Due to increased need for oil and gas, new and more demanding oil fields must be explored in sensitive and challenging areas. Exploration of expert knowledge and new technology must be employed in these challenging situations. This collaboration and use of new technology introduces new ways of operating oil and gas fields. These new practices are often called “field of the future” or “integrated operations” (IO). These new practices are being implemented on the Norwegian continental shelf, leading to increased hydrocarbon recovery and changes in operations and maintenance. These practices may impact health, safety and environment (HSE), but should not increase the risks of major accidents or influence HSE in a negative manner.
In this paper we are suggesting a set of proactive indicators to ensure that risks are controlled when IO is implemented and operated. A proactive indicator is used as a measure of risk, to be controlled in risk management. The indicators have been developed based on analysis of accidents, exploration of theory, interviews and discussions in collaboration with the oil and gas industry.