Haavind attorney Christopher L. Sveen led seminars on standard contracts in Kristiansand Tuesday and in Arendal Wednesday.

New standard purchasing conditions and contracts could lower costs in the oil and gas industry.

“Standardization contributes to increased efficiency in the Norwegian offshore industry,” says Christopher L. Sveen, attorney at Haavind.

He served as a moderator and industry representative in the negotiations that led to a new set of Norwegian Purchase Conditions (Norske innkjøpsbetingelser, NIB) in 2016.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Sveen visited Kristiansand and Arendal, respectively, to talk about how the new standards will affect the different parts of the value chain on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

“New standard contracts for deliveries to the NCS were put into operation in 2015 and 2016. If used by all parties, the contracts will help streamline the industry,” said Sveen and listed how:

“Pricing will be effective and correct. Deliveries will be on time and of right quality. Procurement and administration will be cost-effective. There will be increased focus on implementation and less focus on conflict. And standards will contribute to the development of standard industrial practices,” said Sveen.

Participants in Arendal Wednesday (left-right): Divina M. Halvorsen (MacGregor), Jon Sørensen (Origo Solutions), Kristine Wikander (Qmatec), Ragnar Mørland (Eaton) and Ole Morten Solheim (Eaton).