Operators and rig contractors on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) have been asked to confirm briefly that a risk-based approach will be take to current restrictions on helicopter flights because of ash in the atmosphere.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has asked the industry to propose specific measures for reducing the number of hydrocarbon leaks and well control incidents on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Work on amending the regulations for lifeboats has been initiated by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA). These changes will apply to both freefall and davit-launched craft.
In connection with the completion of the semi-submersible Gjøa facility, several design weaknesses linked to ballasting and floating stability were found. The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has now sent circular letters with information about this to companies responsible for the operation of semi-submersible floating facilities on the Norwegian shelf.
Notice: The PSA has decided to issue a notification of order to a total of 22 operating companies and shipowners, requiring them to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of means of evacuation, and to establish an action plan aimed at rectifying potential deficiencies.
In a circular sent to the operating companies, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has asked the companies to submit information about the technical and operational condition of all cuttings injection wells on the Norwegian shelf, as well as which corrective measures the operators have available and will implement if weaknesses/uncertainties are uncovered.
The technical requirements in the Norwegian Maritime Directorate's new Anchoring Regulations will be incorporated into the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's (PSA's) regulations as soon as practicable. If the industry chooses to implement the new Anchoring Regulations now, this can be done without an extensive nonconformity process.
Circular letter: In the work to establish new common, comprehensive regulations for health, safety and the environment in the petroleum activities and for some onshore facilities, we have identified a need for some changes which must be incorporated into the current regulations, effective from 1 January.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has sent identical letters to operating companies and shipping companies requiring the individual players to carry out evaluations of the use of lifeboats as a means of evacuation, with a view towards necessary measures and implementation schedules. As the winter season will soon be upon us, this work must be prioritised.
In identical letters to the petroleum industry, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has clarified how the industry shall give notification of and report cases or suspicion of influenza type A (H1N1).