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§ 62 Administrative proceedings and confidentiality

This subsection applies to safety and working environment for offshore petroleum activities.
The rules in Section 18, first subsection of the Public Administration Act (in Norwegian only), do not apply in the event of an application for a production license.
Information of any kind that is reported to the authorities in connection with an application for a production license, shall be subject to confidentiality requirements until the production licences in the relevant areas have been awarded. Afterwards, the information shall be subject to confidentiality to the extent required by the Public Administration Act (in Norwegian only) for a period of 20 years, cf. Section 13c, third subsection of the Public Administration Act (in Norwegian only).
For information on geological, reservoir and production engineering aspects in reports or other material submitted to public authorities, the confidentiality provisions in Section 85, third and fourth subsections of the Regulations relating to the Petroleum Act (in Norwegian only) apply.
In general, the confidentiality provisions in Sections 13 to 13f of the Public Administration Act (in Norwegian only) apply for administrative bodies that receive or process information or material regarding the petroleum activities; nevertheless, the confidentiality will lapse after 20 years, cf. Section 13, first subsection No. 2 and Section 13c, third subsection of the Public Administration Act (in Norwegian only).
The provisions in this section shall not prevent the Ministry from issuing general statements about the activities, neither from exchanging information as assumed in Chapter 6 of the Central Coordinating Register Act (in Norwegian only).
Neither do the provisions in this section prevent exchange of information with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
Section last changed: 01 January 2011

The new third subsection is included to clarify that the special rule in the Regulations relating to the Petroleum Act (in Norwegian only) for information regarding geological, reservoir-technical and production engineering matters from the offshore petroleum activities also applies to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to the extent the Authority receives such information. The reference to the Regulations relating to the Petroleum Act (in Norwegian only) also clarifies that any changes in the length of the duty of confidentiality as a result of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's decisions pursuant to Section 85, shall be used as a basis when the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's confidentiality is established.