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Eni-Coast Authority Arctic oil spill deal greenwashing, environmentalists say. Italian energy company Eni and Norway’s Coastal Administration agree to share emergency response resources in Northern Norway. Greenpeace has no time for PR piffle. Eni Norway, operator of Goliat, and the NCA have entered into what is described in the NCA’s press release as “a mutual assistance agreement for support vessels on the Goliat field.” The deal is the first of its type in Norway, officials say. It concerns NCA towing preparedness and Eni Norway’s activities at the field.

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Eni-Coast Authority Arctic oil spill deal greenwashing, environmentalists say

Published on Wednesday, 26th August, 2015 at 12:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Italian energy company Eni and Norway’s Coastal Administration agree to share emergency response resources in Northern Norway. Greenpeace has no time for PR piffle.

Goliat
Goliat
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Eni Norway, operator of Goliat, and the NCA have entered into what is described in the NCA’s press release as “a mutual assistance agreement for support vessels on the Goliat field.”

The deal is the first of its type in Norway, officials say. It concerns NCA towing preparedness and Eni Norway’s activities at the field.

Eni will provide two emergency support vessels – the Esvagt Aurora and Stril Barents – as well making supply vessels Njord Viking and Troms Pollux available.

The NCA will assist Eni regarding the Goliat field and adjacent areas along the coast of West Finnmark.

“This is an effective way to exploit common emergency preparedness resources,” Johan Marius Ly, NCA Emergency Preparedness Director says in the statement.

Goliat is the first oil field to come on stream, according to the Administration.

This follows production start-up being delayed until Q3 2014, and the Petroleum Safety Authority’s (PSA) June 2015 logistics domain audit uncovering several non-conformities.

Gave up                            

April 2015 saw a failed oil spill response exercise off West Finnmark’s Sørøya. The manoeuvres were designed to test emergency preparedness to prevent an oil slick from Goliat reaching land.

The weather (Beaufort scale force 5 – fresh breeze) meant that IUA (inter-municipal joint emergency preparedness taskforce) personnel had to abandon placing oil booms in the water.

The exercise was altered underway, covering land oil spill clean-up and beach sanitation instead.

Rune Bergstrøm, acting emergency preparedness leader at the Norwegian Coastal Administration, which was not involved in the rehearsal, told NRK at the time that “generally-speaking, one has to take precautions in terms of life and limb regarding people involved in oil spill response exercises.”

“Nobody in the world has emergency preparedness equipment that can tackle all types of weather conditions,” added the official.

Eni Norway External Communication Manager Andreas Wulff underlined that Norway’s oil response equipment is “the best in the world”.

According to him, there is no reason to fear that beach clean-ups will have to be carried out.

“Emissions won’t reach land if the weather is bad and they cannot be contained at sea due to the weather [in the region] anyway,” he told NRK.

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The NCA’s press release states that Eni Norway is known as a leader in oil spill response.

“The contingency measures at the Goliat field are especially adapted to the area in which we operate,” Mr Wulff says.

“It [the agreement} represents a strengthening of the capacity both within oil spill protection, towing and search and rescue operations off the coast of West Finnmark.”

Greenpeace Norway leader Truls Gulowsen takes issue.

“The article is obviously written by Eni's PR department, as it claims that “Eni Norway is known as a leader in oil spill response”, which is unfounded and total nonsense,” he tells The Foreigner in an email.

Mr Gulowsen also points out that “Eni is obliged to maintain oil spill preparedness as part of their drilling operations at Goliat.”

“It should be obvious that these resources also can be used in case of another spill in the area, and it is surprising to see that the Coastal Administration allows Eni to use such agreement to greenwash the drilling operation,” he declares.

“Regarding Eni and oil spill preparedness, the fact that they consider an oil spill response that does not work in fresh breeze as sufficient says a great deal about their level of expertise,” concludes Mr Gulowsen.



Published on Wednesday, 26th August, 2015 at 12:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: goliat, arctic, eninorge, greenpeace.





  
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