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Norwegian Minister for Public Security

Just over half a year ago, I proposed that we needed “a new Kåre Willoch”, in order to reemphasize the focus on the need for a Ministry of Safety and Emergency. Today with the new government, we got it half way! We have got a new Minister for public security, but the responsibility for preventive … Continue Reading »

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PSA auditted

The Auditor General’s report on the supervisory practices of PSA was presented in mid January 2019 (report in Norwegian). PSA was severely criticised for not choosing practices which ensure that the industry complies with the regulations, based on detailed assessment of 4 cases (Goliat, Songa Endurence, Mongstad, Nyhamna). PSA has commented that they already have … Continue Reading »

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Do we not need more HES research in offshore petroleum?

There has been no new funding of HES (Health, Environment and Safety) research projects from the Norwegian Research Council in 2018, and according to the published plans for 2019, no new budgets for HES projects in 2019. After 2012, there were no new budget for HES research until 2017, which is so far the last … Continue Reading »

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Should Equinor withdraw from Gulf of Mexico operations?

Professors Ingrid B. Utne and Jan Erik Vinnem have published a chronicle (in Norwegian) in Dagens Næringsliv (link) proposing that Equinor should withdraw from petroleum operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The actions taken after the Macondo disaster were few, and now some of these are being withdrawn by the President. This appears to completely … Continue Reading »

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Offshore Risk Assessment, 4th Edition

Currently the updating of the two volume book Offshore Risk Assessment (Springer) has started after the summer holidays. The manuscript of the 4th Edition of the book will be delivered to the publishers in the first quarter 2019, to be published thereafter. The new edition will summarise the latest research and developments, but will also … Continue Reading »

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Norwegian Storting debated petroleum HES

The Storting debated petroleum HES on 12th June 2018. The overall impression from the debate is that the government has very few, if any, ambitions for petroleum HES other than “keep business as usual”. All parties focus on the HES situation for employees on construction and maintenance vessels, the government will let the parties solve … Continue Reading »

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We need a new Kåre Willoch!

Former Prime Minister Kåre Willoch (H) presented his “Sårbarhetvurdering” (vulnerability assessment) in 2000 and proposed many actions, including the forming of a new MInistry for Safety and Emergency. According to rumours, the new Ministry was almost a reality with the forming of a new government in 2001, when the new Minister of Justice blocked the … Continue Reading »

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Farewell to Newsletters

We are discontinuing the monthly newsletter distribution as of May 2018, since it is no longer permitted to keep such lists, unless the members have accepted the conditions. We will on the other hand keep posting new R&D results and other significant events in the offshore petroleum HES field, so please check our site from … Continue Reading »

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White paper about HES

The Ministry of labour and social affairs in Norway published 6th April its white paper about health, environment and safety in the petroleum sector, including both offshore and onshore facilities, but with the main emphasis on offshore facilities. The report gives a good overview of what are important aspects with respect to prevention and protection … Continue Reading »

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Increased focus on construction and maintenance vessels

Safetec, assisted by Preventor and Oslo Economics, has carried out a study for the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in order to describe the expected new operational modes for the Norwegian sector, and the implications for use of construction and maintenance vessels in the petroleum activities. The study (in Norwegian only) also identifies the … Continue Reading »

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