Oil spill lab in Murmansk

Following a suggestion from SINTEF’s Department of Marine Environmental Technology and the Norwegian Coastal Directorate, StatoilHydro has financed the development of an oil spill laboratory in Murmansk. The lab was officially opened in June 2008.

The new laboratory will help the Norwegian authorities to deal with oil spills off the coast of Norway that are caused by accidents involving Russian oil tankers. It will also help improve contingency planning off northwest Russia.

The laboratory has been set up at the Federal State Enterprise Murmansk Centre for Standardization, Metrology and Certification (MCSM). The Russian personnel have received training at SINTEF.

From the left: interpreter Irina Popova, Elena Gorshenina from the Murmansk laboratory and Oddveig Bakken from SINTEF.