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Rostechnadzor Meets with Petroleum Safety Authority Norway


Rostechnadzor and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) held a meeting via videoconference. The meeting was dedicated to issues of industrial safety supervision at oil and gas facilities.

The parties discussed recent updates in regulatory documents used in safety supervision at oil and gas facilities in the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Norway, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on oil and gas industry and relevant supervisory activities, and suspension and abandonment of offshore oil and gas facilities.

The PSA representatives noted that the COVID-19 pandemic required special attention to countering the spread of infection at oil and gas facilities, including that in the process of transportation of workers and maintenance of adequate level of industrial safety. In order to meet these objectives, the PSA introduced a system of industrial safety reporting by the oil and gas companies to the regulatory authority and encouraged exchange of reports between market actors. Some of the supervisory activities were carried out remotely. However, the PSA representatives highlighted that delays in safety-related actions taken by the oil and gas companies may have a longstanding negative impact on industrial safety, so the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for oil and gas industry.

The parties decided to continue cooperation in the area of oil and gas safety supervision.

Rostechnadzor and the PSA keep in touch under the interagency agreement signed on December 2, 2020.

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