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Audit - fabrication of Kristin

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has conducted an audit concerning Statoil's follow-up of the fabrication of the Kristin installation at Aker Stord, which is the supplier. The audit was based on Section 13 of the Framework Regulations relating to the duty to establish, follow up and further develop a management system, and Statoil's compliance with its supervisory duty vis-à-vis Aker Stord as the supplier.


The audit started with a joint kick-off meeting with Statoil's construction site team and Aker Stord's project organization on 24 March 2004.

Separate meetings were held with Statoil's construction site team on 24 March 2004 and with Aker Stord's project organization on 25 March 2004.

Verifications at the construction site were conducted on 24 March 2004.

Background for the audit

Important priorities for our HSE follow-up are to ensure that the players facilitate and maintain the technical and operational integrity of installations, and to follow up the players' work on transfer of experience.

Another performance goal is to reduce the risk level in the offshore petroleum activities.

The audit is based on technical meetings and supervision of choice of materials, surface finishing and fabrication for Kristin, implemented in 2002 and 2003.
This delivery also has an extensive involvement by suppliers and subcontractors. On this basis, Statoil's management of the project and compliance with the supervisory duty is demanding.

Purpose of the audit

The goal of audit was to verify that Statoil manages and carries out the development project for Kristin in accordance with current petroleum regulatory requirements.

It was also a goal to follow-up Statoil's compliance with the supervisory duty in relation to management of supplies to this project.

Result of the audit

Deviations were identified related to Statoil's implementation of the management system in the Kristin project, inter alia in connection with the project's processing of non-conformities, status of implemented follow-up activities, compliance with contract requirements, and for measuring, evaluation and implementation of measures to achieve improvements.

Deviations were also identified in Statoil's follow-up of Aker Stord at the construction site related to qualifying of suppliers and welding carried out.

We see a clear improvement potential for Statoil's construction site team at Aker Stord with regard to implementing transfer of experience at the project level.

Information about Kristin (Statoil's homepage)

The PSA's follow-up

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss