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Audit of electrical and safety systems on Valhall

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has conducted an audit of BP Norway on Valhall with regard to the company's management system and the facility's technical condition within the fields electrical and technical safety. The report contains one proven nonconformity which BP Norge has already accounted for. Furthermore, the report contains observations of conditions with improvement potential, and we ask the company for a review of these conditions.


During the period 1 June and 7-9 June 2005, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway conducted an audit of BP Norge AS (BP) on Valhall. The audit was conducted as a verification of the company's management system and the facility's technical condition within the disciplines electrical and technical safety.

The audit was carried out as a meeting at BP in Forus and as further discussions and verifications on Valhall.

Background for the audit
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway is to contribute to the reduction of risk levels in the offshore petroleum activities by ensuring that the players facilitate technical and operational integrity of the facilities and follow up the interaction of people/technology/organisation in HSE-critical systems.

The electrical and safety systems constitute key parts of the installation's technical barriers. A good safeguarding of these is important to maintain an acceptable level of risk on the installation.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that BP plans, manages and executes its activities in accordance with the applicable regulatory requirements and the recognised standards.

Result of the audit
The audit was aimed at the following facilities in the Valhall area: QP, DP, PCP, WP, IP and Flanke Syd.

The general impression of the technical standard with regard to the electrical and safety systems was predominantly good, however, there are some items that require comment.
The audit disclosed nonconformities from the regulatory requirements with regard to the emergency power supply. This was reported to be in order by BP on 13 June 2005.

Furthermore, areas for improvement were also disclosed during the audit with regard to some of the verified areas.

Contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Ole-Johan Faret
E-mail: ole-johan.faret@ptil.no