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TRENDS Report Summary

Project ID: 11745
Funded under: FP5-EESD
Country: Norway

Regulations, codes and standards (WP5 and WP9)

Main Findings:

WP 5 has concentrated its effort on Regulations, Codes and Standards relevant for the European Oil and Gas service and supply industry. The main work task has been a project related to the development of a web portal/data base providing overview of and access to relevant regulations, codes and standards. This work was done in collaboration with WP9. The portal is operational and located at http://trends.risoe.dk/.

The site has the following features:

- Pathway to regulations.
- Details emerging codes and standards.
- Posting of experiences from application of codes.
- Regular newsletters.
- Includes standards and regulations on renewable energy.
- Intelligent search facilities (on topic, region, etc.) with relevant links.

Through the work with gathering relevant information for the web portal as well as based on input from other WP's findings, observations have been made as follows:

- The industry is faced with a complex diversity of regulations, conventions, directives, standards and guidelines on international, regional, national and industrial levels, which are difficult to overview and relate to.
- Several thematic networks and EC projects have developed data bases to get an overview of codes, standard and regulatory documents within their area of activity. Information is not easily interchangeable due to lack of standardisation of databases. Furthermore the information is in most cases lost when the activity is terminated due to lack of any common repository for such information.
- There are considerable ongoing development activities within the regulatory and standardisation areas on various levels in areas covered by TRENDS. Many of these are, however, local industrial initiatives not co-ordinated through any major standardisation organisation.
- East-European states have extensive existing national standardisation (e.g. Russian Ghost standards). There is up till now no formal agreements made whereby European or international standards are accepted by Russian authorities for application for Russian offshore development projects.
- International standardisation is lacking or under development within the areas of: Offshore operations in arctic climate, Wind energy devices, Wave energy devises, Lifetime extension of ageing offshore facilities, Common data processing and quality assurance standards for assessment of marine environments data.

Recommendations:

- A standardised software application for regulations, codes and standards should be developed on EC level, and be offered to projects, networks etc. when starting up. This way information would be available after project completions and be easily interchangeable between activities. Start-up of new projects would be facilitated by providing standard software for establishing the codes and standards overview. The software developed by TRENDS WP5 / WP9 could serve as a basis for such software standard.
- The TRENDS regulations, codes and standards data base should be further developed in collaboration with Oil majors (e.g. ENI, Statoil, Hydro, ConocoPhillips), Regulators (e.g. Norwegian PSA and Maritime Directorate , UK HSE ) and Industry organisations (e.g. OGP , Norwegian OLF and Norsk Industri (ex TBL) ) with a view to become these parties preferred access point to standardisation issues.
- Initiate data collection standardisation activities:
From WP1: Harmonisation and standardisation of data processing, quality control, formatting and archiving procedures aiming on enhanced reusability, compatibility and exchange of marine environments data.
From WP2: promote a standardization of the lagging indicators to be used for reporting H&S performance, and to recommend the best leading indicators that will help Companies to improve their safety culture.
From WP3: improved methods for collecting and analysing offshore facility reliability data o From WP3: Develop standard for a more consistent application of risk based inspection (RBI) methodologies.
- Initiate international standardisation activities (preferably through ISO) within the areas of:
Offshore operations in arctic climate, Wind energy devices, Wave energy devises, Lifetime extension of ageing offshore facilities.

Contact

Tore SILDNES, (Senior principal engineer)
Tel.: +47-67578312
Fax: +47-67579911
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