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Notification of order following audit of Equinor – Mongstad

We have carried out an audit of Equinor and its planning and execution of materials handling, crane and lifting operations, scaffolding and work at height at the Mongstad facility in Hordaland. We observed several breaches of the regulations and have now notified the company of an order.

The audit took place from 23 to 25 May 2018 and focused on Equinor’s follow-up of cranes and lifting, ISO scaffolding/access techniques.

We examined how Equinor organises the prudent planning and execution of materials handling, crane and lifting operations, scaffolding and work at height in advance of a major planned shutdown and in ongoing projects.

We made observations of a technical, operational and administrative nature.

Three non-conformities with the regulations were identified. These comprised:

  • Deficient materials handling arrangements
  • Lack of risk analyses and procedures for critical lifting operations
  • Lack of preventive measures following hazard and accident situations

Based on the non-conformities we have identified, we have notified Equinor of the following order:

Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to section 11 concerning risk-reduction principles; the Management Regulations, section 16 concerning general requirements for analyses, section 17 concerning risk analyses and emergency preparedness assessments, section 18 concerning working environment analysis; Regulations relating to Technical and Operational Matters at Onshore Facilities in the Petroleum Activities, etc., section 11 concerning materials handling and transport routes, access and evacuation routes, section 12 concerning lifting appliances, lifting gear and equipment for personnel transport, section 23 concerning ergonomic design and section 46 concerning organisation of work, Equinor ASA is ordered to:

- systematically review and map all systems for materials handling in connection with quay no. 1, and assess compliance with requirements for prudent materials handling over this quay.

- prepare a binding, time-delimited schedule for corrective measures, setting out their prioritisation, and describing any compensatory measures to be implemented until the non-conformities have been rectified.

Reference is made to chapter 5.1.1 of the report.

The deadline for preparing the schedule is set at 1 November 2018.

The deadline for performing corrective measures is set at the date of the first shipment of oil from Johan Sverdrup. The PSA shall be informed when the corrected measures have been implemented.

We request that the schedule of corrective measures is presented to the PSA as soon as possible after 1 November 2018.

Explanation of the terms “order” and “notice of order”
An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before the PSA issues an order, it generally sends a "notice of order" to the affected companies.

A notice of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA’s administrative process in which it requests the party to assess the factual basis. The notice is only a first step before an administrative decision is made.

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

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