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Order to Vår Energi – Goliat

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to Vår Energi (previously Eni Norge) following an audit of follow-up and management of electrical facilities on Goliat.

Conducted from 15-19 October 2018, the audit aimed to follow up how Eni is complying with technical, operational and organisational regulatory requirements for electrical facilities on the Goliat floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit in the Barents Sea.

Regulatory breaches related to managing risk and barriers were identified, and the PSA has earlier given notice of a order.

Read more about the PSA’s observations and the basis for the order here: Notice of order after audit of Eni – Goliat (11 December 2018)

In accordance with that notice, Vår Energi has now been issued with the following order.
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see section 6 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment, Vår Energi AS is ordered to do the following.

Draw up a realistic and binding plan for completing outstanding safety-critical work on the Goliat FPSO. That also includes completing the status of the technical condition of safety-critical barriers.

The deadline for compliance with the order is 1 March 2019. The PSA must be informed when the order has been carried out.


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.

Eileen Brundtland, press contact
Email: eileen.brundtland@ptil.no | +47 92 26 98 95