The lifting incident on 19 May 2018 occurred during the lifting of a drilling riser on the Jotun B facility on the Jotun field in the North Sea, where Point Resources AS is the operator. The riser came loose from the lifting device and fell eight metres. The weight of the riser is stated to be 15 tonnes. Nobody was harmed during the incident.
As part of our investigation, we visited the facility from 24 to 27 May and then held follow-up meetings onshore. From this, we identified serious deficiencies in systems and processes associated with the modular drilling facility.
The deficiencies concern:
We accordingly give notification of the following order to both Point Resources and Halliburton:
Notification of order
Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, we order Point Resources AS (and Halliburton) as follows:
The deadline for complying with the order is set at 10 August 2018.
The investigation of the lifting incident is still in progress and will result in a report that will be published on ptil.no. Our investigation's objectives include clarifying the chain of events and identifying proximate and underlying causes, with the aim of promoting learning and experience transfer.
Explanation of the terms “order” and “notice of order”
An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before the PSA issues an order, it generally sends a "notice of order" to the affected companies.
A notice of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA’s administrative process in which it requests the party to assess the factual basis. The notice is only a 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
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