The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of electrical safety and the person in charge of the electrical facilities at Eni Norge (Eni) on board the Goliat FPSO from 19-28 September 2017. This audit was followed up by a meeting between Eni and the PSA on 4 October 2017.
A high fault rate with the Ex integrity of the equipment was established through random sampling of reports from Ex inspections of electric motors incorporating an emergency stop arrangement. This also included equipment in hazardous areas. During the meeting, it emerged that Eni had reviewed all the inspection reports relating to the relevant equipment in the wake of the audit. Eni submitted that the total fault rate for the relevant equipment after inspection-related repair was 38 per cent. It further emerged that 3.5 per cent of these represented serious faults in Eni’s own assessment. The PSA regards these fault rates as high. Eni reported at the meeting that it had investigated about 50 per cent of the Ex motors at that point. The condition of the Ex motors which had not been inspected is therefore unclear.
This represents a nonconformity from section 10a of the facilities regulations on ignition source control, see section 78 of the facilities regulations on Atex, see the regulations on equipment and safety systems for use in explosive atmospheres (the Atex regulations).
The PSA regards the nonconformity as serious, and hereby gives notice of the following order.
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see section 10a of the facilities regulations on ignition source control, see section 78 of the facilities regulations on Atex, Eni Norge As is ordered to do as follows.
The above-mentioned activities must be implemented before production is resumed from the Goliat FPSO.
We must be informed when this order has been complied with.
Possible comments on this notice must be in our hands no later than 13.00 on Friday 6 October 2017.
We request that this letter is made known to the employees, including the safety delegates.
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
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