NORSOK S-003 Environmental care is considered for revision

NORSOK S-003:2017 is undergoing a regular systematic review to ensure the quality of the standard. The industry is hereby invited to give feedback on whether the standard should be confirmed as is, or if it should be revised.

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The current version of NORSOK S-003:2017 Environmental care was published on 31 October 2017. To ensure that the standard holds sufficient quality, it is important to assess the need for revision on a regular basis. Standards Norway is now requesting feedback from the users of the standard on the subject of whether it should be confirmed for another five years, or if it should be revised.

If the conclusion is to revise the standard, inputs from the users on topics that need corrections, additions, or revisions are highly valuable, as well as nominations of experts from the industry that are interested in participating in the revision team. You can read more about participating in standardization here: Delta i standardisering (Norwegian only).


To submit your feedback, please use this Forms-schematic: Systematic Review of NORSOK S-003:2017 Environmental care

Deadline: 11 March 2024.

The standard can be purchased from this site (see link below), and the scope of the standard is included below.

Scope of NORSOK S-003:2017

"This Document applies to the design and modification of installations for offshore drilling and production of petroleum, including pipelines. The requirements in this standard are primarily defined for new designs. Therefore, for modification projects the relevance and applicability of the different requirements should be reviewed in context with the scope of each project.

This standard stipulates design requirements related to the environment as well as requirements regarding systematic management of environmental aspects in project development and the design process.

Requirements from applicable governing documents, in the form of acts, regulations, standards, recognized practices, are not repeated in this standard. Those governing documents shall be identified, listed, and applied during the design process.

More stringent requirements than those of this standard can apply to certain license areas, and the conditions of the exploitation license shall be observed.

The purpose of this standard is to ensure that the design of the facilities minimises impacts to the environment during the operational and decommissioning phases."

For more information, please contact Kari-Ann Omli Birkeland.