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In accordance with Section 79a of the Regulations to Act relating to Petroleum Activities (the Petroleum Regulations), the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) must receive notifications and reports on incidents and other conditions that lead to shutdowns, reductions in petroleum production or impact implementation of activities in line with decisions made pursuant to the Petroleum Act and Petroleum Regulations.
The provision firstly applies to conditions that affect production and delivery of petroleum both for offshore and onshore facilities within the scope of the Petroleum Act. As resource manager and sector authority, the MPE (Ministry of Petroleum and Energy) and NPD need information which includes all parts of the petroleum activities. This is related to the obligation to provide information to responsible bodies in Norway and other countries’ authorities.
Based on Section 79a of the Petroleum Regulations, the obligation to notify does not apply in cases where the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has been notified in accordance with Section 29 of the regulations relating to management and the duty to provide information in the petroleum activities and at certain onshore facilities (the Management Regulations). In such cases, the PSA will immediately notify the NPD.
Notification and reporting to the NPD will then primarily apply in the following cases:
In principle, the operator shall notify the NPD in the case of unforseen incidents in conjunction with exploration drilling. However, most such incidents will have met reporting requirements because of notification given to the Petroleum Safety Authority or because of reporting in conjuction with for example deviations from work commitments or drilling programmes.
Situations may arise which affect production, but which do not have to be reported according to the Management Regulations. For such situations, the operators for fields, transport systems and onshore facilities must notify the NPD. This includes unforeseen changes in production or shutdowns on own facilities, including pipelines and onshore facilities, as well as other places in the production or transport chain that impact petroleum deliveries. A planned shutdown is not included under this notification scheme.
The operator must notify the NPD as soon as possible regarding incidents and other conditions relating to:
Notifications are directed to the NPD’s on-call telephone (see form, norwegian only) with subsequent information via email to the NPD’s on-duty officer. The operator must provide the following information for all notifications:
When the situation is normalised, the operator must submit a report with the following information to the NPD’s on-duty officer.
The above text is in accordance with the content in the letter sent to the operating companies on 7 March 2006, reference OD 06/237.