Defenses against major accidents

The main objective of the project was to evaluate, compare and assess the role of risk regulation and risk management in order to prevent major accidents in the oil and gas industry.

Background and objectives of the Project:
During the project period, the project group through three working packages have developed legal, technological, regulatory, and behavioral and sociological perspectives.

Accordingly, the project have consisted of three sub-themes. First, the project has explored the challenges the Norwegian risk regulating regime experiences when being confronted with transnational/ supranational standardization and regulations (e.g. EU, Brazil). Second, the project has explored how the authorities exercise control within a risk-based, goal-based and function-based regime - as it has developed on the Norwegian Shelf. Finally, the project has developed theoretical and practical approaches of social sciences, legal disciplines and technical approaches with regard to risk management, risk governance, models and methods

Main results achieved in the project

  • Extensive collaboration with three main research institutions in Norway, Sintef, UiO and UiS concerning risk regulation, inspections strategies and HSE
  • PhD Marie Røyksund. Linking conceptual risk research with risk regulation developments and practices. Dissertation takes place May 8. 2019
  • Extensive collaboration with the public authorities; PSA and Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs concerning risk regulation and inspection strategies. Mainly through spin off projects and committee work i.e. HSE and Inspection strategies in the Petroleum sector 2013 and the HSE in the petroleum sector 2017
  • Implementation and application of new results in the master program on University of Stavanger
  • Spin off to the research projects “Sivac – Supplier Value added Chains” and NordSteva, particularly on the topic of standardization. The book Standardization of risk: Risk of standardization (forthcoming 2019) contains results from the project. Finally, we will highlight the direct connection with the SAFERA projects that enabled us to develop comparative studies between risk-regulation regimes in Norway France and Finland.
  • Extensive publication, almost 18 registered publications from the project
  • Extensive communication to end users
  • Book project: The offshore oil industry in Brazil: A Norwegian historical perspective. A manuscript (ca. 250 pages) was ready in the fall of 2017. However, due to recent political development in Brazil that it very connected to the oil sector, a new chapter that will relate the history to recent development will be added before it is published in 2019