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Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA)

P.O. Box 599
4003 Stavanger

Telephone : +47 51 87 60 50
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Article archive for Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA);

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Risks in petroleum industry remain stable 01 May 2009

The risk level in the petroleum industry remains stable according to the Risk level reports for 2008 (RNNP). "The PSA expects visible HSE results from the many on-going improvement projects in the industry," said director Magne Ognedal....

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Lessons learnt could have prevented incidents and accidents 12 February 2009

Several incidents could have been avoided if the industry had learnt from their own and others’ mistakes. A lack of experience transfer is one of several recurring themes among the underlying causes of accidents. “The decline in knowledge about the big tragedies is a grave concern,” said Director General Magne Ognedal at the PSA press conference concerning the HSE year 2008. Ognedal underlines that no lessons learnt must be wasted in the work of preventing new accidents. ...

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Requirements for prudent material handling when using offshore cranes 06 February 2009

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has noted a negative trend in the industry's work to achieve safe lifting operations. The PSA has sent identical letters to the industry players emphasising some of the requirements for prudent material handling when using offshore cranes and other lifting appliances, so as to avoid blind zones. ...

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Large-scale CCS identified 06 February 2009

A report for the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway identifies relevant health, safety and environmental concerns associated with large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS). The study concluded that none of the identified HSE challenges and potential hazards will represent any substantial hindrance for implementing and applying CCS. This is conditional on the risks being assessed and managed in a full and satisfactory manner....

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Consent to use facilities on Ekofisk beyond original lifetime 16 January 2009

ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (COPSAS) has received consent to use several of the facilities and pipelines in the Ekofisk Area beyond their original lifetime. The consent applies to the following facilities and pipelines...

Notification of order following the audit of technical safety on Yme 14 January 2009

During the period 9 - 11 December 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of the construction of Yme Mopustor as regards the discipline technical safety. Based on findings during the audit, the PSA have issued a notification of order to Talisman Energy Norge AS (TENAS). ...

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Audit at StatoilHydro's facility at Mongstad 07 January 2009

During the period 23-24 September 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of crane and lifting operations at StatoilHydro's (SH's) process facility at Mongstad. SH's governing documents have been used as a basis for operation of the facility and, in addition to the regulations, have also been used as a basis for the audit. The audit was conducted in the form of interviews with selected personnel, verifications at the facility and reviews of documentation....

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Emergency preparedness and helicopter operations on Deepsea Atlantic 07 January 2009

During the period 26-28 November 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of technical and operational factors related to emergency preparedness and helicopter operations on the mobile facility Deepsea Atlantic. ...

North Sea cooperation on environment issues in the EU area 09 December 2008

A working group has been established under the North Sea Offshore Authorities Forum (NSOAF): The NSOAF EU Working Group will work to achieve a common interpretation of and approach to EU/EEA legislation in safety and working environment issues and to inform each country about this work. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) chairs the group in 2008/2009. ...

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Leaks contribute to continuing high energy bills 21 October 2008

The majority of gas used in the UK is imported from the North Sea. Frequent leaks on North Sea gas pipelines are contributing to gas becoming an expensive and unreliable fuel source. Regular inspections, investigations into the cause of these accidents and taking the relevant actions to prevent future incidents may prevent unnecessary fluctuations in oil and gas prices in the future, but perhaps not for some time....