Sissel Rinde is the information director at Equinor.
There is a safe zone around the Norwegian oil and gas fields, usually 500 meters away. If a ship moves into this area, Equinor has routines to deal with it.
It is not uncommon, for example, for a fishing boat to end up near the area, in which case Equinor will contact the crew and ask them to leave the safe area.
– In general, we can say that we are concerned that ships do not have to enter the safe zone, says Rinde.
I doubt it will be used on offense
Ståle Ulriksen believes the ship is likely to follow what the Norwegian and British ships are doing. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre accepted a foreign presence on the Norwegian continental shelf.
– The ship can measure and record the type of equipment we have. What kind of sensors, drones and other equipment do we use to protect oil and gas installations? Now this is a high-profile ship that has received a lot of attention both on Twitter and in the media. So I doubt it will be used in an attack. The ship knows we see it, says Ulriksen.
Although Ulriksen believes Akademik B. Petrov is a spy ship, he believes it is not a military ship.
– A military ship will perform other tasks. But the Norwegian Armed Forces Operations Headquarters is keeping an eye on this ship. They have a constant overview.
Norway has full sovereignty within what are called territorial borders. They are located 12 nautical miles outside the baselines in all land areas and islands of Norway, according to Cartography (External Link).
He takes the situation very seriously
In Gjøa, production continued normally. The Russian ship was not within the 500-meter safety zone.
– Ship traffic is constantly monitored by the authorities. Neptune also has an agreement with Equinor Marine, which monitors all ship traffic near our facilities. As a company, we also monitor the safety zone around the platform and the seabed facilities we have in the area. We feel well equipped to know what’s going on around Gjøa, says communications manager Omdal.