We have carried out an audit of Floatel International focused on the management of emergency preparedness, maintenance and technical safety in connection with preparations for the use of the Floatel Endurance mobile quarters facility.
From 25 to 26 April and from 7 to 10 May 2018, we carried out an audit of ConocoPhillips' planning and execution of drilling and well operations at Ekofisk X.
We have given Equinor consent for exploration drilling in block 7220/5 in the Barents Sea.
We have given Equinor consent for exploration drilling in block 7132/2 in the Barents Sea.
During 2015 and 2016, the Health and Safety Working Group of the North Sea Offshore Authorities Forum, chaired by Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, met to discuss common challenges for the oil and gas industry in their respective countries. The challenges related to maintaining and operating ageing installations in a lower oil price environment was selected as topic for further work and follow-up.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to Point Resources AS and Halliburton AS in connection with its investigation into the lifting incident of 19 May 2018 on the Jotun B facility.
We have carried out an audit of Equinor and its planning and execution of materials handling, crane and lifting operations, scaffolding and work at height at the Mongstad facility in Hordaland. We observed several breaches of the regulations and have now notified the company of an order.
We have carried out an audit of Equinor focused on the helideck and management of emergency preparedness at Gina Krog.
We have carried out an audit of Equinor focused on drilling and emergency preparedness on the Statfjord C facility.
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.