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Notification of order following audit of maintenance in Seawell

During the period 21-22 February 2011, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of maintenance management in the wireline operation department in Seawell Norge AS (Seawell). Based on our findings during the audit, we have issued Seawell a notification of order.


The objective of the audit activity was to

  • investigate whether Seawell classifies equipment in accordance with applicable regulations and recognised standards
  • evaluate Seawell’s use of this classification in the maintenance management
  • investigate the analysis basis for maintenance decisions

Results
The results are based on the presentation of elements in Seawell’s management systems and conversations with selected personnel, primarily the maintenance process owners, with subsequent verification of governing documents and systems for implementation of maintenance on the company’s systems and equipment in Norway.

Seawell does not meet all the regulatory requirements as regards maintenance management.

Some of the observations are characterised as nonconformities, and are grouped into the following main areas: 

  • governing documents
  • documentation of classification and other selected solutions
  • inadequate documentation
  • labelling and classification of systems and equipment
  • use of classification as a basis for maintenance program
  • maintenance efficiency 
  • expertise

As the classification appears, it is difficult to form a correct picture of the risk as a decision basis for maintenance objectives, the scope of the maintenance need and the resources required.

Based on our findings during the audit the PSA has issued Seawell a notification of order.

Under the provisions of Section 69 of the Framework Regulations relating to administrative decisions, cf. Section 6 of the Management Regulations relating to management of health, safety and the environment, cf. Section 20 of the Activities Regulations relating to startup and operation of facilities, cf. Section 23 of the Framework Regulations relating to general requirements for materials and information, cf. Section 24 of the Framework Regulations relating to use of recognised standards, cf. Chapter IX Sections 45-51 of the Activities Regulations relating to maintenance, Seawell AS is ordered to prepare a binding and scheduled plan to ensure that governing documents are prepared with the purpose of ensuring and documenting that the maintenance management is implemented in a prudent manner, cf. nonconformities 5.1.1, 5.1.2 and 5.1.3 of the report.

Under the provisions of Section 69 of the Framework Regulations relating to administrative decisions, cf. Chapter IX, Sections 45-51 of the Activities Regulations relating to maintenance, cf. Section 10 of the Facilities Regulations relating to installations, systems and equipment (labelling), cf. Section 19 of the Management Regulations relating to collection, processing and use of data, Seawell AS is ordered to prepare a binding and scheduled plan to ensure that the necessary maintenance is implemented, including labelling and classification, preparing a maintenance program and measuring maintenance efficiency, cf. nonconformities 5.1.4, 5.1.5 and 5.1.6 of the report.

Under the provisions of Section 69 of the Framework Regulations relating to administrative decisions, cf. Section 14 of the Management Regulations relating to manning and competence, cf. Section 21 of the Activities Regulations relating to competence, Seawell AS is ordered to prepare a binding and scheduled plan to ensure that the company has the necessary competence for maintenance management, cf. nonconformity 5.1.7 of the report.

The deadline for complying with the order is 1 April 2011. We must be notified when the order has been carried out.

Order and notification of order
An order is a administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations.

Before the PSA makes an order, it usually issues a notification of order to the companies concerned.

A notification of order is neither a measure nor a warning of sanctions, but part of the PSA’s administrative process as specified in its established procedural rules.

The notification is merely a first step before an administrative decision is made.

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