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Notification of order following investigation of lifting incident on Statfjord C

The PSA has issued Statoil Petroleum AS with a notification of order following investigation of an incident on 30 September 2013, in which a 7-inch production pipe fell 14.3 metres from a feed table. This feed table is connected to a pipe belt which is part of the pipe handling system for carrying pipes into and out of the derrick. The investigation identified serious breaches of the regulations.

The production pipe landed on an access stairway in an area underneath, coming to rest vertically through the stairway. The production pipe weighted 572 kg and represented kinetic energy of 80242 Joule.

The direct cause of the incident was the use of a pipe-handling crane, with a spreader fitted, to lift an open basket. The pipe-handling crane's overload alarm was triggered and the crane operator immediately lowered the basket, so that it hit two 7-inch production pipes, causing one of them to be lifted up, to swing over the railing and fall into the access stairway.

The PSA decided to undertake an investigation of the incident.

More information: PSA investigates lifting incident at Statfjord

The investigation identified serious breaches of the regulations. On this basis, the PSA issued Statoil with a notification of order.
Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to the Management Regulations, section 6 concerning the management of health, safety and the environment, and section 21 concerning follow-up, Statoil is ordered to:

  • Review the process for plant integrity and proficiency certification in order to ensure that lifting equipment is suitable for and safe to use.
  • Ensure that the certification company that verifies Statoil's proficiency has sufficient expertise to detect faults and deficiencies in lifting equipment.

The deadline for complying with the order is set at 1 April 2014.

Explanation of the terms "order" and "notification of order"

      An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before we issue an order, we generally send a "notification of order" to the affected companies.

A notification of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA's case processing in which we request the party to assess the factual basis. The notification is only the first step before an administrative decision is made.

An order is a strongly preventive instrument which is legally binding on the recipient.

Journal 2013/1296

Eileen Brundtland, press contact
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