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Order following investigation of hydrocarbon leak at Oseberg A

The PSA has issued an order to Statoil following the investigation of the hydrocarbon leak at Oseberg A. The investigation identified serious breaches of the regulations.

Through the investigation, it was revealed that key work processes for the operation of the Oseberg Field Centre are deficient. A number of activities have taken place during normal operations and have continued for several years without the work processes being risk-assessed, updated or prepared.

Based on the findings made during the investigation, the PSA issued Statoil with a notification of order.
Read more: Notification of order following investigation of hydrocarbon leak at Oseberg A

In conformity with the notification, Statoil is now issued with the following order:
Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to the Management Regulations section 8 concerning internal requirements, section 11 concerning the basis for making decisions and decision criteria and section 13 concerning work processes, as well as the Activities Regulations, section 24 concerning procedures, section 27 concerning critical activities and section 30 concerning safety-clearance of activities, Statoil is ordered to:

  • review, risk-assess and update work processes for the operation of the wells and process facilities at Oseberg Field Centre, with reference to chapters 6.1.2 and 6.1.3 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

Journal 2013/832




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