The regulations and the supervisory system are designed to help enhance the awareness of the companies that they bear total responsibility for operating acceptably.
During the period 2001–2010, there has been a significant reduction in the number of acute crude oil spills on the Norwegian continental shelf. The reduction was greatest during the first years of the period, while the number of spills following this remained stabile for several years. In 2010, the number has declined again, but it is too early to say whether this is the start of a further positive development.
Preliminary conclusions by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and action recommended after the Deepwater Horizon accident were presented to the Safety Forum’s annual conference on 9 June.
What expectations does the Government have as regards safety in the petroleum activities? What have the industry and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) learned so far from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe? And how are the industry and authorities preparing for increased oil and gas activities in the northern areas? These are some of the topics of this year’s Safety Forum annual conference, which is titled “Future challenges”.
The "Trends in risk level" aims to measure and improve health, safety and environmental conditions in the petroleum activities offshore and at the petroleum facilities on land. Results from 2010 was presented on 27. April 2011. The summary report is now available in English.
The 2010 study of trends in risk level in the Norwegian petroleum activity (RNNP) shows a sharp rise in well control incidents and gas leaks back at a high level. Magne Ognedal, director-general of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), describes this as a matter of concern.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway receives reports on damage to and incidents in connection with load-bearing structures and pipeline systems. See updated overviews - April 2011.
In 2010, two personal injuries were reported during saturation diving in connection with petroleum activities, according to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s report from the diving database system DSYS.
“A theoretical understanding is not enough. The lessons learned after Deepwater Horizon and other incidents must result in concrete measures,” said Finn Carlsen, Director for Supervisory Activity, during the seminar “When accidents threaten the environment” in Stavanger on 17 February.
The PSA calls for action and challenges the industry to launch effective measures to reduce noise problems in the petroleum activities.
Summary of the report ”Acute discharges - Norwegian continental shelf 2001–09" is now available in English.