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Audit at Kårstø

We have carried out an audit of alarm load and human factors in the main control room at Kårstø.


Kårstø is located at Tysvær in Rogaland county and is a processing facility for gas and condensate. The facility receives gas by pipeline from the North Sea and Norwegian Sea. After the wet gas products have been separated out, the dry gas is piped to Germany, while the wet gas products are transported from the facility by ship.

From 14 to 16 March 2017, we carried out an audit of alarm load and human factors in the main control room (MCR) at Kårstø.

The audit was conducted in the form of presentations by Statoil, which is the technical service provider for Kårstø, interviews, document verification and analysis of alarm logs. In advance of the audit, we asked Statoil to perform logging over a number of shifts of how control room personnel assessed the utility of incoming alarms.

The purpose of the audit was to investigate whether the alarm systems in the MCR provided the panel operators with the necessary support for managing the processing plant during normal operations, in the event of disturbances, and in the event of incidents, measured against the company's own and regulatory requirements. 

No non-conformities were detected during the audit.

However, improvement points were detected relating to:

Gassco has been asked to report on how these improvement points will be assessed by 26 May 2017.

Øyvind Midttun, Press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77