Offshore Safety Authorities ‘Worried’ About Industry

Published at 10:33AM - 02/09/16

Norway is planning to review offshore safety rules after “repeated failures” at Eni’s Goliat platform in the Barents Sea, media sources have reported.

Following the recent power outage and other issues with the Arctic platform, the Norwegian ministry of labour and social affairs is set to meet with the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to plan different inspections and rules.

“We’re worried. It’s our job to be worried. The industry must ensure that constant attention is paid to risk and safety – in every single operation and job,” PSA director general Anne Myhrvold said.

Offshore Safety Authorities ‘Worried’ About Industry

The Arctic oil platform producing on the world’s most northern offshore Arctic field has been shut since August 26, when a power outage led to partial evacuation, the second such instance since its start-up in March.

The platform capable of producing 10,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) has also suffered gas leaks and one person was injured during unloading operations in June.

Norway Petroleum Safety Director General Authority Anne Myhrvold
Norway Petroleum Safety Authority Director General, Anne Myhrvold

As a result, the PSA asked ENI to present a plan by September 5 on how to avoid further incidents at the platform.

In January, the PSA had requested Statoil, a licence partner in Goliat (35%) to confirm that Eni was prepared to start production.

Rule Review Needed to Avert Disaster

“We’re currently working to determine if accidents, incidents, trends and results over the past couple of years justify the claim that safety is under threat,” Myhrvold noted.

She stressed that companies and the industry will suffer if the oil and gas sector fails to look at the future. “Wrong choices and poor quality could end in disaster”.

“I have said before, and will say again, that understanding both the immediate and the long-term consequences of the changes is crucial. Tomorrow will be shaped today. Taking care of expertise and knowledge is the key to a safe future for this industry,” she added.