An operator must obtain consent from the regulator at important milestones. This system ensures that the operator has established good checkpoints for its activities, and that its key decisions are subject to government control.
From 29 November to 8 December 2017 we carried out an audit of Ocean Rig AS and the company's activities using Leiv Eiriksson for the operator Lundin in the Barents Sea.
In the early years of Norway’s petroleum industry, the regulatory regime was based on specific requirements, checks, inspections and detailed orders.
All mobile units (primarily drilling rigs) included in a national ship register must have an acknowledgement of compliance (AoC) from the PSA to participate in petroleum operations on the NCS.
The Norwegian Storting (parliament) wants Norway’s petroleum industry to be the world leader for HSE. In place for many years, this ambition has been important in work to develop the industry.
Trends in risk level in the petroleum activity (RNNP) is an annual survey led by the PSA. Starting in 1999-2000, it monitors major accident, working environment and acute oil spill risks.
All human activity involves risk. Risk management is about assessing, prioritising and allocating resources to the areas where the best safety gains can be achieved.
Cooperation between employers, unions and government has long traditions in Norwegian working life, where these parties join forces in a constructive collaboration on improvements – including for safety and the working environment.
Amendments are being made to Norway’s HSE regulations for its petroleum sector all the time. The industry constantly comes up with new ways of pursuing its operations, which means the government must keep up and ensure that the regulations are adapted to the innovative solutions.
Undesirable incidents must be reported to the PSA. Some 600-800 such notifications are received every year. The PSA’s emergency phone line is staffed around the clock.
From 6 to 8 December 2017, we carried out a major accident audit and audit of preparations for operation and establishment of the emergency preparedness organisation at Nyhamna following the start-up of a new facility (NYX).