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Updated PDO/PIO Guidelines

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) has updated the Guidelines for Plans for Development and Operation and Plans for Installation and Operation (PDO/PIO Guidelines) in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).


A Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) describes the development of a petroleum deposit, whereas a Plan for Installation and Operation (PIO) applies to installation and operation of facilities for transport and exploitation of petroleum.

The PSA’s role in the authorities’ consideration of PDOs and PIOs is to assess HSE issues related to the planned development. The PSA submits its assessment to the Ministry of Labour.

The purpose of the Guidelines is to provide guidance on how a PDO or a PIO should be prepared to comply with regulatory requirements, explain procedures and promote efficient cooperation between licensees and the authorities, through measures such as early government intervention.

The Norwegian continental shelf is in a mature phase where oil discoveries are developed on a smaller scale than previously. This creates a need for the authorities to establish more flexible procedures, adapting the documentation submitted during the PDO/PDI process to the size and complexity of the development.

At the same time, there is still the possibility of major developments with significant ripple effects on land. This has also been addressed in the Guidelines.

The Guidelines have been updated to include any changes in regulations since the previous edition and incorporate the existing practice for government intervention in an early phase. The new Guidelines replace the June 2000 Guidelines.

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