The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway shall stipulate premises and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain high standards of health, environment, safety and emergency preparedness, and thereby also contribute to creating the greatest possible values for society.
The new Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) was established 1 January 2004 as a consequence of the Storting process surrounding the Storting White Paper No.17 (2002-2003) on State supervision bodies.
The PSA have the regulatory responsibility for safety, emergency preparedness and the working environment in the petroleum activities. This responsibility was transferred from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) 1 January 2004.
With the establishment of the PSA, regulations relating to health, safety and environment (HSE) in the petroleum activities continus with the PSA as the responsible authority.
In addition, the PSA's sphere of responsibility is expanded to include supervision of safety, emergency preparedness and the working environment at the petroleum facilities and connected pipeline systems at Kårstø, Kollsnes, Stura, Tjeldbergodden, Mongstad, Melkøya and Slagentangen, as well as potential future integrated petroleum facilities.
The responsibility for issuing regulations and carrying out supervision of the land facilities has been transferred from the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority 1 January 2004.
New, temporary regulations relating to HSE for certain petroleum facilities on land and connected pipeline systems has been entered into force 1 January 2004.
The PSA will carry out information and advisory activities vis-à-vis the players in the petroleum industry, cooperate with other HSE authorities both nationally and internationally, and contribute to sharing and promoting knowledge concerning HSE in the society at large.
By means of its own supervision and cooperation with other authorities with independent regulatory responsibility in the HSE field, the PSA shall ensure that the supervision of the petroleum activities are carried out in a comprehensive manner.
The PSA will have a temporary organizational structure during the first half of 2004. The new organisation will be in place by 1 July 2004. Newly appointed director is Magne Ognedal.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has been delegated authority pursuant to: