No activity can be conducted without risk, but this risk can be managed. Our job is help ensure that petroleum operations are pursued in an integrated, managed and acceptable manner.
Figures from the report on trends in risk level in the petroleum activity (RNNP) show good progress in many areas, but also give grounds for concern. The industry needs to act to improve management of major accident risk and barriers.
The project on trends in risk level in Norway’s petroleum activity (RNNP) was intended to settle a dispute. Today, this annual report represents a unique instrument for oil-related safety management.
During the period 2001 – 2011, there was a clear reduction in the number of acute crude oil spills to sea on the Norwegian shelf. Leaks in and damage to flexible risers continues to be an unresolved problem area, which will require attention from the industry in coming years.
Friday last week, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) invited the most important players within design, construction and modification of process facilities to a joint meeting. The topic for discussion was the contractors' responsibility and role in relation to risk of hydrocarbon leaks on the Norwegian shelf.
A new well control incident study reveals significant gaps between causes in investigation reports and the viewpoints cited by professionals in interviews. The industry should, among other things, investigate more well control incidents and implement more technical measures.
The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has published its statistics on the number of personal injuries on fixed and mobile facilities with figures updated for 2011.
Purposeful efforts to reduce risk on Norway’s continental shelf (NCS) are paying off. Figures from the 2011 study of trends in risk level in the Norwegian petroleum activity (RNNP) show favourable progress in key areas.
Eyebrows were raised when the PSA wrote directly to executive vice president Øystein Michelsen in Statoil instead of issuing a conventional order. But its purpose was wholly traditional – to demand better safety management by the company.
During the period 2001–2010, there has been a significant reduction in the number of acute crude oil spills on the Norwegian continental shelf. The reduction was greatest during the first years of the period, while the number of spills following this remained stabile for several years. In 2010, the number has declined again, but it is too early to say whether this is the start of a further positive development.
The "Trends in risk level" aims to measure and improve health, safety and environmental conditions in the petroleum activities offshore and at the petroleum facilities on land. Results from 2010 was presented on 27. April 2011. The summary report is now available in English.