|DNV to map out Barents Sea change.|
| [27.08.2007, 04:52pm, Mon. GMT]|
|Det Norske Veritas (DNV) is set to head up a Nkr27 million ($4.6 million) three-year project which aims to harmonise industry standards for health, safety and the environment in the Barents Sea play. DNV will be in charge of work to harminise a set of industry standards to apply on both sides of the Russian-Norwegian border covering health, safety and environmental protection. The work will also provide a basis for closer partnership between the Norwegian and Russian authorities on legislation and regulations applicable to the Barents Sea. The project will be carried out in three phases: the first will map out existing industry standards, a workshop will then be arranged to conclude on those problems that are critical and need to be prioritised. In the last phase, expert groups will be established to propose specific recommendations for standards. Both Norwegian and Russian potential participants have expressed their interest to take part. |
The Norwegian authorities will fund the first two phases of the project, which is being carried out as part of the Barents 2020 initiative, with half of the cash for the third phase coming from industry coffers.