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Ice-cold ONS

Take a trip to the far north when the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) appears at ONS on its own stand for the first time. The coolest presentation at the Stavanger show offers facts and assessments on the hottest part of Norway’s continental shelf.

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The far north is the main theme of the latest issue of Safety – status and signals, the PSA’s magazine.

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Under the slogan “Arctic safety – managing risk in the high north”, the PSA will be focusing attention on the challenges faced by companies as petroleum operations extended ever further into this region.

“We’ve defined the far north as one of our main priorities for 2014,” explains PSA director general Anne Myhrvold. “That’s not because activity there is new, but because it’s entering a very important phase.

“A record number of exploration wells are due to be drilled there. Where we’re concerned, a lot of the job is about requirements for winterisation and considering applications for consent.”

She points out that many important projects for studying safe operation in the far north have been initiated, not least by the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association.

“This spring, for example, the association has accepted responsibility on behalf of the Safety Forum for assessing challenges related to emergency preparedness, logistics, climate conditions and communications, helicopter logistics, and risk handling and design. The work is due to be summed up in September/October.”

To learn more about the actual conditions prevailing in the far north of the Norwegian continental shelf, visit the PSA on stand 544 in the new Hall E. Visitors will be able to test their knowledge of the region and get a taste of the cold.