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Audits at Sture and Kollsnes

The PSA has carried out audits of crane and lifting operations and occupational health and safety at Sture and Kollsnes.


The Sture terminal at Øygarden in Hordaland county receives crude oil and condensate from the Oseberg area and from the Grane field by pipeline. Statoil is the facility's operator.

The processing facility at Kollsnes in Øygarden west of Bergen process the gas from the Troll, Kvitebjørn and Visund fields. Gassco is the operator of the facilities, while Statoil is the technical operations provider. 

From 5 to 7 December 2016, the PSA carried out audits of the operators' follow-up of scaffolding, crane and lifting operations and management of OHAS at the two facilities.

One main conclusion from the audits is that the technical personnel working on crane and lifting operations and OHAS are knowledgeable and committed, and that, notably through the use of various tools for mapping the working environment, a number of solid improvement measures for the facilities have been identified.

However, non-conformities and improvement points have been detected, primarily relating to the companies' management and organisation, including the ability to assess whether their own observations represent non-conformities in respect of statutory or corporate requirements. This means that the companies have poorer decision-support for prioritising risk-reducing measures.

Statoil and Gassco have been given a deadline of 8 February 2017 to report on how the non-conformities will be dealt with and how the improvement points will be assessed.

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