The audit was conducted in the form of a dialogue, where Statoil presented the existing emergency preparedness plans for the Mongstad terminal while the PSA asked clarifying questions.
The audit was concluded with a verification/inspection of the facility itself.
The Mongstad terminal consists of three quay structures that can receive ships of up to 440 000 tonnes. Each year, about 500 ships carrying crude oil call at the terminal.
Mongstad is the landing terminal for the oil pipelines from Troll B, C and Troll Blend (Fram), as well as the receiver of buoy loaders from Gullfaks, Draugen, Norne, Åsgard, Heidrun, etc.
Background for the audit
Since 1 January 2004 the PSA has had the authority to supervise safety, emergency preparedness and working environment for some facilities on land, including the Mongstad terminal.
On this background the PSA is to establish and operate the supervision of petroleum activities on land.
In this connection the PSA is conducting a series of audit activities looking at how the operators handle emergency preparedness issues in the land facilities.
The audit on Mongstad is thus one in this series of audit activities.
Purpose of the audit
The PSA used the audit to gain an overall understanding of how emergency preparedness issues are handled on Mongstad, cf. the regulations in Section 47 on emergency preparedness and Section 22 on alarm in dangerous and accident situations, in "Midlertidig forskrift om sikkerhet og arbeidsmiljø for enkelte petroleumsanlegg på land og tilknyttede rørsystemer" (Interim regulations on safety and working environment for some petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems).
See also the regulations in Section 19 on Safety in the activities, Section 20 on the safety level in activities with dangerous substances etc. and Section 21 on the duty of preparedness, in the Fire Prevention Act.
Result of the audit
Through the audit the PSA has gained an overall understanding of how emergency preparedness issues are handled on Mongstad. Our impression after the audit is in general a positive one.
The emergency preparedness measures for the Mongstad terminal have been established and are being maintained in accordance with "Bestemmelser og retningslinjer for industrivern" (Regulations and guidelines for industrial safety) which was drawn up by the Norwegian Industrial Safety and Security Organisation (NSO).
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