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Notification of order following audit of risk analyses and fire resistance requirements at Hammerfest LNG

From 12 – 15 June 2012, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit activity related to application and use of risk analyses, and fire load and fire resistance in the process facility at Hammerfest LNG. The objective was to verify that Hammerfest LNG safeguards the regulatory requirements related to barrier management.

Special emphasis was placed on:

A serious breach of the regulations was proven in relation to the depressurisation system’s performance.

Based on this, the PSA has notified Statoil of the following order:
 Based on Section 69 of the Framework Regulations relating to administrative decisions, cf. Section 5 of the Management Regulations – relating to barriers, Section 41 of the Technical and Operational Regulations relating to use of onshore facilities, and Section 23 of the Framework Regulations relating to general requirements for material and information, Hammerfest LNG is ordered to submit a binding, scheduled and detailed plan that will ensure the design and performance of the depressurisation system is verified vis-à-vis  the system requirements, cf. Chapter 5.1.1 of the report. Measures that result in considerable risk reduction must be prioritised in the plan.

 Until the conditions have been improved, compensating measures must be implemented pursuant to Section 22 of the Management Regulations. An overview of such measures must be sent to the PSA by the deadline stipulated below.

The deadline for complying with the order, including sending an overview of compensating measures, is set at 13 September 2012. We must be notified when the order has been complied with.

Other nonconformities
Furthermore, four other nonconformities were identified in relation to the regulations, within the following areas:

Five improvement items were also identified following the activity.

Letter to Statoil (in Norwegian only)
Audit report -  Hammerfest LNG (in Norwegian only)

Explanation of the terms “order” and “notification of order”
An order is an administrative decision made in accordance with the regulations. Before we issue an order, we normally submit a “notification of order” to the affected companies.

A notification of order is neither an instrument nor a warning of sanction, but a step in our case processing where we ask the player to assess the factual basis. The notification is just a first step before an administrative decision is made.

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

Eileen Brundtland, press contact
Email: eileen.brundtland@ptil.no | +47 92 26 98 95