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Audit of technical safety, safety systems and maintenance management on West Elara

The PSA conducted an audit from 10 to 12 May 2011 focusing on issues relating to technical safety, safety systems and maintenance management on board the facility West Elara.


Background
West Elara is a new jack-up, N-class drilling facility built by the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore.
The PSA's activity was conducted as part of the processing of the company's application for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC). The facility will be used as a drilling facility for Statoil on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Objective
The objective of the audit activity was to verify technical and management-related factors on the facility within the technical disciplines subject to the PSA's the verifications.

Result
During the audit, regulatory nonconformities were identified in connection with:

  • Risk and barrier management
  • Fire-fighting on the helicopter deck
  • Battery emergency lighting
  • Maintenance management
  • Preservation of equipment 

Furthermore, potential improvements were identified in connection with:

  • Manual fire hydrants
  • The helifuel system
  • Fixed fire-extinguishing systems
  • Storing of welding gas
  • Ignition source control
  • Labelling of equipment