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Audit of emergency preparedness drill at Kårstø

Audit: On 11 November 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit at Kårstø. The audit was carried out by the PSA being an observer at an emergency preparedness drill.



The emergency preparedness drill was conducted with participation from Gassco, StatoilHydro, Haugaland and Sunnhordaland Police District, Tysvær Fire Department, the Chief Medical Officer of Tysvær Municipality and Helse Fonna (Regional State Health Service).

Kårstø (source: StatoilHydro)

Kårstø (source: StatoilHydro)

Background for the audit
The audit was conducted on the basis of the Temporary regulations relating to safety and the working environment for certain petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems, Section 47 on emergency preparedness.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify Gassco’s and StatoilHydro’s emergency preparedness plans for Kårstø in their capacity as technical service providers.

Result of the audit
The PSA has no comments on how the drill was conducted in respect of notification and use of response personnel for handling the situation, search and rescue.

No non-conformities in relation to regulatory requirements were identified.

We found three items with a potential for improvement:

  • In our opinion, careful consideration should be given to how many external emergency response resources should participate directly at the emergency site for handling the situation, search and rescue. This consideration should be made together with relevant external emergency response resources.
  • StatoilHydro should consider how routines can be changed to ensure quick passing of the gate for external emergency response resources.
  • StatoilHydro should consider how to facilitate communication between external emergency response resources and a dedicated centre.