Barents 2020 reports

The Phase 3 report is an assessment of international standards for safe exploration, production and transportation of oil and gas in the Barents Sea. The Phase 4 report, concluding the work of the Barents 2020 project, aims to provide concrete guidance for the industry within selected priority topics.

The Barents sea

The Phase 3 report (issued 2010) recommended 130 offshore standards for common use in the Barents Sea. Several of these standards needed added detailing and guidance. The Steering Committee for the Barents 2020 project therefore commissioned the final Phase 4 report. 

In the Phase 4 report (issued 2012) you will find that the lessons from the seven working groups have Pan-Arctic relevance. The report covers topics including: recommendations and guidance to improve ISO 19906 as an Arctic design standard; best practice for ice management; recommendations on evacuation, escape and rescue; recommendations on working environment. The Phase 4 deliverable was submitted to the ISO Technical Committee 67, Sub Committee 8; Arctic Operations.

Please note that the Phase 4 report is a sequel to, not a revision of, the Phase 3 report. It is therefore recommended to read both and in sequence. 

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Short summary of the Barents 2020 project

The Russian-Norwegian Barents 2020 project was established in 2007 in order to assess the standards needed for safeguarding people, environment and asset values in the Barents Sea. This project organized seven teams of leading international experts working together to make common recommendations on selected safety critical issues.

The objective of the Barents 2020 project was to recommend standards for oil and gas activities in the Barents Sea which would ensure that the safety level would be at least as good as in the North Sea.

Project sponsors for phase 4 were: Gazprom, Rosneft, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DNV GL, Statoil, SDAG, ENI, Total and OGP. More than 30 Russian and international companies participated in the project. The project was supported by Russian and Norwegian authorities and by the Russian, Norwegian and international oil and gas industry.

DNV GL was managing the international element of the project.