The regulations and the supervisory system are designed to help enhance the awareness of the companies that they bear total responsibility for operating acceptably.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is challenging central technical experts in the petroleum industry to pay more attention to prevention. "We think that much more can be done to prevent accidents that can harm the environment."
Norway’s offshore workforce regards today’s emergency preparedness on the NCS as good – and a clear improvement from 10 years ago. The PSA’s inquiries and audits point in the same direction. The robustness of responses to emergencies on the NCS was addressed through a study launched by the PSA during 2008 to look at all aspects of this issue.
The interest in the seminar to be held in the PSA on 11 February has far exceeded our expectations. This shows a commitment to these issues that is gratifying. Unfortunately, interest in the seminar has been so great that we have had to turn away people who wanted to participate. Therefore, we will be setting up a similar seminar this fall.
A new report for the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway identifies relevant health, safety and environmental concerns associated with large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS).
SINTEF Petroleumforskning's new report on well safety in connection with CO2 injection, commissioned by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), confirms the need to develop sufficient criteria to measure the strength and endurance of cementing as a barrier in CO2 injection wells.
The industry must make a greater effort to identify groups of employees who are exposed to risk, and to a greater degree focus on how various external conditions - for example, working hours schemes and contractual issues - affect risk.
Lack of knowledge, standards and clear-cut procedures are some of the challenges the petroleum industry is facing as the lifetime of an increasing number of facilities on the Norwegian Shelf is extended. This emerged at a seminar on ageing and lifetime extension organized by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) on Wednesday, 19 November.
The introduction of integrated operations (IO) has not taken place at the pace envisaged by the oil industry a few years ago. The reason may be high oil prices and a high activity level on the Shelf, according to a SINTEF report prepared for the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA). The report was presented at the seminar “Maintenance management and IO”, held at the PSA’s offices on Thursday, 30 October.
"Priorities made by a company's management may well be the decisive factor in how the risk of major accidents are handled," said Anne Vatten, Director for Supervisory Activities in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) at a conference on the risk of major accidents, which was organized for contractors on Thursday, 16 October.
”Why aren’t the lessons learned from the major disasters in the petroleum industry communicated to new generations?” asked Magne Ognedal, Director General of the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), in his speech during the HSE lunch at the ONS conference on Thursday. Ognedal is worried that so many people working in the industry today are not familiar with the major disasters in the 1980s.