Safety is a cornerstone of Norwegian petroleum operations. An unsafe industry puts value – and values – at risk.
In September and October 2017, we carried out an audit of 4 main suppliers of subsea facilities.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has initiated an investigation of an incident where one person died and another suffered serious injuries on Maersk Interceptor on the Tambar field on 7 December 2017.
We have carried out an audit of Wintershall, Odfjell (drilling contractor) and relevant drilling and well service contractors' planning and execution of drilling and well activities on the Maria field using the Deepsea Stavanger drilling rig.
Following an overall assessment, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has determined that the order which required a shutdown of Goliat has now been complied with. This means that operator Eni Norge (Eni) can bring the field back on stream.
Statoil has received consent to use the Askepott mobile drilling facility to perform well activities at Oseberg Vestflanken 2
KCA Deutag Drilling Norge AS has received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for Askepott.
From 14 to 29 September 2017, we carried out an audit of how Statoil is following up barriers and operations on the Snorre A facility.
Between June and October 2017, we conducted audits of arrangements for evacuation from facilities at Point Resources, Aker BP and ConocoPhillips.
In the Norwegian petroleum activities, the Norwegian language must be used as far as possible. This applies to both spoken and written use. In choosing to use another language, the employer must document that the Norwegian language is not appropriate, and that such use is not detrimental to safety.
The activities at the land facilities are in some aspects significantly different from the activities on the shelf. This is especially true for development phases for new facilities which include disciplines within traditional construction activities, such as demolition and blasting, transporting mass, quay facilities, construction cranes and other construction machinery and equipment. In addition, there is of course the fact that the land facilities, due to their geographical location, may have closer ties to local communities.
New developments or major modification work at the land facilities are, like the development projects on the shelf, characterised by short time horizons and tight budgets, which entails many parallel activities at the construction sites with many different players involved. This necessitates unified management of the activities.
For most land facilities, the integration between shelf and land means that they are directly connected to the activities which take place on the fields they are linked to in that they process gas and/or condensate from these fields in the same way that gas and condensate are processed at offshore facilities. There is thus an inter-dependence between the activities at the individual land facility and the associated fields.
Management-wise, there is a clear inter-dependency which can entail that if a serious incident takes place at a land facility, it may have major consequences for the activities on the field and the installation connected to the land facility and vice versa. A shutdown at the land facility may thus result in shutdown of production at a connected facility. It is also possible to control parts of the activities on facilities from control rooms at the land facility.
Based on the need for unified risk management and full safeguarding of HSE, it is therefore a precondition that the activities on the shelf and at the land facilities are seen as a whole and governed using the same principles.
Risk contribution to major accidents
The largest risk contributors to major accidents at the land facilities in the operating phase are hydrocarbon leaks with subsequent fire and explosion.
At some land facilities, the processes are more complex than on facilities on the shelf, and the operating philosophy may differ drastically.
Trends in risk level (RNNP)
"Trends in risk levels" aims to measure and improve health, safety and environment conditions in the petroleum activities offshore and at the petroleum facilities on land. In 2006, land facilities which fall under our area of authority were included in this mapping.