The Government wants increased follow-up of the petroleum industry and proposes strengthening the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) with NOK 20 million in the State budget.
“I know what role the PSA plays in relation to creating safety in a very knowledge-intensive industry,” said the Minister of Labour to the PSA employees during her visit.
“The way you think in terms of prevention and preparedness is something we must learn from in other sectors,” said Huitfeldt.
“The development in the petroleum industry in recent years has been characterised by an increased activity level and changes to the player scenario as regards number, size and organisational structures. Several serious incidents and near-misses, nationally and internationally, emphasise the major risk potential associated with this industry,” according to a Ministry of Labour press release.
A very satisfied Magne Ognedal, Director-general of the PSA, said that the funds will be used to continue the good work in the organisation, but also to increase capacity and expertise in the agency.
“We currently have gaps in our expertise, given the development taking place in the industry we audit. In addition, there will be several other tasks which we are expected to handle,” said Ognedal.