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Audit of emergency preparedness on Gyda

During the period 22-26 January 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Talisman Energy Norge AS' (Talisman's) Gyda facility. The audit encompassed organization of emergency preparedness, reviews of emergency preparedness equipment, verification of the crew's competence and verification of training and drills regarding emergency preparedness functions in accordance with the defined hazard and accident situations for the facility.


In connection with the audit, we had an observer in place for the drill "Bomb threat, Gyda, 20 December 2006", during which an emergency preparedness exercise and an MOB boat drill were performed on the Gyda facility.

An inspection round to inspect/verify emergency preparedness equipment, labeling and escape routes, was conducted together with the OIM and safety manager, as well as Talisman's observer from the land organization.

Background for the audit

According to the award letter from the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion (AID), the PSA shall set standards for and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain high standards for health, safety and the environment and thereby contribute towards creating the greatest possible values for the society at large.

The PSA shall also contribute towards reducing the risk level in the petroleum activities by following up to ensure that the players facilitate technical and operational integrity and the interplay between human beings, technology and organization in systems that are critical from an HSE standpoint.

Another performance indicator for the PSA is to follow up to ensure that the players safeguard their responsibility for managing the activities. Emergency preparedness makes up key parts of the technical, operational and organizational barrier elements. Ensuring that these factors are properly attended to is important for maintaining an acceptable level of risk.

In this particular audit, the technical portion relating to emergency preparedness is also a follow-up of the NPD's audits of BP and the standby vessel shared by the Ula and Gyda fields.

The audit was conducted on the basis of the following regulations with guidelines:

  • Sections 11, 20, 21 and 22 of the Management Regulations relating to manning and competence, handling of non-conformities, follow-up and improvement, as well as Section 15 of the Management Regulations relating to quantitative risk analyses and emergency preparedness analyses.

  • Sections 40, 42 and 43 of the Facilities Regulations relating to equipment for rescue of personnel, standby vessels and means of evacuation.

  • Sections 21, 64, 65, 66, 67 and 68 of the Activities Regulations relating to practice and exercises, establishing emergency preparedness, joint use of emergency preparedness resources, emergency preparedness organization, emergency preparedness plans and handling of hazard and accident situations.

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This was the first audit within the emergency preparedness discipline after Talisman took over Gyda from BP.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify that Talisman's management system safeguards HSE regulatory requirements linked to emergency preparedness for hazard and accident situations.

The audit was largely aimed at competence, evacuation equipment, evacuation routes and marking of escape routes.

Result of the audit

We identified one nonconformity in relation to the regulations during this audit:

  • The emergency preparedness analysis is not up-to-date.

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We also identified factors with potential for improvement related to means of rescue and evacuation, signposting for lifeboat stations, painting of evacuation routes and deficient differentiation between training and drills for the MOB crew.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss