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Audit of electrical and technical safety on Gullfaks C

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Statoil's Gullfaks C facility during the period 9-12 May 2006. The audit targeted the electrical and technical safety disciplines and no nonconformities in relation to the regulations were revealed.


Gullfaks C (kilde: Bjarne Holter http://home.online.no/~bjaholte/)

The audit started with a kick-off meeting with Gullfaks C's land organization, with subsequent offshore verification on the facility. In addition to verifications of documentation and electrical facilities and testing of safety systems, the audit also included interviews with relevant personnel.

The audit focused on:

  • Competence and training (qualifications for electrical discipline).

  • The operator's implementation of its own verifications/audits of the electrical facilities.

  • Follow-up of technical condition.

  • Maintenance management.

  • Hazard and accident situations.

  • Personal safety.

  • Verifications in documentation and electrical facilities.

  • Function tests of safety systems.

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Background for the audit

The PSA is to set standards and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain a high level of health, environment, safety and preparedness, and thereby also contribute to creating the greatest possible value for the Norwegian society.

The PSA shall also contribute towards reducing the risk level in the offshore petroleum activities by following up to ensure that the players facilitate the technical and operational integrity of the facilities, as well as follow up the man-technology-organization interplay in critical HSE systems.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to evaluate Statoil's follow-up of Gullfaks C and verify that the company plans, implements and follows up the activities in accordance with regulatory requirements relating to electrical and technical safety. The audit also examined Statoil's system for following up technical condition (TTS).

Result of the audit

The PSA's general impression of the condition of the facility was good. The audit activity did not reveal any regulatory nonconformities, although several items were identified where there is a potential for improvement.

The audit noted improvement potential in the following areas:

  • Competence.

  • Maintenance management.

  • Follow-up of hazard and accident situations.

  • Updating documents.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss