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.
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.