We have given Aker BP consent to use the Maersk Interceptor mobile drilling facility for production drilling on the Ivar Aasen field.
We have given Equinor Energy (Equinor) consent to use the Transocean Equinox mobile drilling facility on the Visund field.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has decided to investigate an incident involved a dropped object on the Åsgard B facility on 13 March 2019.
We have given Equinor Energy (Equinor) consent for the use of the pipeline and subsea production facilities at Trestakk.
We have carried out an audit of Equinor Energy (Equinor) and the fabrication of the subsea Christmas tree for the Snorre expansion project.
We have carried out an audit of Equinor Energy (Equinor) focused on materials handling, work at height and management of the working environment on the Martin Linge A facility.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has completed its investigation of the incident on mobile drilling facility Maersk Invincible on 11 November 2018, when two 38-metre tubular stands fell across the drill floor.
On Tuesday, 12 February 2019, we carried out an audit of Wintershall and its portfolio of pipes, risers, control cables and subsea facilities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
From 11 to 13 November 2018, we carried out an audit of Njord A within the domains of materials handling, lifting equipment and the working environment.
Equinor has received consent to extend the life of the Gullfaks C facility and associated pipelines.
The activities at the land facilities are in some aspects significantly different from the activities on the shelf. This is especially true for development phases for new facilities which include disciplines within traditional construction activities, such as demolition and blasting, transporting mass, quay facilities, construction cranes and other construction machinery and equipment. In addition, there is of course the fact that the land facilities, due to their geographical location, may have closer ties to local communities.
New developments or major modification work at the land facilities are, like the development projects on the shelf, characterised by short time horizons and tight budgets, which entails many parallel activities at the construction sites with many different players involved. This necessitates unified management of the activities.
For most land facilities, the integration between shelf and land means that they are directly connected to the activities which take place on the fields they are linked to in that they process gas and/or condensate from these fields in the same way that gas and condensate are processed at offshore facilities. There is thus an inter-dependence between the activities at the individual land facility and the associated fields.
Management-wise, there is a clear inter-dependency which can entail that if a serious incident takes place at a land facility, it may have major consequences for the activities on the field and the installation connected to the land facility and vice versa. A shutdown at the land facility may thus result in shutdown of production at a connected facility. It is also possible to control parts of the activities on facilities from control rooms at the land facility.
Based on the need for unified risk management and full safeguarding of HSE, it is therefore a precondition that the activities on the shelf and at the land facilities are seen as a whole and governed using the same principles.
Risk contribution to major accidents
The largest risk contributors to major accidents at the land facilities in the operating phase are hydrocarbon leaks with subsequent fire and explosion.
At some land facilities, the processes are more complex than on facilities on the shelf, and the operating philosophy may differ drastically.
Trends in risk level (RNNP)
"Trends in risk levels" aims to measure and improve health, safety and environment conditions in the petroleum activities offshore and at the petroleum facilities on land. In 2006, land facilities which fall under our area of authority were included in this mapping.