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Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA)

P.O. Box 599
4003 Stavanger

Telephone : +47 51 87 60 50
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Leak at BP platform in Norwegian North Sea could have caused major accident - PSA 29 April 2013

The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), Norway's oil safety watchdog, said BP must review the way it handles risk and maintenance at its offshore oil platforms in Norwegian waters following a leak at a North Sea platform last year that the PSA said could have caused a major accident. The platform was evacuated, but no one was injured in the incident....

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Development in the risk of acute spills on the Norwegian shelf: 2001-2011 05 March 2013

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) monitors the risk development in petroleum activities in several different ways. An important tool in this connection is the mapping work within 'Risk level in Norwegian petroleum activities' - RNNP....

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PSA orders Statoil to identify causes of Heimdal gas leak 06 February 2013

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has given Statoil until March 1 to identify the causes of last May's hydrocarbon leak at its Heimdal field in the North Sea, and come up with a plan to ensure it does not happen again....

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PSA Norway says more well control incidents should be investigated 11 September 2012

A new well control incident study released by the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) reveals significant gaps between causes in investigation reports and the viewpoints cited by professionals in interviews. The report concludes that the oil and gas industry should investigate more well control incidents and implement more technical measures....

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PSA chief says 2011 a good year for safety in Norwegian oil sector 14 March 2012

“We suffered no fatalities or major accidents in 2011, but several serious incidents show that efforts to improve and maintain the level of safety can’t be relaxed,” said Magne Ognedal, director general of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA)....

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PSA seeks explanation from Statoil 28 March 2011

The investigation by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) into the gas leak on Norway’s Gullfaks B platform on 4 December 2010 has identified serious deficiencies related to planning, approval and execution. Based on this event and earlier incidents on Statoil-operated installations, the PSA has asked Øystein Michelsen, the company’s executive vice president for development and production Norway, to assess which measures he considers necessary in light of the identified deficiencies....

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Risk of a major accident is always present 01 September 2010

A disaster such as Deepwater Horizon could have happened in Norway, said Magne Ognedal, director-general of the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA). "We must acknowledge that operations on the Norwegian continental shelf are also associated with risk, as are any and all activities," he told the Safety Lunch at the ONS exhibition in Stavanger on 26 August....

Industry asked to assess emergency preparedness 18 June 2010

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has contacted the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF) to stress the need to assess how good the sector’s emergency preparedness principles are for halting a possible subsea blowout off Norway. The OLF has also been asked to assess existing strategies for limiting the harmful effects of a blowout until it can be halted, and to identify possible improvement requirements....

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North Sea collaboration on operational management and HSE 01 October 2009

Under the auspices of North Sea Offshore Authorities Forum (NSOAF), the authorities around the North Sea Basin has audited the operating companies' operational management and its importance for the HSE standards....

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Condensate leak at Kollsnes investigated 26 May 2009

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has implemented an investigation after a condensate leak in the processing facility at Kollsnes in Øygarden, Hordaland on 19 May. The leak occurred outdoors and resulted in an emergency shut-down and evacuation of the facility. No people were injured in the incident. ...