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Audit of barrier management at Kvitebjørn

From 4 to 7 April 2016, the PSA carried out an audit of Statoil's management of barriers at Kvitebjørn.

The objective of the audit was to verify that Statoil's management and follow-up of barriers complied with the company's and the authorities' requirements.

Four non-conformities were identified in connection with:

  • Design loads for fire
  • Pressure control equipment
  • Alarm load in central control room
  • Transfer of experience

In addition, four improvement points were identified in connection with:

  • Barrier management – barrier strategy
  • Training and system documentation
  • Knowledge of performance of barrier element (BOP)
  • Suspension of cables in fibre straps

Statoil has been given a deadline of 6 June 2016 to report on how the non-conformities and improvement points will be dealt with.

Kvitebjørn is a gas and condensate field east of the Gullfaks field in the North Sea. Water depth at Kvitebjørn is approx. 190 metres. The facility has been developed using a fixed platform with a tubular steel jacket and is fully integrated, comprising a derrick, process facilities and living quarters. The plan for development and operation (PDO) for the field was approved in 2000 and production began in 2004. Since 2014, Kvitebjørn has received condensate from the Valemon field.


Entails that a condition is assessed as not complying with a regulatory requirement.

Improvement point:
Entails that we have identified a deficiency or weakness, without there being sufficient grounds for determining a breach of regulatory requirements.


Eileen Brundtland, press contact
Email: eileen.brundtland@ptil.no | +47 92 26 98 95