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Audit of emergency preparedness at Kollsnes

On 29 April 2004 the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit concerning how Gassco as an operator safeguards emergency preparedness at Kollsnes. Our impression following the audit is generally positive.


The audit was conducted in dialogue form, where Statoil, as the Technical Service Provider (TSP), presented the emergency preparedness plans for Kollsnes and the PSA asked questions for clarification purposes. The audit was concluded with a verification/tour of the facility.

Background for the audit

With effect from 1 January 2004 the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway was granted the authority to supervise safety, emergency preparedness and the working environment for some facilities on land, including Kollsnes.

On this basis the PSA is to establish and operationalize supervision of the petroleum activities on land. In this connection the PSA is conducting a series of audits concerning how the operators safeguard emergency preparedness in the land facilities.

The audit at Kollsnes is part of this series of audits.

Purpose of the audit

Through the audit the PSA wanted to obtain an overview of how emergency preparedness is safeguarded at Kollsnes.

In this connection reference is particularly made to Provisional Regulations relating to safety and the working environment for some petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems, Section 47 (Emergency preparedness) and Section 22 (Notification of hazard and accident situations).

Reference is also made to the Fire and Explosion Protection Act, Section 19 (Safety in the activities), Section 20 (Safety level in activities with hazardous substances, etc., and Section 21 (Emergency preparedness duty).

Result of the audit

Through the audit the PSA obtained an overview of how emergency preparedness is safeguarded at Kollsnes.

Our impression following the audit is generally positive.

The emergency preparedness measures for Kollsnes have been established and are maintained in accordance with Provisions and Guidelines for Industrial Safety drawn up by the Norwegian Industrial Safety and Security Organisation (NSO).

A system for notifying the PSA of incidents has been established. Statoil, as the TSP, notifies Gassco, which in turn notifies the PSA.

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss