Barents Sea Exploration Collaboration (BaSEC) was established by Statoil, Eni Norge, Engie (GDF Suez), Lundin and OMV, in April 2015. From summer 2015 all operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf were invited to join the collaboration, and now includes 18 operating companies.
Building on existing knowledge and experience, the cooperation is motivated by the goal of high and cost effective HSE standards for exploration activity in the Norwegian Barents Sea, focusing on new areas opened for oil and gas activity in the 23rd concession round.
The companies shall aim to develop common solutions that can facilitate:
- A joint operator approach to HSE in the Norwegian Barents Sea
- Appropriate level of safety and emergency preparedness
- Data sharing
The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has consequently pronounced “The far North” as a main priority, emphasising operator collaboration as a key to success.