No activity can be conducted without risk, but this risk can be managed. Our job is help ensure that petroleum operations are pursued in an integrated, managed and acceptable manner.
The number of incidents on the Norwegian Shelf with a major accident potential show a decline in 2007. PSA director Magne Ognedal ascertains a good development, but points out that several serious incidents, such as the fatal accident on the lifting facility Saipem 7000 and the oil leak on the Statfjord field, show that the industry still has challenges to resolve if it is to be the world leader in HSE.
Technical problems occurred during the activation of the Trends in Risk levels projects web-based questionnaire form. The errors have now been corrected, and the forms are available online.
On 7 January, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) initiated a questionnaire survey among all employees engaged in offshore petroleum activities, as well as those working at petroleum facilities on land. The objective is to find out what employees think about the general HSE status. The results will be incorporated in the Trends in risk levels project.
As part of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's (PSA) follow-up of industry targets for hydrocarbon leak reduction, we have held status meetings with the industry. We want to continue these meetings to follow up the industry's new reduction targets.
The Ministry has tasked the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) with measuring the risk development on the Norwegian Shelf for 2007 as well. We have sent an identical letter to the owners of mobile facilities and have requested the submission of relevant experience data.
The number of incidents with a major accident potential was stable or falling in 2006, depending on what aspects one is looking at. Nevertheless, the overall indicator for major accidents and fatalities remains unchanged from the previous year. This is because the potential of the near misses has not been reduced in the same way as the incident frequency. "It must be our definite goal to achieve an overall positive development with regard to both frequency and potential," says Director-General Magne Ognedal of the PSA about the Risk Level report that was published today.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is asking OLF and the Norwegian Shipowners' Association to make a special commitment towards reducing the risk level within well integrity and mooring. The goal is to improve the HSE level in line with the effect of the hydrocarbon leak project which the industry established in 2003.
The summary report from Phase 6 (2005) of the project "Trends in risk levels - Norwegian shelf" has been translated into English.
"The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway is not satisfied with the development in HSE," said Director Magne Ognedal when he presented the results of the project "Trends in risk levels - Norwegian continental shelf" (RNNS) and main features of the PSA's annual report. There has been no clear improvement in the risk level in the petroleum activities in 2005.
Questionnaires were first used as part of the risk level project in 2001, at that time in the form of a limited survey. In 2003 it was repeated, this time in full scale. In Phase 6 a new questionnaire survey was conducted among all those working on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.