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.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has launched an investigation into a gas leak experienced on the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea on 8 April 2019.
Figures from the annual trends in risk level in the petroleum activity (RNNP) survey for 2018 reveal progress in important areas, and the overall major accident indicator is at its lowest-ever level. “We’re moving in the right direction,” says Anne Myhrvold, director general of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA).
We have carried out an audit of Equinor ASA (Equinor) and its management of risk associated with information security for the industrial ICT systems at Tjeldbergodden.
This issue of Dialogue explains how we are following up the criticisms from Norway's Auditor General. A closer look is also taken at ICT security, an issue now attracting much greater attention.
New technological solutions, data sharing and interconnecting systems are meant to benefit the oil industry – but also help to increase vulnerability. The PSA is responding to this challenge by learning more and extending its supervisory activities.
The PSA requires that the industry’s commitment to digitalisation must help improve security. Clear and binding goals must also be set here when companies assess and adopt new solutions.
The report from the Office of the Auditor General on the PSA’s follow-up of HSE contained a hefty dose of criticism. Director general Anne Myhrvold responds to key issues raised in its wake.
Equinor was criticised fairly sharply by the Auditor General, and CEO Eldar Sætre makes it clear that he takes these comments very seriously. He has launched a far-reaching internal drive to assess what must be done in response.
The Auditor General’s report on the PSA’s follow-up of HSE attracted much comment when it was published in January. Some reactions from union websites are presented below.
The relationship between freedom and control as well as the intelligent use of authority are key issues for professor Ole Andreas Engen. He is one of Norway’s leading experts on the Norwegian safety regime.