The regulations and the supervisory system are designed to help enhance the awareness of the companies that they bear total responsibility for operating acceptably.
On Friday 1 November, senior executives from the petroleum industry from Norway and abroad are meeting for a conference at the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) on risk management and safe petroleum activities in the High North.
Under the auspices of the annual summary of trends in risk level on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, RNNP 2013, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has commissioned a study to gain insights into the causalities of, and possible mitigation measures for, construction and maritime incidents. As an adjunct to this, we would like to elicit the opinions of industry professionals through a simple online survey.
Figures from the report on trends in risk level in the petroleum activity (RNNP) show good progress in many areas, but also give grounds for concern. The industry needs to act to improve management of major accident risk and barriers.
Electrical installations and equipment are often involved when incidents occur which involve fires and near-fires within the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s (PSA’s) administrative area. These incidents are often caused by technical faults.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has now prepared three reports that address various factors related to risk of acute spills in the North Sea and Skagerrak sea areas.
Purposeful efforts to reduce risk on Norway’s continental shelf (NCS) are paying off. Figures from the 2011 study of trends in risk level in the Norwegian petroleum activity (RNNP) show favourable progress in key areas.
Lifting operations are an area that is over-represented as regards personal injuries and fatal accidents. The PSA has now reviewed all lifting incidents in the offshore petroleum activities during the period 2005-2010.
Contractors need a robust organisation, clear roles and responsibilities, a willingness to learn and continuous improvement to help improve safety in the petroleum sector.
During the period 2001–2010, there has been a significant reduction in the number of acute crude oil spills on the Norwegian continental shelf. The reduction was greatest during the first years of the period, while the number of spills following this remained stabile for several years. In 2010, the number has declined again, but it is too early to say whether this is the start of a further positive development.
Preliminary conclusions by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and action recommended after the Deepwater Horizon accident were presented to the Safety Forum’s annual conference on 9 June.