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Notice of order to Eni Norge

The PSA has given operator company Eni Norge (Eni) notice of an order to reassess current plans, priorities and use of resources to ensure acceptable completion and operation of Goliat.

“We’re concerned about Eni’s management of operations on the Goliat field, and have now given it notice of an order,” says PSA director general Anne Myhrvold. “This notice and our concern build on both individual findings and an overall assessment of the position.”

She points to observations from the on-going supervisory activity on risk management, an audit covering management of the working environment and provision for employee participation, and the investigation of an incident involving personal injury in 2016.

The notice of an order builds in part on observations in the following supervisory activities:

  • Supervisory activity on Eni’s risk management. The PSA initiated an extensive supervisory activity in December 2016 directed at Eni’s risk management and prevention of undesirable incidents and accidents on the Goliat FPSO. This will continue throughout 2017. Information which has emerged from it so far forms an important part of the basis for the notice of an order which has now been given.
  • Audit of the working environment and employee participation on Goliat. The PSA pursued an audit from April to December 2016 of Eni’s management of the working environment and employee participation on Goliat. This identified several serious breaches of the regulations.
  • The PSA’s investigation of a serious personal injury on the Goliat field on 25 June 2016. This investigation, which has now been completed, has identified a number of serious breaches of the regulations. The PSA has given Eni a separate notice of an order on the basis of the findings from this investigation.

“We see there’s been good progress in the dialogue between employees and management, and Eni has established a project for improvements to the organisation and operational conditions as a consequence of many earlier conditions and incidents,” says Myhrvold.

“At the same time, we see that Eni has revealed a limited ability to implement existing plans. At the same time, constant new findings are being made and weaknesses identified on the facility, in the management system and in the organisation

“It’s a matter of concern that a great deal of work related to completion, modifications and simultaneous production remains to be done on Goliat. Our order therefore requires Eni to reassess its plans and to ensure the necessary capacity and competence for the total volume of work on the field.

“We’ll be continuing to keep a close eye on Eni and Goliat in the time to come. Our supervisory activity directed at the company’s risk management forms an important part of this follow-up.”

The PSA has given Eni Norge notice of the following order:

Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see sections 6, 11, 12 and 14 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment, the basis for making decisions and decision criteria, planning, and manning and competence respectively, Eni is ordered to:

  1. reassess current plans, priorities and use of resources to ensure acceptable completion and operation of Goliat, taking account of the finds from our supervisory activities, the company’s own findings and knowledge of the technical condition of the facility, and the competence and capacity in the organisation
  2. provide us with a date for completing the reassessment no later than 17 January 2017.

We must be notified when the order has been complied with.


Explanation of the terms "order" and "notification of order"

An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before we issue an order, we generally send a "notification of order" to the affected companies.

A notification of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA's case processing in which we request the party to assess the factual basis. The notification is only the first step before an administrative decision is made.

An order is a strongly preventive instrument which is legally binding on the recipient.

Inger Anda, Director for communication and public affairs
Email: inger.anda@ptil.no | +47 970 54 064