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Audit of safeguarding of supervisory duty when qualifying and following up drilling contractor

On 26 May 2011, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil). The task was related to Statoil’s safeguarding of the supervisory duty when qualifying and following up the drilling contractor Transocean Offshore Ltd (TO).

The audit was well-facilitated. Statoil displayed a great degree of openness, and the dialogue was good.

The term supervise is used in Section 7 of the Framework Regulations relating to responsibilities according to these regulations as it is used in Section 10-6 of the Petroleum Act to describe the licensee’s and operator’s special follow-up duty.
The term is used to clarify that it is primarily each player’s responsibility to comply with the regulations. To supervise entails a duty to, through establishment of management systems and through audits, follow-up that the participants in the activity comply with requirements determined in and in accordance with the act. The responsibility to ensure compliance with the regulations will thus be a general and overall follow-up duty when carrying out the activities.

The objective of the audit activity was to examine how Statoil safeguards the supervisory duty as regards qualification and follow-up of the drilling contractor Transocean Offshore Ltd, with a main focus on technical integrity and maintenance.

Statoil’s follow-up of Transocean Offshore Ltdis based on a documented work process.
The main impression is that the follow-up activities are comprehensive and systematic, with close operational follow-up.
One nonconformity was identified in relation to follow-up of identified nonconformities.

Inger Anda, Director for communication and public affairs
Email: inger.anda@ptil.no | +47 970 54 064