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Order for Statoil following audit of Heimdal HMP

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) with an order following identification of serious breaches of the regulations by an audit of Heimdal HMP.

The audit found that Statoil's emergency preparedness control and management did not comply with the regulatory requirements.

Non-conformities were identified in connection with:

  • risk analysis
  • overall risk and emergency preparedness analysis
  • information concerning results from analyses of the staff on board
  • de-manning procedures
  • the deputy role
  • load chart for MOB boat operations
  • internal communication

In addition, improvement points were identified in connection with:

  • documentation of module training
  • joint training of relevant personnel in use of MOB boat
  • safety signage and labelling

On this basis, on 19 December 2013, the PSA issued Statoil with a notification of order.

In conformity with the notification, the PSA has issued Statoil 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, and the Activities Regulations, section 24 concerning procedures, Statoil ASA is ordered to establish a de-manning procedure for Heimdal HMP in the event of extreme weather exceeding the 100-year level, with reference to chapter 5.1.4 of the report.

The deadline for complying with the order is set at 1 April 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 2013/919

Øyvind Midttun, press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77