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Audit of emergency preparedness on Snorre B

During the period 11-13 December 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of emergency preparedness on the Snorre B facility. Our general impression subsequent to the audit is that emergency preparedness on board Snorre B is handled in a satisfactory manner, but that there is some room for improvement.


Our focus during the audit included the facility's means of evacuation, emergency preparedness organization, emergency preparedness equipment and the competence of the personnel in relation to the emergency response functions they perform.

Snorre BBackground for the audit
Notice was given of this audit on 10 October 2007, as a planned activity under the PSA's audit plan for 2007. The audit was mainly based on the Activities Regulations, Chapter VI-II relating to competence and Chapter XI relating to emergency preparedness.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that StatoilHydro manages emergency preparedness factors on Snorre B (pictured) in accordance with regulatory requirements, including organization and safeguarding of its own emergency preparedness organization, means of evacuation, maintenance of emergency preparedness equipment and maintenance of the personnel's competence in relation to the emergency response functions they perform.

Result of the audit
During the audit, we did not identify any factors that would lead to a notification of order, but there were two observations that we characterize as nonconformities. One improvement item was also identified.

The following factors have been addressed in more detail under Item 5.0 Observations in the audit report:

Nonconformities:

  • Strategy/guidelines/procedures for potential demanning of Snorre B.
  • Lifeboat coxswains lack training and drills in lifeboats with water jet.

Improvement item:

  • Signposting of main escape routes.

An emergency preparedness exercise with fire in auxiliary systems and an MOB drill were conducted during our stay on Snorre B. The PSA has no remarks regarding the implementation of these exercises, other than the comments it made in the post-exercise summary.

Otherwise, our general impression subsequent to the audit is that the emergency preparedness on board Snorre B is handled in a satisfactory manner, but that there is room for certain improvements.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss