PSA Norway concludes Deepwater Horizon investigation

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has completed its review of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB) examination of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The review of the CSB’s latest reports has not identified any findings or results that have not already been addressed in the PSA’s previous and ongoing work, the safety watchdog reported.

“The topics and the findings addressed by the CSB are however still highly relevant – especially in the light of the challenges which the industry faces in terms of efficiency and cost-cutting,” the PSA continued.

Following the conclusion of the federal agency’s report, published earlier this year, the CSB published the final two of a total of four investigative reports on the accident. The reports focused on topics including: the incident itself and the chain of events; technical findings related to the BOP; human factors; and the safety regulatory regime during and after the accident and recommendations.

Extensive work was undertaken in Norway after the Deepwater Horizon accident, the PSA said. Shortly after the incident, the agency established a dedicated project group and between 2010 and 2013 the authority prepared a number of reports and recommendations for measures aimed at the industry.

The work on following up the lessons learned and newly acquired knowledge after the incident in 2010 is still ongoing, involving activities and processes within various specialist sections of the PSA.


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