Ringhorne is an oil field in the North Sea, around 160 kilometres west of Haugesund. The field has been developed using an integrated facility with a steel jacket in approx. 130 metres of water. Production at Ringhorne began in 2006.
Exxon Mobil Exploration and Production Norway AS (ExxonMobil) is the field's operator.
We have carried out an audit of ExxonMobil's management of emergency preparedness at Ringhorne. The audit took place onboard the facility from 3 to 5 January 2017. Ahead of this, interviews were conducted with management in the onshore organisation, and a follow-up meeting was held at ExxonMobil's premises on 3 February 2017.
The petroleum industry is undergoing reorganisation in order to adapt activities to altered framework conditions. In this audit, we focused attention in particular on how the operating company assesses risk individually and in combination in advance of decisions, and on how the measures adopted safeguard robust emergency preparedness in both the short and long terms.
The audit detected a non-conformity relating to the robustness of the organisation of emergency preparedness management out on the facility.
We also commented on an issue concerning the siting of the fire station's cabinet for search and rescue teams.
We have given ExxonMobil a deadline of 8 May 2017 to report on how the non-conformity will be dealt with and how the comment will be assessed.
Eileen Brundtland, press contact
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