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§ 55 Production plants

Production plants shall be designed such that chemical and energy consumption is reduced, and with minimum pollution of the external environment.
Production plants shall have a control system that enables stable regulation of the plant.
Treatment systems for produced water shall be designed such that the oil content in each discharge stream is the lowest possible, cf. Section 60 of the Activities Regulations. The discharge point for produced water shall be located such that the discharges result in the least possible damage to the marine environment.
If there is a risk of ignition, the vessels in the system shall be designed to prevent air penetration.
Production plants also include subsea production plants.
Section last changed: 01 January 2011

For design of production facilities as mentioned in the first subsection, the standards NORSOK P-002, L-001 and L-002 should be used in the area of health, working environment and safety.
In cases involving subsea production facilities, the standards NORSOK U-001 and ISO 13628 should be used in the area health, working environment and safety.
For subsea production facilities, the pollution requirement as mentioned in the first subsection, means that the responsible party shall evaluate whether hydraulic fluids, well fluids and other chemicals shall be routed back to the surface or to a local storage tank.
The requirement relating to design as mentioned in the first subsection, shall be seen in the context of Chapter II of the Framework Regulations.
For general requirements related to design of chemical plants, see Section 15.
For protection of subsea production facilities against mechanical damage, see Section 45 of the Framework Regulations.
For general requirements related to design, see Sections 5 and 10.
For general requirements related to energy use and energy efficiency, see Sections 61a and 61b of the Activities Regulations.