New demands will be put on technology and choice of development solutions by petroleum operations in the far north. Some of the biggest challenges must be solved as early as the design stage.
Close attention is being paid by the PSA to the way the players are coordinating their activities and jointly developing optimum emergency preparedness in the far north. Going solo is out of the question when moving into the new areas of the NCS.
Some of the technical challenges which, in the PSA’s view, face petroleum operations on the northernmost NCS are addressed here. They have been grouped in accordance with the authority’s own discipline structure.
Prudent operation in the far north must be based on taking care of relevant uncertainties and risk factors. The PSA is now assessing whether blowout risk must be addressed from an area perspective.
Petroleum operations in the far north face a different risk picture in several areas, and this must be dealt with effectively. Positive measures in one area must not be negative in others.
Drilling in the Barents Sea must be conducted just as safely as it is on the rest of the NCS. But conditions in the far north can put both equipment and facilities to a tough test.
As workplaces move ever further north, the risk picture for employees also changes. A great need exists for increased knowledge in this area.