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Growth in offshore documentation addressed

Factors underlying a sharp rise in documents generated from operations on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) are identified in a new report from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA).

Possible measures have also been proposed for reducing the volume of documentation related to development and production. The growth in these document volumes could help to increase the level of risk.

This documentation project has yielded valuable insights into the growth in requirements and documentation and how the trend can be reversed, says Bjørn Thomas Bache, one of the PSA’s directors of supervision.

 “We hope the report can make a useful contribution to continued discussion in the industry on the effect of measures already taken, and to identifying possible new recommendations and improvement measures,” he adds.

The PSA will continue to follow up the industry’s work on establishing appropriate requirements and the associated need for documentation.

“Extensive documentation in the petroleum industry could represent a possible safety risk,” Bache emphasises. “Key data needed for prudent and efficient operation of the facilities can drown in the flood.

 “At the same time, it’s important to have adequate and timely information in areas which are significant for safety.”

Launched in the summer of 2015, the PSA project aimed to identify the reasons for the sharp growth in documentation in the industry. Companies from various parts of the sector have participated in the work.