A MAGAZINE FROM THE PETROLEUM SAFETY AUTHORITY NORWAY
Dramatic changes may be affecting Norway’s oil and gas sector, but PSA director-general Anne Myhrvold makes it clear that savings must not affect continuous safety improvements.
Narrowing margins may put safety to the test. The PSA’s new main priority deals with what is required for safe operation – even late in life.
Their structure and fundamental principles remain constant, but Norway’s HSE regulations for the petroleum sector are otherwise in a constant process of change.
Some groups of employees are more exposed to occupational injuries and ill-health than others, for many reasons. But operational parameters are often involved.
A year ago, everyone seemed to be heading north. The outlook for the Barents Sea is far more nuanced today, with concerns over oil prices and profitability.
Big efforts to cut costs and boost efficiency are under way at Statoil. The PSA is keeping close tabs on the biggest NCS operator to ensure that any action it takes also helps to improve safety.
Some of the world’s biggest oil companies do not amount to much on the NCS. But the PSA keeps an eye on them – all the time.
Broad expertise and long experience are important tools for the PSA’s specialists in drilling and well technology when they have to supervise a whole industry.
Five new mobile units received an AOC from the PSA last year, and the level of applications to obtain this green light for floaters has remained stable in 2015.
Norway’s requirements for a good working environment and reducing occupational risk must be met regardless of whether personnel are permanent employees or contract workers.
Supervision of HSE in the petroleum sector may be the PSA’s most important and visible function, but it also fulfils another key role in the official regulation of this industry.