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Reversing the trend

Norway has 50 years of oil history behind it. But what will the next chapter of its safety saga look like? Did developments take a wrong turn? Or was the country able to reverse the worrying trend of the past two years? The PSA's main issue for 2017 is "Reversing the trend".

The main issue of reversing the trend applies for one year. Work on it will have a high priority with us and in the industry over coming months.

During 2017, we will be conducting a number of audits and technical assignments directed at efforts by the companies to reverse a worrying trend.

The effects of this commitment will be monitored and measured, both during the year and afterwards. Some results could be quickly achieved, while others will take longer to have an impact.

To get safety developments back on the right track, we have identified a main issue for 2017 – reversing the trend.

The goals of this commitment are to influence the industry and to achieve visible and measurable results.

Quite simply – the trend will be reversed.

Triple focus

We have decided to focus work with the 2017 main issue on three defined areas.

Collaboration between the various sides in the petroleum sector is under greater pressure, both between companies and unions and between them and the government. Such bi- and tripartite interaction occupies a key place in Norwegian safety efforts.

Consequences of a weakened cooperation could include a poorer basis for important decisions by company managements, and weaker entrenchment with employees of important choices for the way forward.

The industry is making major changes to cut costs and become more efficient. We are worried that such optimisation will increasingly squeeze margins in technical facilities, operating systems and organisations. The end result could be reduced robustness.

The petroleum industry in Norway is at the forefront in terms of standardisation and the use of standard. The standards constitute the foundation of norms on which the functional regulations are built. We are concerned that the intense focus on costs and streamlining may have a negative impact on the technical content of the standards and the shaping of requirements.