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Audit of aviation safety and emergency preparedness on Ekofisk

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), assisted by the Civil Aviation Authority (LT), audited ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS' (ConocoPhillips) facilities on the Ekofisk Complex in the period 6- 8 June 2006. The audit concerned the aviation safety service (air traffic service (LTT), the aviation navigation service (FNT)) and the emergency preparedness, in particular on 2/4-H (the tower).

Background for the audit

According to the letter of award from the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion, the PSA shall contribute to coordination between various supervisory authorities. Furthermore, it is an objective for the PSA to follow up the players in their responsibility for managing activities.

With a basis in suggestions from the LT, a joint audit plan has been prepared for 2006, in which we will focus on the aviation safety service, helicopter decks and emergency preparedness, among other things.

In this audit, the emergency preparedness section was also a follow-up of the audit of ConocoPhillips' area emergency preparedness, which was conducted during the period 18 October - 5 November 2004.

The audit was conducted with a basis in the Management Regulations, Section 11 relating to manning and competence, Section 20 relating to non-conformities handling, Section 21 relating to follow-up and Section 22 relating to improvement; Section 68 of the Activities Regulations relating to the handling of hazard and accident situations, and Section 7.2 of the Aviation Act. Our basis was the prevailing regulations BSL A 1-1, 1-9 and 1-10, BSL G 2-1, 5-1 and 6-1.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify whether ConocoPhillips' management system safeguards HSE-related aspects related to the emergency preparedness for hazard and accident situations. Furthermore, the LT wanted to verify that the operation of the aviation safety service was conducted in a prudent manner, and through this contribute to the prevention of aviation incidents traceable to characteristics of LTT and FNT or the operation of these services.

Result of the audit

During the review of the management system, the focus was on organisation, maintenance, non-conformities handling and improvement. Furthermore, there was a focus on the emergency preparedness organisation, especially the competence of the personnel in the aviation safety service and on the helicopter deck and the maintenance of this competence.

We identified both non-conformities and areas with potential for improvement.


  • Lack of systematic gathering, recording and use of data following training and drills.


Areas with potential for improvement

  • Confusion in the organisation as regards the use of terms in relation to training and drills.

  • Lack of use of personnel basket (Esvagt) during training and drills.

  • The signing and posting of evacuation routes vary in quality.

  • Dirty and/or faded life buoys.

  • LT identified 28 nonconformities and had 8 additonal comments.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss