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Report following audit of management of capacity and competence - Gullfaks B

During the period 26 April to 7 May 2010, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit activity directed toward Statoil Petroleum AS' (Statoil's) management of capacity and competence within the areas of emergency preparedness and control rooms and the interface between Statoil and drilling contractor Seawell.

The background for the audit is that Statoil is introducing a new operations model that involves relocation of personnel, introduction of new work processes and new roles and tasks. The audit activity is based on the PSA's main priority that management at all levels of the industry must work to reduce major accident risk, and ensure that this work is carried out in a comprehensive manner.

In the autumn of 2009, the PSA carried out a corresponding audit of Statoil's Snorre A, including management of capacity and competence in the interface between operator and contractor. During the 2009 audit, we identified nonconformities and improvement items in Statoil's management of capacity and competence.

The objective of the task was to verify Statoil's management of capacity and competence within the the above areas.

The focus of the audit was how Statoil

  • Safeguards sufficient capacity and competence in its own organisation, including cooperation (FFO, OFS, Facility integrity, etc.)
  • Ensures that personnel receive training in new roles and tasks, the new operations model, as well as location-specific conditions in accordance with requirements
  • Safeguards sufficient capacity on the facility within various disciplines in connection with the relocation process
  • Ensures sufficient capacity and competence on the part of contractors with which the company has contracts
  • Maps and identifies the need for training and practice ensures that its own and contractor personnel have sufficient training in location-specific conditions where they perform their work
  • Ensures and safeguards sufficient training and compliance with APOS with its own and contractor employees.
  • Verifies internal and contractor capacity and competence.

Through the audit, we have identified that Statoil in some instances has deficiencies and challenges in its management of capacity and competence on Gullfaks B. The same is true for Statoil's follow-up of competence with Seawell.

We have identified the following nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements:

  • Deficient securing of capacity and competence to safeguard emergency preparedness functions
  • Deficient familiarity with emergency preparedness plan and area preparedness plan
  • Deficiencies in escape route marking
  • Deficiencies in management of regulatory expertise

We have identified the following improvement items:

  • Deficient management of HSE competence in its own organisation
  • Deficient implementation of the supervisory duty
  • Deficiencies in safeguarding functions within monitoring, inspection and emergency preparedness
  • Deficiencies in safeguarding familiarity with important documents
  • Deficient management of the capacity of managers and technical personnel
  • Deficiencies in the introduction of a new management system

It is our conclusion is that the sum of our observations shows some deficiencies in the management of capacity and competence on Gullfaks B within the handling of hazard and accident situations, monitoring and inspection.

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