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Audit of Statoil - Johan Sverdrup drilling facility

On 22 April 2016, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) and its project follow-up of materials handling, occupational health and safety and drilling for the Johan Sverdrup drilling facility.


Statoil is the operator for the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. The plan for development and operation (PDO) for the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup project was approved in 2015 and production start-up is scheduled for late 2019. The chosen development solution for the first construction stage is a field centre with four specialised facilities: accommodation, processing, drilling and riser.

This audit was a follow-up to an audit programme begun in 2014, in which a number of observations were made concerning the policies for materials handling, occupational health and safety, and barrier management.

The purpose of the audit was to assess whether Statoil and the EPC supplier Aibel have established management systems and follow-up practices to ensure that the Johan Sverdrup drilling facility is engineered and constructed in compliance with the regulations relating to materials handling, drilling, and occupational health and safety.

The audit was performed by means of a status meeting at Aibel's premises in Asker.

The audit identified neither non-conformities nor improvement points.

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