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Orders for BP following audit of materials handling, cranes and lifting, and late life

The PSA has issued BP with orders following an audit of materials handling, cranes and lifting, and late life at Ula.


From 1 to 4 February 2016, the PSA carried out an audit of BP's Ula facility. The audit identified serious breaches of the regulations.

Based on the findings made during the audit, the PSA gave BP a notification of order.

More information: Notification of order following audit of materials handling, cranes and lifting, and late life.

In conformity with the notification, the PSA has issued BP with the following two orders:

1. Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to the Management Regulations, section 22 concerning the handling of nonconformities; the Framework Regulations, section 10 concerning prudent activities, section 11 concerning risk reduction principles and section 17 concerning the duty to establish, follow up and further develop a management system; the Management Regulations, chapter V concerning analyses; the Facilities Regulations, section 13 concerning materials handling and transport routes, access and evacuation routes; and the Activities Regulations, section 33 concerning organisation of work; BP Norge AS is ordered, for all its ageing facilities on the Ula and Valhall fields to:

- systematically review and map all areas and systems in respect of materials handling, and assess fulfilment of the requirements relating to prudent materials handling.

- present a binding, time-delimited schedule for corrective measures, setting out their prioritisation, and describing any compensatory measures to be implemented until the non-conformities have been rectified. Reference is made to chapter 5.1.1 of the report.

2. Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to the Management Regulations, section 22 concerning the handling of nonconformities; the Framework Regulations, section 10 concerning prudent activities, section 11 concerning risk reduction principles and section 17 concerning the duty to establish, follow up and further develop a management system; the Management Regulations, chapter V concerning analyses; the Management Regulations, section 6 concerning management of health, safety and the environment, section 21 concerning follow-up, and section 22 concerning handling of nonconformities; and the Activities Regulations, section 33 concerning organisation of work, section 45 concerning maintenance, section 46 concerning classification and section 47 concerning maintenance programme; BP is ordered to:

- review and assess systems for management of the maintenance of offshore cranes.

- ensure that the maintenance programme and its execution are adapted to the age and condition of the facilities and equipment.

- implement measures relating to the follow-up of technical faults and defects revealed by the maintenance history and in notifications from "enterprises of competence" following annual checks of lifting equipment.

- implement measures for defining and coordinating areas of responsibility and authority in respect of crane maintenance.

- implement measures to reduce the risk of ignition of stray gas clouds linked to ignition sources in the engine room for diesel-powered offshore cranes. Reference is made to chapters 5.1.2 and 5.1.3 of the report.

The deadline for complying with the orders is set at 1 December 2016. We are to be notified when the orders have been carried out.

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