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Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) - Research and Development Program for Next Generation Arctic Recovery Equipment

Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) - Research and Development Program for Next Generation Arctic Recovery Equipment,Thara

Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) - Research and Development Program for Next Generation Arctic Recovery Equipment  
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The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) was established in 1978, in the aftermath of the "Bravo" offshore blowout incident in April 1977. The harsh environmental conditions in Norwegian waters are a challenge for oil spill response equipment. Since the early days, NOFO has continually focused on development and improvement of offshore oil spill response equipment. Today, the Norwegian Continental Shelf may be considered to be in a mature stage of development, with oil production primarily located in areas far from the shore, allowing a significant time interval for near shore response in the case of an oil spill. Looking towards future activities and taking into account the blocks included in the most recent licensing round, the trend seems to be that the exploration activities will be located closer to the shore, as well as further to the north than the present oil producing installations. Another trend is an increasing diversity of oil types produced over existing installations, as satellite fields are developed. This requires increased flexibility of oil spill response measures and strategies. Anticipating these developments, the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies in 2000 initiated an R & D program for development of more flexible and robust equipment. This program includes redesign of skimmers, development of new booms and boom concepts, allowing higher towing speeds, as well as redesign and improvement of helicopter based dispersant systems.
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