The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Vietnamese oil company Petrovietnam are in the process of implementing the third phase of their 12-year institutional collaboration on health, safety and the environment in the Vietnamese petroleum sector.
The PSA, the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) and the Norwegian National Coastal Administration have collaborated with Petrovietnam and Vietnamese authorities since 1997. The main objective is to establish a sustainable and efficient management of HSE and reduce the risk of personal injuries, serious accidents and environmental damage in the Vietnamese oil and gas sector. The background for the collaboration was inquiries from Vietnamese authorities, which contacted Norad in 1994 requesting HSE assistance in the petroleum sector.
The PSA is to coordinate the final phase of the project towards 2012, with the goal of implementing expertise and management systems in all parts of Petrovietnam and underlying companies. The phase is a continuation of the work completed in the two previous project periods, including development and set-up of management systems.
"We have developed the systems; now we must make then sustainable," says PSA Project Manager Eirik Bjerkebæk. Norwegian authorities have contributed their experience to the assistance and development project financed by Norad by providing support for development of regulations and administration systems.
"The management and administration systems for health, safety and the environment are rooted in a culture. Through international cooperation the Petroleum Safety Authority also receives a deeper understanding of the culture and conditions that affect the development and use of such systems. The project is thus also a contributor to our own development of expertise," says Bjerkebæk. "The insight we gain is particularly valuable when new and foreign companies come to the Norwegian Shelf," he points out.
Petrovietnam was established by the Vietnamese State in 1997 and has more than 30 subordinate and associated companies with a total of 24,000 employees. The company administers all oil and gas activities in Vietnam.
The collaboration is managed by a committee consisting of representatives from Petrovietnam, the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority and the PSA. Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has been the supplier of tools for training and implementation of risk analyses.
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