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Order after audit of Aker BP – Ula

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to Aker BP following an audit of risk, barrier and maintenance management on the Ula field.


Carried out from 25 September to 5 October 2018, the audit aimed to assess how Aker BP ensures compliance with requirements set by the HSE regulations and the company itself for management of major accident risk, barriers and maintenance on Ula.

Serious breaches of the regulations were identified, and the PSA has earlier given the company notice of an order.

Read more about the PSA’s observations and the basis for the order here: Notice of order after audit of Aker BP on Ula (3 December 2018)

In accordance with that notice, Aker BP has now been issued with the following order.
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, Aker BP is ordered to do the following.

1. Clarify roles, responsibilities and authority related to barrier management on Ula. See section 6, paragraph 2 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment. See chapter 5.1.3 in the audit report.

2. Prepare plans for implementing barrier management and handling of major accident risk on Ula. These plans must include specific measures, binding deadlines, the unit responsible for implementation and resources allocated in order to achieve the following.

a. Establish and implement a barrier strategy and update performance standards. See section 5 of the management regulations on barriers. See chapter 5.1.2 in the audit report.

b. Comply with the company’s own requirements for compliance with the barrier management requirements in the HSE regulations, including the company’s document no 80-00626 Management of Major Accident Risk. See section 6 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment, paragraph 2, litera b of the guideline, and section 5 of the management regulations on barriers.

c. Correct deficiencies related to the identification and follow-up of barriers. See section 5 of the management regulations on barriers, section 45 of the activities regulations on maintenance, and section 47 of the activities regulations on maintenance programme. See chapters 5.1.5, 5.1.6 and 5.1.7 in the audit report.

3. Review the company’s processes and practice for handling nonconformities and use of risk assessments to ensure an integrated basis for managing major accident risk. See section 6 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment. Present specific improvement measures and implementation plans, including binding deadlines, the unit responsible for implementation and resources allocated in order to establish the following. See chapters 5.1.1 and 5.1.4 in the audit report.

a. Identification. registration and follow-up of nonconformities and compensatory measures. See section 22 of the management regulations on handling of nonconformities.

b. Use, presentation, updating and follow-up of operational risk analyses. See section 16, paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of the management regulations.

The deadline for compliance with the order is 1 March 2019. The PSA must be informed when the order has been carried out.

 

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