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Audit of Statoil – Åsgard A

From 23 to 26 March 2015, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) performed an audit of the Åsgard A facility.


Åsgard is an oil field in the central Norwegian Sea in 240-300 metres of water. Åsgard has been developed using subsea-completed wells tied to a production and storage vessel (Åsgard A) and a mobile semi-submersible facility (Åsgard B). The Åsgard field has been developed in two stages. The PDO for the field was approved in 1996 and production began in 1999, with gas export starting in 2000.

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.

Eight non-conformities were identified in connection with:

  • Risk management
  • Risk-reduction principles
  • Risk analysis and emergency preparedness analysis
  • Fire divisions
  • Non-conformity handling
  • Fire protection
  • Ignition source control
  • Gas detection

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

  • Decision support
  • Communication of information
  • Barrier management
  • Gas emissions system
  • Documentation
  • Competence
  • Evacuation routes and equipment cabinet for response teams

Statoil has been given a deadline of 10 July 2015 to report on how the non-conformities and improvement points will be dealt with.

Non-conformities:
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.

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