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Notification of order following audit of materials handling, cranes and lifting and late life

From 1 to 4 February 2016, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of BP's Ula facilities. We identified regulatory breaches. A number of these findings had also been previously pointed out in connection with audits, investigations and applications for consent to operate the Ula platforms until 2028 (operating life extension).


Based on the findings made during the audit, we have now given BP notice of the following two orders:

1. Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, Section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to the Management Regulations, Section 22 concerning the handling of non-conformities; the Framework Regulations, Sections 10 concerning prudent activities, 11 concerning risk reduction principles, and 17 concerning the duty to establish, follow up and further develop a management system; the Management Regulations, Chapter V concerning analyses; the Facilities Regulations, Section 13 concerning materials handling and transport routes, access and evacuation routes; the Activities Regulations, Section 33 concerning the organisation of work, BP Norge AS is ordered, for all its ageing facilities on the Ula and Valhall fields, to:

- systematically review and map all areas and systems relating to materials handling, and assess compliance with requirements for prudent materials handling.

- present a binding, time-delimited schedule for corrective measures that highlights prioritisation of the measures, describing any compensatory measures to be implemented until non-conformities are rectified. Reference is made to Chapter 5.1.1 of the report.

2. Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, Section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to the Management Regulations, Section 22 concerning the handling of non-conformities; the Framework Regulations, Sections 10 concerning prudent activities, 11 concerning risk reduction principles, and 17 concerning the duty to establish, follow up and further develop a management system; the Management Regulations, Chapter V concerning analyses; the Management Regulations, Sections 6 concerning the management of health, safety and the environment, 21 concerning follow-up, and 22 concerning the handling of non-conformities; the Activities Regulations, Sections 33 concerning the organisation of work, 45 concerning maintenance, 46 concerning classification, and 47 concerning maintenance programmes, BP is ordered to:

- review and assess systems for the management of offshore crane maintenance.

- ensure that maintenance programmes and the performance of maintenance are adapted to the age and condition of the facilities and equipment.

- implement measures linked to the follow-up of technical faults and deficiencies as shown in the maintenance history and in notifications from enterprise of competence certification following annual checks of lifting equipment.

- implement measures linked to the definition and coordination of areas of responsibility and authority in respect of the maintenance of cranes.

- implement measures to reduce the risk of combustion of a stray gas cloud associated with ignition sources in engine rooms for diesel-powered offshore cranes. Reference is made to Chapters 5.1.2 and 5.1.3 of the report.
 

We request that a plan for complying with the orders is submitted to the PSA by 20 May 2016. The deadline for complying with the orders is set at 15 September 2016. The PSA is to be notified when the orders have been carried out.

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