A new report produced by the Sintef research foundation for the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) collates information on the status of and challenges to the condition and maintenance of safety-critical equipment in the petroleum industry.
A report from Norway’s Auditor General criticises several aspects of the way health, safety and the environment (HSE) in the Norwegian oil and gas industry is followed up by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA). Also presenting proposals for improving and strengthening the PSA’s role, the report is generally supportive of today’s petroleum safety regime.
We have given Equinor consent to drill exploration well 6507/3-13 in production licence 159B in the Norwegian Sea.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority have jointly audited Maersk Drilling's routines for handling notifications of censurable conditions (whistleblowing) at work.
On 20 November 2018 we performed a verification of Aker BP’s planning and execution of permanent plugging of wells at Valhall DP.
We have carried out an audit of Vår Energi focused on management of the working environment and materials handling on the Balder field.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is currently working to learn more about which of its supervisory activities have the greatest effect, and to increase awareness about which approaches give the best return.
A user survey has been conducted by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) to learn more about how its audits are perceived by the industry and the effect they have, and to identify potential improvements. The results are now available.
On commission from the PSA, Lloyd's Register has undertaken a study to shed light on the risk picture associated with different vessel operations in the petroleum activities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority have jointly audited Transocean’s routines for handling notifications of censurable conditions (whistleblowing) at work.
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.