The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has urged the industry to set up measures to reduce the number of hydrocarbon leaks and well control incidents on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The call to the industry comes in the wake of the recent reversal of positive trends in reducing the hydrocarbon leaks and well control incidents in the recent years.

A positive trend in the number of hydrocarbon leaks larger than 0.1 kilograms per second was observed off Norway from 2002 to 2007 and the goal of reducing the number to a maximum of ten per year by 2008 was achieved in 2007.

However, in the last three years, the pattern reversed and figures rose to 14 in 2008 and 15 in 2009, before dropping to 14 in 2010.

Similarly, in case of well control incidents, improvements ceased with the figures at 11 in 2008 going up to 28 by 2010.

PSA director-general Magne Ognedal said that the position is challenging.

“It’s therefore very important that the industry succeeds in reversing the negative trend,” Ognedal said.