The Aasta Hansteen field is in the Norwegian Sea, approx. 120 km north-north-west of Norne and approx. 320 km west of Bodø.
The field is in its own meteorological zone which is not covered by other facilities. The facility is anchored in approx. 1300 metres of water and is accordingly affected by the Atlantic Current, whereas other facilities are mainly affected by the coastal current.
The Aasta Hansteen field's position is interesting in terms of weather forecasting and climate monitoring, and data from here will be included in sea area forecasts. The position also provides an opportunity for verifying model data. The Institute of Marine Research operates a buoy at 66o N and 2o E. The Aasta Hansteen facility lies at approx. 67o N and 7o E, and will be the only permanent facility in the Atlantic Current so far north in the Norwegian Sea. Observations from here may be important for the forecasts for the Continental Shelf closer to the coast and for the stretch from Bodø to Stad.
On this basis, the PSA has now issued Statoil with the following notification of order:
Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to section 46 of the Framework Regulations concerning oceanography, meteorology and earthquake data, Statoil is ordered:
Explanation of the terms "order" and "notification of order"
An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before we issue an order, we generally send a "notification of order" to the affected companies.
A notification of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA's case processing in which we request the party to assess the factual basis. The notification is only the first step before an administrative decision is made.
An order is a strongly preventive instrument which is legally binding on the recipient.
Øyvind Midttun, Press contact
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