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Audit of emergency preparedness factors at Kårstø

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has conducted an audit of how Gassco as operator safeguards emergency preparedness factors at Kårstø (photo). Through the audit, the PSA obtained a general overview of how the emergency preparedness factors are safeguarded at Kårstø. Our impression subsequent to the audit is generally positive.


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

Background for the audit
Effective 1 January 2004, the PSA was delegated the authority to carry out supervision of safety, emergency preparedness and working environment for certain facilities on land, including Kårstø. On this basis, the PSA is to establish and execute supervision of the petroleum activities on land.

In this connection, the PSA is conducting a series of supervision tasks aimed at how the operators safeguard emergency preparedness factors at the land facilities. The audit at Kårstø is part of this series of supervision tasks.

Objective of the audit
Through the audit, the PSA wanted to obtain a general overview of how the emergency preparedness aspects are safeguarded at Kårstø.

In this context, the PSA refers particularly to the provisions in the Provisional regulations relating to safety and working environment for certain petroleum facilities on land and associated pipe systems, Section 47 Emergency preparedness and Section 22 Notification of hazard and accident situations.

Reference is also made to the provisions of the Fire and Explosion Protection Act; Section 19 relating to safety in the activities, Section 20 relating to safety level in activities involving hazardous substances, etc. and Section 21 relating to the duty to maintain emergency preparedness.

Result of the audit
Through the audit, the PSA gained a general overview of how the emergency preparedness factors are safeguarded at Kårstø. The PSA's impression subsequent to the audit is generally positive.

The emergency preparedness measures for Kårstø are established and maintained in accordance with the provisions and guidelines for industrial safety drawn up by the Norwegian Industrial Safety and Security Organisation (NSO).

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