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 aim to provide concrete guidance for the industry within selected priority topics.

The final (phase 4) Barents 2020 report is now available.
The final (phase 4) Barents 2020 report is now available.

The final (phase 4) Barents 2020 report is now available. This report concludes the work of the Barents 2020 project.

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 report one will find that the lessons from the seven working groups have Pan-Arctic relevance. Some of the things one will find in the report are: 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 - which deliverables will be submitted to the newly established ISO Technical Committee 67, Sub Committee 8; Arctic Operations.

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 the right order.

You may read both the phase 3 report and the phase 4 report online, download them as .pdfs (phase 3 report / phase 4 report) or order print copies from our webshop for a nominal fee covering only shipping and handling costs.


Leif Nesheim

Risk seminar December 2011

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 is to recommend standards for oil and gas activities in the Barents Sea which will ensure that the safety level is at least as good as in the North Sea.

Sponsors of the project (for phase 4) are: Gazprom, Rosneft, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DNV, Statoil, SDAG, ENI, Total and OGP. More than 30 Russian and international companies participate in the project by their experts. The project is now supported by Russian and Norwegian authorities and by the Russian, Norwegian and international oil and gas industry.

DNV is responsible for the project management from the international side.