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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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Risk Management Summit

The NPF Risk Management Summit is arranged in Clarion Hotel Air, 31.1 – 1.2. We think the programme is exiting. The theme of the conference is Risk Management in Change. We will amongst other topics try to establish a realistic illustration of the relationship between cost cutting and safety in the offshore industry. Please visit … Continue Reading »

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PSA 2017: Reversing the trend

PSA 2017 slogan is: Reversing the trend. While this is a good indicator for the way forward, it may be questionable to what extent it can be made sufficiently operationable. And as often it depends on the context. If you are primarily concerned with occupational health and safety, it may be adequate. Reversing the trend … Continue Reading »

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Is offshore major accident risk increasing?

6 major accident precursor incidents occurred during a period of about 10 days in October in the Norwegian offshore sector. Statoil management was twice in the same week called to a meeting in Petroleum Safety Authority to explain what had occurred. Workers union representatives are understandingly very worried. Representatives of the companies and the industry … Continue Reading »

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