The PSA is organizing the international meeting involving proficient public authorities in hopes to create an inter-nation dialogue. This is regarding safety and regulation approaches in the Arctic and northern seas.
The meeting is scheduled to take place on October 31st, a day prior to the Arctic Safety conference for senior executives.
Participants include those with activities in the High North or Arctic regions. The five countries that have confirmed their participation so far are Russia, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, and Norway.
“There is a lot of standardization work and technology developments taking place in this area [the Arctic region],” said Director of Audits Finn Carlsen.
“The important thing is to share ideas about how the authorities work with these and to discuss whether there are areas where improvements are lacking,” he added.
Several Norwegian environmental organizations have raised concerns both regarding oil spill response and a spill's major environmental impact.
Distance to land when it comes to rescuing personnel in the event of an accident is another factor.
PSA officials have held previous meetings with the different authorities. This is the first time all states will meet together.
“Petroleum activities are international in scope and the same rigs are used on several continental shelves,” said Mr. Carlsen.
“Sharing experiences, including for example discussing the requirements we impose on winterization, is therefore relevant for the authorities in these countries,” he concluded.
The program can be downloaded here (external link).