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Notice of order to North Atlantic Drilling

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has given North Atlantic Drilling (NAD) notice of an order following an audit of West Phoenix.


Conducted on 9-11 January 2018, the supervisory activity with NAD and the West Phoenix mobile drilling unit focused on emergency preparedness, logistics, maintenance and working environment.

Goal and background
West Phoenix is a Moss Maritim CS50 design and was built at the Samsung yard in South Korea. Operated by NAD, it received an acknowledgement of compliance from the PSA in 2008.

The rig has operated over a lengthy period on the UK continental shelf, and has a contract with Wintershall Norge AS to conduct drilling operations on production licence 894 in the Norwegian Sea.

The goal of the audit was to verify compliance with the regulatory requirements for emergency preparedness, logistics, maintenance management, worker participation and the working environment.

The audit identified a number of nonconformities and improvement points in several areas of NAD’s management of health, safety and the environment on West Phoenix.

On the basis of the findings made in the audit, the PSA has given NAD notice of the following order.
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see sections 6 and 21 of the management regulations on the management of health, safety and the environment and on follow up respectively, section 7 of the framework regulations on responsibilities pursuant to these regulations, and section 25 of the framework regulations on the application for Acknowledgement of Compliance for certain offshore mobile facilities with the guidelines, NAD is ordered to implement the following measures.

  1. Review the company’s management and associated work processes intended to ensure follow-up and correction of technical, operational and organisational faults and deficiencies. This work must include an analysis of why deficiencies in the management system, organisational conditions and technical requirements in the regulations have not been identified and corrected on West Phoenix.
  2. Implement measures intended to ensure that results of and lessons learnt from section 1 of this order are also extended to cover all facilities holding an AoC within NAD’s area of responsibility in Norway.

A scheduled plan for complying with the order must be submitted to the PSA no later than 2 March 2018. This plan must describe how the work is to be carried out and followed up, and when the order will be complied with.

Based on the findings made in the audit, the PSA has also decided to give Wintershall notice of an audit of the operator company’s qualification and follow-up of West Phoenix.

Øyvind Midttun, Press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77