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Notification of order for Statoil – Oseberg Sør

The PSA has issued Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) with a notification of order following an audit of barrier management, technical safety and electrical systems at Oseberg Sør.

Between 28 and 30 August 2013, the PSA conducted an audit of Statoil's barrier management, technical safety and electrical systems at Oseberg Sør.

The objective of the audit was to verify whether Statoil's management and monitoring of technical safety and electrical systems was in accordance with statutory requirements, so as to reduce the likelihood of failures.

The audit investigated:

  • Use of tools/systems for reducing risk
  • Follow-up of erroneous data for barrier elements identified in RNNP
  • Activities based on information in the consent to use the Star Formation


The PSA identified four non-conformities during the audit relating to:

  • Drive units for fire pumps
  • Strategies and principles for the design and use of barriers
  • Fire and gas detection
  • Escape routes from high-voltage installation rooms

Based on the findings made during the audit, the PSA has now given Statoil notice of the following order:
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations, on administrative decisions, with reference to section 38 of the facilities regulations concerning emergency power and emergency lighting, section 82(2) of the facilities regulations concerning entry into force, section 24 of the regulations on safety and communication systems on installations in the petroleum industry concerning emergency power systems, Statoil is ordered to ensure the operational functionality of the drive units to enable them to supply sufficient power when needed to the fire pumps; see chapter 5.1.1 of the report.

The deadline for complying with the order is set at 31.3.2014. We are 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.



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