The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of BP on 18 March 2010 at FEDEM TECH’s offices in Trondheim and on 8 April 2010 at the PSA’s offices in Stavanger. The audit targeted the engineering of lifeboats for Skarv.
The Skarv field is located in the Norwegian Sea, about 200 kilometres west of Sandnessjøen (map).
BP submitted the plan for development, installation and operation of Skarv on 29 June 2007. The plan comprises the Skarv discovery, which contains oil and gas, and the Idun discovery, which contains gas.
The Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) concerns the development and operation of Skarv deposits.
The background for the audit was that the work on lifeboats on Skarv is nearing completion, and that BP plans to apply for consent for use of the facility.
During this audit, emphasis was placed on ensuring that the engineering was performed in a technically sound manner and within the framework of good engineering practices.
The goal of the audit was to ensure that the lifeboat engineering was carried out pursuant to the regulations.
Improvement items were identified relating to quality assurance systems and software.