Updated:11/5/2020

The Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment and the Norwegian Coastal Administration are currently looking into the establishment of test facilities for oil spill preparedness technology at Fiskebøl.

Illustration prepared by the architects Våg arkitektur in connection with the study on the test facilities.

The work involves investigating and estimating the cost of two alternatives for test facilities for oil spill preparedness technology at Fiskebøl. In connection with the work, the agencies have contracted DNV GL, Vista Analyse and Advansia for the work on a concept selection assessment, in which costs and efficiency will be calculated and estimated. The report from the study will be presented to the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications on 1 September 2020.

- It is an exciting project that will have a major impact on oil spill preparedness. The test centre will strengthen research and development and, among other things, simulate pollution in icy waters. The establishment will contribute towards the necessary development of equipment, methodologies, capacity and personal knowledge, says Ann-Helen Ernstsen, CEO of the Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment.

Test hall and large-scale outdoor facilities

Last year’s report on testing and training facilities for oil spill preparedness and marine pollution saw several different alternatives sketched out. Only two of these alternatives will now be investigated further and both would be located in Fiskebøl in Nordland.

The alternatives are:

  • An indoor testing and training facility for oil spill preparedness in icy and low temperatures.
  • A new indoor facility as described above plus a large-scale outdoor facility.

The study will describe the two alternatives, assess operations and financing and gradual development. When the final report is available in September 2020, it will clearly show which concept the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment recommends.

- The testing opportunities outlined for the facility at Fiskebøl will be crucial for the development and improvement of Norwegian oil spill preparedness. This is especially the case when it comes to managing larger spills in the high north, says Hans Petter Mortensholm, Director of Emergency Response at the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

Consultation invitations

On 26 May, the agencies will hold a digital consultation for the pilot project, to which potential users of the test facilities have been invited. An important goal is to discuss and update knowledge of the functions the test facilities should have, in order to provide the greatest possible benefit for users and society.

- In order to arrive at the best possible solution, we now require input from those who will be using the centre. The test centre at Fiskebøl is predominantly for oil spill preparedness, but the study will also look at the added value for other fields that work towards a cleaner sea, says Ann-Helen Ernstsen, CEO of the Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment.