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Audit of working environment, materials handling and emergency preparedness – Goliat FPSO

From 17- 30 August 2010, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of the safeguarding of working environment, materials handling and emergency preparedness, including design of the helicopter deck, in relation to engineering of Goliat FPSO.

The audit was carried out at Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) in London on 17- 18 August 2010, as well as an interview at the PSA on 30 August 2010.

The audit was aimed at safeguarding working environment conditions, materials handling and emergency preparedness in the development project. Based on the fact that Goliat FPSO will be located in the Barents Sea, we placed special emphasis on how the various players take into account winterisation factors in their follow-up.

The goal was to verify that the engineering takes place in accordance with regulatory provisions, so that factors within the above-mentioned specific disciplines are satisfactorily safeguarded. Furthermore, the purpose of the activity was to investigate whether the various players have an understanding of the regulatory requirements, and whether the players have established suitable management systems for following up working environment conditions, materials handling and emergency preparedness. An important part of the audit was also to verify that Eni facilitates good processes for genuine employee participation.

We identified three non-conformities and an improvement item during the audit.


  • Deficient management and follow-up of working environment in the project.
  • Deficient experience and competence within Norwegian regulations, NORSOK standards and working environment in the projects
  • Deficient employee participation in the project

Improvement item:

  • Confusion regarding management and follow-up.

Neither requirements relating to working environment, nor a working environment program nor plans for employee participation had been established for this project phase in spite of the fact that several working environment analyses must be carried out by 15 October 2010. It is important that such documents are established early in the project to ensure that requirements are met, studies carried out and that relevant employees participate in relevant activities.

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has entered into a contract with Eni regarding engineering and manufacture of the Goliat FPSO. HHI has little expertise relating to the application of Norwegian regulations and NORSOK standards and has entered into a contract with CB&I, where some employees have previous experience with Norwegian regulations and NORSOK standards. On 15 October 2010, the project is moving to HHI in Ulsan, Korea. It was unclear how many from the design team would stay with the project in Ulsan. This can result in insufficient competence and continuity between project phases.

There was deficient experience and knowledge as regards cold climate challenges in this project phase. Eni has previously carried out some studies relating to potential cold climate challenges. It is unclear to us whether all findings from these have been incorporated in the design and whether cold climate challenges are addressed systematically to a sufficient degree in this and future project phases.

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