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Positive feedback from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

August 26, 2002, 01:00 CEST

Hydro has laid the groundwork for an extensive change process in the health, safety and environment area, as the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate confirmed in an inspection report in March.

The inspection was carried out at Njord in October and November last year and looked at various HSE management elements that are important culture bearers in the company.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), which has followed closely Hydro’s improvement processes and the results achieved, writes in its report that the Njord organization seems to provide an open, secure and positive working environment.

The NPD also finds that discipline groups and individual employees have integrity and take a critical but constructive approach to operations and have established channels for taking up relevant issues.

”This is a tribute to the whole organization. We must take this feedback as a source of inspiration to continue the good work on improving safety,” says Hydro’s head of HSE on the Norwegian continental shelf, Gunnar Breivik.

He sees the NPD report as a positive response to an organization that has worked untiringly on improving safety. And for Njord, this is a real feather in the cap.

“We mustn’t become over-confident. We still have to work hard to maintain a good level of safety throughout the operation. We shall take this positive feedback as a sign that we are moving in the right direction. We have to work hard to keep up a continual improvement and not relax for a minute,” says Breivik.