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Audit of technical and operational barriers at Martin Linge

From 8 to 17 October 2013, the PSA carried out an audit of the follow-up by Total E&P Norge AS (Total) of technical and operational barriers for the production facility on the Martin Linge field.

The Martin Linge field is in the North Sea, close to the boundary with the UK sector, around 42 kilometres west of Oseberg. The field is under development, with Total as the operator. The planned start-up is 2016.

Martin Linge will be developed using an integrated, fixed production facility, with an FSO for storage and export of oil and condensate.

The production facility, which is a combined wellhead, processing and accommodation facility, has been designed by Technip in Paris and will be constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea.

This audit covered the disciplines of technical safety and process safety, and related to barrier management and the implementation of technical and operational barriers in the design of the production facility.

The objective of the audit was to monitor that the design solution for the production facility accords with the preconditions in the plan for development and operation (PDO), with the regulations and with relevant standards within the disciplines of technical safety and process safety.

The purpose of the audit was to verify Total's barrier management in the project and to ensure that barriers are being implemented in accordance with regulatory requirements.

Our main impression is that, within the areas we reviewed, the project is well organised and that there is a focus on establishing sound solutions for providing the necessary barriers.

Three non-conformities were observed during the audit. These concern the calculation of necessary fire resistance, the philosophy for breaches of pressure tanks resulting from a fire and risk reduction relating to the optimisation of the number of leak points.

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