OSLO, Norway – IKM Acona has performed a study for Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) on indicators for identifying HSE challenges to ensure safe start-up/operation of offshore oil and gas projects.
Many new field developments are under review, due to the country’s currently favorable tax terms if a plan for development and operation (PDO) is submitted during 2022.
The study investigated whether different indicators could be applied to identify potentially significant HSE issues as early as the PDO planning phase. The selected indicators can be applied to identify issues that might require extra follow-up, or which appear to pose challenges.
Thy can be applied both for individual projects and to determine differences and connections in a portfolio of projects.
Areas covered comprise HSE; project complexity; maturity at decision gates; competence; realism in goals and ambitions; involvement of stakeholders; management system; system for follow-up; and frame conditions.
According to the PSA, the study should be of use to licensees, operators, government agencies, and other stakeholders in development projects.
And individual indicators may also be relevant in the project execution phase. The PSA is now embarking on a separate study covering this area.