.
An Eni spokesman said the tie-up would strengthen capacity in oil spill protection, towing and search-and-rescue operations off the coast of Finnmark county in northern Norway.
Goliat – the first oilfield in Norway’s sector of the Barents – is set to be brought on stream later this year from a Sevan Marine-designed cylindrical floating production, storage and offloading vessel after a delay of nearly two years.