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The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has opened in Stavanger

On Monday, 5 January, Minister of Labour and Government Administration Victor D. Norman (photo) officially opened the new Petroleum Safety Authority Norway in Stavanger. "I have great expectations that the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway will contribute to an even greater focus on HSE in the petroleum activities, and that the agency will become a distinct and reliable supervisory authority and guide," said the Minister during the opening ceremony.


The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is an independent, governmental supervisory authority reporting to the Ministry of Labour and Government Administration.

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has supervisory responsibility for safety, emergency preparedness and the working environment in the petroleum activities.

This responsibility was taken over from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) as of 1 January 2004.

The PSA's sphere of authority has also been expanded to include supervision of safety, emergency preparedness and the working environment at the petroleum facilities and associated pipeline systems at Kårstø, Kollsnes, Sture, Tjeldbergodden, Mongstad, Melkøya and Slagentangen, as well as any future, integrated petroleum facilities.

Popularity is not an issue

Victor D. Norman

"Professionalism will be the PSA's primary strength, and the
supervisory authority must stand behind its expert assessments
even when disputes arise," said Minister Victor D. Norman in his
inaugural address.

The PSA is located in Stavanger and shares an office building with the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD). The PSA will have about 140 employees.

Most of the employees have many years of experience from work in the NPD relating to safety, emergency preparedness and the working environment.

In addition, the PSA has been reinforced with important expertise from the Directorate of Labour Inspection and the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DCP).

"Professionalism will be the PSA's primary strength, and the supervisory authority must stand behind its expert assessments even when disputes arise. Popularity is not an issue here," said Minister Norman in his inaugural address.

He also emphasized that the division of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate was not the result of a lack of confidence in or criticism of the NPD's work through a period of more than 30 years.

Victor D. Norman (left) and the PSA's director general, Magne Ognedal

Minister Victor D. Norman (left)
and Director of the Petroleum
Safety Authority Norway, Magne
Ognedal.

"It is a goal for the petroleum industry to "achieve the impossible" - but without endangering lives.With the establishment of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will in the future focus on resource management and technical solutions which will help the industry to "achieve the impossible", while the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway will be responsible for ensuring that the activities are carried out in a safe and prudent manner.

Concentrating on the essence of these two roles will help clarify the tasks of both the NPD and the PSA,"