OSLO, Norway – Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway says the North Sea Offshore Authorities Forum, which brings together safety agencies of countries surrounding the North Sea, will pay special attention over the next two years to the safe operation and maintenance of aging offshore facilities.
The aim is to promote transfer of experience between the countries.
PSA says defective or deficient maintenance has often proved to be a contributory cause of major accidents.
The need for effective maintenance management and safe operations has been heightened by the cost reductions the industry has had to make following the oil price decline.
All the forum’s member countries have aging facilities in operation, with associated challenges.
According to PSA, each country will collect data through a series of audits, to be reported individually. Subsequently, the member countries will prepare a joint report, detailing their experiences, and likely to be published in 2018.
PSA plans three audits this year, with the selected facilities and participants to be determined.