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Information regarding changes to new and current regulations

Circular letter: In the work to establish new common, comprehensive regulations for health, safety and the environment in the petroleum activities and for some onshore facilities, we have identified a need for some changes which must be incorporated into the current regulations, effective from 1 January.


A circular letter is an identically-worded communication sent to all or selected groups of players in the petroleum sector, depending on whom the content is relevant for.

They can provide guidance on regulatory provisions, other important information or requests for certain measures to be implemented.

 

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) and the Norwegian Directorate of Health (Hdir) conducted a consultation process concerning new common, comprehensive regulations for health, safety and the environment in the petroleum activities and for some onshore facilities. The consultation process included six regulations with guidelines, which have been submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion with a request for stipulation.

In connection with the consultation process and during the work with the stipulation, some needs for changes were identified – mainly due to updating of documents which we refer to in our regulations. Some of these changes will also have to be incorporated in the current regulations, effective from 1 January.

An account of the relevant changes is provided below, and is hereby submitted to the Regulatory Forum members.

The PSA will implement the following changes:

1. Reference to new regulations of 10 July 2009 No. 998 regarding positioning and anchoring systems on mobile facilities from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate
These regulations, ”The Anchoring Regulations 09”, became effective on 1 September 2009. For facilities which have been granted a maritime certificate according to the previous Anchoring regulations, the new Anchoring Regulations 09 (with the exception of Section 14 and Section 16) only apply when the certificate is renewed, cf. the Anchoring Regulations 09 Section 1(2). The consultation letter of 2 July 2008 from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, referred to the contribution from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway in drawing up of the new anchoring regulations, and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway indicated that the petroleum regulations would refer to the new anchoring regulations.

The Norwegian Maritime Directorate's consultation letter of 2 July 2008, which presents the changes and the consequences of the Anchoring Regulations 09, is attached to the identical letter.

1.1. New regulations
Reference is included in the new Facilities Regulations, Section 63, and the new Activities Regulations, Section 90.

1.2. Current regulations
Reference is included in the Facilities Regulations, Section 64, regarding anchoring, mooring and positioning, and enters into force on 1 January along with other annual amendments.

 

2. Recommended use of DNV-OS-E406 as standard for design of free-fall lifeboat.
The regulations have been without a reference to the norm as regards design of free-fall lifeboats after the reference to the Maritime Regulations was removed a while back. Since then, a new standard has been under development and DNV-OS-E406 Design of Free-Fall Lifeboats (2009) has been published.

We will refer to this standard as the norm for the design of free-fall lifeboats and regard this as unproblematic, as the industry has supported the development of this standard.

2.1. New regulations
Recommendation of DNV-OS-E406 is included in the guidelines to the new Facilities Regulations, Section 44, relating to means of evacuation.

2.2. Current regulations
Recommendation of DNV-OS-E406 is included in the guidelines to the Facilities Regulations, Section 43, relating to means of evacuation and enters into force from 1 January.

 

3. Recommended use of new NORSOK N-006
New NORSOK N-006 Assessment of structural integrity for existing offshore load-bearing structures has been issued. This standard is recognized as a norm by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway and is accepted by the industry. The standard continues the principles on which the current regulations regarding design life extension for structures are based.
Use of NORSOK N-006 as a norm means the guidelines text can be removed as this is now covered by the standard.

3.1. New regulations
Recommendation is included in the guidelines to the new Management Regulations, Section 26, relating to contents in applications for consent.

 

4. Use of new regulations of 8 June 2009 No. 602 relating to handling of flammable, reactive and pressurized substances as well as equipment and facilities which are used during handling, as a norm.
The new regulations entered into force on 8 June 2009. At the same time the regulations of 26 June 2002 No. 744 relating to flammable goods, regulations of 27 February 2004 No. 490 relating to flammable and pressurized substances, regulations of 9 May 2000 No. 421 relating to facilities which supply engine fuel (petrol stations, marinas, etc.) and the regulations of 24 February relating to transportation of petroleum in pipelines above ground were annulled.

The new regulations apply to reactive substances from 1 October 2009, cf. the regulations Section 26. The amendment is therefore implemented to update the new regulations accordingly.

4.1. New regulations
Regulations relating to the handling of flammable, reactive and pressurized substances as well as equipment and facilities which are used during handling, are to be implemented as a norm in the guidelines to new technical and operational regulations, Section 7, relating to facilities, systems and equipment.

 

5. Reference to regulations of 22 January 2007 No. 89 relating to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for electronic communication.
Regulations relating to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for telecommunications equipment (i.e. regulations of 2 January 1996 No. 3) were annulled on 20 July 2007, and were on the same date replaced with regulations relating to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for electronic communication (i.e. regulations of 22 January 2007 No. 89).

5.1. New regulations
The new Facilities Regulations, Section 77, refer to the old regulations relating to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for telecommunications equipment of 1996. The reference in the new Facilities Regulations, Section 77, is therefore updated with the correct title of the new regulations, and a corresponding update has been made in the reference list in the guidelines to the new Facilities Regulations.

5.2. Current regulations
The current Facilities Regulations, Section 78, refer to the old regulations relating to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for telecommunications equipment of 1996. The reference in the new Facilities Regulations, Section 78, is therefore updated with the correct title of the new regulations, and a corresponding update is made in the reference list in the guidelines to the new Facilities Regulations. The change enters into force on 1 January, along with other annual amendments.

 

6. Reference to new regulations of 10 September 2009 No. 1173 regarding employer's use of approved company health service and approval of company health service.
New regulations relating to employer's use of approved company health service and approval of company health service have been stipulated and enter into force on 1 January 2010. At the same time the regulations of 21 April 1994 No. 333 relating to safety and health personnel are annulled.

The new regulations have been submitted for comments and are stipulated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion pursuant to the Working Environment Act, and apply to anyone subject to the Working Environment Act – including the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's area of authority.

Reference to the new the regulations will be incorporated, and references to the old regulations will be removed correspondingly. This applies to both the new regulations and current regulations.

 

7. Changes in reference lists

7.1 New regulations
The reference lists in the guidelines to the new regulations will be updated according to the above-mentioned changes.

7.2 Current regulations.
The reference lists in the guidelines to the current regulations will be updated according to the above-mentioned changes.


Contact information
Annika Svanevik, legal adviser

Email: annika.svanevik@ptil.no