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PSA and ENI – a biblical analogy?

Most of us have some faint recollection of the battle between David and Goliath from the Old testament in the Bible. The giant Goliath was defeated by the young David from Bethlehem by a cunny trick. Recent events may bring some thoughts back to this story, when PSA is demanding that ENI may not start … Continue Reading »

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Learning the lessons from explosion on FPSO Cidade de São Mateus

Nearly 3 years ago, in February 2015, the BW Offshore owned FPSO experienced a severe explosion during normal operation in Brazil for Petrobras. A relatively small condensate leak was ignited during clean-up operations, with personnel present. 9 employees died in the accident, and it took a long time before survivors onboard were rescued. It has … Continue Reading »

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PSA to be audited

The Office of the Auditor General Norway has decided to perform an audit of PSA’s work in order to ensure that the practice adopted by PSA with respect to supervisory activities fulfills the decisions and premises of the Norwegian parliament (Storting). This is welcomed by the PSA management. Some union representatives and the leader of … Continue Reading »

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Scrapping of old mobile rigs

3 of the oldest mobile drilling rigs have been sent for scrapping, according to recent media reports. More old rigs are also mentioned as candidates for additional scrapping. This is probably not good news for the owners of these rigs or for the employment of crews, but they had all been laid up for some … Continue Reading »

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Norway world leading – where are the free lunch tickets distributed?

The ambition of the present government, as several administrations before it, is for Norway to be world leading in offshore health, environment and safety (HES). This was repeated last week by two ministers, when they visited Kollsnes gas facility, according to media coverage. Norwegian Oil and Gas has stated the same objectives repeatedly. But nobody … Continue Reading »

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Costs and safety once more

Norwegian Oil and Gas published a report by Menon just hours before the annual RNNP report was published by PSA, the Menon report claiming (again) no correlation between cost reductions and safety. A number of colleagues at NTNU, SINTEF and Safetec published a chronicle just a few days later in Stavanger Aftenblad. The Menon report … Continue Reading »

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Proposals for changing the trend

Professors Vinnem and Kongsvik have 27th April published a chronicle in Stavanger Aftenblad about what may be done to change the safety trend in the Norwegian Petroleum sector. The starting point is as follows: Companies in the oil and gas sector recently often state that they both improve safety and reduce costs at the same … Continue Reading »

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Major accident risk and reduced maintenance

A presentation 19.4 in the MainTech Conference 2017, focused among other aspects, on the importance of maintenance backlog for major accident risk. Two messages were presented: For offshore installations, HC leaks are mainly due to failures occurring during manual intervention on normally pressurized systems, degradation accounts for about 25% of the leaks, and reduced maintenance is … Continue Reading »

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“The Norwegian model” – friend or foe?

It is often claimed recently, that the “Norwegian model” is being threatened, and needs to be defended. The three partite model (employers, unions, authorities) is described as the ideal goal for offshore health and safety. But maybe this is not the “final solution”? it has been demonstrated repeatedly on the Norwegian offshore production installations, that … Continue Reading »

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Major accident risk vs occupational risk

There are several focuses on safety improvement at the present time, including the “Reversing the trend” initiative by PSA. We think there is insufficient emphasis on the need to distinguish between major accident risk vs occupational accident risk. Occupational accident risk implies no or very short time lag for feedback. If you do not wear … Continue Reading »

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