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Order following audit of maintenance management in Schlumberger

In March 2010, the PSA audited the maintenance management in Schlumberger Norge AS (Schlumberger). We have now issued an order to the company as previously notified.


The audit was carried out in the period 10-11 March 2010. The purpose of the audit activities was to look into whether Schlumberger classifies equipment in accordance with applicable regulations and recognised standards, evaluate Schlumberger's use of this classification in the maintenance management and to look into the company's analysis basis for maintenance decisions.

The audit uncovered that Schlumberger did not meet the regulatory requirements for maintenance management.

Several nonconformities in relation to the regulatory requirements were identified. The nonconformities are grouped under the following main areas:

  • Regulatory expertise
  • Governing documents
  • Tagging and classification of systems and equipment
  • Maintenance program
  • Use of classification as a basis for selecting and prioritising maintenance
  • Maintenance status
  • Maintenance efficiency

Read more: Notification of order following audit of maintenance in Schlumberger

Based on our discoveries during the audit and in accordance with the notification, the following order is issued:

Pursuant to Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, cf. Section 11 of the Management Regulations relating to manning and competence, cf. Section 19 of the Activities Regulations relating to competence, Schlumberger Norge AS is ordered to prepare a binding and scheduled plan for ensuring that the company has the necessary regulatory competence, cf. the report, nonconformity 5.1.1.

Pursuant to Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, cf. Section 3 of the Management Regulations relating to management of health, environment and safety, cf. Section 18 of the Activities Regulations relating to start-up and operation of facilities, cf. Chapter IX, Sections 43-46 of the Activities Regulations relating to maintenance, Schlumberger Norge AS is ordered to prepare a binding and scheduled plan for ensuring the preparation of governing documents which ensure and document that maintenance management takes place in a prudent manner, cf. the report, nonconformity 5.1.2.

Pursuant to Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, cf. Chapter IX, Sections 43-46 of the Activities Regulations relating to maintenance, cf. Section 13 of the Management Regulations relating to general requirements to analyses, cf. Section 9 of the Facilities Regulations relating to facilities, systems and equipment (marking), cf. Section 23 of the Activities Regulations relating to the use of facilities, Schlumberger Norge AS is ordered to prepare a binding and scheduled plan for ensuring that necessary maintenance is carried out, including marking and classification, preparation of maintenance programs and measurement of maintenance efficiency, cf. the report, nonconformities 5.1.3 through 5.1.7.

The deadline for complying with the order is set at 23 April 2010. We must be notified when the order has been complied with.

Explanations 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 usually send a "notification of order" to the affected companies.

A notification of order is neither a policy instrument nor a warning of sanctions, but an element in our case handling in accordance with set rules of procedure. The notification is just a first step before an administrative decision is made.

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

Unfamiliar terms and expressions? See our glossary.
 

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