The regulations and the supervisory system are designed to help enhance the awareness of the companies that they bear total responsibility for operating acceptably.
What expectations does the Government have as regards safety in the petroleum activities? What have the industry and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) learned so far from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe? And how are the industry and authorities preparing for increased oil and gas activities in the northern areas? These are some of the topics of this year’s Safety Forum annual conference, which is titled “Future challenges”.
The "Trends in risk level" aims to measure and improve health, safety and environmental conditions in the petroleum activities offshore and at the petroleum facilities on land. Results from 2010 was presented on 27. April 2011. The summary report is now available in English.
The 2010 study of trends in risk level in the Norwegian petroleum activity (RNNP) shows a sharp rise in well control incidents and gas leaks back at a high level. Magne Ognedal, director-general of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), describes this as a matter of concern.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway receives reports on damage to and incidents in connection with load-bearing structures and pipeline systems. See updated overviews - April 2011.
In 2010, two personal injuries were reported during saturation diving in connection with petroleum activities, according to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s report from the diving database system DSYS.
“A theoretical understanding is not enough. The lessons learned after Deepwater Horizon and other incidents must result in concrete measures,” said Finn Carlsen, Director for Supervisory Activity, during the seminar “When accidents threaten the environment” in Stavanger on 17 February.
The PSA calls for action and challenges the industry to launch effective measures to reduce noise problems in the petroleum activities.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is holding a seminar in English on management and major accident risk at its Stavanger offices on 26 January 2011.
Summary of the report ”Acute discharges - Norwegian continental shelf 2001–09" is now available in English.
Australian authorities have released the report of the Montara commission, containing recommendations following the 21 August 2009 blowout on the Montara field, off Australia's western coast, when the Seadrill facility "West Atlas" burned. The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) will review the report carefully to learn and identify any connections with the petroleum activities in Norway.