The background for the meeting between the operating companies and the NPD was the report "Development in risk level on the Norwegian shelf. Phase 3 - 2002", which was presented in April of this year.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate initiated the risk level project in 1999/2000. The goal of the project is to develop and apply measurement tools that show the development in the risk level on the Norwegian shelf. The results from the project are presented in annual reports.
The 2002 report concluded that there is an increasing risk that a major accident will occur on the Norwegian shelf. The development in the number of undesirable incidents linked to gas leaks is one of the risk indicators that gives the greatest cause for concern.
"The authorities and the companies operating on the Norwegian shelf have a shared vision for the petroleum activities. We all want an industry that causes no injury to human beings, nor damage to the environment and material assets. We can certainly discuss how close we are to achieving this vision, but one thing is crystal clear - we cannot be satisfied unless we are moving in the right direction. The results from the risk level project indicate a trend that is not satisfactory. We must do something about this," said Director General Gunnar Berge in the meeting.