Document No 3:16 (2007–2008) The Office of the Auditor General’s investigation into Nordic cooperation on repair preparedness in the power system – a parallel audit by the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Norway, Denmark and Finland was submitted to the Storting on 9 October.
The parallel audit by the Norwegian, Danish and Finish SAIs shows that Nordic cooperation on the power supply system has had little focus on repair preparedness. The national authorities with responsibility for contingency planning in relation to the power supply do not focus sufficiently on events where assistance from other countries may be necessary in order to restore the supply. Among other things, such events are not mentioned in risk and vulnerability analyses, contingency plans or agreements between the countries.
However, the national players who participate in the Nordic cooperation on contingency planning in relation to the power supply system acknowledge that there is a risk that extraordinary events can result in so extensive breakdowns that assistance from other countries will be necessary in the form of personnel, materials or other equipment. The experience of the hurricane Gudrun that hit Southern Sweden in 2005 and caused extensive destruction showed that national reserve resources were inadequate.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy states that there is already close Nordic cooperation on contingency planning in relation to the power supply system and that it receives considerable focus. It also states that work has started on a joint Nordic risk and vulnerability analysis. ‘It is important that responsibility for this work is more clearly placed with the responsible authorities in the Nordic countries,’ says Jørgen Kosmo.
The Nordic SAIs have prepared a joint memorandum signed by the Auditors General of the three countries. Document No 3:16 (2007–2008) also contains this joint memorandum in addition to the Norwegian report.