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.
Trends in risk levels, press release:
Most of the major accident indicators used in the project Trends in risk level - Norwegian shelf (RNNS) show a reduction or a stable level in 2004.
However, due to a limited number of incidents with significant potential consequences, the indicator for loss of life in connection with major accidents shows a rising trend.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's (PSA's) new publication entitled "Risk" deals with various aspects of risk in the petroleum activities.
The publication is based on the project Trends in risk levels - Norwegian Shelf (RNNS) and addresses key topics including evaluation and follow-up of gas leaks, well kicks, helicopter traffic and noise.
As part of the project "Trends in risk levels on the Norwegian shelf. Phase 4 - 2003", a questionnaire survey was conducted that included everyone who traveled offshore in the period 8 December 2003 to 18 January 2004. Selected results from this survey have now been published on our web site, but only in Norwegian.
The report "Trends in Risk Levels on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, Phase 4 - 2003" was presented at a press conference in the PSA's offices on 23 April. The summary report has now been translated into English.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has now published its statistics on the number of personal injuries on permanent and mobile installations with figures updated for 2005.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate started a questionnaire survey of more than 18,000 employees offshore on 8 December. The purpose of the survey is to find out how the employees see the HES conditions offshore. The survey is part of the project "Trends in risk level on the Norwegian shelf".
Trends in risk levels on the Norwegian Continental Shelf are not only a matter of concern to everyone involved in the petroleum industry but are also of interest to the public at large. It was therefore a logical and important step for us to establish a system for measuring the impact of the total safety effort in the industry.
The risk of a major accident occurring on the Norwegian shelf is rising. The development in the number of undesirable incidents linked to gas leaks, kicks and damage to load-bearing structures provides the major cause for concern. These are some of the conclusions of the report entitled "Development in risk level on the Norwegian shelf, Phase 3 - 2002".
The negative trend in the risk level on the shelf in 1999 and 2000 appears to be coming to a halt. Some key indicators show a clear improvement, while others still show a negative trend. Heightened focus on safety combined with better and more trusting cooperation between the parties in the industry appears to be the most positive development trend.