Norway To Investigate Oil Industry Safety After Accidents Rise
Norway will appoint a public commission to look into the safety of the country’s offshore oil and gas industry following a recent string of accidents, the government said on 29 November.
As falling oil prices force companies to cut spending, unions and Norway’s safety watchdog have warned cost cutting could affect safety.
“There have been several serious incidents in the last year. The Petroleum Safety Authority has also raised the question of whether security is at a crossroads,” Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Anniken Hauglie said in a statement.
Cost cuts and other efficiency measures must not be allowed to have a negative effect on safety, she added, echoing statements made by Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority.
“This trend (of rising number of incidents) has to be shifted now. We really need improvements in order to avoid new accidents, new injuries … ,” Petroleum Safety Authority chief Anne Myhrvold told an industry conference.