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Notification of order to Point Resources and Halliburton

In connection with our investigation of the lifting incident involving a falling object on the Jotun B facility on 19 May 2018, we have identified serious breaches of the regulations. We have therefore issued Point Resources AS and Halliburton AS with a notification of order.


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:

  • Lack of compliance with the requirements in the maintenance provisions of the Activities Regulations.
  • Barriers for the functions relating to the handling of the lift were not defined or classified.
  • Lifting functions and lifting equipment lacked performance requirements.
  • The companies were unable to produce documentation of how the lifting equipment involved in the incident had been recategorised from lifting equipment to drilling-related equipment.
  • Assignment of technical and operational responsibility for maintenance of the lifting equipment involved was absent.
  • Personnel involved in the incident lacked adequate training in the lifting equipment used during the incident.

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:

  • To perform an immediate and systematic mapping of barrier functions for lifting in the drilling module. The mapping shall cover the performance requirements defined, such that the barriers’ functions are safeguarded, with reference to the Management Regulations, Section 5 concerning barriers.
     
  • To ensure that the defined barriers are classified in respect of the consequences for health, safety and the environment of potential functional failures, with reference to the Activities Regulations, Section 46 concerning classification.
     
  • Prior to completion of the mapping of barrier functions, to assess compensating measures for use of the drilling facility, with reference to the Management Regulations, Section 22 concerning the handling of non-conformities, para. 3.
     
  • To unambiguously define responsibilities and authorities, and prepare necessary governing documents for the use and monitoring of operations and equipment linked to the use of the drilling module with reference to the Management Regulations, Section 6 concerning the management of health, safety and the environment.

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
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77