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Audit project - licensees' obligations in accordance with the HES regulatory requirements

In accordance with the regulatory requirements the licensees shall ensure that the operators can operate safely and efficiently in the area of health, environment and safety (HES). The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate established an audit project in the spring of 2002 to follow up the licensees in respect of compliance with the responsibility for HES in the various production licenses.

All licensees are obliged to exercise their management prerogative as licensees and be actively involved in the important work of achieving a positive development with regard to safety, health and the working environment on the Norwegian shelf.

The licensee is to

  • ensure that the operator fulfills his obligations, cf. Section 10-6 of the Petroleum Act and Section 5 of the Framework Regulations
  • fulfill his own obligations in accordance with individual provisions in the regulatory requirements , cf. Chapter III and Sections 20 and 22 of the Framework Regulations
  • have a management system within the HES area, cf. Section 13 of the Framework Regulations
  • have his own expertise and capacity.

The licensees have traditionally not been affected by the authorities' supervision activities to any great extent.

The licensees in a license are, however, responsible for long-term planning and allocation of funds in the production license and thereby provide guidelines for the HES work.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), now the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), has stated that they will to a greater extent follow up to ensure that the licensees comply with their obligations regarding HES in the various production licenses, both individually and as a group.

As part of this follow-up the NPD established an audit project in the spring of 2002. The objective was to develop and implement audit tasks directed at one or more licensees, where the licensees are the obligated parties in relation to the regulatory requirements.

Three audits have been conducted. They have been directed towards established production licenses. The primary focus of the audit was how the individual licensees and the licensee group comply with their obligations.

The results of our three audits will be published on our web site.