The offshore sector criticizes the EU for interfering with safety requirements

The EU wants to harmonize the rules governing safety requirements on oil rigs, and wants to handle future detail regulations. “Worst case scenario is that we have to throw away 40 years of work,” critics say.

Operating and drilling companies in the North Sea could end up having to restart the process of forming and implementing new safety requirements for the oil and gas rigs in the North Sea, as the EU has proposed an initiative to harmonize the rules for all member states.

The initiative is a so-called pre-scheme, which means that it is effective immediately, and that current regulations in this area, for instance in Denmark, will necessarily be discontinued. Furthermore, the EU seems to imply that it wants to handle future detail regulations. These could be specific requirements to install an elevator, or which chemicals to use in a given context. The critics, including the Danish Shipowners’ Association, say that this is the wrong path to choose.

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