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Improved rig capacity without reduced safety

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has appointed an expert group to improve rig capacity on the Norwegian shelf. The group will contribute to identifying obstacles that limit rig capacity and will propose measures, without sacrificing safety.

The expert group will have its first meeting on 13 January, and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, represented by Magne Ognedal, will participate in the group’s work.

“We are satisfied with the preconditions that form a basis for the work, which is that the current safety level will be used as a basis,” says Ognedal.

The suggestion for an expert group was launched in the Petroleum White Paper that was published in June last year.

The expert group is headed by Eivind Reiten.

Government representatives:
Magne Ognedal, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
Bente Nyland, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Other members:
Frode Alfheim, Industri Energi
Gro Brækken, Norwegian Oil Industry Association
Jon Jacobsen, Statoil
Tore Holm, Norske Shell
Dag Omre, Centrica Norge
Kristin Færøvik, Bergen Group
Jakob Korsgaard, Maersk Drilling
Wenche Nistad, the Norwegian Guarantee Institute for Export Credit
Mimi Berdal, attorney