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Report after supervisory activity at the Langeled Receiving Facilities in Easington

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) conducted Tuesday 3 September 2013 a joint supervisory activity at the Gassco Langeled receiving facilities (LRF) in Easington, UK.


The supervisory activity was conducted as a meeting with Gassco at the LRF terminal in Easington, including a site inspection of the pig receiving facilities inside the terminal.

Background
From 1st October 2011 Gassco took over the full responsibility for the operation of the LRF terminal. A joint supervisory activity between PSA and HSE was carried out in January 2012. As a follow up of that activity it was decided to carry out a supervisory activity to verify some outstanding issues.

The supervision was to be conducted in accordance with agreements between British and Norwegian authorities, and to demonstrate compliance with the HSE Pipeline Safety Regulations of 1996 and the PSA Management and Activities Regulations of 2011.

Objectives
The objectives of the supervisory activity were Gasscos follow-up and safety management for the pipeline including associated installations and terminal in Easington.

Results
The joint supervisory activity identified areas of improvement as follows;

  • Emergency shut-down valves
  • Control of corrosion under passive fire protection (PFP)
  • Documentation
  • Cathodic protection (CP) system for pipeline
  • Systematic management of competence and training
  • Marking / tagging system for terminal (valves)
  • Hydraulic leak
  • Locking of valves at site

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