Norwegian offshore safety watchdog PSA has granted consent for manned underwater operations in 2021 to Vår Energi, Equinor, Gassco and Aker BP.
Equinor has signed framework agreements with TechnipFMC and Subsea 7 for the performance of manned underwater operations in 2021.
The consents include planned operations as well as undefined operational and project tasks that may be required during the period and that relate to the companies’ production licences and pipeline systems. This also includes pipelines under Norwegian jurisdiction on foreign continental shelves.
The companies’ framework agreements also cover repair readiness for subsea installations and pipelines. Operators will need to inform the PSA in advance if emergency situations arise which then require manned underwater operations.