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Order issued after audit of Martin Linge project

The PSA has issued an order to Total E&P Norge AS (Total) after an audit of the Martin Linge development in the Norwegian North Sea.

An audit of the Martin Linge project was conducted by the PSA from 28 to 30 March 2017. Its focus was on technical safety, electrical facilities and maintenance management as well as operator Total’s own follow-up of technical barriers in the commissioning phase at the Samsung yard in South Korea.

On the basis of the observations made during the audit, the PSA gave Total notice of an order.

Read more: Total given notice of order

In conformity with that notice, the PSA has now issued the following order.
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see sections 6, 11 and 21 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment, basis for making decisions and decision criteria, and follow-up respectively, we order Total E&P Norge AS to identify and correct as far as possible faults and deficiencies, and to assess applicable plans, prioritisation and use of resources to ensure acceptable commissioning before installation on the field

The order also requires the company to initiate measures which can ensure compliance with its procedures for preservation of systems and equipment which take account of the site-specific conditions, see sections 24 and 47 of the activities regulations on procedures and maintenance programme respectively.

The deadline for complying with this order is 29 May 2017. We must be notified when the order has been complied with.


Explanation of the terms “order” and “notice of order”

An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before the PSA issues an order, it generally sends a "notice of order" to the affected companies.

A notice of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA’s administrative process in which it requests the party to assess the factual basis. The notice is only a 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
Email: inger.anda@ptil.no | +47 970 54 064