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Order following Gjøa condensate leak investigation

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to Engie E og P Norge AS (Engie) following its investigation into the condensate leak on Gjøa.

This incident occurred on 21 June 2017 in the process module on the field’s production facility in the North Sea.

The PSA’s investigation into the incident identified several serious breaches of the regulations.

On the basis of these findings, Engie was given notice of  an order.

SeeInvestigation report on Gjøa condensate leak and notice of order

In accordance with this notice, Engie has been given the following order.

Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see section 5 of the management regulations on barriers, Engie is ordered to take the necessary measures to ensure that safety-critical equipment is operated, tested and maintained in a way which ensures the performance of the barriers at all times. See chapter 7.1 .1 in the report.

The deadline for compliance with this order is set to 16 February 2018. We must be informed when the order has been complied with.

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.

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