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Audit of compliance with Regulations relating to measures to prevent major accidents

From 1 to 3 September 2009, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit at Hammerfest LNG on Melkøya. The audit identified no non-conformities in relation to the regulatory requirements, but found some areas with potential for improvement.


Hammerfest LNG, Melkøya
Hammerfest LNG, Melkøya

From 1 to 3 September 2009, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out audit activities at Hammerfest LNG on Melkøya. The activities were carried out in accordance with the requirement relating to annual audits as stipulated in the Regulations relating to measures to prevent and limit the consequences of major accidents in activities involving dangerous chemicals (the Major Accident Regulations). The regulations furthermore include factors in connection with undesirable incidents and lessons learned from such incidents.

Background
The audit activities were carried out with a basis in the temporary regulations relating to safety and working environment for individual petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems and the Major Accident Regulations, which stipulates requirements related to the authorities' audits as regards measures to prevent and limit the consequences of major accidents. The activities were also a follow-up of similar audit activities in 2008.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify compliance with applicable regulations in areas which influence the risk of major accidents. Priority topics were follow-up and measures after the last major accident audit, the identified risk scenarios for the activities and preventive and consequence-reducing measure against major accidents.

Result of the audit
Based on the PSA's assessment, there are no indications that StatoilHydro does not comply with the requirements related to the priority topics for the audit.

No non-conformities in relation to the regulations in the PSA's area of authority were identified. There were, however, some areas with a potential for improvement.

The potential improvements include

  • Systematic use of risk indicators in the risk analysis
  • Systematic use of information following undesirable incidents
  • Implementation of monitoring and follow-up to assure that regulatory requirements and internal requirements related to HSE are complied with.

The audit was carried out in cooperation with the Norwegian Industrial Safety and Security Organisation (NSO). NSO prepares a separate report for its area of authority.