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Order to Equinor – Martin Linge

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to Equinor Energy (Equinor) following an audit of material handling and management of the working environment on Martin Linge A. This showed that nonconformities identified earlier by the PSA have not been corrected.

Conducted from 21-24 January 2019, this supervisory activity covered Equinor and its material handling and working environment management during commissioning of the A facility on the Norwegian North Sea field.

The audit found that the lifting equipment operator, who was responsible for carrying out daily and monthly maintenance, lacked the necessary training to inspect and maintain steel wire rope. Nor could the existence of a system for inspecting and maintaining such rope on the cranes be identified.

It also emerged that the local supplement to Norsok R-003, which forms the basis for Equinor’s fulfilment of the requirements in section 92 of the activities regulations, was deficient in its description of critical lifting operations, crane restrictions and conditions related to the use of the cranes in offshore hook-up work.

“These nonconformities relate to procedures for crane and lifting operations and to training,” says PSA director of supervision Ingvill H Foss. “We consider it important for safety that these procedures are in place.”

Not corrected
The same conditions were identified by an audit of Equinor on 4-5 June 2018.

On 22 June 2018, the PSA gave Equinor its consent to take parts of Martin Linge A into use, but on condition that the nonconformities which had then been identified were corrected.

Before consent was given, Equinor provided the PSA with written confirmation that the nonconformities identified by the authority would be dealt with before the facility was taken into use.

Despite this confirmation, it has now transpired that Equinor has not corrected the nonconformities and has breached the conditions of the consent.

On that basis, Equinor has been given the following order.

Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, sections 8 and 14 of the management regulations on internal requirements and on manning and competence respectively, and section 92 of the activities regulations on lifting operations, the PSA orders Equinor Energy AS to:

1. review its systems for follow up and use of lifting equipment on facilities, including local procedures and necessary competence for personnel using such equipment

2. implement the necessary measures identified by the review in order to correct nonconformities.

The deadline for compliance with the order is 8 March 2019. The PSA must be informed when the order has been carried out.

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