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Notification of order for Statoil – Heimdal HMP

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has issued Statoil with a notification of order following an audit of the Heimdal HMP facility. The audit identified serious breaches of the regulations.

Between 18 and 20 November 2013, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of emergency preparedness control and management at Heimdal HMP.

The objective of the activity was to gain an overview of processes and systems that contribute to ensuring comprehensive emergency preparedness management at Heimdal.

The audit found that Statoil's emergency preparedness control and management did not comply with the regulatory requirements.

Non-conformities were identified in connection with:

  • risk analysis
  • overall risk and emergency preparedness analysis
  • information concerning results from analyses of the staff on board
  • de-manning procedures
  • the deputy role
  • load chart for MOB boat operations
  • internal communication

In addition, improvement points were identified in connection with:

  • documentation of module training
  • joint training of relevant personnel in use of MOB boat
  • safety signage and labelling

Based on the findings made during the audit, the PSA has now given Statoil notice of the following order:

Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to the Management Regulations, section 6 concerning the management of health, safety and the environment, and the Activities Regulations, section 24 concerning procedures, Statoil ASA is ordered to:

  • establish a de-manning procedure for Heimdal HMP in the event of extreme weather exceeding the 100-year level, with reference to chapter 5.1.4 of the report.

The deadline for implementing the procedure is set at 10.1.2014. The PSA is to be notified when the order has been carried out.

Explanation of the terms "order" and "notification of order"
An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before we issue an order, we generally send a "notification of order" to the affected companies.

A notification of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA's case processing in which we request the party to assess the factual basis. The notification is only the first step before an administrative decision is made.

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

Journal 2013/919


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