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Audit of Petoro as licensee

On 27 April, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of how Petoro as a licensee attends to its obligations pursuant to the HSE Regulations.
The audit took the form of a one-day meeting at the Petoro premises.

The audit's background

Pursuant to the regulations, the licensees shall facilitate that the operators attend to their responsibilities regarding appropriate and efficient operation in the fields of health, safety and the environment (HSE).
All licensees are obliged to make use of their management prerogative as a licensee and actively involve themselves in the important work of attaining a positive development with regard to safety, health and the working environment on the Norwegian shelf. The licensees have not, traditionally, been much affected by the authorities' audit activities.

The licensees in a production licence are, however, responsible for long-term planning and allocation of resources in the production licence and thus establish clear premises for work in the field of HSE.

The PSA, previously the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), has informed that it will increasingly work to ensure that the licensees attend to their responsibilities regarding HSE in the various production licences, both individually, and as a group.

As a step in this process, the NPD established an audit project in the spring of 2002. A number of audits have been carried out. These have been directed towards three established production licences, as well as four individual licensees. The audit's principal focus was how the licensees attend to their obligations individually and as a group of licensees.

The audit's purpose

The activity shall determine to what extent the licensees follow up their supervisory responsibilities, give a picture of the impact of exercising this duty, how the licensees develop management systems to attend to their obligations, and identify potential areas for improvement.

The audit's result

Following our audit at Petoro, we have obtained a positive impression. The company has established a management system in which HSE is an integrated element. Petoro takes its supervisory responsibility seriously, and has a conscientious attitude to its role as licensee (partner).

Petoro's overall expertise and capacity is largely based on its own resources, and appear to be suited to the company's portfolio of licences following a well-thought-out order of priority. Where the company does not give priority to its own use of resources, business agreements with other licensees are utilised.

From what emerges from the HSE Regulations, Petoro has a considered approach to HSE, and can refer to many instances and measures based on good HSE thinking.

Contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
Inger Anda
Phone 970 54 064