There is a lot of construction activity going on in the petroleum industry, but rig constructors have varying levels of operational experience. So far, the PSA has had very positive experiences from dialogues with a total of twelve companies that build mobile installations which can operate on the Norwegian Shelf. This contact has uncovered several challenges:
Guidance in the early stages
Feedback from companies also indicates that guidance in the early stages is important for familiarisation with operational requirements, technological expectations and regulations relating to the Norwegian Shelf. The PSA finds that the industry has a need for information on and guidance in issues such as requirements to the content of applications for Acknowledgements of Compliance (AoC) for mobile installations.
During meetings with companies, the PSA emphasises the importance of the industry's contributions towards developing regulations. Companies can do this by providing feedback on aspects of the regulations which can be perceived as challenging or restrictive.
Learning from experience
The PSA is also concerned that the newer construction companies draw on the experience that drilling contractors and operating companies have in designing for operations on the Norwegian Shelf. This knowledge will be an important contribution towards constructing the best possible facilities for the years ahead. We notice, however, that there are varying degrees of dialogue and interaction between contractor companies and operators.
Meeting the operators
The PSA would also like to receive feedback on how the operating companies evaluate the concepts that are being built. We will also take the initiative to meet with some of the operators in an effort to learn how they communicate their expectations; in other words, their requirements for effective and safe operation on the Norwegian Shelf.
Contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mobile installations and drilling contractors
Janne Lea Svensson
Telephone: 51 87 65 13 / 415 50 643