Statoil plans to quarter more people on the Gjøa facility than it is designed for through the use of reversible bunks in single cabins for the day and night shifts during periods with safety-critical or time-critical operations.
Under the regulations, accommodation of more people than the facility is designed for is only allowed in special cases. Statoil's planned use of reversible bunks in single cabins is not covered under the special cases mentioned in Section 17 of the Activities Regulations relating to accommodation.
We issued a notification of order to the company regarding quartering on Gjøa (link to article).
No new elements emerged in Statoil’s response. Therefore, in accordance with the notification given, we have issued the following order:
“Pursuant to Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, Statoil Petroleum AS is ordered to plan the activities on Gjøa so as not to quarter more personnel than the facility is designed for, cf. Section 59 of the Facilities Regulations relating to living quarters, i.e. 100 people, unless special circumstances as mentioned in Section 17 of the Activities Regulations relating to accommodation, should arise."
Order and notification of order
An order is a administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations.
Before the PSA makes an order, it usually issues a notification of order to the companies concerned.
A notification of order is neither a measure nor a warning of sanctions, but part of the PSA’s administrative process as specified in its established procedural rules.
The notification is merely a first step before an administrative decision is made.