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Notice of order following audit of Eni – Goliat

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has conducted an audit of Eni Norge (Eni) and its follow-up and management of electrical facilities on Goliat. This identified regulatory breaches related to managing risk and barriers, and Eni has now been given notice of a order.


Conducted from 15-19 October 2018, the audit aimed to follow up how Eni is complying with technical, operational and organisational regulatory requirements for electrical facilities on the Goliat floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit in the Barents Sea.

It was a follow-up to an earlier audit of Eni covering electrical safety and responsibility for electrical facilities on Goliat, which led to a report dated 31 October 2017 and an associated order.

Results
The PSA’s impression is that orders issued after earlier audits of the Goliat FPSO have had an effect. Eni’s work on following up Ex-motors has improved, for example, and the company has pursued further improvements related to training and procedures for the electrical discipline.

At the same time, the PSA sees challenges with the way the company works to take overall care of issues identified earlier. One example is training for certain functions within the electrical, instrumentation and telecommunication (EIT) area.

Faults and deficiencies are still be uncovered which, combined with the quantity of outstanding maintenance, presents challenges related to handling individual and overall risks on the facility.

Nonconformities being tackled are registered on an individual basis in Synergi. Verification that compensatory measures have been implemented in practice was inadequate. During the audit, the company could not explain how far the combined consequences of the nonconformities influence the overall risk picture on board.

The amount of outstanding work related to the electrical and instrumentation disciplines is relatively large. This applies to both improvements and the maintenance backlog. The workforce has been strengthened to improve the position, and plans exist for further strengthening both on the facility and in the land organisation.

Technical faults and deficiencies in key barrier elements, and in the follow-up of these in the SAP maintenance management system, have been identified by the audit.

The PSA’s observations from this audit show that faults and deficiencies still exist which, until they are corrected, represent a source of uncertainty which makes a negative contribution to the risk picture for the Goliat FPSO.

Following the audit, the PSA held a meeting with Eni on 14 November 2018 where the company presented aspects related to its management of major accident risk and measures already initiated to correct the nonconformity related to fire dampers (see item 5.1.1 in the audit report).

Nonconformities and improvement points
The audit identified nonconformities in the following areas (numbers refer to the report):

  • fire dampers (5.1.1)
  • emergency shutdown system (5.1.2)
  • emergency power – uninterruptable power supply (5.1.3)
  • emergency lighting (5.1.4)
  • safety systems, monitoring and control (5.1.5)
  • electrical installations (5.1.6)
  • training, organisation and operating procedures (5.1.7)
  • maintenance of safety critical equipment and functions (5.1.8)
  • evacuation from rooms containing high-voltage installations (5.1.9)
  • handling nonconformities (5.1.10)
  • risk and barrier management (5.1.11).

An improvement point was also identified. This related to the availability of power in the emergency sick bay.

Notice of an order
The PSA’s audit showed improvements in a number of areas on the Goliat FPSO compared with earlier conditions. Nevertheless, deficiencies have been identified in key elements related to managing risk and barriers. See item 5.1.11 in the audit report.

On that basis, Eni has been given notice of the following order.

This order relates to Eni’s follow-up of the technical condition of safety-critical barriers and outstanding safety-critical work.

Notice is given of the following order.

Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see section 6 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment, Eni Norge is ordered to do the following.

Draw up a realistic and binding plan for completing outstanding safety-critical work. That also includes completing the status of the technical condition of safety-critical barriers.

The deadline for compliance with the order is 1 March 2019. The PSA must be informed when the order has been carried out.

Review and verification
The report contains further nonconformities in addition to those which form the basis for the notice of an order. Eni has been asked to explain to the PSA by 15 January 2019 how the other nonconformities will be dealt with. The PSA has also requested the company’s assessment of the improvement point which was observed.

Once a response has been received from Eni, the PSA will take the initiative to hold a meeting with the company in order to review and verify the various responses. The meeting will take place by 20 February 2019 at the latest.

Eileen Brundtland, press contact
Email: eileen.brundtland@ptil.no | +47 92 26 98 95