Regulations relating to refunding of expenses in connection with regulatory supervision of safety, working environment and resource management in the petroleum activities

Laid down by Royal Decree 27 June 1997 pursuant to Act  29 November 1996 no 72 relating to petroleum activities, section 10-18, cf section 10-3 and Act 4 February 1977 no 4 relating to worker protection and working environment, section 83. Last amended 14. December 2009.

CONTENTS

 


Section 1

Scope

These regulations are applicable to regulatory supervision of:

  1. Safety in the petroleum activities in areas mentioned in Act 29 November 1996 no 72 relating to petroleum activities, section 1-4,  but not including, however, production and transportation of subsea petroleum deposits on the land territory or seabed subject to private property rights.
  2. Worker protection and working environment in the petroleum activities in areas mentioned in regulations of 27 November 1992 no 870 relating to worker protection and working environment in the petroleum activities, section 1.
  3. Resource management in the petroleum activities in areas mentioned in Act 29 November 1996 no 72 relating to petroleum activities, section 1-4.

 


Section 2

Regulatory supervision of safety and working environment

With regard to regulatory supervision safety and working environment, compensation will be claimed in the following cases:

  • audits and verifications, including preparatory work, travel activities and subsequent work,
  • work performed at the regular workplace related to checking of documentation,
  • participation in status meetings with the operating compa­nies,
  • participation as observer in committee meetings in licences as mentioned in Act 29 November 1996 no 72 relating to petroleum activities,
  • follow-up of hazards and emergencies that have occurred,
  • planning of the regulatory supervision of the individual operator,
  • participation in emergency preparedness exercises,
  • dealing with reports in connection with hazards and emergencies,
  • meetings with co-operating and coordinating public bodies in connection with planning and implementation of super­visory activities,
  • administration, including management, accounting and other services performed insofar as they relate to the above.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs may decide that also in other cases refunding will be claimed for regulatory supervision of safety and working environment.


Section 3

Regulatory supervision of resource management

With regard to regulatory supervision of resource management, refunding will be claimed in the following cases: 

  • participation as observer in committee meetings in licences as mentioned in Act 29 November 1996 no 72 relating to petroleum activities,
  • other necessary meetings in connection with regulatory supervision of licences etc,
  • supervision of fiscal systems,
  • registration of new wells.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy may decide that also in other cases refunding will be claimed for regulatory supervision of resource management.

 


Section 4

Refunding of expenses in connection with regulatory supervision

Regulatory supervision which is carried out under these regulations, will be invoiced at a rate of NOK 820 per hour.

 


Section 5

Refunding of expenses in connection with official travel

Expenses in connection with official travel shall be invoiced according to the official scale for travel expenses.

 


Section 6

Documentation

Expenses which are claimed for refunding according to these regulations, shall be paid on the basis of lists of applied time.

When calculating applied time, working time up to 30 minutes or less shall be counted as half an hour, and time in excess of 30 minutes shall be counted as one full hour.

The one refunding the expenses, may require the supervisory authority to submit lists of applied hours.

 


Section 7

Particular refunding etc

If an agreed supervision outside the regular workplace cannot be carried out when the supervisory authority arrives, and the supervisory authority is not to blame for this, the licensee or the one which the regulatory supervision is directed at, shall pay a fee of NOK 1430 for each official present. This amount is in addition to the hourly fee and travel expenses. If the reason that the supervision cannot be carried out is outside the control of  the licensee or the one which the regulatory supervision is directed at, the supervisory authority may, nevertheless, decide that refunding will not be claimed.

The supervisory authority may make use of other public or private corporate bodies or natural persons to assist in the regulatory supervision of petroleum activities. If such corporate bodies or natural persons assist in the regulatory supervision, the supervisory authority shall stipulate the amount of the refunding due in each individual case.

In the case of supervisory expenses for which the fees stipulated by these regulations are unsuitable, the supervisory authority may stipulate specific fees according to the nature and extent of the work and other circumstances. The supervisory authority may stipulate fees for specific tasks if this is considered more appropriate.

 


Section 8

Claims for refunding etc

Refunding of expenses in connection with regulatory supervision can be claimed from the licensee or the one which the regulatory supervision is directed at or where it takes place in the individual case.

The supervisory authority may require a bank guarantee or similar to cover the supervision expenses.

If the expenses are not refunded when due, interest shall be payable on the amount due in accordance with the Act 17 December 1976 no 100 relating to interest on overdue payments etc.

 


Section 9

Adjustment of fees

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs may jointly adjust the fees mentioned in sections 4 and 7.

 


Section 10

Entry into force etc.

These regulations enter into force 1 July 1997. As from the same date, the regulations of 26 March 1993 no 222 relating to collection of fees payable to the Treasury for supervision of the petroleum activities are repealed.

 


14.12.2009