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Audit – anchoring analysis for Polar Pioneer

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has conducted an audit of the site-specific anchoring analysis relating to the use of Polar Pioneer (photo) on Snøhvit and Albatross.
Our general impression after the audit is that the analysis is carried out in accordance with the current statutory requirements.


The audit was conducted with assistance from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate (NMD) and took place partly in Statoil's offices at Forus, and partly in Marotec's offices in Bærum. The NMD was only present in Marodec's offices on 19 August 2004.

Background for the audit

Statoil will be using the mobile drilling rig Polar Pioneer on Snøhvit and Albatross, and in this connection a site-specific anchoring analysis is being conducted.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose was to audit whether the site-specific anchoring analysis for Polar Pioneer is being carried out in accordance with the statutory requirements.

Result of the audit

Our general impression after the audit is that the analysis is carried out in accordance with the current statutory requirements.

Some observations were made of potential for improvement, but the audit identified no deviations from the statutory requirements.

Our observations relate largely to the quality assurance system used by the contractor who is conducting the anchoring analysis.

In our opinion the operator has conducted careful surveys of the seabed, and the anchoring analysis is being done in accordance with the statutory requirements.

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss