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Order for Hess – Valhall

The PSA has issued Hess Norge AS (Hess) with an order following identification of serious breaches of the regulations during an audit of the company's fulfilment of its obligations as licensee of the Valhall production licence.

The audit found that Hess's fulfilment of its obligations as licensee did not comply with the regulatory requirements.

The PSA identified three non-conformities relating to:

  • the management system
  • handling of risks
  • the documentation system

In addition, an improvement point was identified in connection with role identification.

On this basis, on 27 November 2013, the PSA issued Hess with a notification of order.

In conformity with the notification, the PSA has issued Hess with the following order:

Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to the Management Regulations, section 6 concerning the management of health, safety and the environment, Hess Norge AS is ordered to conduct a full review of the regulatory requirements concerning the management of activities and to implement measures to fulfil these requirements in its own activities.

Milestone 1: The deadline for identifying requirements and preparing a schedule of corrective measures is set at 25 January 2014.

Milestone 2: The deadline for implementing measures is set at 1 May 2014. We are to be notified when the order has been carried out.

Explanation of the terms "order" and "notification of order"
In 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 2013/795



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