The audit revealed that Rowan's maintenance management system does not meet the regulatory requirements.
The PSA identified non-conformities during the audit relating to:
On this basis, on 8 November 2013, the PSA issued a notification of order to Rowan Drilling Norway AS
On background of the notification, the PSA has issued Rowan Drilling Norway AS 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, section 8 concerning internal requirements, section 21 concerning follow-up, and the Activities Regulations, chapter IX concerning maintenance, including classification, preparation of a maintenance programme and measurement of maintenance efficiency, Rowan Drilling Norway AS is ordered to implement the following measures:
Before facilities which are not currently in operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf are deployed on the Norwegian shelf, Rowan must ensure that they can be operated prudently; see the Activities Regulations, section 20 concerning start-up and operation of facilities, and refer to sections 5.1-5.3 of the report.
The deadline for complying with the order is set at 15 February 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.
Inger Anda, Director for communication and public affairs
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