From 15 to 18 September 2014, the PSA, with assistance from the Civil Aviation Authority Norway, carried out an audit of helicopter deck and helicopter operations at the Eldfisk 2/7-B, Embla 2/7-B and Eldfisk 2/7S facilities. ConocoPhillips is the operator for these facilities.
Section 70 of the Facilities Regulations requires that helicopter decks are designed and equipped so as to fulfil the requirements of CAA Norway's Regulation governing continental shelf operations - commercial air traffic to and from helidecks on offshore installations and vessels.
With regard to safety matters concerning helidecks and helicopter operations at the facilities, the PSA utilises the specialist expertise of CAA Norway. An agreement has been signed by the PSA and CAA Norway regarding such assistance.
The purpose of the audit was to contribute to the prevention of air accidents associated with helicopter decks or their operation.
CAA Norway's observations are set out in three reports, one for each facility.
On behalf of the PSA, CAA Norway will follow up on how ConocoPhillips deals with the observed conditions.
Øyvind Midttun, press contact
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