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Audit of fire and explosion protection, electrical and instrumented safety systems – Petrojarl 1

During the period 17-29 September 2010, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of the Petrojarl I facility. The audit activity indentified three nonconformities in relation to the regulations, regarding documentation, the extinguishing system in the thruster room and inadequacies associated with escape routes from rooms with high voltage installations.


The audit followed up how Teekay maintains and ensures compliance with requirements regarding fire and explosion protection, electrical and instrumented safety systems. The audit activity was carried out in the form of meetings with the operations organisation in Trondheim on 17 September, and with verifications and interviews with personnel offshore during Week 39.

Background
Teekay owns and operates two mobile production facilities (FPSOs), Petrojarl I and Petrojarl Varg, which are engaged in activity on the Norwegian shelf. Petrojarl I is working for Statoil on the Glitne field.

The Acknowledgment of Compliance (AoC) for Petrojarl I was issued 30 April 2008.

The audit activity is connected to our main priority - technical and operational barriers. This main priority has the goal of ensuring that technical and operational barriers are maintained in a consistent manner, so that the risk of major accidents is reduced as much as possible.

Purpose
The PSA sets the standards and follows up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activity maintain a high level of health, safety and emergency preparedness, while also contributing to creating the greatest possible values for society.

The objective of the audit activity is to verify that Teekay plans, manages and carries out its activities in accordance with the HSE regulations, in an effective and goal-oriented manner. In addition, another objective of the activity was to follow-up that Teekay complies with the conditions stated in the AoC for Petrojarl I.

Result
The audit activity was carried out with good organisation on Teekay’s part. Our impression is that some upgrades are needed within the audit’s technical areas. In this connection we refer to Item 6.1 of the report.

The audit activity identified three nonconformities in relation to the regulations. These are linked to updating the operations manual, inadequate fixed extinguishing systems in thruster rooms and deficient escape routes from rooms with high voltage installations. The report also includes additional observations where there is a potential for improvement.