Five sets of regulations have been adopted for health, safety and the environment (HSE) in Norway’s offshore petroleum sector and at selected petroleum plants on land.
There were no personal-injury incidents reported in 2016, but one near-miss during saturation diving in connection with petroleum activities. There have been relatively few personal injuries associated with saturation diving as part of these activities in the last 25 years.
Aker BP, ExxonMobil, Gassco and Statoil have received consent for manned underwater operations in 2017.
The PSA has had a study performed of electrical installations without dedicated emergency power systems on three selected facilities.
ExxonMobil has received consent to extend the lifetime of the facilities on the Sigyn field.
The PSA has carried out an operational audit of electrical installations at Shell's plant at Nyhamna.
Adequate robustness – some leeway – is essential for prudent operation, says Finn Carlsen, the PSA’s director of professional competence. “It’s also a precondition for continuous improvement.”
A fatal accident on COSLInnovator cast a long shadow over 2016. The response has aimed to apply lessons learnt in order to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Eight serious incidents offshore and on land were investigated by the PSA in 2016. The first specific examples that cost cuts are among the causes of such events have now be detected.
The PSA takes a positive view of new offshore development solutions – as long as safety has been taken care of.