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Audit of BP's change process

In 2003 the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) conducted an audit of BP Norge AS' (BP's) change process "GO for the Future" (GO4F). The audit included four status meetings with the GO4F project, a planning meeting with BP, an audit of Valhall's land organization and an audit offshore. A summary meeting was held in the NPD's offices on 9 December 2003.


The NPD has followed the planning phase for the GO4F project through status meetings to ensure that the regulatory requirements for change processes were complied with.

At the time of the audit of the land and offshore organization, the offshore organization was in the implementation phase and the onshore organization was in the follow-up phase.

The audit activity on land and offshore focused on follow-up of changes in the land organization and on the establishment of a new offshore organization.

The audit only encompassed Valhall's line organization and the HSE support function.

Background for the audit
The follow-up of change processes and employee participation were important items in the NPD's paramount priorities for 2003.

The purpose of this was to ensure that change processes in the industry are planned, implemented and followed up in accordance with the regulatory requirements and that the changes lead to the HSE level being safeguarded and further developed.

The objective of BP's change process GO4F is to reduce operating costs on the fields and entails major changes in both the land and offshore organizations. The change process is of such a scope that it may lead to an impairment of the HSE level on BP's installations unless it is implemented in a prudent manner.

The NPD therefore chose to prioritize follow-up of GO4F.

Purpose of the audit
The NPD is to ensure that BP's change process GO4F is planned, implemented and followed up in a prudent manner in accordance with the regulatory requirements for change processes.

The NPD must also follow up the results of the change process to ensure they do not have negative consequences for the HSE level on BP's installations.

Result of the audit
The audit shows that the planning phase of the project was implemented in a orderly manner.

The relevant management requirements such as requirements for preparation of decision-making bases and requirements for employee participation were complied with.

Our observations are related to weaknesses in the actual implementation and follow-up of the changes. We have found deviations and improvement potential related to:

  • lack of plans for activities in the implementation phase
  • lack of plans for activities in the follow-up phase
  • evaluation of workloads and distribution of tasks
  • the use of HSE expertise in all phases of the change process
  • lack of plans for employee participation in the implementation phase and the follow-up phase
  • lack of plans for transfer of responsibility for GO4F to the line organization
  • follow-up of the pyschosocial working environment.

The PSA's follow-up

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss