ET MAGASIN FRA PETROLEUMSTILSYNET
What do leading executives in the petroleum industry mean when they talk about “putting safety first”? asks PSA director general Anne Myhrvold. Is this truly taken into account when they adopt budgets, approve a maintenance plan or choose new technology?
Safety is not much mentioned in presentations by petroleum industry leaders – except at the PSA’s events. The question is why this subject seems to be less important than oil prices, projects and forecasts in the sector’s public discussions.
Trust is crucial to the Norwegian regime, with its emphasis on performance-based regulations, giving responsibility to the players, and risk- and dialogue-based supervision.
Norway’s petroleum regime is often referred to as the Norwegian model. This complex system can be hard to grasp, but respecting it is fundamental for managing and strengthening safety.
A hard look at basic safety issues in Norway’s petroleum sector is set to shape government policy in this area and has clear links with the PSA’s main issue for 2018 – valuing safety choices.
Safety does not always get taken into account in mathematical calculations – because how do you put a price on a high level of safety? And what is avoiding a major accident worth?