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Audit of Norske Shell - electrical systems

From 13 – 14 February 2012, the PSA carried out an audit of AS Norske Shell (Shell) related to the operator’s work on ensuring compliance with the petroleum regulation’s requirements for electrical systems and the person responsible for electrical systems.

The audit activity was carried out in the form of presentations, document reviews and conversations with operations personnel on Draugen.

The background for the activity is anchored in the PSA’s main priorities for 2012, with an emphasis on barriers. It is important to the PSA that the industry uses and further develops the knowledge regarding safeguarding and improvement of barriers.

The sum of technical, operational and organisational factors is crucial for whether the barriers function and are effective at all times. Good risk understanding is necessary to prevent accidents, to establish an appropriate preparedness and to reduce uncertainty.

The objective of the activity was to check that regulatory provisions are fulfilled and the audit placed special emphasis on the parts of the company’s management system that comprise the person responsible for the electrical system’s role, responsibility and tasks during engineering, operations, modification and maintenance of electrical systems.

The audit identified nonconformities in relation to the regulations’ requirements for mapping and follow-up of barriers as well as improvement items related to organisation of the electrical discipline, onshore/offshore, quality assurance of minor modifications in electrical systems and routines for updating important operations documents. For a more detailed description of each observation, reference is made to Chapter 5 of the report.

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