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The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway: New agency with long experience

On 1 January 2004 the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway was established as an independent, government supervisory body under the Ministry of Labour and Government Administration. The PSA will be the authority in charge of safety, emergency preparedness and working environment in the petroleum activities. The responsibility was taken over from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) on 1 January 2004.

The PSA is based in Stavanger, in facilities right next to the NPD, and will have a staff of around 140. Most of the staff have been working with safety, emergency preparedness and working environment in the NPD for a number of years. In addition, the Directorate of Labour Inspection and the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning have provided us with important expertise.

"We will establish a professional, competent, efficient and innovative government body. Cooperation with our partners is important, and this will take place in a good and inclusive manner," says Magne Ognedal, who will be the new PSA's director general, in a major "appointment interview" in the last edition of the Norwegian Petroleum Diary.

Link: Under a single hat - interview with mr. Magne Ognedal - published in the Norwegian Petroleum Diary no 4/2003

The mandate of the PSA has been extended to cover supervision of safety, emergency preparedness and working environment on the petroleum installations and associated pipeline systems at Kårstø, Kollsnes, Sture, Tjeldbergodden (pictured), Mongstad, Melkøya and Slagentangen, as well as on any future integrated petroleum installations.


"We know that what takes place onshore, is important for the activity offshore. And what happens offshore, affects the land activity. That's why the HSE work is now being strengthened, as one supervisory body will be in charge of the totality," Ognedal emphasizes in the interview with the Norwegian Petroleum Diary.

The new "Interim regulations on safety and working environment for some petroleum installations on land and associated pipeline systems" gives the PSAN the necessary mandate to stipulate regulatory requirements and supervise the land installations.

Other laws, regulations, guidelines and interpretations of the HSE regulations have been published on the Internet.

Link: Rules and regulations

The PSA's "statutory objective"
The PSA is to stipulate conditions for and follow up that the players in the petroleum activities maintain a high standard for health, environment, safety and emergency preparedness, thereby also contributing to the creation of the greatest possible values for our society.


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