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§ 46 Oceanography, meteorology and earthquake data

The petroleum activities shall be based on representative oceanography, meteorology and earthquake data. If such data are not available, collection of such data shall be initiated so that the necessary data are available for planning and implementation of the petroleum activities. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway can, through regulations or administrative decisions, issue provisions requiring collection, processing and reporting of such data in the operation of facilities.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway can, through regulations, issue provisions requiring installation of instruments for recording oceanography, meteorology and earthquake data that can be of significance to ensure or verify that the petroleum activities are carried out in a safe and prudent manner.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway can, through regulations or administrative decisions, order the licensee to pay the costs of such instrumentation, as mentioned in the second subsection, as well as and its maintenance, including work in connection with recording, processing and reporting collected data.
Section last changed: 01 January 2011

The first subsection, second sentence will normally entail that collection of statistical data shall be carried out prior to relevant future developments, when such statistical data are uncertain. In particular, current measurements at great ocean depths will be important. The requirement applies to statistical data forming the basis for planning facilities and operations, as well as real-time data necessary to perform certain activities in the petroleum activities.
The legal basis for the second subsection includes the possibility of stipulating a duty to place instruments on and outside facilities.
The legal basis for the third subsection includes the possibility of ordering the licensee to pay for the instrumentation, etc., regardless of whether the data will not be used on the facility outfitted with instrumentation, e.g. where the data are part of a larger collection.