See To It

The term see to it has been used as it is used in Section 10-6 of the Petroleum Act to describe the licensee’s and the operator’s special duty to follow up. The term see to it is used to clarify that it is primarily the individual player’s duty to comply with the regulations. To see to it entails a duty, through establishment of management systems and through audits, to follow up that the participants in the activities comply with requirements stipulated in and in pursuance of the Act. The responsibility to see to it that the regulations are complied with, will thus be a general and overall duty to follow up while carrying out the activities. In particular regarding the operator’s see-to-it duty, the comment regarding Section 10-6 of the Petroleum Act in Odelsting Proposition No. 43 (1995-1996), page 62, says that “The see-to-it responsibility also entails that the operator, before and during entering a contract and during execution of the activities, shall supervise that the contract parties are competent and qualified. Furthermore, the operator shall follow up during execution of the petroleum activities, as well as check that facilities and equipment put into service and work that is carried out, maintain a prudent standard. In cases where there are different operators during the different phases, e.g. during the development phase and the operations phase, it is important that the operators carry out a necessary coordination between themselves.”

As regards the operator’s see-to-it responsibility towards the contractor in the event of hiring a facility with AoC, this is described in detail in the Norwegian Oil Industry Association and Norwegian Association of Shipowners’ “Recommended guidelines for acceptance and operation of mobile facilities with Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC), or which have started the application process for AoC” Revision 02, dated 1 July 2006. See also Section 25 of these regulations with Guidelines. Elements in the operator’s see-to-it duty are also clarified in Section 18.

Source: Guidelines Regarding the Framework Regulations, Norway, updated December 2012. Regulatory Guidance

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